Posted 17 May 2006 - 05:50 PM
Hello, this is my first post but I am happy to say this site has been the most helpful utility so far in saving my poor little laptop.
I am not a highly technical person so please forgive me if some of what I say in regards to my problems sounds strange.
So, I have a Dell. Inspiron 9100 with Windows XP Home.
Over the past month the poor thing has started to run slower and slower. I began to notice the issue when World of Warcraft began to randomly freeze on me. No matter how long I would wait it would never come out of the freeze so I would be forced to manually turn of the computer and it was none too happy when it was restarted.
Startup can now take up to half an hour! I assessed the startup menu and have disables many of the programs such as aol, yahoo messenger etc to try and help, but it does not always work. Sometimes I turn it on and it runs very well for an hour or so then begins to slow more and more, and sometimes I turn it on and it wont even respond enough to let me open a web browser.
Anyway, about 2 weeks ago I got a message saying that Windows had recovered from a critical error that had something to do with my video card driver. After scouring all the appropriate sites for a driver update I finally give in and call Dell at which time I'm told I need to download the ATI 9800 driver from dell.support.com.
I have done this, and sometimes my computer runs at a decent speed, but mostly I have to fight with it to get it to do even the simplest of tasks.
Pls help! I would love to have my little laptop back in working condition!
Thankyou in advance and I hope I have given enough info.