Posted 10 January 2007 - 01:43 AM
It all started when I turned on my Acer 3005 laptop one morning. It booted up came to the Windows XP Home login screen. I tried to click on my username only to discover the touchpad was unresponsive. I mistakenly thought that it was "frozen" at this screen, because I neither the keyboard nor the mouse seemed to be responding. It finally occured to me to try plugging in a mouse to see if that helped. The usb mouse worked. I was able to use the mouse again, and everything seemed fine.
Days later, the keyboard suddenly became unresponsive as well. I waited it out, and the keyboard seemed to resolve itself. Then, it came back... It is now intermentantly unresponsive/slow. Sometimes it is just a delay, or it will skip letters, other times it is 100% unresponsive, and yet at other times (like now) it is fine. 100% responsive/acurate.
Meanwhile, I realized that the CPU is running nearly constantly. The usage % rarely drops below 66% (with it running at 80-99% much of the time). This is true even when I manualy shut down/disable all non-essential start up programs.
It really "Feels" like a virus/trojen, but all scans come up clean.
Things I have done:
AVG- current and ran daily.
Symantec- ran online scan with clean results
Trendmicro House Call- ran online scan with only results being a suggestion to make a few updates to windows, which I did.
AdAware- only found usual minor suspects
Ununstalled anything recenty installed except for the program "Tunebite" which I downloaded recently (paid software, hate to uninstall this... did lots of research before & after... doesn't seem to be the problem.)
CWShredder- found nothing, and then used it to clean up history, temp files, recycle bin, cookies, offline content, etc...
Ran Disk Cleanup.
Defrag- Says it is unnessasary... I just ran this about 3 weeks ago (about 1 week before problem occured)
AboutBuster- ran in safemode twice and had it come up with nothing except that afterwards I recieved this runtime error:
Runtime error '339'
Component 'comctl32.ocx' or one of its dependencies not correctly registered: a file is missing or invalid.
(honestly, I have NO idea what to do/think about that)
Varified Startup Process... all seem to be legit.
Hmm... posting this I realized I skipped running Windows Memory Diagnostic. You'll think I should do that now?
I am simply at a loss, and at wits end. I hope I got everything in here... while the keyboard is working.
And... just in case it could be related in anyway, the powercord recently began failing. We are currently using a loner, while the original is being repaired. I really don't think it has made a difference. At first I did. The computer worked really well the first night of using it with the new cord. The next morning, it was story as usual, so I think it was just a coincidence.
Hopefully & Greatfully,