Hi there...30 year old married father of two wonderful children (son 9, daughter 2-1/2) here. I'm a Facilities Manager by day and the Managing Editor at OriolesHangout.com
I own a Compaq Presario (2.7 GHz Intel Celeron processor, 512 MB RAM, 120 GB HD running Windows XP) and recently bought a Gateway laptop (Intel Pentium Dual Core Mobile processor, 1024 MB RAM, 120 GB HD running Windows Vista Home Premium) and have had trouble with both.
The Presario is 3 or 4 years old and has grown progressively slow in its age. I've run registry cleaners, anti-spyware, virus software, windows washers, deleted temporary internet files, etc. with no noticeable improvement. I'm guessing one of those hijackthis logs is in order, but the "how to post a hijack this log) links I've found on this message board are broken.
The laptop's hard drive crashed 5 weeks after I bought it brand-new. It was fine one minute, I walked away, came back an hour later, it was frozen, did a hard reboot, and got the dreaded blue screen. At first it said there was a corrupt .dll file, but then it wouldn't even start Windows. I did everything Gateway tech support told me, but the ultimate conclusion was hard drive failure. They sent me a new one for free and everything is great now except when it goes to "sleep" and I try to wake it, it locks up. Every time.
I'll post this in a more appropriate forum when I'm finished, but I thought it was worth mentioning what brought me here.
Wish me luck!!!