I have suspected corrupt system files or a corrupt pagefile, so I ran sfc /purgecache + sfc /scannow, and forced recreation of pagefile via turning off the pagefile, rebooting, turning on the pagefile and rebooting again. The pagefile was recreated, I think things got a little better but now I see the problem again.
My computer is a Dell Laptop Inspiron 9400, with a Pentium Core Duo , running Windows XP Home SP2 with all the latest updates. I have Kaspersky Anti Virus 6 running. I also have the Windows KB909095 HotFix installed, it should be noted - which solves the problem of hibernation for laptops with > 1GB memory (somehow I think this might be related to the problem...).
Interestingly, if, when experiencing the problem, I close one of the existing programs - no matter how small its memory footprint - I get a breather and can start opening programs again, until the problem recurs. I could probably keep a bunch of notepad running just so that I could keep closing one when the problem occurs.
I am really out of ideas on this one, guys, would be extremely appreciative if anyone had any insights in this situation!
Edited by Resu Deretsiger, 05 October 2006 - 02:54 AM.