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Answer to: Why is my computer running slow?First try cleaning up any files in your computer. Your computer's hard drive may be nearing its capacity, possibly having many unnecessary files. Having too many files clogging up your computer can easily cause it to run slowly or even crash. Try running the "Disk cleanup" tool from the start menu to remove unnecessary files (temporary files, items in the recycle bin). Hard drives are usually the first thing to fail in computers and may need to be replaced. Your hard drive may have become corrupted. If there are corrupted sectors in the hard drive, and the computer tries to store data there, your computer may run slowly or even crash. Alternatively, the memory in your computer may have become corrupted. If the computer tries to use memory to store information during normal tasks, it will almost certainly cause your computer to crash. This laptop comes with 512MB of RAM. Many modern programs require more than 512MB of RAM to run, so you may not have enough memory to perform normal tasks with your laptop. If yo...
Answer to: Why is my computer not reading discs anymore?First, check to make sure there is no debris in the CD tray, as that could be the cause of your scratched discs. Open the CD drive and give it a wipe down with a microfiber cloth to make sure there are no specks of dirt, crumbs, or anything else that could be on there but hard to see. If your discs stop getting scratched, but still do not read, the disc drive in your laptop might have stopped working properly due to normal wear and tear. There are often no ways to fix the issue as there is usually physical irreparable damage to the CD reader itself. Replacing the whole disc drive is probably the only choice.
Answer to: Why is my computer overheating?I would also try checking out the fan. Using a can of compressed air to clean out any dust or dirt can help significantly if you have never done it before (maybe even up to 10 degrees Celsius). Just as good practice, I would give it a quick blast of air every few weeks, maybe once a month... it couldn't hurt! This also applies to desktop computers. If you computer is still overheating, you may want to check out a guide for reapplying thermal paste to the CPU of your computer. If thermal paste is old and hardened, it won't draw away heat like it should and this heat could damage your computer and make it feel very hot. 'Also, using a computer for a long period of time may just make it hot, even if everything is working fine. Taking a break every few hours and allowing it to cool down should help the longevity of the computer. Alternatively purchasing a cooling pad for your laptop could allow you to comfortably work for longer.