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Deteriorating Laptop Functioning

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I hope this is the right place to post this and that somebody can help me. I'm really in rough shape here, so any assistance will be greeted with the utmost gratitude.

My laptop, a roughly three years old IBM Thinkpad, has over the past two weeks dramatically lost its functions to the point where it now won't start up AT ALL. It began quite unexpectedly one night, when it simply froze and I had to manually switch it off and restart- no problems after that. It worked fine for most of the next day until the problem started recurring. As I was working on the laptop I simply had to persevere as the screen froze again and again, with more frequency as the days progressed.

After a while, I discovered that the problem was somehow related to the bottom left-hand corner of the machine, as you look down on it. In this part of the laptop, I discovered, both the hard disk and video card are stored. I attempted removing the hard drive and putting it back in, in the hope that it was perhaps loose- but this didn't stop the problem. The problem continued to get worse, as sometimes when I started up the laptop would simply beep twice which I discovered happens when the hard drive isn't connected. This would occur at seemingly random times, and I'd have to give the laptop a gentle shake to get it working again.

Obviously, shaking it is hardly a viable long term solution, and I was afraid to give it more than a gentle shake unless I did some further damage (I don't know how durable these things are), yet the problem has still become worse. Now the screen will regularly not just freeze but will either: become a jumble of random colours; gradual ly brighten until it becomes completely white; or just go black and shut down. In the early stages, this could be rectified by tilting the laptop to take the weight off the bottom left but even that no longer works. Now, the laptop simply beeps everytime I start up and nothing happens.

This has been puzzling me completely, and is understandably frustrating. If anybody could offer any help I'd be very grateful; I'm hoping I don't have to have it fitted for anything new.
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More than likely hardware but just to check

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete

Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, then from system tools, run disc defragmenter.

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD and Windows File Protection will show a blue onscreen progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot

Click start then run, type chkdsk /f /r then press enter, type Y to confirm for next boot, press enter then reboot.

Windows will appear to load normally then either the monitor will show progress or the screen will go blank, do not disturb this. This will take an hour or so before it gets to the desktop.

Download and install Tune Up 2006 Trial

Run Tune Up Disc Clean Up

Run Tune Up Registry Clean Up

Click Optimize and Improve to run Reg Defrag, which will take a few minutes and need a reboot. You should disable the antivirus programme to run this and check it is running after the reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to optimize the computer, select computer with an internet connection from the drop down menu, this also requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to accelerate downloads, select the speed just above your actual connection speed, this requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to run system advisor

If no change, the next thing to do would be a repair install, this will leave data and settings intact

XP Repair

After running the repair it will be necessary to install all Windows Updates

Microsoft Update
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Thank you, I'll try that right away :whistling:
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