So the problem started about a three weeks ago. My computer randomly froze one night. It was very frequent, so I figured that, since my old hard drive was very old, that I would replace it - I have a custom. So I did, and it's been fine for three weeks; until an hour ago. It started randomly freezing up again. So I resocketed almost everything (somethings are harder to reach than others in this ancient case - it was only the one stick of RAM that I can't grab without much hassle)) and wiped off the dust from the parts I could get - even dusted off my power supply fan and CPU fan with some cotton swabs.
Anyway, after doing that, my computer hasn't been acting up since I turned it back on, which was about ten minutes ago. But assuming that it does start to act up again, I want to know what your theories are. I really don't think it's the hard drive. Maybe one of my parts is overheating? Old parts coming to their end?
I know it's pretty vague, but I'm trying to be as descriptive as possible. Thanks for reading.
Edit 1: The freezing happened again about ten minutes ago. So I guess it's not the dust. It's probably one of my parts. The computer went about twenty to thirty minutes before it started freezing randomly. My video card died a few months ago, and I replaced it with an old Radeon 9100 that my uncle happened to have to spare (I don't do much on this computer, so I don't need a high-end video card). I saw my DVD-ROM drive acting up a little bit before the freezing happened, so I disconnected that. Next time this happens, I'll try swapping video cards.
Edited by sw619, 30 March 2008 - 03:04 PM.