(all names removed to protect the guilty)
I've taken a number of suggestions, and here's what
I updated my Norton AntiVirus 2002 virus definitions
and did a virus scan. It found 16 minor viruses (not
uncommon on the college network), and got rid of all
of them. I think. It quarantined nine and tried to
repair/delete the others, but it couldn't. So I shut
off system restore and rebooted in safe mode, and did
the scan again. It said the PC was clean. (?)
I also opened up my PC and did my best to clean out
dust on the fans. I also put some more space between
my video card and other cards (and made sure all cards
were firmly in place). Not having an air can
available, I simply blew out as much dust as I could
with my own breath.
Furthermore, nothing in the PC felt overly hot. Then
again, I don't really know how hot things are supposed
Lastly, I made sure there was a minimum of four inches
for the fans' air flow.
I'm using Windows XP Professional. Sad thing is, I
really don't feel any closer to solving this mystery.
In fact, as a result of switching slots on some of my
cards, I lost my sound card -- I have to reinstall the
drivers, but all my drivers are at home.
Until then I'll have to use the crappy sound of my
Something is seriously screwed up on my PC. Log and
configuration files are whigging out. I lost all the
prefererences and *bookmarks* on my web browser. I
can't think of any explanation except a virus -- but
up-to-date definition scans say I'm clean.
One year and 2 months Windows Free!