I have win xp pro sp2 with all updates installed on an HP Pavillion with 1.5 GHZ Centrino processor and 512 Mb DDR memory. 5 days ago it was working fine, for the last 5 days I get an hourglass in the taskbar and the only way I can do anything is through the task manager and then I can only restart. I took the HD out of the laptop and placed it in a USB removable disc holder. I ran all of the suggested malware detectors that are listed in that forum. I found nothing. I still have the hourglass in the task bar. I have also tried the following:
scannow and chkdsk /r
windows xp repair
There is nothing showing in the applications running screen on the task manager, however there are several processes running most of which are recognizable. Could someone point me in the right direction please? This is a laptop that I use for work and I really need to get it running again by Monday. Thanks in advance for your support.