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Posted: 8/8/2001 5:29:43 PM EDT
Okay, this is an old computer. Comp info: * Hitachi E133T Notebook * Pentium 133 chip * Windows 95 version A with some B upgrades... Kernal files have been updated * 32 MB ram * 1.0 Gig HD .73 used * factory provided plug and play CD drive * 100MB Zip drive (via printer port) 8/3- I update the Norton Virus stuff. All is fine. A few days later I defrag using the Norton Speed Disk. Normal operation. Now, when I try to log on to my Netzero account, the settings are gone and the program (Netzero) freezes up on me. Multiple times. I figure, okay, must have gotten 'damaged', so I uninstall. Unistall Wizard does a 99.9999% job. I pulls it .... well, tries to then freezes up. I manually remove the Netzero folder. Now, I try to install using a zipped copy on my zip disk. The install wizard gets to a certain point and freezes. Now, I figure, okay, I'll do some typing on MS Word. Guess what, the program freezes after it loads. And when I try to restart..... nothing. I click on the icon and nothing. All I get is the intro screen saying MS Word. I go use MS Works and well, it runs, but when you try to save a new file after remaning it, it freezes...... or sits and does nothing. Now, most of this stuff started when I last defraged my hard drive. This was All sunday night. I left it for a while. Yesterday I was able to reload Netzero (so the installation Wizard was working). But MS Word was still freezing up. I was able to get online, but the intro screen on Netzero did not go to that ad bar. My question is, what's going on? Did I get a virus? Norton didn't say anything? Is my HD going dead? I've lined up a replacement drive for about $250 (6 gig). Okay, I know I should get a new one, but I can't 'afford' to put in 900+ at this time. I'd like to salvage this old laptop. Is the drive going? Can a new drive solve the problems (assuming the programs are still entact on the old drive). Comments, suggestions to id problem and solve. (And I know that replace the whole thing is going to be the most common answer...) Thanks. Kaliburz (using friends computer)
Link Posted: 8/8/2001 5:47:30 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/8/2001 7:23:51 PM EDT
I would agree... A computer that old is probably due for problems like that. I would suggest backing up your needed files, and formatting the drive and doing a clean install. I do that at least twice a year, and I am not running old equipment, but a 1.4Ghz TBird rig...
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