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      Was getting slower it seemed so I upgraded from 4gb RAM to 2 matched Kingston 4 gb sticks (8total) Replaced the SATA 250 GB HDD to Samsung 250 SSD . Cloned w/ Macrium to SSD Was quite zippy at first. Seems to be slowing down . Hesitation at times. Didnt make any changes in BIOS/UEFI- it is set for legacy and UEFI …Just wondering if gradual slow down could have anything to do w/ graphics ? Seriously looking into Linux Mint, esp since win 7 is near eol. Any thing I might have missed ? Disk is only 30% full (now that I was able to get rid of lenovo system partition for restore)



      • CPU
        AMD A6 5350M / 2.9 GHz
      • Max Turbo Speed
        3.5 GHz
      • Number of Cores
      • Cache
        L2 – 1 MB
      • 64-bit Computing
      • Chipset Type
        AMD A76M FCH
      • Features
        AMD Turbo CORE technology, integrated memory controller
      • Spindle Speed
        5400 rpm
      • Type
      • Capacity
        320 GB


      • CPU Type
      • Processor Number
      • Manufacturer
      • Clock Speed
        2.9 GHz
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      The hesitation could be anything, what exactly hesitates? Are highly conservative power savings in effect? (Is this an HP laptop?)

      Samsung solid-state drives should support the TRIM command to avoid getting slow. Windows 7 should be able to use that TRIM function without user intervention.

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      AskWoody Lounger

      The hesitation could be anything, what exactly hesitates? Are highly conservative power savings in effect? (Is this an HP laptop?)

      Unlikely to be a HP-specific problem on a Lenovo…

      Now, there are any number of things it might be, from straight software problems to straight hardware problems, some more common than others…

      Aggressive powersaving is one possible cause.
      Graphics is unlikely to be it, at least, not directly on an A6.
      Cooling efficiency drop due to dust buildup has caused slowdowns on other Lenovo laptop models.

      Another theoretical possible cause would be gradual SSD failure – there probably is (was?) a warranty on an aftermarket part though, and I’ve never seen this symptom on Samsung models yet, but…

      Various kinds of software problems are by far the most common cause and that does take its own troubleshooting too. Are you seeing any one process consume a noticeable proportion of your processing power or do you get anything in the Event Viewer?

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        How nice of you to charmingly notice my error. 🙂 Yeah, guess I should register to edit. Anyway,

        I have a similar model of Accelerated Processing Unit and until there was a reason update the computer’s firmware because of a serious set of vulnerabilities it was sluggish, sometimes unresponsive. I would used operate it in a higher power state to get tasks done, now it works like new. Updating firmware is a last resort option.

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