Originally Posted by Robbie8714
Hello, I purchased a MX7525 a little over a week ago. I love this laptop. But like everything else I want it faster. In the near future I'm going to bump up the RAM to 1.5 and install a 7,200 RPM hard drive. I have uninstalled all the programs I don't want. I think I might do a clean install of XP pro on it. I was wondering what you guys think of this. Do you think doing a clean install will speed it up? Also if I do a clean install what drivers and programs do I need to get it going. Thanks -Robbie
Yes, doing a clean install with the latest drivers will speed things up. I would suggest using Norton Ghost (http://restore.wiredby.com
) to make a backup disk of the original installation before you do anything, just in case you decide to sell it in the future. I believe the MX7525 comes with XP MCE, which is a mix of XP Home, XP Pro, and Microsoft's Media Center application. If you need to pick up an XP Pro disc, just buy the upgrade disc (if you're a student you can snag one for $90). That's what I did with my 7405GX because it came with XP Home. Check out FiZi's wonderful site for the latest drivers (http://emachines.fizi.ca/index.php
). For the hard drive, your two basic choices are Seagate or Hitachi. Seagate is the quieter of the two and Hitachi is the better-performing of the two (Hitachi is noisier though, more like a small desk drive). I have the Hitachi in my 7405gx and it gets quite toasty. You can find either drive for about $180 shipped in 100gb capacities. Hitachi also offers 60 and 80gb models. I tossed my internal drive into this Firewire/USB enclosure, which is working surprisingly well: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817146604
The biggest improvement will be the ram. This is where I saw the biggest performance boost. The 7200rpm hard drive helps you boot up faster and open apps/files quicker, but the ram is where the main difference lies. If you don't mind performing surgery on your MX7525, you can actually upgrade it up to a full 2 gigs. It takes 1gb per slot, despite what the manual says. I'm running 2gb in mine and it absolutely screams. You can pick up a gig of Crucial ram for about $100 each right now, which is an awesome deal considering I got the low-end generic stuff for $140 a year or so ago. So in a nutshell:
1. Install 2gb ram (don't forget to run memtest86+) 2. Install a 100gb 7200rpm hard drive 3. Do a fresh install of XP Pro Total cost is about $500 for all these upgrades ($180/hard drive, $200/ram, $90/XP Pro, plus shipping). A bit pricey but if you got your laptop for $1,300, you'll have spent a total of $1,800 for a laptop that kicks every other laptop's rear in bang-for-the-buck.