And it worked a treat for a few months.
Then it started to hum loudly on occasion and i got the blue screen of death at the climax of the humming... (aparently at this point i should tell you that the BSOD stayed on, which is aparently unusual? The comp didn't turn itself off.) It happened more and more until the computer wouldn't boot up without the BSOD coming on. I didn't take note of the exact message.
So i contacted Dell support... who told me it was the hard drive and they'd send me a new one.
The comp no longer hums with the new hard drive, but i've had the BSOD twice since. I took a photo both times, keen to establish what precisely was causing the problem so when i contact Dell again i have some knowledge behind me.
I'm not doing anything specific when this occurs. It happens at random. Again, it doesn't turn itself off when this happens. It will remain on for as long as i leave it.
(Moderator edit: added topic description. jgweed)
Edited by jgweed, 06 January 2007 - 04:07 PM.