If your Toshiba laptop starts to act up: running slow, freezing up more often, or crash randomly, etc; You'd better pay attention. Because the situation can get worse if you leave the problems alone, plus, a slow computer may affect your health according to new research.
It does not matter whether you are using an old Toshiba Satellite or a brand new one, it will run slower over time. Similar to a car, without proper maintenance, its life will end much sooner.
But don't worry that much, as in this guide we're going to share with you the solutions to tackle different types of computer performance issues. Hopefully you'll figure out the reasons why your Toshiba laptop runs slow or freezes, and more importantly get them fixed.
Note: this guide is made to tune up Toshiba laptops (Satellite, Portege, T-series, C-series, A-series, etc) that run with a Windows (7, 8, 10) operating system and can boot normally. If it won't start up, call Toshiba support immediately and take your computer for further technical diagnosis.
Issue 1: Toshiba Laptop Mouse Frozen
Symptoms: the laptop touchpad or external USB mouse cursor randomly freezes or won't work when you try to move it around.
How to unfreeze:
- Step 1: test if the touchpad is enabled. Press "Fn" + "F9" keys at the same time (for some Toshiba models, try "F5" alone instead). This keyboard shortcut is designed to enable or disable the touchpad software. Now see if it works.
- Step 2: if step 1 doesn't work out. Now shut down your computer, remove the power cord, flip over your laptop and remove the battery, then put the battery back and plug in the power cable, turn on your Toshiba. This should make it work.
Issue 2: Toshiba Laptop Overheating
Symptoms: your laptop heats up very quickly with fan noise, and sometimes it shuts down unexpectedly.
- Your heatsink's radiator is dusty and is unable to properly cool down the CPU.
- Your laptop is exposed to an environment with high temperature.
- You are running multiple heavy programs (Adobe Photoshop, video editing, etc) at once, using lots of system resources.
- You are playing games with external console connected, and your Toshiba laptop's hardware is not advanced enough.
- Clean the heatsink. See the video tutorial (below).
- Buy a laptop cooling mat or pad.
- If your laptop is a bit old, try avoid running several programs at once. Gaming is discouraged as well.
Issue 3: Toshiba Laptop Slow On Startup
Symptoms: your laptop takes much longer to fully start up to desktop screen. Even worse, it freezes up on startup and you have to force restart.
- Too many auto startup items.
- Windows is installing updates.
- Your computer is infected with malware.
How to optimize:
- Remove or disable programs and services automatically run on startup. Learn how to do from this How-to Geek article.
- Change Windows Update settings to avoid auto update. See here.
- Run a malware scan with a system security software and get rid of any malicious programs.
Issue 4: Toshiba Laptop Slow While Browsing Internet
Symptoms: your web browser (IE, Chrome, Firefox, etc) is super slow to load web pages. Sometimes it just hangs and becomes unresponsive. In rare situations, the browser crashes.
- Your Internet connection is slow or weak. In this case, web page loading performance has nothing to do with your laptop system.
- The webpages you are browsing contains Adware — lots of flash ads, consuming lots of system resources to load.
- Your open too many tabs or windows at the same time.
- Your web browser is loaded with plugins, extensions.
- You are using a lower-version or slow web browser. Beware that some web browsers use more resources than others.
How to speed up:
- Check the internet access speed with your internet provider. If you are connected via Wi-Fi, move to a spot closer to the router.
- Run your antivirus software to check and get rid of Adware plugins or services. Or check out this MalwareTip article for how.
- Optimize your web browsing habit: close those pages you don't view.
- Remove or disable plugins you don't use any more.
- Use a modern browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox. And make sure it's up to date.
Issue 5: Toshiba Laptop Keeps Freezing
Symptoms: your laptop is frozen after 5 to 10 minutes, or it freezes randomly from time to time; When that happens, it either comes with a page delay or becomes totally unresponsive — and you have to force quit the browser or restart your computer.
- Overheating, as introduced in the "Issue 2" section.
- Third-party software issue, especially those applications tend to require more resources (RAM, CPU) to run smoothly.
- Device driver issues. Drivers are the bridges for hardware to communicate with operating system, if they get corrupted or dated, the computer system can freeze.
- Cluttered system registry errors.
- Your Toshiba laptop's specifications are lower than optimal for running with current Windows operating system.
- Computer viruses.
- Refer back to "Issue 2" for how to solve overheating problems.
- Make sure all your third-party programs are latest versions. Also try to avoid multitasking — opening several programs at once.
- Update device drivers to most current version, and uninstall problematic drivers.
- Run CCleaner to detect and fix all windows registry errors.
- Downgrade to a lower Windows OS. Here is a tutorial on how to go back to Windows 7 or 8 from latest Windows 10.
- Once again, run spyware check on a regular basis.
Issue 6: Toshiba Laptop Runs Slow In General
Symptoms: your laptop is still slow and glitchy, and you've applied some of the solutions introduced above.
- Too many external devices (e.g., printer, USB, camera card, etc) are connected.
- Your hard drive is almost full.
- Lack of memory (RAM).
- Aging, failing hard disk drive (HDD).
How to fix:
- Unburden your Toshiba by unplugging those peripheral devices.
- Clean up hard drive. You can either do this manually or rely on a program called CleanMyPC to save time. Either way, you should start with those folders where large, duplicated items exist, transfer or remove them. Also, don't forget to uninstall those programs you don’t usually use as they could take quite some disk space.
- Upgrade hardware. If you prefer a cheaper way, add more RAM; If you can afford an SSD, go ahead and order one from Amazon or Crucial.com, the investment will boost your Toshiba laptop and take the performance to a new level. However, a decent SSD can cost you a couple of hundred bucks.
It can be very frustrating to see a normal laptop starts to run slow or suffer many other issues. Due to the nature of digital products — everything's got a lifespan, it's sometimes inevitable to see such things from happening. However, as long as you take care of your Toshiba with a good using habit and spend some time or money for maintenance, it can still run strong and does it does to serve your computing needs.
Do you find this guide helpful? If yes, that’s great. If no, we'd love to hear from you. Feel free to share your stories in the comment.
Either way, hope you and your Toshiba are both productive.
The content on this page was last updated on: Apr 18, 2016