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Help, Start Up Issue & HP Wireless Asst.

By mhilliard_14
Aug 17, 2007
  1. When I start my laptop the blue error message screen tends to pop up and a consistancy test on drive "D" begins almost every time. Furthermore, taskbar items take almost 5 minutes to load, and my HP Wireless Assistant will not even load up for about 10 minutes after start up. This is quite devastating and annoying to me when trying to take care of business and type out a few research papers. I am wondering what I need to do to resolve this problem.
    Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    Please let me know what to do.

    -Michael





    The basic information regarding my Windows XP is as follows:

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    EVEREST Home Edition © 2003, 2004 Lavalys, Inc.
    ________________________________________

    Version EVEREST v1.10.106
    Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/

    Report Type Quick Report
    Computer *****************
    Generator *****************
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
    Date 2007-08-16
    Time 23:06

    Summary
    ________________________________________

    Computer:
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional

    OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
    Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.11

    DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0)

    Computer Name *****************
    User Name *****************

    Motherboard:
    CPU Type Mobile , 2166 MHz (7.5 x 289)
    Motherboard Name Unknown
    Motherboard Chipset Unknown
    System Memory 2048 MB
    BIOS Type Phoenix (12/11/06)

    Communication Port Bluetooth Communications Port (COM4)

    Display:
    Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 (256 MB)

    Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 (256 MB)

    Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB]

    Multimedia:
    Audio Adapter Bluetooth Audio
    Audio Adapter Conexant HD Audio output

    Storage:
    IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 27DF

    IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801GBM SATA AHCI Controller

    IDE Controller Texas Instruments PCIxx12 Integrated FlashMedia Controller
    Disk Drive ST9120821AS (111 GB, IDE)
    Disk Drive ST9120821AS (111 GB, IDE)
    Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4084N

    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    Partitions:
    C: (NTFS) 99998 MB (67094 MB free)
    D: (NTFS) 114470 MB (114394 MB free)
    E: (FAT32) 13410 MB (984 MB free)

    Input:
    Keyboard HID Keyboard Device
    Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse HID-compliant mouse
    Mouse Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad

    Network:
    Network Adapter Bluetooth LAN Access Server Driver - Packet Scheduler Miniport
    Network Adapter Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection

    Network Adapter Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (192.168.1.108)

    Modem HDAUDIO Soft Data Fax Modem with SmartCP

    Peripherals:
    Printer HP Officejet 6300 series fax

    Printer HP Officejet 6300 series

    Printer Microsoft Office Document Image Writer
    Printer Quicken PDF Printer
    USB1 Controller Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller - 27C8 [NoDB]
    USB1 Controller Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller - 27C9 [NoDB]
    USB1 Controller Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller - 27CA [NoDB]
    USB1 Controller Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller - 27CB [NoDB]
    USB2 Controller Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 27CC [NoDB]
    USB Device HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth 2.0 Wireless Technology
    Battery Microsoft AC Adapter
    Battery Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery

    Problems & Suggestions:
    Problem Disk free space is only 7% on drive E:.

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  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Not good news - it sounds like the hard drive is dying.
    Watch the drive test and at the end check the summary to see if there any bad sectors. If there are, it is the drive. Get your data to safety as you may not have many more boots to save it.
     
  3. mhilliard_14

    mhilliard_14 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    what can cause the hard drive to die?
     
  4. mhilliard_14

    mhilliard_14 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    sorry for double post, but how exactly do you test the drive again?
     
  5. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Drive can die simply as a result of age, overheating, impact damage.
    To see (remember you may not get many chances if the drive is dying) if there are bad sectors, wait for the report at the end of the disk check which starts on boot.
     
  6. mhilliard_14

    mhilliard_14 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    how do i get to the disk check otherwise?
     
  7. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    the disk check can be downloaded from the manufacturer of the hard drive.
     
  8. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Option 1
    In Windows go to Windows explorer (Start + E) and right click on your local disk C: Select Properties. Select tools then tools; select error checking check now, click both boxes and then start. You will be told that the process will start when you next start the system. Reboot and follow instructions and awit for the error report.
    Option 2
    Press F8 at boot and select command prompt.
    Type chkdsk and enter.
     
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