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Computer Trouble - Dell Inspiron 11z
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Computer Trouble - Dell Inspiron 11z - October 27, 2010, 09:38 PM

Computer: Dell Inspiron 11z, bought in April 2010 (6 months ago)
Dell Inspiron 11z Laptop Product Details | Dell

Intel® Pentium® SU4100 (1.3GHz, 800MHz, 2MB cache)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Intel® GS45 Integrated Graphics
250GB2 5400rpm 2.5" SATA Hard Disk Drive

My laptop was working fine last night, then I used it this morning and all was well till I opened a program (firefox). Then it just started hanging up really bad, though it was still functional, but it would hang up for minutes at a time.

I forced it to shut down by holding the power button for 5 seconds.

Started it up again and chose to start windows normally at the dialog due to improper shutdown.

It was going insanely slow still, so I force it shut again (I'm extremely impatient ) Later attempts showed that it actually did boot into windows, it just freaking took forever.

After that, I got some screen about needing to repair the boot up system or whatnot, so I do it. Still no improvement or any change.

Fresh install of win7 from the Dell OEM disk takes 1.5+ hours, then I waited at the windows splash screen for 20 minutes before I killed it again.

Trying another install now to make sure I formatted it right, but it's still behaving the same way.

Any idea what could be going on? It doesn't seem like a hard disk failure. Bad RAM? One of my cpu cores go bad? Not enough information?

I'll call Dell tech support at some point, but was wondering if any of you geniuses had experience with this.

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October 28, 2010, 01:47 AM

New PC...doubt it's anything but low RAM for Win7. Upgrade to 4 gig and see if that doesn't help.

Computer memory upgrades for Dell Inspiron 11z Laptop/Notebook from Crucial.com

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October 28, 2010, 01:51 AM

send it back and get something else. I hate my Dell XPS.

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October 28, 2010, 05:52 AM

XPS used to be the shit...10 years ago. MacBookPro FTW.
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October 28, 2010, 08:32 PM

Dell tech said the same thing - low RAM. But it was speeding along just 36 hours ago. I might see how much it costs to upgrade but it might just be new laptop time for me. I got a damn thesis to write!
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