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Dell Latitude C840 Sluggish

Alexander

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#1
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

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#2
18 hours to install ME is definately too long. That machine is at least 5 years old. It could be a hard drive problem.
 

Seth

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#3
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.