laptop hangs and freezes after a minute

  mco 21:21 26 Dec 2009

Hi there. Any ideas what this might be please? My 10month old Dell Inspiron Vista laptop has over the last couple of months started to "hang" quite often particularly when I right-click. The wheel goes round and round ; then the screen fades and then it just freezes altogether. Yesterday it stopped even letting me do Ctrl alt delete. I am having to switch if off manually to get back to where I was - but since yesterday I can only manage to do a couple of things within literally no more than two minutes before the wheel starts whirring around and it hangs again. Anything I could try in the couple of minutes grace I have before it dies on me or any diagnosis please before I take to the repair shop?

  User-1229748 21:58 26 Dec 2009

try running in safe mode and see if it improves enough to run any programs

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:06 26 Dec 2009
  mco 00:16 27 Dec 2009

will try - although it has done a check itself as each time I turn it on again it has requested it do a scan, so I let it once - but the issue has not resolved itself. I haven't done a system restore though.

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