November 16, 2007 1:44 PM Subscribe
Computer semi-freezes one in every three startups. What's going on?
posted by Jase_B to computers & internet (5 answers total)
This problem with my computer has been going on for a while not, and it's reached the point where I'm totally over it. I think it started about 6 months ago. I would turn on my computer and every so often certain programs wouldn't open, specifically internet programs such as Firefox and IE. Some programs, however, would open fine (such as Word, Notepad, Windows Explorer). After a while I worked out that If I unplug the internet cable before turning the computer on, let it load, open the desired internet programs (i.e. Firefox), THEN plug the internet cable into my computer, it would work fine.
I was able to do this until I changed internet providers. Now, no matter whether I unplug the internet cable before or after startup, one in every three or four times the computer won't let Firefox or IE load. The programs simply don't open, and then the computer totally freezes.
I've done some testing with it, such as using a new virus scanning program, but it still happens. And according to the two virus scanning programs that I've used there are no viruses.
Also, the internet cable that I used BEFORE the current ISP was a regular big blue cable that goes into the "bigger" slot (I hope that's understandable!) - and the internet would automatically start. However, the current internet connection uses a USB connection to the modem, and I actually have to log in to my internet every time I turn on my computer. I had to install special software as well and it always tries to connect to the modem, even if the cable's not plugged in.
My last resort will be to reformat the computer, but I really don't want to do that. If you can offer any suggestions it would be much appreciated.