Laptop seriously dying on me...

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KingOfHyrule

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Hi all, I searched through the forums already and there are a lot of similar questions to mine, but none of them answered my question.

I have an Ei System laptop running
Windows XP Home,
512MB DDRAM,
Pentium Celeron 2.6Gz,
Internal 40GB HDD, external 160GB HDD.

I only recently installed the external HDD. Prior to that, my laptop constantly chugged and had loads of problems so I decided to backup the HDD and reboot the system to factory settings. That worked perfectly well until I started installing all my old programs and hardware onto it again, and things started to get strange. After some of the programs and hardware were installed and the system rebooted, my laptop refused to even turn on. That never happened before. I had to take out the battery for a few minutes and replace it. This has stopped happening but problems are worse now.

The second I turn my laptop on, the hard drive LED stays (almost) permanently on. I know it's not a loose connection internally because the LED and HDD still functions normally, but it seems like the HDD is constantly being accessed :confused: I'm not sure, but on top of that, when I'm lucky enough to even get past the boot sequence (after an unusually long period of wait and restarts) the computer is unbelievably sluggish; programs freeze, the mouse freezes, it's as if I have driven the CPU to the limit, yet when I check Task Manager, the CPU's usage rarely goes past 30%. When it just can't cope, I'm given the BSOD and I'm told that the computer has encountered a problem and must shut down, then performs a "Physical memory dump."

It's driving me insane, it's a perfectly good laptop and has served me well for under 2 years, I'm in no position to upgrade at the minute. Has anyone any idea? The help would be most appreciated! Thanks.
 
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When you say "and reboot the system to factory settings" do you mean you reformatted and reinstalled your OS.

The symtoms are typical of going on line after a fresh format without a firewall or av. Xp will only last about 1/2 an hour on the net in that condition.

Try booting in safe mode and running your AV.
 

KingOfHyrule

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Norton Antivirus and Personal Firewall were the first things I installed on the machine after I reformatted and reinstalled the OS, yes.
 

KingOfHyrule

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Like I said, I get the BSOD which says that the computer has encountered a problem and must shut down, and then it performs a "Physical memory dump."
 
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Did you try Safe Mode?

If the bsod disappears too quickly (to see the error code), go to Control Panel -> System
then Advanced -> Startup and Recovery settings uncheck 'Automatically Restart'.
Of course you need to get into Windows to do it!
 

KingOfHyrule

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Yeah I tried Safe Mode - it wouldn't boot either...not my day is it lol

If I manage to get into Windows long enough to try that, I will and get back to you.
 

DFW

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I am no expert but it sounds like you have a harware fault, harddrive, memory, or other. Why dont you ask a moderator if this post can be moved to hardware, and wait for a expert to help.
 
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