-Computer takes a long time to start up
-Four minutes spent on the 'Windows XP' logo
-One minute before showing the log on screen
-Four minutes after logging on to load explorer.exe
-Approximately 15 minutes after that to fully load all other programs
-Error message 'Button Manager has encountered a problem and needs to close...' after logging on (inihid.exe)
-Horrible sound glitches, pauses, sounds like lag
-On every sound played from the log in melody to flash videos and games online
-Severe lag on more intensive games (TF2, L4D, Valve games really...)
-Video lag on games and videos (from any player)
-Long load times for programs and games
So far, I have tried the following things to find the problem:
-Virus & Spyware Scans (AVG Antivirus, Spybot S&D)
-Leaving the system turned off for an extended period of time
-Memory Test (Ran for two hours with no errors)
-TuneUp Utilities as suggested by a friend, which didn't help
The system is running just fine once it manages to boot up, internet browsing capabilities are fine(with the exception of videos being hard to watch without proper sound), and the only issue I have really come across is the utter destruction of my system's multimedia capabilities. I don't really have any idea where to begin in deciphering this problem.
And some last minute thoughts that may contribute to solving the problem:
-OS is XP Media Center Edition
-The right fan on my laptop has been nonfunctional for some time now. I try to prevent overheating by not leaving it on cushioned surfaces.
-I am worried that the issue may be a hardware problem thanks to the weak construction of my laptop by Dell. It always seems to have a couple screws that aren't in tight enough and are putting strain on one part of my system or another. I have no idea how I would go about determining if the error is hardware or software, and if hardware, what piece of hardware is broken.
-I recently bought a 1TB Simpletech external hard drive that has been giving me some pain, but I don't think those issues are of any relation. The drive wasn't even plugged in at the time of the first system crash.
I would really appreciate any and all input on this issue. It would really be a pain to have to build a new computer just to play games and use iTunes.
Thanks so much,
Edited by Jjjakal, 20 February 2009 - 06:40 PM.