at first i got an error message from the bottom right place where the clock is saying:
Windows - Delayed Write Failed
windows was unable to save all the data for the file F:\$Mft. the data has
been lost. this error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware
or network connection. please try to save this file elsewhere.
i suspect this is what started the problems. i browsed around some tech help forums and i turned off delayed writing on both of my hard drives. i havent seen the error message since, but the other problems still come back.
taken from a notepad file ive been keeping:
after being idle for a while, it seems to semi freeze. i can use the
applications that are already open but i can not open new ones and the
start bar on the bottom seems to be dead. the start menu will not respond
when i click it, i can not maximize any windows by clicking in the start
bar. and when i close windows with the "x" in the top right, they dont
disappear from the start bar. since the start menu will not work, i have to
use the task manager to shut down or restart. when i hit ctrl alt delete,
the task manager does not appear right away. after 10-15 seconds it pops up
and i shut down with its drop down menu thingy. the computer goes through
the normal shutdown procedure, but a little slower. then when it gets to
the blue windows xp screen that says "saving your settings", etc. it stops
at "windows is shutting down" and stays there indefinitely. i have to
manual shut down with the power button on my tower now.
another symptom that occurs seperate from the first, is that the computer
freezes periodically. by this i mean it would totally freeze for a minute
or two (nothing can move, the mouse pointer freezes, etc) then it would
unfreeze and everything functions properly. after another 1-2 minutes it
would freeze again and unfreeze after 1-2 minutes and the cycle continues. the only
solution i can come up with is to restart/shut down the computer in between
the freezes. in doing so the computer reaches the "windows is shutting
down" at the blue windows xp screen and stays there indefinitely forcing me
to do a manual shut down with the power button on the tower. i also noticed
when this happens, the process led on the tower is consistently on. it is
not blinking or flickering, it is steady just like the power led.
this is all i can say at this point. i will post more if the computer starts acting up in a different way. if anyone has any ideas or needs more information to assess the problem please reply. thanks so much
Edited by dallen, 12 May 2005 - 07:12 PM.