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Dell Latitude C840 Sluggish


FPCH New Member
Apr 7, 2008
My 10 year old son has been given an old Dell Latitude C840 laptop with the hard drive wiped. The spec is reasonably good with a Pentium 4 chip and 1 gig of ram. However, the machine is very slow and sluggish. The key pad is not very responsive. I want to try and load an old version of Windows ME onto the laptop as I do not want to spend a lot of money on this machine. The computer has been grinding through the installation for the past 18 hours. Can anybody advise how I can get the machine running at a reasonable speed. I suspect that I have either/or bios and driver issues.

Tony D

Free PC Help Long Term Member
Dec 30, 2007
Malvern, PA (USA)
PC Experience
Some Experience
Operating System
18 hours to install ME is definately too long. That machine is at least 5 years old. It could be a hard drive problem.


FPCH Long Term Member
Dec 17, 2007
Operating System
Windows Vista - Home Premium
Ditto on the hard drive.

If drivers are available for XP, then I'd go with XP.

It's been a while since I worked on ME, but boot to the ME cd and choose "Start Computer with Cd Support". You should be able to run a scandisk from the dos prompt that appears. When complete, try the install again.