Hi all. I have a T60, 2623-D7U with XP Professional. It served me well for many years, but in the past year it began to freeze up when I try to come out of sleep mode. i.e., when I close the laptop and then reopen it later, I see only the wallpaper image, but nothing else. (Normally I would see the fingerprint prompt.) The laptop also freezes the same way when I hit Control+Alt+Delete, so I can't even get to Task Manager. I am forced to reboot in the situations. The computer is also much slower than it used to be.
I've done defragging, multiple disk error checks, scan disks, adjusted the power management, etc...but nothing helps. I only use the laptop to write and surf the web, so I'm hoping to get it working like new again and ride it into the sunset. If the above issues can't be fixed, I'm even willing to reformat everything, but the Create Recovery Disk function doesn't work, and I don't have a recovery disk set (and prefer not to buy a new one if I can avoid it).
Can my freeze-up issues be fixed? Any advice?
If not, is there a way to reformat without having to buy a $55 recovery disk set from Lenovo?
If I do reformat, do I have to put back XP, or can I install Windows 7?
The only other notable thing about the laptop is that I run Kaspersky Internet Security on it, in case that matters. I don't have any other crazy software installed on it. Oh yeah, I also have the fingerprint access set on both the BIOS and the OS (probably redundant.)
I'd be grateful for any help.