haha, getting irritated. Have a DELL 8600 inspiron. I probably havn't treated it very well - basically it's been running for 3 years straight. A month or so ago it started freezing up - sometimes shortly after it booted, sometimes during the boot process. I wasn't so concerned until it froze when I booted it in safe mode. so i started by replacing the 15 dollar fan....then someone suggested I add some heat sink grease. before i put the grease on it, it ran for a while with the keyboard removed - no freezing. Then I put the keyboard back overtop and it froze. So i put on the heat sink grease. No luck.
Any suggestions? is the processor fried? is it worth throwing another 30-50 dollars at it for a new processor?
Thanks for your help!