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Thinkpad problem, harddrive, motherboard?

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Hi Forum,

So my IBM Thinkpad T43 has started acting very strangely to the point of being worthless. There are several issues and symptoms but I don't know what hardware is failing so I'm hoping you can give me some advice.

Heres my story,
Problems began when restarting and coming out of hibernation was taking a very long time, it seemed like the CPU was maxing out to 99% constantly and the harddrive light would be working all the time. Then the mouse started 'snagging' thats the best way I can describe it, if I would move the cursor from one side to the other, it would stop for a second or two midway. Then the mouse snags started getting longer, and I instinctively went for the CTRL-ALT-DEL to see if the RAM or CPU was maxed or what, but I found that when I pushed CTRL-ALT(before the DEL) the mouse would wake up again. So I started punching CTRL-ALT whenever this would happen and I relaxed a bit. Then of course the mouse hangs got longer, sometimes functionality would never return. I also realized it wasn't CTRL-ALT that was waking the system up it was the coincidence that those two keys were right above the harddrive, so I found out tapping or putting a little weight over the harddrive became more effective in keeping the system going(of course I realize hitting the harddrive is a terrible idea, but I was desperate). Another strange thing was a week later I got a warning that my one of my usb devices was having a power surge and had to be shut down, but I didn't have anything plugged into any of my usb's.

So this is where I am now. The system is constantly freezing sometimes coming back, sometimes not. The usb drives no longer work. Also, sometimes Windows doesn't load when I restart until I try a couple times.

I ran PC-Doctor on everything I could think of, Harddrive, motherboard, usb, ram, cpu, but all tests are passing.

Can anyone please help?
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You should probably go to the malware forum and get that pc cleaned up.
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well you could figure out what brand of hard drive you have and try running the software that they provide on there website.( not all companies do but it's worth a look ) you could also try a memory tester like memtest86....
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