Major lag spike while watching movies

Toshiba Satellite c650d-st2n01 notebook
August 8, 2010 at 17:19:26
Specs: Windows 7 Enterprise, AMD 2.2ghz/2gb ram
I bought this laptop about 2 months ago, and have been having no trouble as of yet with anything really, being really happy with Windows 7. Until yesterday. I usually only use my laptop for watching movies/series, in Winamp (using K-lite codec pack), and browsing various forums.
Suddenly, and for no apparent reason, the computer got a major lag spike about every 10 minutes or so while watching something in winamp.
It happened like this; the video stopped, I can still click things for a while, but then everything freezes except the mouse, for about 20 seconds. Then there is a low click-sound from the computer (possibly making this a hardware issue), most likely the hard drive, and everything I've clicked during the freezing period gets loose, so to speak.

This is what I've tried so far:
-Trying 4 different video-viewing programs, including VLC and Windows media player classic.
-Defragmented the computer.
-Searched it through and through with two different anti-virus programs, fully updated. Also searched it with Spybot and one other for spyware.
-Reinstalled video- and audiodrivers.

Bah, this is getting on my nerves. So I plead to you for help!

Edit: Btw, tried to utilize the scanner that this site have, but it wouldn't start. I have java perfectly updated but the launch.jnlp, when clicked, started for like 3 seconds showing java-loading, then ending with nothing more happening.


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#1
August 8, 2010 at 22:52:08
sounds like you may be getting a little over heating.
try blowing out all the air vents with compressed air, you can buy a can from most computer shops, also try to vacuum all the air vents.
do a system restore to a time before the issue started, it maybe an update or driver that is causing the problem, turn off any extra programs, that are running in the background, especially updates.
grab a copy of malwarebytes and do a full scan of your machine.
However!!
if you bought this machine only two months ago, first save all your files, then do a factory reset,
http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD7...

if you still have the issue, take the machine back to the sales point and make use of the warranty.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#2
August 9, 2010 at 16:20:20
Yeah, forgot to mention, I also tried:
-System restore and
-I had Mbam at first with which I made a full search.

About the factory reset, I kind of removed that partition when I installed my new Windows. :S


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#3
August 9, 2010 at 19:57:08
Just now, the computer slowed down when i just browsed internet, and even locked the mouse for a while, not even using video. When it let go and started working a "bleep" noice occured, the kind of bleep that comes from the computer when you press too many buttons at once!

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#4
August 9, 2010 at 23:16:00
i assume that deleting the factory restore partition may invalidate your warranty.however its worth a try to take it back.
what system did it have before win7,? i assume you did a full install, you could always buy back the system disk form the manufacturer, damned expensive though.

try running a mem test, windows has one at the f8 boot option, or download one that runs for about 24 hours.
check that your memory is properly seated in the slots, you will have to unscrew the base plates to check that, but its very simple.
do you have any devices in device manager that have a yellow apostrophe showing?
the beep would usually put me in mind of a hardware issue, so again blow out the vents.
finally you should reinstall windows, to verify that its not a software issue.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#5
August 10, 2010 at 12:32:54
It came with Windows 7 aswell to begin with, but I intented to begin with to use Windows XP, but realized after installing it that the computer did not support XP and no drivers were available.
About the yellow apostrophe, I have one which is the ethernet controller driver which I do not use. I use wireless connection to a router. I'm gonna go with a memtest for now.

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#6
August 10, 2010 at 22:57:27
i suggest you try the factory reset, and if that fails take it back to the manufacurfacturer, installing xp ontop of win 7 is frought with difficulties and errors, so again factory reset, if that fails take it back.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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