Inspiron XPS running very slow, dvd-rw not working, etc.
I'm having some major problems with my Inspiron XPS. I bought it in January of '05 and my warranty is up so I'm in a bind. It's running very slow, my software lags quite a bit, my dvd-rw has stopping working altogether, the fans are ALWAYS on from start up to shut down, even with the fans, it overheats fairly often, and my video playback in general is VERY choppy at best. I do defrags and virus scans and free up disk space but nothing seems to be helping. It's very disappointing considering that I paid a huge amount of money for this thing and it packs some impressive hardware (P4 3.4GHz w/HT, 1 GB DDR RAM, ATI Mobility Radeon 9700). It just performs so poorly that I feel like I wasted thousands of dollars because it seems to be falling apart before my very eyes. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.