Nannerman wrote:Thanks for all the input.
Once I get the time I'll open up the computer and dust off the fans and all that. It can't hurt to try.
If that doesn't do it, I'll go for the system restore.
I have a question about that, is there anywhere on the hard drive that I can use to put the files I want to back up, or am I just going to have to put them on a flash drive?
Definitely flash drive. Any thing on the hard drive will be erased.
Essentially a factory restore sets your computer to the state you bought it in, kinda like a time machine. That, of course, means anything you've added to it since then will be gone. (including all data corruption and viruses)
If you're still having problems after a factory restore, then you know its a hardware problem.