This laptop has started freezing after around 10 mins of activity.. Recently I removed a virus-soft spyware by deleting registry values and running malware bytes; but I dont think this is that critical.. On a recent reboot before this started happening I said yes to the windows advantage reminder at startup (usually I had cancelled it) As far as I can tell it didnt complete abnormally (but then I didnt get any messages that my windows copy was confirmed or whatever its supposed to do so maybe it didnt complete properly)
The xp version is service pack 3.. The system seems to be fine in safe network mode.. It lasts for a much longer time as far as I can tell.. I use an external monitor in 1680x1050 mode for the normal bootup (not safe network mode)
I installed the dell fan utility from the german site and it didnt tell that anything was amiss with the fan or cpu temp (the fan wasnt running mostly though at least on startup). I havent run memtest yet..
Before the freeze it has problems switching windows in the taskbar (windows dont come to the foreground easily; I have to minimize stuff for other things to show up). When it freezes it is sudden and nothing works. recently there was also a loud beep (internal pc speaker) that didnt stop till I pressed the power switch.
A few months back I recall reinstalling windows xp from the dell cds. maybe thats the only way.. In this case everything seems and works ok for approx 10 mins before the freeze.. On a couple of occasions, there was a long speaker beep. On another all window ops came to a halt as the windows were not being repainted on the deskop (so I could fill the desktop by dragging the window)
thanks.. otherwise its back to reinstall the OS (without reformat) as I cant keep working in the small laptop screen at 800x600 in safe network mode (I'd be ok with this if I can get output on my external monitor at high res)
My needs are modest.. I'd be happy with the functionality of the network safe mode at my normal graphics resolution; not 800x600 is there a program that strips windows startup services and programs to the minimal (yes, I know about msconfig but it would be nice to have a program that has more knowlege.. ancountering apple ipod with author unknown is not exactly reassuring! in msconfig.. even legit stuff by Intel is marked as unknown)
I recall that my earlier reinstall also had something to do with saying yes to windows advantage. so this has me spooked from trying it (till now when I forgot this had tripped me up earlier). Is it possible that this somehow messes up something?