Can't install windows xp correctly

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/ sp2
November 9, 2009 at 02:46:01
Specs: Windows XP
Possibly, there's a topic about that, but I haven't seen them all, so I create new one.
I have laptop Toshiba L30-10X with Vista pre-installed. I've installed Windows XP and it worked correctly till august 2009.
In august I've caught some kind of virus. It causes system crash, I can't execute system restore or any other system utility for Win XP. I've decided to format hard drive and reinstall it, but I couldn't.
1 symptom - installation usually hang and don't react at T32 (32 minutes to finish) and T10. After several reboots installation finishes.
2 symptom - system become slow as hell. It can react about 3 minutes on "Start" pushing. It didn't before.
3 symptom - can't install drivers. System shutdown menu doesn't work. Certain system services also don't respond.
I tried to install Vista from Reanimator CD I get with laptop. Vista worked correctly, but it isn't the best choice for games with my hardware.
I've tried already everything I can. What can you advise?

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November 9, 2009 at 07:42:02
This does not sound like a Virus but rather your Hard Drive is failing. Have you run a diagnostic test on your drive? You do this in your Computer's BIOS.

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November 9, 2009 at 07:44:13
I checked hard drive with Victoria and some other utils for HDD, but it seems S.M.A.R.T. parameters are OK.

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November 9, 2009 at 08:00:34
Oh darn, then the only other problem would be in your Mother Board HDD Controller. Is this a laptop or a desktop computer?

If it is a desktop try getting a HDD Controller Card and turn off the one on your MoBo through its BIOS. Then hook your hard drive to the new controller and see if it performs any better.

If it is a laptop then see if you have a friend that you can put your drive into their computer to verify that it is the controller.

The controller is Warrantied depending on how old your computer is. Most Warranty are good for 1 year and 3 years for extended warranties.

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November 9, 2009 at 08:09:04
Yep, it's a laptop. I'm not sure I can check, but thanks for variant.
But how can this hardware problems be connected in time with virus? These problems began at time virus appeared.
And if it is problem with hardware, why do Vista work without any problems? And so do linux, I tried to install OpenSuse 10.2, installation was successful.
Can't problem be in hidden 7Gb partition at HDD, because I have a doubt that virus could get there as well, and it doesn't work in Vista of Linux because of incompability?

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