Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:04 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. I've tried another mouse and even a wired keyboard after my arrow keys went dead while trying to reset the boot drive in BIOS. I ran a system restore,to no avail. This is on an old Dell XPS 410, running windows 7 by the way.
I also ran the computer off my old HD with XP to facilitate updating the firmware on my OCZ Vertex 3 SSD. Funny thing, though. After returning home from holiday shopping this afternoon, I noticed the problem was greatly diminished. After putting up our lights and another trip into town, the issue seems to have vanished. I was afraid that I might have a motherboard issue, but it appears to have been in the SSD, which has sped back up to what it was 8 months ago when it was new.
I'm interested in the IE reset button that you mentioned, this is the first I've heard of that. Meanwhile, I guess I'd better start saving up for an Intel SSD!