I'm trying to rescue my wifes notebook. I already backed up all important data.
The machine has been having problems for a few months now, gradually getting worse.
It usually stops working unannounced. Most of the time it is really hot when it does, so I'm thinking the cooling may not be working like it used to.
I'm trying to complete a Scandisk surface scan and some bad clusters came up (all in the first part of the drive), but it crashes at about 85% before the scan can finish.
The notebook is almost 5 years old and I already replaced the smart Li-Ion cell about a year ago.
Basically my questions are:
- Is there anyway I can establish if the failures are really due to overheating? (nothing shows up in the system logs)
- Is it worth the trouble to try and make repairs or will I be cheaper off buying a new one?
Intel 2.4 GHz 256 MB DDR333
harddrive 40GB 4200rpm
OS: Windows XP pro
I'm pretty good with computers, but not as good with hardware as I'd like to be.