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Computer Locks Up?

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I was wondering if anyone knew any answers or suggestions on how to defeat this problem I have. Right now I'm running on a Compaq Presario V2000 laptop. It was wonderful before the other day, about 5-7 days ago, meaning it did just what I wanted to, start up, let me mess around with Photoshop and Dreamweaver and check my E-Mail and chat on AIM / MSN... But about 5-7 days ago, there has been a significant change.

My computer now, after about 2-3 if I'm lucky 4 hours of use, the computer begins to become abnormally slow. Sometimes it locks up real bad I figure it's what I'm running. So I ctrl+alt+delete and up comes my Task Manager. Well, my cursor goes to the hour glass and never changes after that. Its not the Task Manager that locks up my computer because sometimes the cursor will just change to an hour glass and not allow me to click anything. It's really pissing me off lately. But if I ctrl+alt+delete, the hour glass comes up and I cant click on any programs, or click processes, and if I hit ctrl+alt+delete again, another box comes up, but again it doesnt allow me to click anything.

Finally out of frustration I just turn the computer off (holding in the power button) and wait a little while and turn it back on and continue what I'm doing. It's really making me mad and if anyone can guide me into making this thing work like it was, I'd be greatful! Just tell me what you need and I'll get you whatever you need, logs ect.

Thanks again
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Items in blue which are underlined are clickable to give more information about the process

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

Windows File Protection will show a blue onscreen progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot

If you do not have an XP CD you can borrow a same version as was originally installed XP CD, if you downloaded SP2 then you need an SP1 XP CD

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

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