Within the past 2 days I've started to have MAJOR problems with my Dell Latitude 2820 laptop.
It started the other day with sound issues. For some reason, I didn't have any sound at all, even though I had the volume all the way up. I looked it up and I think a found a solution on this site (by going to Quicktime preferences and doing something) because the volume hasn't been an issue since.
Then, I've had MAJOR MAJOR flash player crashes and unresponsive browser pages. (I'm using Google Chrome with the most recent updates). I will be trying to go to Youtube or another site that requires flash (I'm assuming since a lot of internet pages require flash) and I will get a message saying "Plug-In Flash has become unresponsive. Would you like to stop it?" Either way, when I press Yes or No, the browser freezes, and I have to go to task manager to end the program. Most of the time, even when I end it, and I try to go to the page again, it does the same thing. However, when I let the computer rest, it works fine for a while, but then starts acting up again.
Today, I had USB port problems. I connected an external harddrive to backup my files, and the laptop would not recognize that I had connected it. I tried the same thing with a regular USB drive, and the same thing happened. Again, I let my laptop sit for a while, and now this is working fine.
Finally, (which this is making me worried more than anything) I cannot properly shut down my laptop without pressing the power button. I've tried shutting it down normally (Start>Shutdown) and it doesn't. I know I'm not supposed to press the power button to shut off, but it's been the only way that I can shut my laptop off.
And when I try to re-start the computer, it gets to a black/grey page (where you can see a mouse) but does nothing else.
I really don't know what's wrong with my laptop. I don't know if it is because of the portable/external harddrive program I purchased, or if it could be the newest version of Norton Security Suite that I downloaded. Because up until those points, my laptop had been perfectly fine.
I'm so close to doing a System Restore, but I wanted to know what you all thought. I just really don't know...