Thank you very much for your response.
Per your advice, I have updated the Intel® Wireless WiFi Link Adapter driver
, and have removed most of the startup items.
Regarding the Intel Storage driver, I was looking at the associated README file in the link you provided and it seems that I may not meet the requirements for that driver - my storage controller (ICH8M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller) is not listed as one that would work, nor do I have one of the 3 processor types listed. If you could confirm that this is in fact the correct driver or not, it would be appreciated. [Driver Download
] [READ ME file
Finally, regarding the BIOS - I had considered updating this a while back, however the BIOS update that HP provided is for Vista, and I was not sure that it would work for me since I upgraded from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional. If you could let me know if I could use the Vista BIOS update or not, it would be appreciated. Here is the link - [HP BIOS Update
Regarding my laptop, it is an HP dv6885se, now running Windows 7 Professional. Not sure if this will help, but I have attached images of my Device Manager and Computer Info. If you would like another log, please let me know.
Again, thank you very much for your help!