Have you ever had days when your computer is just ridiculously slow and typing a short paragraph takes you several minutes instead of seconds?
Whether it’s Facebook, Google, the Address Bar, a Blog Post or even Notepad that you’re typing into, the letters show up half a second to 3 seconds later and it takes you an absolute AGE to get anything written. Sometimes the cursor will skip to the middle of the last sentence and it’ll look like gobbledygook (Is that how it’s spelt?;)).
Well I had this problem today and figured “If i’m having this issue, odds on others are having it too” – So I popped over to Google and had a little search.
JEEZ!! There’s a TON of folk having this keyboard lag problem and hundreds of forum threads and blog posts that give you possibilities of what may be wrong with your Laptop or PC. However, most of these places only give you a snippet of what to look for when you’re trying to fix that slow typing problem.
So, I decided to tie them all together and give you the definitive fixes to get your computer back to it’s normal speed.
I’m going to be using Mozilla Firefox for this example, but the workarounds are pretty similar in IE / Chrome / Safari etc.
OK Step 1,
DISABLE All Add-Ons, Personas & Extensions
Disabling an add-on will turn it off without removing it:
- At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button (Tools menu in Windows XP), and then click Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.
- In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Extensions or Appearance or Plugins panel.
- Select the add-on you wish to disable
- Click the Disable button.
- Click Restart now if it pops up. Your tabs will be saved and restored after the restart.
(To re-enable the add-on, find it in the list of Add-ons and click Enable, then restart Firefox.)
Still Having Problems? No Worries… on to STEP 2
Uninstalling Recent Java Updates
Keeping old and unsupported versions of Java on your system presents a serious security risk plus can bloat and slow down your computer.
Uninstalling older versions of Java from your system ensures that Java applications will run with the most up-to-date security and performance improvements on your system.
Remove older versions of Java in the same way as you would remove any other software from your Windows computer.
Windows 7 and Vista – Uninstall Programs
- Click Start
- Select Control Panel
- Select Programs
- Click Programs and Features
- Select the program you want to uninstall by clicking on it, and then click the Uninstall button.
You may need administrator privileges to remove programs.
Windows XP – Uninstall Programs
- Click Start
- Select Control Panel
- Click the Add/Remove Programs control panel icon
- The Add/Remove control panel displays a list of software on your system, including any Java software products that are on your computer. Select any that you want to uninstall by clicking on it, and then click the Remove button.
NB: Older versions of Java may appear in the program list as J2SE Runtime Environment or Java 2 Runtime Environment.
After this, do a System Reboot. See you in 5:)
Most of you will now find that your typing speed is back to normal. However, if the first 2 speps didn’t cure your slow typing lag, then it looks like you’ve got some serious proccesses running in the background that are bloating your system causing it to dramatically slow down and this can easily be addressed in Step 3.
Most people know that the more programs you have running on your computer at any one time, the more likely it is that your computer will either run slowly or even crash. What most people don’t know is that every time you boot your computer a whole load of “hidden” programs load in the background. Some of these hidden programs are essential, but most aren’t. Turning off some of these hidden programs using MSCONFIG can significantly increase your computer’s performance and reliability.
To access MSCONFIG in Windows 7 click “Start” and type “MSCONFIG” (without the speech marks)
In Windows XP click “Start” > “Run” and type “MSCONFIG” (without the speech marks)
You should now have the MSCONFIG box up on screen: Click the “Startup” Tab
When your computer starts up, it will automatically load up a ton of programs that you don’t need but will run in the background, clogging up and slowing down your machine. For example, on my setup Quicktime by Apple is set to run even when i’m not using it – That’s silly, so i’ve disabled it. Simple:)
NB: Only untick programs that you recognise as some of them will be neccessary for Windows to run smoothly. If you’re not sure about a program either google “Is it safe for me to disable *program name*” or check out http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_search.php which has a huge list of which programs are safe to disable or not!!
Once you have ticked / unticked your startup programs, hit “apply”, “OK” and then reboot.
By using the above methods i’ve sped up my machine considerably and it’s faster now than when I got it out of the box.
Have a great day folks and if you found this post useful spread the love with either a comment, like or share etc. Cheers!!