Posted 02 September 2009 - 11:51 PM
Hey! Wanted to give you the run down on what I have done today. First, I had some time, so I sat down and completely took the laptop apart. I cleaned each piece with a soft brush, followed with a blast of air to get anything I could not see or get to. It was really dirty, but now it is Clean. I got it all back together, and to my surprise, it still turns on... I was a bit worried, had never done that. So, I boot up and try it out, still freezing! I decided that I would remove McAfee, because I had read somewhere that it was having conflicts with Windows updates, so I tried that and it froze again. I got the bright idea to start it up in Safe Mode and it did that ok, so I removed McAfee there, and also a few other things that I don't really use. It worked... no freezing in safe mode. Hummm... So, I downloaded SpeedFan (I think that is it) and ran it. I suppose you know what it is, but if not, it tells you what the temps are inside the computer. Well, it said that mine is hot, about 125 degrees, and even shows a little flame icon. Then I clicked on the fan speed tab and it shows nothing. Does not even give me a fan to select, so, I am wondering if my fan is not working. I can not see it from the outside. I can feel air on my hand when I hold it up to the vents, but not a strong flow. (I just checked with hubby's laptop fan, and it feels about the same as mine) I don't hear any powering up or down, just the constant hum.
Anyway, I restarted the laptop into normal mode, and it seemed to work pretty good. Still on the sluggish side, but no hangups for an hour or so. I went to the Dell website and updated my bios... I had done this before, but was not sure if it had "taken", because of all the problems, but this time it seemed to install fine. I ran an antimalware program and deleted 3 suspicious files. Everything still works, no freezing. So now what do I do next? How do I test to see if the fan is really working or not, or if it needs to be replaced. (If I need a new one, any good places to buy them?)
I will be waiting for your reply, I am a little hopeful now, and I had just about given up on it. Let me know what I need to do, and I will do it!