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I haven't had any problems with my laptop in almost the two years of me having it. I don't know if it's a coinsidence or if it's the anti virus protection that I installed that caused my problem. I installed the Norton 350 4.0 It has happened twice within a couple weeks. I would start the computer and the blue screen popped up saying a hard drive malfunction. It's able to fix itself and then it works fine. Is it Norton or is it somethign else and what can I do to check for the problem? I'm not that good with computers so don't throw out too many computer terms...lol..thanks!!

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If I were you and have 2nd notebook/pc available, I will spend around $10 to convert internal HD into external usb HD. and check the HD in 2nd pc/notebook.
to me it definitely non-related to Norton 350 4.0 you installed.
my shortest notebook's life was 2 years and 4 months. the screen is totally black without any foreplay at all.

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