This 1.13-GHz Pentium III based machine is not as bad as the lap scorching Pentium 4 units but still requires a yearly checkup of the heatsinks and fans. For mine I just clean out the vents and pop the keyboard off (or flip over) to give the compressed air can a clear shot at getting the dust off the heatsinks. I check the heatsink is firmly on the CPU and then button it up. One last check of the fans and I'm good for another year.
What's your yearly cleaning schedule look like?
I'm having some problems with my brothers Sony Vaio laptop (PCG-GR370), and have finally reached the end of my tether. I have not got a clue what the problem is and hoped someone else may be able to help, so here goes!
Originally the laptop took to randomly shutting itself down and blue screening left right and center. Next it decided that it didn't like AVG being turned on, and no matter what I did it wouldn't turn back on. So I uninstalled it and tried to reinstall, but it wouldn't have it. Having tried as many different approaches as I could think of (including several other anti-virus packages) I decided to wipe it and do a completely fresh install.
Having finally managed to get all of his files off, and virus checked them all on my own machine, (between BSOD's!!(on the Vaio)) I managed to reinstall XP (Home). Then, to my utter dismay it started all over again. So I fresh installed a different copy of XP, hoping that it was a clash with some of the preinstalled Sony software.
I now have a system which runs, but try to download anything (MSN Messenger/AVG/Java plug-ins) and it tells me there is something wrong with the download. Every single time. This can not be a software issue. Can someone else tell me if it sounds like the memory/and or/ hard drive may have reached the end of their life spans?
The machine specs are: 1.13Ghz P3, 512 Ram, 40Gb HDD and XP Home.
Sorry it's such a long post, just wanted to provide as much info as possible to help someone else point me in the right direction!
Any help at all would be greatly appreciated! Many thanks in advance,