Yesterday, I turned on my laptop, and was greeted with a black screen. This black screen remained for 10 whole minutes, and took a further 25 minutes to boot. When it had finally booted up, it was so slow that it was completely unusable. To load the Start menu (and yes, I timed it), it took 2 minutes and 23 seconds.
The day before, it was completely normal. It was a nice, speedy machine, but now it is slower than my PowerMac G3 (literally).
I even booted from the disc and installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 which took the entire day to install. Yet still, it was unusable.
Here are the specs: Dell Inspiron 1545 Intel Core 2 Duo 2.20GHz 3GB RAM 250GB HDD Windows 7 Ultimate
I know that this is a pretty decent specced machine, and I can't understand why it has dropped it's performance so suddenly.
I have had it since 2nd February 2009 making it 2 years, and 6 months old (or 30 months old). I has been used very nearly almost every day since then.
And yes, the warranty has expired.
asked Jul 28 '11 at 19:13
I think something's gone wrong with either your hard drive, or one of the various busses on your motherboard.
answered Jul 28 '11 at 19:40
Is a virus a possibility? I know that could cause a huge problem like that. Which, if any, antivirus software do you have installed?
answered Jul 28 '11 at 20:57
Try starting in safemode with cmd- type in sfc /scannow
see what happens
answered Jul 28 '11 at 21:35