Help! I don't know what's wrong with my computer!
Posted on 2004-11-17
I have a Compaq Presario 1685 and I am running Windows XP SP2 (Pro. Ed.). I recently formatted my hard drive and installed the current version of Windows. I had XP SP1 (Home Ed) before I upgraded.
Here's the problem:
My computer has always done this thing where the cursor flips out. It goes to the bottom left part of my screen and won't let me move it more than a few inches away before jumping back to the corner. It also has a tendency to jump around the screen and left-click menus pop up. It pretty much just goes berserk. This has happened ever since I put XP on my computer. I upgraded the touchpad driver from Compaq's website, but that didn't help at all. I used to think it was because my computer didn't like the Logitech driver for my roll button mouse, but that is not the case because I have not re-installed, nor used a mouse since I formatted my hard drive.
Also, and this is very very frustrating, my computer seems to hang when shutting down. I have to manually turn it off. When I turn it back on, all the green LED lights turn on, but nothing happens. Nothing happens on the screen, but my hard drive makes the normal noise like it's booting up and the fan turns on. Everything is normal, except my computer won't boot. I don't even get the manufacturer splash screen. I usually have to wait about 30 minutes before it will start up. The computer isn't hot, so it can't be the fan. I'm thinking it could be the mother board?
I tried using Compaq's partition deletion about 2 weeks ago, and I think that might have been what did it since my computer started doing that after I tried to delete the partition (which failed). However, would I have still been able to reformat my hard drive if it was corrupted by the partition deletion?
Also, after my cursor goes berserk, my computer freezes. Sometimes the cursor doesn't even go berserk, everything just freezes. This is frustrating because I then have to wait 30 minutes to an hour or two before my computer will work again.
Anyone who can help me would be greatly appreciated. I'm thinking I'm just going to convert the old piece of junk into a toaster and get a new computer as soon as I can afford it.