Posted 05 April 2009 - 08:17 PM
Over the past 6 months my computer has been in a state of disarray; it is hard to do anything with speed anymore. This must be the most complicated problem I have ever seen, and I am still unsure whether or not it is a hardware, software or vista error. I will make a list of symptoms my computer shows, along with what I have done already to try to fix it.
Feel free to move this topic as I am unsure of whether or not this error is Vista/hardware/(other)software related.
On startup, it is most likely that I receive an error message that says my Disc drive failed to load, or a vista error saying, "Vista Failed to start" and is currently missing one of the following files: system.exe and startup.exe. If I receive the first error message I will simply leave for about 4 hours by which, for some reason, the disc drive error will no longer occur. If the second error reoccurs after the first one, I will put in the Windows vista disc and it will say that there are problems in my registry, and it corrects those errors, and I am able to startup.
Once in Windows Vista...
Finally, sometimes after hours of patience, I am able to access my computer, but I am still not finished. After 17 seconds (timed) of no disc usage, my computer will go frantic and read about 200,000,000 bytes of information given by svchost.exe. There are about seven copies of svchost.exe, which I have looked into in other online forums, and they are all apparently used for vista services. This goes on for about 15-20 minutes, and eventually dies down to none as it is as I am writing this message.
My Ram usage is currently at 788 MB, which I am unsure of whether or not it is an irregularity or a normality, and it is 38% of my computer's 2 GB total. It is DDR2 ram, and before this problem arose, it was at about 28 %.
Sometimes, especially when I am playing a game, my computer will randomly freeze. My mouse is still free to move around the screen, so it is not a dead freeze, but I cannot open, close, move or use any applications. On occasion, if I wait, also known as whether I am feeling patient or not, it will unfreeze depending on how long I wait.
So far I've run countless spyware scans, even though I am quite certain that it is not a virus or spyware issue, defragmented my hard drive, updated all of my drivers and have been driven crazy by this problem. I've considered wiping my hard drive clean with a disaster restore kit my manufacturer sent with the computer, but I would be very disappointed if my hard drive was not the issue and I had just lost all my valuables. I've changed SATA ports on my motherboard for my hard drive, which did absolutely nothing. The manufacturer provided a 3 year warranty, but that means I would have to ship my computer all the way to California for 5 weeks, and they provide free phone technical support, which I will try tomorrow.
So, what do you think?