1. My adult daughter’s Toshiba Satellite computer started acting strangely lately. At first only rarely, but finally almost every time it was used, it kept popping up a dialog box purporting to show “search results” even though none had been asked for. Closing the box merely brought up another one, more rapidly at times than one could delete them.
2. I built her a desktop machine, since she had wanted one anyway, installed Windows 7 RC, and transferred the data from the laptop there. Desktop machine works fine, so I took the laptop and backed up the data again, then formatted and partitioned the hard drive into one large partition.
3. Tried to install Windows 7 RC on the laptop. It would sometimes refuse to boot from the install disk at all, but at other times it would start, go through all the preliminary installation until it came time to do an automatic reboot. The “press any key to read from the CD or DVD” line would show up, but when I did nothing, it would NOT continue the installation as it should. If I waited long enough, or succumbed to frustration and pressed Enter, it would start a rapid beeping that became continuous, exactly like a stuck key sound. Many attempts got the same result.
4. Took the laptop to a reputable repair shop, and the technician, suspicious because of the noise, removed and reseated the keyboard. He was then able to easily install a copy of Vista he had handy. On hearing this, I asked him to delete the OS and I paid and took the laptop home.
5. Attempted to install Windows 7 RC (32 bit) again – piece of cake! No hesitation, no screaming. All looked great, so I installed a few programs, like Microsoft Office 2007. Went away for dinner and came back to find the same old problem – the search result dialog box popping up faster than I could delete them! This after several formats, repartitioning, and the installation of two totally different operating systems! Ruined my 77th birthday!
6. Deflated and frustrated – any help?