There's about 179gb of free space left (capacity is 225 gb). It's not making any clicking noises.2)
I have 4gigs of ram installed.3)
There were software changes but its nothing to worry about (i.e updates for office 2003, malwarebytes update, windows live messenger installation). There was a hardware change that happened around the 15th of last month which was the installation of a 2 gig ram stick.
I did inserted a flash drive that apparently was infected with an autorun trojan on the 30th of last month. I don't understand why it was infected though since nod32 detected the autorun virus and quarantined it in when I had the flash drive inserted in another computer I have. Anyway, after I inserted the flash drive in the Alienware Aurora 5 computer, I touched the flash drive once while it was inserted and this weird error message appeared on the screen (I remember the message being something like 000000x1423 and some other characters I don't remember). Then this blue help icon appeared on the system tray, user account control turned off, then all my icons on the desktop along with the background disappeared. I tried to access task manager using the shortcut keys but it didn't work; the computer was completely unresponsive. Eventually, I had to hard-shut down the computer and restart it to get everything working again.
I accessed system restore and restored it to point before the 30th but after it completed successfully, I opened the user folder and a weird folder with files inside appeared there (wasn't familiar with the files inside that strange folder). Also, a duplicate of one on my programs appeared in the Program files folder. Seeing this, I undid the restore point and tried to find other ways to prevent whatever errors might occur in the future. Obviously I was unsuccessful since I couldn't prevent the computer from having those 2 problems mentioned. The first issue of the black screen from loading runescape.com was on the 4th; the other issue with the ipod shuffle on the 5th. A day later, I contacted Alienware technical support and they did several tests for the graphics card, fans, and processor but they did not find any problems.
I told them that there was no point in using Nod32, Malwarebytes, or Super Antispyware since they never find any infections (Just ran them again today and find nothing as usual). I ran a full system scan of Nod32 and ran MAM and SAS as indicated in this site; using the ATF cleaner in conjunction with SAS in safe mode. Ran sfc and the only thing it finds is an error with the settings.ini file from the Windows Sidebar (Microsoft says to disregard that error message http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947595
) and error check finds nothing. I do the aforementioned in conjunction with disk cleanup and system defrag.
At the end, the only thing technical support told me was that it could be an isolation issue that I shouldn't worry about since I told them the computer hasn't frozed since those 2 problems occurred, although they didn't go into much detail with that. I told them about the settings.ini error and they said that should not cause any issues. The alienware computer has frozen in the past but it would be like several months later before I would experience another one. It's just not normal now at the intervals this computer has frozen.
Note: Please don't tell me to reinstall the Windows Sidebar since I did that already and sfc still detects its settings.ini file as corrupted. And I REFUSE to reinstall windows
. Since the 30th of last month, the flash drive has been disinfected and immunized with Flash Disinfector (Had to do it in an xp computer since flash disinfector doesn't work in vista). Needed to use this tool since apparently nod32 failed at getting rid of the autorun trojan completely.
I'll be on vacation starting tomorrow until the 22nd but you guys can still post whatever suggestions/procedures you have for me and I'll check them the day I come back. Thank you.
Edited by theoriginal, 07 January 2010 - 08:46 PM.