I have a Dell Inspiron 1564 (Intel i3/4GB RAM/320GB Drive/Win Home 64bit). Great machine and I've had almost no trouble with it. Almost. One thing that it has done about 6-7 times in the past 4-5 months: Randomly, the screen will go blank, lit to a solid color (not bluescreen of death), and is accompanied by a grating, buzzing, alarm noise from the speakers. This is not a slight buzzing. It's a "Whoa, something's really jacked up!" sound. All I can do is unplug and do a hard reboot. This is pretty random and doesn't appear to be attached to any particular degree of multitasking. I run Adobe CS4, OpenOffice, browsers, etc in any combination at any time.
1) Is this heat related? I work on solid surfaces and keep the fan/vent clear from obstruction.
2) Do I have bad memory? I usually run at about half of the RAM installed.
3) Is it a CPU issue?
Thanks for your input.
Edited by hamluis, 30 June 2011 - 11:31 AM.
Moved from Vista to Internal Hardware.