11-07-2012 08:35 AM - edited 11-07-2012 09:52 AM
Like many other people, I've been disappointed with the molasses-slow behavior of my NB305 netbook. It's slow in every respect: startup, shutdown, opening programs, running programs, etc. Everything takes much longer than it should. I know that the underpowered processor is the main culprit, and there's not much I can do about that. Adding memory did not help at all. I'm trying to figure out whether I can improve performance even a little by getting rid of all or most of the programs Toshiba loaded on to this underpowered paperweight. In particular, I'm wondering which programs I need to keep, if any. I don't want to get rid of something I truly need, but I suspect that most of the following don't fall into that category (the list comes from Revo Uninstaller's list of installed programs):
TOSHIBA eco Utility
TOSHIBA Flash Cards Support Utility
TOSHIBA Hardware Setup
TOSHIBA HDD Protection
TOSHIBA SSD Alert
TOSHIBA Media Controller
TOSHIBA PC Health Monitor
TOSHIBA Quality Application
TOSHIBA Recovery Media Creator
TOSHIBA Supervisor Password
TOSHIBA USB Sleep and Charge Utility
TOSHIBA Value Added Package
TOSHIBA Web Camera Application
Thanks in advance for your help.
11-09-2012 10:52 AM
The most important to keep, in my opinion, are the Toshiba Value Added Package and Toshiba Flash Cards Support Utility. You should also create a set of recovery media before removing the Recovery Media Creator.
11-09-2012 11:04 AM
THIS Support Bulletin explains what they are all for. You decide but definitely listen to Peter's advice.
02-10-2013 12:53 PM
I believe you can safely remove all the programs listed. However, I would advise you against removing several of the programs since Toshiba is a better prospect for its hardware than other third party developers. Nevertheless, if you are confident that other programs are compatible with your hardware and will perform the functions you want or need, I don't think there should be any problem removing those programs. I do like their utilities but you also have RevoUninstaller so that can allow you to perform some of the same functions using the Windows OS features. Also, Toshiba's recovery app should not be removed in case you wish to reinstall components that came with your system at a later date. Good luck.
05-20-2013 05:29 PM
I'm very embarrassed that it has taken me so long to reply. MANY THANKS to Peter, cbwilsha, and Bill for your helpful replies. I'm beginning to think, though, that even removing many of these programs would not give the netbook the zip it needs. The processor is simply too weak. I think the answer is to look for a more powerful ultra-lightweight computer. It's been more than three years since I bought the netbook; I'm hoping that in that time, some much more powerful but equally light weight machines have become available.
05-21-2013 08:47 AM
While the term "netbook" isn't used much anymore, you may want to look at Ultrabooks. The term refers to Intel-based laptops that are very thin and light but still powerful. Good luck with your future purchases!
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