Hi, thanks for the reply!
The machine doesn't appear to be overheating.? In looking back I don't think I described my issue very well with regard to the restart. Basically, after I have to force a shut down from a freeze - I still have to wait a bit after it has restarted to get useage back. That is to say that after it restarts from me shutting it down completely, it stills has symptoms of the previous freeze (slow to no operation, except being able to move the cursor). When I try and open Firefox it takes more time than normal for a page to actually open. Not having a hard drive light to know that it is thinking, I think I end trying to open multiple pages at once exacerbating the issue. Anyone know if there's a specific XP disc made just for the SSD type drives that could be available from Dell?
I am sure the install I have is from a regular XP disc. If my machine didn't originally come with XP any idea if I can get a restore disc from Dell?
I did find that my disc setting was already uncompressed and I did change the page indexing option (unchecked the box). Will monitor for further freeze issues. Could hibernating all the time be a cause to my issue as well? I've poked around the forum a bit and am afraid to try all kinds of different things in fear that I might make my problem worse.? I mostly wondered if my install of XP could be a major problem, being that it is not likely the factory version and partion alignment hasn't been done.
Thanks so much for the help!!!