|I've been having a nightmare with my PC for the last week or so. It all started with Windows Explorer crashing every time I tried to open a window, but most programs ran fine. My DVD drive refused to work too. It became increasingly worse over the next day or so. I ran through all the usual checks; first I virus scanned from Windows, then I scanned from my Ubuntu partition, and everything came up clean. I defragged, cleaned up, unplugged all drives, ran in safe mode, problems still there. Next, memtest, chkdsk, and fsck, and apparently everything was fine. I got increasing more annoyed, so I formatted and attempted to clean install everything from a Vista disk I had lying about. Unfortunately after the install, which worked fine, i realised it was the 32-bit version, and I only have a product key for 64-bit. |
I formatted again, and just installed Ubuntu. From this, I downloaded the correct ISO, which I've had trouble installing (but this may be due to a corrupt torrent or bad burn), but my main concern is as follows:
Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit is very slow to load, something that I never experienced before the initial problem started. I am confounded as to the cause of this problem, but I am now convinced that it is a hardware issues. It takes approximately 3 minutes from powering on to Ubuntu loading, and for this duration, I am faced with a black screen with a blinking cursor in the top left, this appears to be some kind of command prompt, as I am able to type on it. Before all these problems started, the boot time to Ubuntu was approximately 25 seconds.
What faults could be causing this problem?