Though Stef’s laptop seemed stable for six or seven hours at some point this afternoon her problems came back. The CPU usage level shot to 100% with normal programs taking abnormal resources.
This is really vexing. I have no idea what’s going on, though it seems like something is leeching on normally occuring processes. I don’t even know a good search term to use on Google!
Helaine drove to Stef’s college this afternoon. I think (hope) she’s on her way back now. It was a computer swap with Stef’s modern Dell coming to me and an old PIII-800 laptop going to her.
“It’s as slow as the other one,” Stef told me on the phone after the tiny PIII was fired up.
That might be true, but the good news is, I’ll fix the other one and send it back. Or, possibly, I’ll just reformat and reload. Stef has few programs installed. Maybe the end’s in sight?