My wife needed a new laptop so we went out and bought an Acer Aspire 5000. Had no problems with it until...(queue evil music) I was forced to install AOL so she could do her online classes while we were on vacation. She had to have a dialup and her family still uses it, so I figured I would install it for 2 weeks and then get rid of it when we got back home. Well once I installed AOL a couple days later we are on vacation and she boots up and when she clicks on any shortcut on her desktop it gives an hourglass but doesn't actually do anything...after a few seconds the hourglass goes away and it looks like it is idling. I checked the task manager and the computer didn't load up anything. I also noticed at this point that AOL had not started up the systray icon programs like aol dialer and aol security. So I figured reboot and maybe it's just a one time screwup. I try to reboot and it just sits there just like when I tried to run a program...so basically windows starts up and it loads the two acers progs in the systray and the volume control but not the aol tray icons, and it won't run any other program except task manager when I ctrl+alt+del, nor will it shutdown via the standard start>turn comp off>shutdown. So I held down the powerbutton and turned it off that way, when it reboots it runs some sort of a scan on the file system and then finishes starting up and comes up perfectly fine. If that was all it took to fix I would obviously not be writing this, it still does all the described problems when it starts up from time to time...it's not everytime but about half the time or so maybe. I have uninstalled AOL totally as far as I can tell, since we are back from vacation now by the way. So can anyone help me out here or suggest a prog that might be able to find a probable cause to this problem?
Edited by IGAOMD, 03 September 2006 - 04:26 PM.