My computer has started making noises clunking and clicking after it has been on for some time. Then it just freezes and nothing works. Earlier on I just left it for 10 mins and it started to do the things I requested after it froze. I have turned it off for an hour or so and restarted and it seems to be running ok now. Is it coming to the end of the road? what are these noises coming out of the box they are quite loud. It has done the crashing thing on a number of occassions now. Anybody know whats wrong? Terry.
Could be harddrive, but I'd check the fans first, particularly the CPU fan as the freeze followed by reboot after time to cool has elapsed is symptomatic of an overheating problem. Whatever you do backup all your data somewhere safe immediately, if it is the drive on it's way out, you never know how long you have left.
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