Computer is not freezing. However, when I download through a browser, windows begins a quick spiral of not showing the file extensions, then no file names, and finally nothing besides icons. Usually, I restart after this (as I can't see what I'm doing). However, downloading with a nn or downloading a file
- a picture of chrome & comodo affected (I blanked the embarassing text in the picture.)
- a picture of a folder properties window
- system restore didn't start
HP Compaq 8719p
- OS: Windows XP professional 2002 service pack 3
- Cpu: Intel core Duo Cpu, T7100
- HD: Fujitsu mhy2160bh; 5GB of 150GB free
- display: nvidia quadro nvs 320m
- System Bios: HP 29110720 KBC versioni 8.3.31 epp runtime bios version 1.1 11/30/07
Check disk did not find problems with the disk or indexes. Added 2GB ram months earlier, and 8 hours of memtest86 found no problems.
Avast did not find any malware. Recently, Avast not working: system event logs reveal some of its dlls could not load "aswfsblk driver invalid", "aswRdr [...] could not load."
System restore starts intermittently when activated, but works: restoring to date before symptoms reorganized desktop to prior layout. However, since then Chrome no longer starts the application or a process visible in task manager.
Speedfan tells me both cores are 51C, this is after several hours of use.
HP doesn't seem to offer a boot menu item for safemode. So, I restarted with 'diagnostic mode' from winmsd. However, I couldn't access the internet or start chrome, so I couldn't reproduce the behavior.
A live cd version of fedora 17 did not exhibit these symptoms (was testing in case most opine that this environment is bricked).
Does this list of symptoms sound like a BIOS update would resolve the situation? Some tangential answer implied using hyperpi could test system stability but didn't say what to look out for. Should I report what that reveals?