Help my computer from its decent into madness...
March 22, 2012 5:57 AM Subscribe
What the heck is going on with my computer? The Windows task bar suddenly becomes unresponsive and other things suddenly started acting bizarrely. Details within...
posted by littlesq to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
This is happening to a 3 month old custom built computer running Windows 7 (64-bit version).
The problems started happening to me two days ago. I suddenly couldn't click on the Windows task bar (start menu, open tabs, clock, etc were unresponsive) unless I brought up Windows Task Manager - but it would fix the issue for only a short while. I couldn't minimize/close any windows that I was in and then suddenly I couldn't move any icons on my desktop, my mouse scroll wheel would suddenly activate auto-scroll at random times and bizarrely I couldn't click on any items contained in drop-down menus on websites (I just tried selecting a category for this post, but I can't click on a topic, only able to arrow down the list). For the drop-down menu problem I thought maybe it was because Firefox updated to version 11, so I uninstalled it and installed Firefox 10 but the problem persisted. I changed the batteries on the mouse and then changed the mouse completely but it did nothing.
I did a system restore before the problems started two days ago, but the issues remained. I finally ended up doing a clean install of Windows 7, which worked for 20 minutes, but all the problems started up again.
I am at a loss as to what is going on! Is it a hardware issue that could be causing this? Bad Windows update? Help!