I have an Acer Aspire On 10inch Notebook that runs on Windows 7 Premium Edition (32bit). I'd been having some troubles with its speed for a day or so and since I'd neglected to do a Windows update. So, I restarted it and hoped that once it installed those updates everything would be fine.
My first warning sign was the time that it took to turn off - probably 15 minutes was spent with the screen continuously saying "Shutting Down" and I took this to mean that it was probably a series of updates that I had missed. So, I left it to sit and came back to check on it afterwards.
When it finally finished, a black screen took over and sat there for quite some time. Eventually I grew frustrated and restarted the computer, and saw the 'Acer' screen come up, and then the computer screen went black again and a command line started, where I received this message:
For Atheros PCIE Ethernet Controller v126.96.36.199(2008/10/15)
Check Cable connection...!
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM.
No bootable device -- insert bood disk and press any key
I left this screen for a while, and eventually it began the 'loading Windows' screen. After an insanely long amount of time, probably half an hour, the long-in screen came on, and I entered my information was brought a black screen. No matter how long I waited, nothing was shown other than my cursor. I was able to get into Task Manager and see that processes were indeed running, but it was agonizingly slow and I could not open new applications.
So, I restarted again and started going through the forums here and tried a few of the different solutions, particularly in going to the setup screen and trying to restore default settings.
I tried going back to the Acer screen and holding zero, which I was told would go to the factory settings, but after holding the zero key for a few seconds, a blaring 'beep' that lasted about fifteen seconds blasted and then went away.
Later on, while I was using a friend's computer to search for a solution, while it was stuck on the above loading screen, eventually it shifted black to the loading windows screen, and after logging into my user, I was actually brought to my desktop that, while taking a painfully long time to load, did seem to have basic functionality.
Right now I'm on that main screen, with basic functionality, though everything runs at a snail's pace. MalwareBytes came up and said that it had a 'dll error' if I remember correctly, and it also shows that there is no connection to my internal speakers.
My sense is that I have a major problem with my operating system right now and not my hardware, but that might just be a hope that my hard-drive isn't fried.
Anything you're able to give me on this front is very helpful. Right now I'm just trying to throw the a few files I hadn't backed up onto my external HD as I expect that I'm probably going to have to reformat this poor old thing.
That was my initial thought and I tried looking through at both the applications open and the processes behind the scenes, I was never clocking in at more than 2-3% of CPU, and usually as low 1%. I'll try the Clean Startup, though, thank you!
Tried the Clean Startup, but no dice. Still ran painfully slow.
I'm currently in Bangladesh where the availability of English-language tech support is shaky and legal versions of Windows in English are few and far between. For now I'm thinking of just running Ubuntu off a USB and see if I get any speed or better results, if that doesn't work, then I'm thinking it's a hardware issue.