|I am also puzzled about the 8gig hard drive. It makes no sense to buy such a small capacity hard drive (with all its moving parts), when the same sized USB stick (no moving parts, all solid state) can be bought for 10 bucks or less. I haven't seen such a small hard drive for a very long time. Best Buy probably found it behind a pile of discontinued stock and thought it was their lucky day when the chance of selling it walked into the store.|
As was mentioned above, heat could be a factor here. Open the case and carefully removed the fan from the heatsink (that sits on the CPU). DO NOT disturb the seal between the CPU and heatsink (The "seal" isactually a heat transfer compound). Use a can of compressed air to blow dust from between the fins of the heatsink, and clean the fan before putting it back on. If you smoke near your computer, the cleaning will be a little harder as the dust will be mixed with nicotine/tar, making it stick like sh*t to a blanket.
It'd pay to do the cleaning before running any diagnostics, as the heat issues can affect the test results (or even prevent diagnostics from completing).
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