Hi everyone! This looks like a great place, many members, lots of posts, and can't wait to "dig in." But first, a problem . . .
I am a heavy user of my PC, and as of the past few months its "behavior" has been troubling. The problem is that I do not know what exactly is wrong, but that the FOOLPROOF way to fix it is to buy a new computer.
First, the basic specs:
Mobo: A7N8EX-E, ASUStek
CPU:AMD 2600+ Barton
RAM: 1 GB PC3200 DDR
Video: Radeon 9500 (formelly modded to 9700 pro)
Hard Drive: C- Fat32 (can give make) I know fat32 sux but stick with me
D- NTFS Western Digital 80GB
Then I have combo CD/RW / DVD
The problem is in crashing/bootups. I hear a spinning noise (if my computer is running) that I believe is my CD-ROM (might by HD too), and my computer freezes. However, the side of my case, which has a fan connected, is not completely connected. I've found that if I press the side of the case against my computer, that the CD-ROM spins back up for an unknown reason, and my computer is fine. If my computer doesn't boot, I can "press" it into position again, and the CD-ROM spins and my computer boots up.
I have reinstalled windows, and such, but I believe the problem is hardware related. I can try to give more information.
I just remembered my other problem: IE. I have version 6.
Whenever I open it from the icon, it takes a loooooongggg time for it to open completely. Even when all the text is there, it takes at least 60 seconds or more to be able to "use" the website. I can circumvent this error by opening "My Computer" and typing a web address, but this is not acceptable. I have tried to use my System Restore but it doesn't seem to be functioning.
Again, welcome, I will try to be an active poster, but if you have any idea(s) about my problems I would love to hear them!
Edit: I just remembered: When my computer starts, it says: "System completed power-on self test; computer now booting from Operating System.'