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Notebook freezes and doesnt respond all of sudden.HELP

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We have a Toshiba portege notebook on XP pro sp3.
We encounter issue of system freezing all of a sudden and then only option to proceed is to shutdown forcefully, because the system fails to respond.

I checked event viewer log and found Event ID 7026
The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:
atapi
PCIIde

Device manager shows alls well for drivers part and no yellow exclamation marks.Appreciate your kind assistance to solve this.
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It is possible that you haven`t got the correct drivers.
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Not so, since I've installed from the disc that came along with notebook from Toshiba.
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by:rindi
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Start off with testing your RAM using memtest86+, and if that is OK after 3 passes, run the HD manufacturer's diagnostic utility on the disks. You'll find both tools on the UBCD:

http://ultimatebootcd.com

This can also often be caused by overheating, so clean out all dust. If you can't open the notebook use a can of compressed air.
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by:ibexsystems
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It might be grabbing the new drivers from the Toshiba site http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com/innovation/download_drivers_bios.jsp

It could be freezing because its over heating, if it is in warranty make sure all the fans and grills are not blocked by dust and give them a good blast with the compressed air... If its out of warranty it might be worth stripping down the laptop and giving it a good thorough clean with compressed air and see if that helps..

Also try running a diagnostic program on the laptop like Eurosofts PC Check this will let you do a full Stress test and tell you if any of the main components of the laptop are faulty.
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by:racy1
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The drive may have corrupted files or tables on it.  Right-click on the drive in Windows Explorer and run the checkdisk with repair and surface test both checked. It will need to reboot to do this. If there are problems the checkdisk will eliminate them.
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