This is apparently misplaced.
Good evening everyone.
I ran into some issues today with my laptop, and I don't know what is the cause of them. I think it could be one of two things:
1) I had a flash drive get wet over the weekend, and plugged it into my laptop sometime after that. The flash drive works, on my PC and others. However, could my laptop been shorted? Hard drive comprimised?
2) I downloaded Windows updates today.
So here are my problems:
1) I had a plug-in for Excel (StatTools) that I use (and need) for class. It had worked previously, but today it started asking me for an activation key (even though my university's installer already has the license information). I tried uninstalling and reinstalling various times, and every time I would get the same problem. Other people have not had this issue, as far as I know.
2) I tried restarting in between installs, and Vista ran chkdsk and fixed a LOT of errors on index entry $I30. Don't know what that is though. It also recovered orphaned files and such. I thought maybe it would be a one time chkdsk thing, but I have had it happen every time after I tried installing the software mentioned in point 1.
3) My Device Manager shows "Unknown" as the name for a lot of Categories. For example, the "Mouse" category shows as "Unknown", but the devices in the category are fine ("HID compliant mouse", "Synaptics PS/2 Port Pointing Device).
I turn to you all for help. I don't know if the HD is failing, if the windows updates might have messed up my drivers and/or windows configuration, or if it is something altogether different.
I tried system restore, but there wasn't a restore point previous to today (probably due to the updates).
My laptop is a Dell M1210, Intel Core 2 Duo T2700, 2GB Ram (dunno brand), 80GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive (Dell brand), running on Windows Vista Home Professional.
If any other information is needed, please let me know.
I would also appreciate a recommendation as to what system utility (other than chkdsk) I can use or download to check my HD integrity.
Thank you in advance, and have a good day.