This is my first ever post here so bear with me please.
I am running Win XP SP2 on an old and decrepid evesham laptop. Ever since I've had it (about 4 years) it keeps freezing and/or crashing at what seems to be random intervals. The problem is primarily a system freeze, ie. no mouse or keyboard response, HD shuts off, desktop freezes. There is no pattern to this, i may be browsing the net, downloading, playing music or watching a video, or heaven forbid when rendering audio or video (which is the most infuriating!).
Now, i wouldn't say that i'm an expert with computers but i'm not green either, what i'd like is a second opinion before i go out and spend any money that i don't have! lol
I have, in the course of analysing this problem, made sure that the problem is NOT a virus/trojan/worm/adware/spyware/rootkit, so that's out of the window to start with. I know this for sure because the same problem happens after a fresh install BEFORE i've connected to the internet.
After much messing about I think I have traced the problem back to the hard drive, i say this because of the odd BSOD incident that occurs, this is rare but when it does happen it's down to an NTFS.sys error 0x24, which is fixable, and i have on several occasions sorted this out without incident using the recovery console.
The most recent attempt at a final solution has been to update all of the associated drivers as recommended by 'drivermagic', this unfortunately resulted in total disaster, in the form of BSOD 'unmountable boot partition', finding it impossible to even mount the drive in order to repair the file system I have been forced to sacrifice three months of unbacked-up work (yes I know
) and format the drive, grrr!
The only thing I can think of is that the HDD is just old and knackered, bad sectors, geometry out of whack etc. After all, this laptop has been through some tough times! There is nothing to be found relevant to this in the event veiwer and as far as I can tell everything else is ship-shape and bristol fashion!
What I would like to know is, is there anything else that could cause this kind of debacle? or is my final solution of a new HDD the only way to go?
Thank you in advance, and I hope that maybe one day I might be able to help someone else out with thier problem! I've dragged the odd PC back from the abyss in my time which is why this has me so spooked, i'm out of answers!