My question may be a bit long-winded so apologies for that.
I use an Acer Aspire 1801 laptop (40Gb) which is 2 years old and has become very sluggish with time. In recent weeks I've been digging into the system a bit disabling unnecessary services/startups and also getting rid of old programms/files etc.
I downloaded CCleaner and Jv16 tools to help and everything seemed to be improving. I also downloaded PerfectDisk as I heard it was a great Defrag program. The first couple of times I ran the Offline defrag it seemed to work ok, but then the problems began. The machine refused to reboot and this has happened on several occasions.
Also I found that when hitting restart it began to close down and restart normally until the window appeared, then the screen would go black. This now happens every time I press restart, or when I download a program or try to run the PD offline feature, which I've now given up on. Sometimes it takes anything from 3 to 10 attempts to get started again.
I've tried Safe Mode and Last Good Config, but if I give it a rest for a while it starts normally but I can't figure out why. This all seemed to start with PerfectDisk - which incidently is running very well on my Dell Desktop. I've now removed it from the Acer but the problem remains.
I don't have the Windows Cd, so I downloaded True Image to backup the whole system (which I haven't used yet) and again on reboot had the same prob.
As far as I can tell I have no virus. (I recently added Comodo and Counterspy to Norton Antivirus). I also upgraded from 512mb to 2gb with only marginal increase in performance. I've clearly made an error (or 6) along way and would be very grateful for any advice offered.
April 24, 2008 10:28 PM
February 1, 2012 8:50 AM