posted on Feb, 19 2008 @ 08:42 PM
I have a 7 y.o. Dell, Dimension 4500, Pentium 4 CPU 1.8 GHz, 768 RAM (I had to add some memory, and was doing it as cheaply as possible)
I have plenty of room on my hard drive--using far less than half-- no movies, music or games.
Running current version FF, occasionally Opera.
Using up-to-date firewall (Sygate), virus (AVG) and Threat Fire. Just did alternative virus scan. Today ran AVG Rootkit. I also use WinPatrol.
All my MS Updates are up to date.
I run it 24/7.
For the last several weeks, odd things have been going on.
A couple of mornings the clock was off by hours.
Lately, and not often, the computer will completely freeze. Cannot bring up Task Manager. (Did it today when a page for a local site wouldn't load on
Or, CPU freezes at 100%. When no one is using it, just background programs running.
Another odd thing, if you try to change the desktop background, you either have to go to the control panel or wait until you restart the computer.
Another odd thing I just say, almost ALL of my processes in the Task Manager say 00:00 for CPU time.....WTF does that mean
Is this a sign the Hard Drive is going?
Any other idea what could do this?
What are the signs of HD failure?
If my HD does go, would it pay to try to buy new parts (i.e., harddrive), and is anything reusable from my current setup?
Is six years a long time for a computer that has been treated relatively kindly
If I do get a new computer, will my ISP recognize the new computer, or do you have to call the cable guy?
I hope one of you computer savvy types will be able to please give me some insight, information here.
I hope to avoid being stranded without a computer. I don't like not knowing what may be happening.