Posted 21 March 2011 - 05:36 PM
I am beginning to get nervous about potential hardware degredation. I am only going on instinct. My laptop (Gateway m-151x) used to start up very quickly, and anytime it was operating, it "hummed" right along. I can't say that I could describe what it used to sound like at start up, just that it seems strangely quiet anymore, and takes much longer. After the splash screen (?) initially shows, it now is black for a long time (comparatively) before coming up with the windows logo, and then the desk top. Additionally, when I download a large file, it no longer "hums or whirs" smoothly like it used to. It seems to stutter over the process. Everything is still fully functional, as far as I can tell, but I wonder if a part is beginning to fail. If this sounds at all familiar to anyone, I'd appreciate a clue as to what may be happening, and any steps I may need to take to avoid catastrophe. I have been using it extremely hard lately, and worry that I may have overheated it. I should probably also mention that the battery is shot now, and I have been waiting for the new one to come in, so I have had to use it plugged in directly at all times.