I have this strange foreboding feeling that my computer is slowly falling apart.

  • First, the cd-rom drive started making horrible noises, and then stopped working completely.
  • Now, the webcam crashes every time you even barely nudge it.
  • Various programs crash for no apparent reason (and they aren’t all microsoft things.)
  • When I’m saving a file from a website, I have to go through a strange process for it to even save properly.
  • The computer makes bad fan-noises that I can’t quite describe upon bootup.
  • The monitor is bitching at me from time to time.
  • The computer randomly crashes for no apparent reason. Completely crashes. The mouse moves, but can’t click on anything, they keyboard won’t work, there isn’t even a Blue Screen of Death. All I can do is manual reset.

    There are other little things I’ve forgotten. Oh yeah, and my spacebar is messed up. I’ve gotten used to it and tend to compensate, but others remind me of it from time to time.

    I wonder how long it will be before it dies completely? It’s not like I can replace it any time soon. I’m afraid to even turn the webcam on anymore, it crashes so often.


    • jcaswell

      August 13, 2001 at 2:20 am

      Try running scandisk and defrag…they won’t solve the space bar problems, but may well help with the other stuff. Also, check how much free space you have on c: – in order for ‘doze to function properly, you should keep at least 10% free.

      It all sounds like software problems rather than hardware to me, so I suspect if the scandisk and defrag don’t help, a format may do…

      • Jenny Lee Silver

        August 13, 2001 at 4:39 am

        About 2 gig free on the hard drive. I have no way to back anything up if I did a format, did a scandisk a couple of weeks ago (before I left.) I’ll attempt a defrag today while I’m at work, though. Can’t remember the last time I did that, wasn’t that long ago though.

        The cd-rom drive is definitely a hardware problem. I think this machine is starting to get old…

        • jcaswell

          August 13, 2001 at 5:05 am

          For some reaosn, I completely skipped over the bits about the cd-rom and the fan. Both should be replaceable though, which’d be a darn sight cheaper than going for a complete replacement…

    • highlearn

      August 13, 2001 at 3:09 am

      How’s your insurance? 😉


      • Jenny Lee Silver

        August 13, 2001 at 6:25 am

        heh… currently nonexistant, so leave the my little ponies alone! 😉

    • islander2001

      August 13, 2001 at 7:13 am

      My computer is almost three and a half years old and every time I turn the damn thing on it sounds like it’s going to explode. The CPU vibrates so well it shakes my desk. My CD-Rom seems to crash when it tries to load The Sims CD – I don’t think that is suppose to be normal.

      Oh and I got cream cheese in my keyboard! HELP! I wish I had the cash to buy a new one all together.

      In 1998 I bought this thing for $1400. And all it came with was CD-ROM, Monitor, 2GB..the basics. Now you can spend that much and get a webcam, scanner, Monitor, CD-ROM, 20GB, DVD, CD-Writer/Burner (whatever they are called)!! Doesn’t that suck or what? Errr!!!

      Hope all is well =)