I have a Dell laptop here that is acting flaky during normal computer use.
Passes memtest86, passes MHDD
I suspect: (despite MHDD pass) bad hard drive
steps taken so far: (using Acronis True Image Home 2011) backup old hard drive to second PC, bought new hard drive, restore backup
(at this point I had to run fixmbr from recovery console to get Windows to boot from the new drive. this, I suspect, had something to w/ Acronis)
result: same "flaky" behavior. programs don't open, programs hang, windows hangs, can't restart etc... no predictability. conventional wisdom tells me it was not and is not a hard drive issue
current status: the current problem is hang during windows XP repair install. right now trying wipe of new hard drive and full XP install..
this is to find out the answer to a pressing question. can a windows xp repair install fail even if there is no hardware problems? meaning there could be a possible issue w/ the current state of the install that even a repair cannot address...?
Edited by yorkred, 08 December 2010 - 06:29 PM.