Not sure where to post this but....
Okay this all started a few days ago. I got to noticing that my laptop was taking a long time to boot. Then it was running pretty slugish. Well it got to the point where it would lock up. I mean CNRL+ALT+DEL does nothing, task manager nothing. So needless to say AVG/SpyBot/Adaware etc. can not finish because of the locking up. Only way to reboot is disconnect power!
Boot to safe mode, same exact thing as above. After about 10 minutes....locked.
I rolled the restore point back as far as I could, like around 12/20/08 or so. Still have the same problems.
Pulled back covers off thinking maybe something was loose, dusty etc. Fan and everything is clean. Both memory chips are seated properly. Thinking it was overheating maybe? Looks clean, HDD is seated properly as well.
Nothing new downloaded, no different websites visited that usual.
Removed any Windows updates for the last 3 weeks.
Running Vista Home Premium on Gateway MX8711 laptop, 100gig HDD, 2 gigs ram. AVG, Windows firewall (yeah I know, shame on me
) Have ran CCleaner, nothing new reported by it.
I think I have included everything I've done so far. About ready to take a hammer to it! I had thought about formatting it back to factory condition but at this point I dont even think that would help.
I did search online a bit for a solution prior to posting this, but I can't look too long as the laptop takes a dump and locks up. Anyone got any thoughts??
EDIT: Forgot to mention. I notice that there are up to 14 processes of 'svchost.exe' running. And really running the mem usage really high! I am also running on a Linksys wireless router. And always showing a good signal. Although I just did notice that the icon on the bottom right in the tray had a caution sign on the icon for just a second or two then it dissapeared.