Hey guys, it's me again! I had a Virtuamonde virus (or however you spell it) last year, and ya'll were able to spare my computer's life from death via sledgehammer for which I was so thankful, so I thought I'd let you have a shot again!
Here is the deal. I've got a Dell Latitude D820 that's about a year and a half old. Within the last 6 months, things have begun going awry. First of all, each time I connect my Epson Stylus CX5000, or my roommate's HP printer to it via USB, the computer "Pseudo-freezes" for a duration of approximately 5 minutes, during which time I can move the cursor, but nothing will open or close, and the computer is pretty much non-respondant. It makes a strange sound when this occurs, it sounds like there is a cascade of data for a second, then a subtle "click", followed by a period of silence, with each of these episodes lasting about 5 seconds or so. However, after this goes on for about 5 minutes, all of a sudden it sounds like a data surge for about 5-10 seconds, and the computer carries out any commands I gave it while frozen, and finally it detects the printer and works as normal, printing things fine.
Here is the strange part...if I plug in the printer's USB cable when the computer is off, then power on the computer, it works fine and dandy the entire time! However, if I then unplug the printer USB and plug it back in, it begins the "Psuedo-freeze" episode!
Also, I have the Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition 3.2 on my computer, for which I was going to begin uploading photos to my new iPhone. Each time I click to open the Adobe Photoshop, the computer pulls up the half-screen sized red Adobe screen that, at the bottom in fine print says, "Initializing Model..." I believe. However, it freezes up at this point, and I cannot get Cntl+Alt+Del or anything to work...simply have to manually shut the computer off. I have tried deleting Adobe & re-downloading it, but the same thing happens.
A very similar event occurs when I open up my GPS program on here, Delorme Street Atlas 2006. It opens it up to the original screen, then the computer just "pseudo-freezes" again if I try to operate the program. It will finally stop and I can Control+Alt+Delete out of the program. I have tried un-installing it and re-installing several times to no avail.
I appreciate any help or advice ya'll can offer at all! I am sick of these problems!!
Thanks so much!