I have just had to purchase my 2nd hard drive in 4 months. The first one died on its own after about 3 years, the second died when i tripped over a cord pulling my computer off my desk where it smashed on the ground, the hard drive instantly started to make a strange beeping pattern noise and my computer no longer recognized it or the OS on it. I ordered a new one and just installed it. I put my recovery disk in to install windows and all seemed fine for the moment, after i completely updated it to service pack 3( all all other available updates), i tried to install some programs and i got the "this installation package could not be opened..." error for every setup.exe i tried to execute, i tried many solutions and wound up reformatting it thinking it could of been a bad installation of windows. This leads up to where i am now. Everything ran smoothly i updated it as far as i could, it allowed me to install this time, everything was working fine install symantec anti virus update that, then restarted the computer. This leads to the problem, the windows chime will sound(unlabored) and my toshiba satellite background shows up the icons on the desktop show up but it takes around about 10-15 mins for anything on the tray in the left corner to show up and nothing happens when i click the start tab on the taskbar, the cursor moves and it eventually freezes and must be forcefully turned off. I proceeded to run it on safe mode to see if it was the same. Safe mode works fine( i am typing this post from safemode). I tried uninstalling service pack 3 to see if thats what affected it but everytime i restart it and it boots up it does the same partial start up, sometimes the task bar is blue.
Sorry for the length but can anyone help me?
thanks in advance!