lala wrote:it stays longest with blank screen after bios stuff before giving the login screen.
i will do a memory check. any way to get an idea by looking at logs?
I wouldn't be suspecting memory just yet. It sounds to me like your HDD is going south. You might see if you can enable SMART and install smartmontools.
Another thing you can do is run this in a terminal and leave it open while you try to use your machine normally. It will help in identifying errors encountered by the kernel:
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tail -f /var/log/syslog
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