I'm using an hp pavilion dv1680us laptop running Windows XP Professional. The issue I'm seeing is that, upon startup, I can't start any programs that use RUNDLL.EXE for about 10-15 minutes (I'll get into this in a minute). Also, I can hibernate or sleep exactly twice
before hibernation/sleep will simply fail upon entry (once I enter the mode, the screen goes black, and all of a sudden I pop back to Windows with the message "Failed to enter Standby" or "Failed to hibernate." I've tried turning off all the programs that might be keeping Windows from entering standby/hibernate, but to no avail.
The rundll problem is more bizarre and more annoying. I start up my computer, and everything seems normal, but if I start a program like Safari, or I double click on my battery, or try to open Sound Manager, nothing happens. I can try over and over, and some
programs work (like Firefox, Evernote, notepad, etc...) but others simply do nothing. I also have internet access but my network icons don't appear in the system tray.
Then, about 10-15 minutes later, everything I tried to do appears all at once, the network icons appear in the tray, and everything is back to normal after a spastic explosion of queued activity. I've really never seen anything like this.
Here's what I tried so far:
- Ran SFC to ensure I had genuine/uncorrupted Windows system files
- Got a clean bill of health from the Spyware section (I was tested and found clean of spyware, malware, rootkits, virii, etc) -- a huge
thanks to Grinler for all the help!!
- Updated all my drivers to the latest versions from hp.com
- Uninstalled all unnecessary programs
- Cleaned up my startup and services running via MSCONFIG
- Flashed my BIOS to the newest edition
I am running AVG Anti-Virus, AdAware SE, Spybot and I have a hardware firewall. I don't do anything stupid with my computer, and I use Firefox with NoScript, etc.
If anyone has ever seen anything like this, any information would be hugely appreciated. I've had this computer for about 3 years and I've finally customized it to my liking, so I would hate to have to re-do all that work with a full HDD wipe.