I had been blaming Firefox for just being slow... but today I had some slowness in firefox with multiple tabs open, and when I closed the HotHardware tab... everything picked back up.
I re-opened tabs and was able to recreate the slowness over time, and tried closing tabs for other website, but it didn't fix the slowness; only when I close HH does it speed back up.
There appears to be some sort of a memory leak occurring, and I think it is being caused by the ads...
I also accept that it is possible, the problem is just with the computer i'm on. But I am curious if other users have experienced this?
I'll continue monitoring and testing... might even try to get a good packet capture to pin this down...
I am curious what HTPC setups members of the forum are running and their intended use.
I have used Plex, WDTV-Live, Nexus Player, Minix Neo and other Android Mini-PC devices. In addition I use various Ro[censored] and Smart TV apps built into the Vizio tvs. And of course Windows Media Center. But for the most part it seems like I need to teach everyone which HDMI input is used for what and I am hoping someone can give me some pointers on which platform I should consider that can give me an all-in-one experience for local files and streaming online services.
I am considering an Nvidia Shield TV and getting an HD HomeRun device that can stream the cable feed but am not sure if that would offer a considerable improvement vs the Nexus Player.
Believe it or not, Tivo actually makes a pretty good solution that lets you record 4 shows at once, and stream Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, Vudu, YouTube, Pandora, and a few others. You can also get Tivo mini's for other rooms that will connect back to the primary unit to stream recorded shows and live TV.
The catch is, that it only works with Cable providers. So it will not work with DirecTV and fiber providers like U-Verse and Google Fiber.
It's little and it's down at the bottom... kind of hard to find
Thise two have ALWAYS lead sales, they have a strangle hold on the market. They are familiar names and their consistent performance has kept them on top... it will be hard to take their crowns...
Lol I got up at 5:45 this morning... i still haven't even eaten breakfast
Ehhhhh I disagree, for one, they have always had a cult following and most people already know about them, but avoid them because Nvidia makes a better product.
HBM is cool and all... but it doesn't equate to performance that is leaps and bounds better.
If that is not an option for you. You could also just replace the screen on the laptop. If the laptop is still fairly new, it might be worth it to go that route.
If it is just an old laptop and she really needs a new one... This one seems to be decent. But be aware, if she has never worked on a laptop of this size, the keyboard could become frustration to type on. They are typical smaller than you average keyboard.
You can find some deals on dell's website under "deals>outlet" and also check their coupons section.
You can get an Inspiron 15 for about $300 with a coupon!
It definitely could be a HDD issue. Could just be wear and tear making the drive louder than normal. If there is an actual issue it will show up in diagnostics.
I am hoping the Der being the experienced long time HHer he is has already run some diagnostics though