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XP Menu Drop Downs Freeze Mouse/KB/Screen

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December 6, 2011 2:44:27 PM

Hi - I put a new hard drive and installed a clean 32 bit XP with SP3 about six weeks ago. Machine has 4GB of RAM with 4GB page file and 750 GB drive.

Almost always when I use a drop down from a menu bar, the mouse and KB freeze. I have a closed on the screen counting seconds and that freezes also. I have a background program writing to disk and the disk light keeps flickering so it seems the CPU is not frozen (but, of course, not sure about that).

It took e a while to narrow it down to the menu drop down, but I believe that that causes the problem.

It does not seem to matter if it is IE or Safari or MS Word or Excel or some other program. I changed the mouse and the keyboard. Problem persists.

I performed an AVG scan and there is not identified virus. I performed an SFC and the problem sill persists. (BTW, if the SFC supposed to give some report? I have not gotten a report but it did run on the restart. I saw that message.)

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
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