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12-14-2022 02:54 AM
About a week after upgrading to windows 11, my gaming laptop has been charging extremely slowly which it has never done before. I've tried running battery tests and the AC Adapter tests from the HP Support Assistant, ( which says both are running fine), as well as uninstalling & reinstalling the "Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery" and restarting my device but nothing has worked so far. If someone could help with this issue that would be much appreciated.
12-15-2022 04:30 AM
1. Check for malware, spyware and viruses
This stage is quite a given. If something is loading slowly on your computer, 99% of the time it's because there's something in the background that's hogging all the resources.
You'll want to make sure you're running a standard malware scan on your system. If you suspect something is already on the machine, you'll probably want to scan the system before the operating system even loads.
You also want to make sure there is no malware running on your router which is unlikely, but definitely possible!
2. Check if the proxy server is found
If used correctly, a proxy server can be a very convenient way to protect your privacy or bypass Internet restrictions. However, if configured incorrectly, a proxy server can cause all sorts of problems, one of which is "seemingly" slow web page loading.
You'll want to check your proxy server settings and make sure all your internet traffic isn't being routed through a hacker living in China. Malware and spyware installed on your computer also tend to enable a proxy server on your computer so that they can capture all of your internet traffic.
3. Run a speed test
The first thing you should check is whether your connection as a whole is slow or if it is really only affecting website traffic. The easiest way to do this is by searching for "speed test" on Google and then select the Run Speed Test button. It will take a few seconds and then show you how fast your connection is.
The numbers should more or less add up to the speed you paid for. If the numbers are very low or lower than normal, this is a clue that the problem is not with your Windows 10 PC. If at all possible, run the speed test from your mobile phone or another computer to eliminate Windows 10 and your PC as the culprit.
4. Visit Isitdownrightnow.com
This tip is relevant to situations where a specific website or group of websites does not work properly. All you need to do is visit a site like isitdownrightnow.com and check if the site is down just for you or for everyone. This simple test can save you a lot of frustration!
5. Restart everything
Before you panic, just restart each link in the chain. This means restarting the computer, restarting the router (and if applicable) restarting the fiber access point.
This is a pretty crude way to try and fix the problem, but since so many mysterious problems can be solved with a restart, it's a pretty easy and simple thing to try. If web pages still load slowly, then you should try to find the problem, but if it's rare then don't worry about it and just perform the boot ritual when it happens.
6. Check your system load
Web pages may not seem like something that requires a lot of system resources, but modern websites can actually put a strain on your computer. So when a web page performs poorly, you should check how heavy the load on your system is:
Select Task Manager
Select the Performance tab
On the Performance tab, check if your CPU, memory, or disk usage is near 100%. If the system is under a lot of stress, it can affect the loading performance of your website.
Close the web browser tabs you are done with. Close programs you don't need and generally try to reduce system load to see if that helps.
7. Check your network load
If your internet connection is shared with other people or other devices, the problem may actually be that one of those devices is hogging all the bandwidth! Modern Wi-Fi routers do a pretty good job of making sure everyone gets a fair share of the available speed.
However, it can still happen, to make sure it's not a local bandwidth hog, disconnect all other devices from the router and see if the problem resolves itself.
You should also consider changing your WiFi password, in case you have unwanted guests overloading your connection with high-bandwidth applications such as Netflix, torrents, or game downloads.
8. Check if cloud sync
Do you use DropBox, iCloud, Google One or any of the other popular cloud storage services? You may be seeing slow website speed due to a large or ongoing file sync operation.
While syncing local files in the cloud mostly consumes upstream bandwidth, if you or someone you've shared folders with on your cloud drive you've transferred large files to the cloud drive, it may start downloading to your system, depending on your system settings. So disable or pause any ongoing cloud sync to see if that's why web pages are loading so slowly.
9. Start a metered connection
Occasionally Windows 10 can be really greedy with bandwidth. Especially if you downloaded a big update in the background.
If you suspect that updates are increasing your connection speed, try switching your WiFi or Ethernet connection to a metered connection. This will conserve your bandwidth and total data usage. With the added bonus that only critical updates are performed automatically. In some cases, you may even want to stop updates altogether.
10. Flush your DNS cache
This tip is mainly relevant to situations where it seems that only certain sites have loaded slowly or not at all.
Your computer caches a list of websites and their IP addresses to speed up access to the websites you visit frequently. The problem is that this information may become corrupted or out of date. If the cached IP address no longer works, you can try flushing the DNS cache. This will force your computer to get the correct IP address from the server, rather than searching local records for this information.
It's also pretty easy to do:
Open CMD using the Start menu
Type ipconfig /flushdns and click enter
that's it. You can return to the browser and try to open the site again.
11. Try a different DNS provider
While we're on the subject of DNS, you should know that not all DNS providers are created equal. Some are faster to resolve your computer's request to the IP address attached to a particular URL. Most people use their ISP's DNS server, but if you shop around there are better options.
Google's DNS servers are the easiest to recommend. which are both safe and fast. You might also consider using Smart DNS
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