Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:27 PM
My system is getting very stubborn. When I click on pretty well anything lately I can hear the fan start to run really loud while the little 'connecting' thingie (screenshot attached) starts spinning and spinning...and spinning for sometimes up to two or three minutes or longer, then the program/site I clicked on eventually loads, then the fan quiets down but still audible. Occasionally, when it takes too long I have to resort to the Ctrl/Alt/delete and try again. Sometimes the spinning connecting thingie will start to spin and freeze at which point I can't stop it, I can't close it, doesn't matter what I click, nothing works while it's frozen, again the Ctrl/Alt/delete. Last night I tried running a scandisk in Safe Mode but when it went through phases 1,2 and 3, then went to phase 4 I sat there for 2 and 1/2 hours and in that time all it did was show only one little black block of movement. Those little black blocks that show progression of completion, like 1%, 2% etc., so I gave up and quit. I then tried a Microsoft security essentials scan, still in safe mode, and that took about an hour to get to only 4%, and at three o'clock in the morning I wasn't going to wait any more so I quit that too.
Any and all assistance/recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
OOPs, by the way:
Windows XP Home Edition
Service Pack 3
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT (256 MB)
Physical Memory 2046 MB 917 used, 1131 free
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel® Core2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2046 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 238409 MB, Free - 185583 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0RY007
Antivirus: PC Cleaner Pro, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disabled