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Firefox, you lost

Posted: October 4th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: madabout, online | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Sadly but I don’t have a computer at home, occasionally, I read news or I write posts like this on an old Tecra A3: 512MB RAM, super slow HDD, intel 915GM video card and extra large resolution 1400×1050.
I’ve been using Firefox for ages, but after I read a post about using IE8 instead of Firefox 3.5.x+AdBlock Plus I was curious about the results.

I went home and I have installed IE8.
And, it’s true.
IE8 on old computers is faster than firefox.
I have enough free memory for my tabs, no more than ten.

On the computer at work I have about 60 tabs open, anytime, I didn’t felt like I have a problem, slow computer, not enough memory.
But, on this one, old one, IE8 is faster.

So, Firefox you lost this battle on old computers.
Sorry. Moved to IE8.

And another thing, there are no adblock features comming with IE8, but you can install a local proxy to filter your web traffic like I did, BFilter.

Fix slow keyboard on Dell Inspiron 1501

Posted: January 7th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: fun, howto | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 84 Comments »

One of my colleague asked me to take a look at her laptop and check why the characters appear so slow sometimes.
At that moment I thought it’s a software issue. After several checks we reinstalled the XP but the problem persisted. So, we sent the notebook to the service.
After one month, we received it untouched with the following resolution: please reinstall the OS :).
Ok then…

So I started to investigate by killing unneeded processes.
I have started with ati2evxx.exe.
I was lucky, after two days of tests it seems that this was the problem.
The exe is started by a service named ati hotkey poller (I can’t remember exactly right now).
This process is installed together with the Ati driver (catalyst).
I have changed the service settings to not start at boot time (it cannot be stopped) and rebooted.

The problem was resolved.

On another dell inspiron 1501, but with newer drivers, in the control center the hot key service is disabled by default. In the version from the CD with the drivers, the hot key service is enabled by default.

Update 1: Show me your happy face! if this works for you, you saved at least 500 euro…
Leave a comment if this fixed your laptop.

Update 2:

Edwin suggested below that the cause of this lag is because your batter is too old and you should replace it.
To test it, remove the battery and start your Dell.

If the battery replacement fixed the problem please leave a comment.