Random Boots and Endless loops...
Hello all. Im having a problem with my laptop and wanted to see if any of you could help me solve the mystery. My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite A-45 with a 2.6ghz P4 processor, 768mb of RAM and has ran WinXP since I got it a year and a half ago. It came with a 40gb hard drive which I switched out for a 100gb in February of this year. Ive never had any problems with it until now.
The problem started about a month ago when my laptop started to, at completely random intervals, get the blue-screen of death and reboot itself with no warning. About 15 days ago it rebooted for the last time and at the boot screen would blue-screen and reboot itself over and over again never fully loading Windows. I figured crap and decided that I didnt want to mess with it and try to fix it (I backup my stuff every night), so I loaded up my WinXP disc, formatted it and reloaded Windows.
I got everything loaded up great and correctly only to realize that the thing was going very very slow! When I loaded My Computer it would show a little Magnifying Glass and take literally thirty seconds to load. That wasnt normal but I ignored it until the inevitable happened, it started that weird random blue-screen reboot loop before conking out completely and not loading past the boot screen again.
Angry at the situation I decided to troubleshoot and put my 40gb drive back in to make sure that it wasnt my laptops RAM or Motherboard. After a week of having it in I had no problems. I also ran a bunch of diagnostic tests and they all came back positive, nothing was wrong with the rest of the computer. I am very security oriented and afraid of virus and malware so I decided that I would once more reformat the 100gb drive and reload Windows and do a bunch of tests before it died again.
I did so and surprisingly the computer loaded up wonderfully and worked without a problem for a couple of days, fast as normal. The tests came back good; three different Antivirus programs, AntiVir, Avast and AVG reported no virus and neither Windows Defender, Ad Aware or SpyBot detected any Malware. Perplexed I thought that maybe I was good to go until three days later, BAM! XP blue screened out, crashed hard and refused once more to boot.
So here I am now, confused as ****, trying to figure out what to do. Ive searched Google, but what Ive found has been mostly cryptic. I wonder if it is my hard drive or something Im missing. Its just weird how itll work for a while before just randomly quitting. Any ideas? Sorry for such a long post, but I figure that more info is better than less.