My Compaq HP laptop has been acting up lately.  It is a Windows 7 machine, born about 2009.  That makes it old in computer terms, so I have been thinking it is probably over the hill.

The screen will sometimes go completely black, then go back to where I left off.  It shimmers a bit in transition.

Lately, the black screen stays up until I move my mouse.

We are very fortunate to have several IT/computer experts in the family.  One of our sons has given me some guidance to see if we can’t save the machine.  If we can’t, I’ll replace it with a desktop, since it is next to impossible to do any hardware changes on a laptop.

While I was poking around, I found a curious pop-up advisor with some awesome advice.  I can’t tell you now how I found it on my machine, but Microsoft says, “ReadyBoost can speed up your computer by using storage space on most USB flash drives and flash memory cards. When you plug a ReadyBoost -compatible storage device into your computer, the AutoPlay dialog box offers you the option to speed up your computer using ReadyBoost . If you select this option, you can choose how much memory on the device to use for this purpose.

“When you set up a device to work with ReadyBoost , Windows shows you how much space it recommends you allow it to use for optimal performance. For ReadyBoost to effectively speed up your computer, the flash drive or memory card should have at least 1 gigabyte (GB) of available space. If your device doesn’t have enough available space for ReadyBoost , you’ll see a message telling you to free some space on the device if you want to use it to speed up your system.

FlashDrive“You can enable or disable ReadyBoost for a specific flash drive or other removable storage device.”

To turn ReadyBoost on or off  (Click image to enlarge)
1.Plug a flash drive or flash memory card into your computer.
2.In the Autoplay dialog box, under General options, click Speed up my system.
3.In the Properties dialog box, click the ReadyBoost tab, and then do one of the following:
•To turn ReadyBoost off, click Do not use this device.
•To use the maximum available space on the flash drive or memory card for ReadyBoost , click Dedicate this device to ReadyBoost. Windows will leave any files already stored on the device, but it’ll use the rest to boost your system speed.
•To use less than the maximum available space on the device for ReadyBoost , click Use this device, and then move the slider to choose the amount of available space on the device you want to use.
4.Click OK.

However, that was not the first chore in trying to get rid of the black screen pop up.

The first thing was to adjust the power setting:
Review your computers status
View performance information
Adjust power settings
(choose power saver)
(PC will run a scan to see where you can delete unnecessary files)

I was able to delete a gazillon temporary and backup files that have been hanging around forever.  This all took a great deal of time.

The black screen?

We will see.




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