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07-07-2010 08:26 AM
I have a Compaq Presario R3000 that is approaching its sixth "birthday." As far as I can recall, it has always been, to one extent or another, on the fussy side. I have had to resolder a lose connection on the board to fix a problem with the power cord port, I have replaced the battery because it had a hardy standalone-lifespan of 2 minutes and 26 seconds (off of AC power), it has a history of sounding like an aircraft (loud fans), it used to overheat often (blocked fans/vents, which have since been cleared), and now, it has taken up the side-hobby of spontaneously shutting itself off and losing all unsaved data.
I have felt the underside of the computer after it does this, and it is not at all hot, so I don't believe it is due to overheating. The only thing I can think to attribute it to would be the fact that the battery (yes, the new one I just put in there a few months ago) appears to have been zapped and rendered useless by a power surge that we experienced here about a week or so ago. I have noticed that if the power cord is jostled loose from the port, just enough to lose connection for a moment, the computer makes that fatalistic, Windows-trademark, "plink" sound as the screen goes black and the fans cease to whir. Although, this too is not always the cause, because the power cord is often still completely plugged in to the computer when it crashes.
I have tried rebooting the computer (only to have it, ironically, crash just as soon as it had booted up again), running virus scans regularly, as usual (no problems found), and popping out and reinserting the battery. Nothing seems to be working as a "miracle cure." Being nearly six years old, the computer's warranty has long since expired, and the battery's warranty papers and receipt are nowhere to be found (how convenient...).
Is there anybody who could offer me some potentially useful advice for reviving this poor old thing, or is it truly time for me to part ways with it and find myself a newer model? Please, share your knowledge, experiences, or condolences.
Thank you, all,