Is my laptop dying?
Over the last few days, my computer has been booting up very, very slowly. Whenever I load up another program (even a web browser), my computer becomes slow and my mouse "skips" because of the loading.
I've tried running every virus and spyware program I can think of. Nothing was detected other than registry problems which were fixed. I also defraged my HD.
Today I hop on my computer and got a blue screen of death. First one I've seen in 5 years. When it rebooted, Windows XP checked the C drive for problems. That took about 30 minutes and my computer booted up. I guess it didn't detect anything.
I can't reformat. It's an old Dell laptop and I don't have any of the CDs. A friend suggested reformatting with linux. Thoughts on that?
So here I am. What options do I have? Does it sound like the HD is dying, perhaps just some OS problems (reformat), or maybe a virus/spyware?
I was thinking:
a) Buy a new laptop.
b) Reformat with a linux option.
ati mobility radeon x300
windows xp media center edition
512mb of ram
integrated sound I believe
no idea on mobo or anything else.