My laptop has suddenly started to behave in a strange way.
First of all, this is its hardware configuration:
Dual Core CPU at 2.40 GHz; RAM 3 GB. Windows XP SP2.
Like I said, all of a sudden when I login to my Windows system, I find that the desktop is frozen and basically unusable.
Here are the symptoms: the taskbar and the system tray are completely frozen, I can't open the start menu, the icons on the tray don't load, and if I bring up the Ctrl+Alt+Del window (the only one that seems to work properly) its taskbar button is not shown.
The desktop itself is rather sluggish, I can't open the applications whose icon is linked on the desktop, and the only thing that I can manage to open is the file browser. From within, I can navigate quite normally, but as soon as I try to open any file, I always got the same problem, no other software seems to start. To be more precise, a simple text file can be open, but other ones that require more complex programs to open, not. In example, I can't get Xnview to open simple image files.
In all of this, the system load is fairly low: the processors are at 2-3%, and the memory usage is not higher than usual. So the problems are not related to resource overloading.
Also, the sounds are not played, I.E. when I navigate through the file manager, I can't hear the usual "click" sound.
I've already tried to terminate explorer.exe and restart it, but it doesn't seem to solve anything. I also tried to close a couple of Network services, both named svchost.exe, and the whole system seemed to be a little less sluggish, but I'm not sure about this.
This is all the information that I managed to gather for now. I hope that someone can help me solve this problem, if more information is required, just ask and I'll try to gather it.
Thank you in advance.