For some reason, my netbook now freezes after being on for 15 minutes or so. When it freezes, I still am able to move the mouse cursor around the screen, but the buttons and the keyboard both become unresponsive. The only way I can shut down is with a cold power down. When it first happened, it was shortly after a Firefox update. Thinking it might be related to that, I tried using an older version of FF, as well as Chrome and Explorer. No dice. I also had a trojan at one point, and was able to remove it with Malwarebytes (it was one of those that deleted mbam.exe though and I had to get a renamed .exe in order to run Malwarebytes, so I wouldn't be surprised if the trojan is still hanging out somewhere). Through some probably misguided Google searching, I saw suggestions to try reinstalling the wireless drivers. I tried this, and ended up screwing up the wireless somehow so that there was NO wireless capability. I did a system restore to the earliest date I could, before the issues started happening which is from January. I was hoping this would solve the problem, but to no avail.
I should mention that this is my first non-desktop PC, so I'm not altogether familiar with the quirks of laptops/netbooks. I know heat can be an issue for portables, but I try to make sure I always use mine on a nice flat surface for easy ventilation. I did, however, notice on the bottom of the computer, that one of the plastic panels was popped out a little bit, kind of like if someone tried to take it off without taking out the screws first. I don't know how that happened, but I popped it back in.
I've mostly used this computer for surfing the net, but also a bit of word processing (Open Office), movie watching (VLC), and a few simple games through Steam.
TIA for any help, if there's pertinent info I've left out, please let me know and I'll answer as best I can.
Edited by some call me tim, 17 May 2010 - 01:43 PM.