Dell Inspiron 530
32bit XP Home Edition
Intel Core2 Quad 6600 Kentsfield
OCZ 600W PSU
EVGA e-GeForce 9800GTX+
Samsung HD501LJ 500GB HD
I have had my Dell Inspiron 530 for over a year now and it has given me numerous little problems the whole time. Now it is really starting to get annoying. I have had various issues in the past such as BSOD's, innumerable lockups, "loading PBR descriptor 2... done" (then nothing).
This morning I did the Symantec System Recovery/Restore to return the computer to a simulated "newly purchased" state. I installed AVG, Ccleaner, and WinPatrol right off the bat. Everything was going fine and I thought I had finally taken a drastic enough measure to rid me of all my problems. Then my processor, i think it's the processor, stops making the usual noises and starts just ticking like a clock, second intervals, tick-tock. This has happened before but I just restarted my computer and dealt with it. When the ticking starts whatever I'm doing will stop progress... a web page will stop loading, files will stop copying, installers will stop, whatever is going on stops with the start of the tick. So, i was disappointed, i turned off my computer, turned it back on, and now i am back to the "loading PBR for descriptor 2" scenario, which i will most likely be able to fix with XP CD and chkdsk... however this doesnt account for my processor tick-tock, and the computer slowing to a halt. Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.
Edited by walkdog0530, 06 August 2009 - 08:47 AM.