I have read 'XP freezes a bit to often' dated 16 Feb, but the suggestions do not help. The freeze can occur any time, any program, sometimes not for a day or two, sometimes within a few minutes of startup. The only thing to do is switch off, as neither keyboard nor mouse do anything. I have saved all data, and reinstalled XP, which included reformating the hard disc, only reinstalling the programs I actually need, in case there was a software conflict. Things ran OK for a few days before the problem came back. I have run memtest, which reached about 8000% with no errors when the machine froze again.
I have a Presario 2541EU, and entering setup to look at the BIOS (Phoenix), on the tools tab there is a hard disc self check test. I have run this, which it says should take about 40 mins., but after about 1 min. it stops with the message #1-07 fail. What does this mean? Could a faulty sector on the HD be causing the trouble? Any ideas?
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