I haven't been here in a while....I actually re-registered when my id/email/password didnt work at all....but then it all of sudden worked here on the forums. Anyway, here's my problem, I'll start from the beginning.
I have a DELL (i know) Inspiron 600m, that obviously runs a version of Windows XP Professional. The laptop is 3 years old next month in September, and it still runs relatively quickly. I always run virus, adware, and spyware scans, and keep it in very good condition. That's why I'm pretty certain that this is a software related problem. Last week, my internet explorer, AIM, and AOL would not open up at all. The internet connection was there, as I did check. Therefore, due to hours of frustration in trying to get either internet explorer or AOL back up, since I couldn't access geeks to go, I figured the only thing left to do is reinstall windows. After all, it had crashed with that blue screen with the white writing saying that a system error had occurred before the internet went down. I didn't know what was wrong, the only program I installed was Azureus Vuze, which I've heard from numerous people is a safe program. Anyway, I reinstalled windows, and it's here where I think I made the error. One of the things that I did erase a partition, and I reinstalled windows on the partition that was previously used. Windows installed fine. I have all my programs back up and running. However, at certain times my laptop seems to crash every now and then based on what I'm doing. For instance, yesterday I went to NFL.com to check some football scores, and when I clicked on the scores section.....boom.....it crashed. I rebooted Windows and tried again, but it crashed that time too.
The second and main reason I am here is for a very annoying reason. When I push the power button. A black screen with white writing is the first thing I see. It asks which operating system I want to use, and I can choose from Microsoft Windows XP Professional, or Microsoft Windows XP Professional....it says it twice, one on the top of the other. The first one boots Windows normally, the second one tells me that the system wont load. I have 30 seconds to choose which operating system I want to run, and tells me the normal options of pushing F2 or F8 for their respective purposes. I figured that this is due to the way I deleted/installed windows on the partitions. I hope I didn't make a huge error. It angered me enough over the course of two days that my mom told me to take the credit card to Circuit City so I could buy a Toshiba or Sony Vaio. I decided not to, hopefully this laptop is a few click away from being fixed.
If someone could help me with those two problems, the crashes, and the unorthodoxed way of starting up, I'd very much appreciate it. If you need a picture of what the screen says, I can get that for you and attach it. Thanks again!!
Edited by NYIsles4, 11 August 2007 - 08:56 AM.