Originally Posted by ssc456
so i had vista installed my anti virus installed and was browsing the web when the battery on the laptop dies which puts it into hibernate or standby.
so i get the charger and plug it in
So were you trying to load your OS this whole time with the power running from battery and not with the power cord plugged in? That's not a good idea when installing your OS.
About your other issues ... there's a lot going on here. You're kind of all over the place in how you're trying to narrow down the problem.
Since you've brought in a new hard drive, and seemed to have some success in loading your OS (Vista), I wonder if there's a problem with your memory ... which could have been the issue the whole time.
I also wonder if this OS is native to your laptop or if XP should be installed instead. What is the laptop model?
***Another thought would be to reinstall/upgrade the BIOS of the laptop. Perhaps it's corrupted just enough to cause all these freeze up problems. ***