Posted 01 November 2008 - 01:34 AM
I'm using Windows XP SP3. I've had no issues up until about 4 or 5 days ago. I don't know of anything I've done differently, and I've checked for viruses, adware, malware, etc. and my system is clean. Here's the problem:
There seems to be serious lag with my toolbar etc. loading up initially. When they finally come up, I can't get the Start menu to respond. Sometimes when I click on it, it pops up, but I can't go beyond that. More times than not, however, it doesn't respond at all. I can launch programs via Windows Task Manager > File > New Task and manually entering the path/file name of the application I want to run. However, if I attempt to use the "Browse" function, it's like with the start menu, usually no response, however occasionally it'll bring up the directory list. From there, no response.
My desktop is a little more responsive, but when I right-click on an object in my desktop it either (you guessed it) has no response, or brings up the right-click menu only to not respond to commands.
If I run in Safe Mode w/ Networking (as I am at this moment) everything responds as it should. I've tried running a system restore, I get the ol' "System Restore has encountered a problem and needs to close" and it wants to send an error report. This happens both in safe mode and with Windows loading "normally" (although there's nothing normal about it at the moment, obviously.)
I uninstalled SP3 and reinstalled it to see if that'd help, but no dice.
Oh, one last thing. The first night it started acting up, I'd rebooted my pc. When my pc restarted, I got the title screen for eMachines followed by a lovely black screen with the message Operating System Not Found. I rebooted and it loaded fine. Several times over the course of that first night (I can't remember exactly but I'd say 4-6 times) this happened on reboot, but it's not happened to me any other times since that first night I had problems.
Any help would be great. I intend to buy a new computer in a couple of weeks anyways, but I was intending on putting this pc in my four year old's room for him to play his little educational games on. Thanks in advance.