Seagate bararcuda 7200.7
OS Win XP home
I don't know where to start as my computer has developed many problems in past week.
One problem i have is that when i try and boot from a start up disc i can't get into the C drive. Just get a 'invaled drive specification' prompt. Someone who fixes computers at work thought i may have a bios virus so i wanted to flash bios. Asus's instructions include booting from a floppy and copying awdflash and new bios file onto C:\ drive and running utility from there.
The other problems include taking ages to log on (not boot up). Especially having logged on and off having been on-line (??!!). Tends to be OK after fresh boot until i go online that is (BT Broadband).
MS word (Office XP) hangs.
Virus scanners say system is clear (Norton AV 2002 and online scan (PC-cillin))
Have re-installed windows onto brand new HD. wanted one anyway to make backing up easy. Seemed OK for while but same issues returned within a few hours..... have used old HD as data back up.
I originally felt the problems were caused after using 'reg first aide' to clean up registry. Hence re-install. But now after re-install problems remain.
Any ideas welcome. don't know how to figure out if this is a virus or not. Am tempted to format and re-intall windows and leave old HD on sideboard!! What stops me is the thought it may be a boot sector virus or other such thing that will evade the format.
What would be really helpful would be some advice as to what steps i need to take to try and figure out what is going on.