For a good while there, half the time after I booted up, my machine would have one or more of the following issues:
- Couldn’t start any programs, Windows would be nonresponsive
- Browser (Firefox) would open, but wouldn’t load any web pages despite the network screen insisting that it was functional.
- Even the mouse would be nonfunctional upon occasion
But, after hitting the reset button on the machine and reloading, it would be just fine 99.9% of the time. After awhile I kind of got used to the song and dance, but once last week in a flash of insight, I figured I would hold down the power button just a hair longer than usual. And what do you know, the problem so far has not reoccured. Very strange-can’t imagine why that would make a difference.