My usually smooth running hp Pavilion a819n desktop has, over the past 2 - 3 weeks, exhibited a series of non-optimal behaviors starting with freeze ups while watching YouTube videos. These required hard shutdowns to recover from. Next, I noticed what seems to be random slow responses (30 secs. to 2 min.) to various commands such as right-clicks, opening folders and saving files among others. These can disappear with the next operation. No pattern is discernable to me. A couple of days ago, I woke to find a BSOD displayed. This morning I had another BSOD and this one mentioned wsimd.sys. A Google search led to a number of scanners to “update drivers”. I am suspicious of “Fix-It-Alls” as I call them. I am not certain if; a. This is the problem or, b. This is the only problem. For now, I assume they are all related due to proximity in time. I need guidance.
The OS is Windows XP Home SP3. All updates applied. I have not installed any new software recently. In it’s history, it’s memory has been increased to 1 GB and a second, internal 1.5 TB HD added. Otherwise, the machine is as it came from HP. It is connected to the internet and a simple home network with file sharing via a wireless adapter. (Security ON.) The OS alone is installed on the “C” drive with everything else, including My Documents and Ghost backup points of the “C” drive, on the big “D” drive. I do routine drive clean ups and defragments. I have run Spybot SD with no problems found. I have also run check disc with the same results. I don’t see anything in Event Viewer that gives me any hints. I have seen one display which gives me pause. When I use Windows Defragmenter to analyze the “C” drive, despite the fact that it has 87% free space, the graphic display shows solid blue across almost the whole drive as if it were close to full. (See attachment below) The display of the “D” drive looks normal showing approx. 73% free space indicating this is not a malfunction of the graphic display. In addition, I have Auslogic Defragmenter installed and it’s graphic display is normal for the “C” drive.
Please, can someone lead me out of this morass and into the sunlight?