Don’t beat the primate with a stick; see if you get it to give you one!
If you are looking for a bit of a performance boost you could always try adding more system memory. I found an overall improvement in my system when I upgraded with a 256 MB stick in addition to the 128 MB stick that shipped with the computer.
The R3x series can hold up to 1 GM of RAM by using two 512 MB sticks. Depending on how much RAM you have now, it might be worth while to upgrade (as an example, for windows XP I would use at least 256 MB). One thing to keep in mind is that both of your slots might be in use, and if that is the case you will have to pull one of them and replace it with something larger.
To check what you have do the following: Turn of the computer - unplug everything & flip the laptop over and remove the battery, find the largest of the two flat panels on the back and loosen the screw (if I recall the screw is permanently attached to the panel so it will not get lost), gently lift up the panel and see what is installed.