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Freezing and spazzing Vista


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#1 dstrt

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 07:49 PM

Help!

So, recently my Vista laptop has been giving me trouble and spazzing out every other minute.

Dumbly I thought that this was occurring because I had not yet downloaded the newest Windows update. Booting my computer after the Service Pack 2 was even more painful. Now I uninstalled all of that nonsense off the machine, but it's still freezing and making a weird clicking noise (processor?)!

I did a Disk Cleanup, scanned for viruses (none), threw out unnecessary programs, and it's still freezing up. This usually happens when I'm trying to do, say, two things at once -- like I'm using a web browser and I would like to open up winamp and listen to music. Every now and then at performing two activities at once, the laptop just stops for around 2-3 minutes. Why is this? Is it the Vista? Or something wrong with the hardware?

I hope it's not the hardware, the computer is basically 6 months old. But this ticking noise it makes when it stops is worrisome. Since I can't find any viruses, I have no idea what to do. Help?

Thanks so much for your insight

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 08:28 PM

Clicking noise may be coming from laptop's hard drive, which would mean, it's on its last legs.
Back up your data right away.

Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.

NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, unfortunately, you're out of luck, because Toshiba doesn't provide any diagnostic tool.

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