My power supply fan started making noise awhile back - I ignored it cause I didn't have time to get it fixed. So one day about a month ago I boot up the machine and nothing except a little blinky disk with a question mark. I boot up from the CD and it won't recognize the hard drive, so I take the machine to the shop. They opened it up and cleaned it - they said it had all sorts of crud, and that's what caused the crash AND the power supply fan noise. My hard drive was completely gone - so they reformat, and test it - everything's working great they tell me - I don't need a new hard drive OR power supply fan. I spend 2 weeks reinstalling all my software and crying about the work I lost.
Then this morning, I turn on the machine, and kapow - little blinky disk - same thing as last time.....
Both times this has happened, the machine was shut down and started cold, which I normally don't do - I usually just turn off the monitor, although there have been times that I shut down and booted up fine....I'm wondering if this may be a problem with something besides the hard drive? In hindsight, the day before the crashes occured, my computer started acting sluggish too - so it probably is the hard drive, right? I just don't want to replace the hard drive if that's not where the problem is.
Any input would be appreciated - thanks!
It's a 6500/250 w/64Mb Ram.....and no history of insanity (til now).