Oh noes!! Mah Computer!!
Going to try and make a long story short. My computer was acting up about a month back. A very good friend of mine, who’s an IT guy, told me to update my video card drivers.
My computer was alright for a bit, then it started acting up again. I was getting graphic glitches when I played WoW and I would occasionally lock up. However, when I restarted the game everything would be fine for a while but then the glitching would start all over again.
Talked to my IT buddy, he said to update the video drivers (again) and re-install DirectX because sometimes it can get corrupted.
Graphic issues are still happening. Hrmmm. Could it be my video card? Friend says, it could be. He helps me find a rocking video card and I installed it on Tuesday. Powered up the PC and surprise – graphic glitches are still there.
Someone in game had mentioned that the problem could be a fan issue. I opened up the computer to check out the 2 fans. Both of them seem to be spinning just fine.
Now that I looked, it’s time to listen. As loaded WoW I noticed my computer was making loading sounds longer than usual. I also picked up on a slight vibrating sound. I opened the computer again and listened. The sound seemed to be from the hard drive.
“Ut oh,” says my friend, “that’s not good.”
My computer is about 2 years old but my hard drive is much older. I decided that rather install a new hard drive myself I should take it to an expert and have a diagnostic ran. I was told that it may be 2-3 days before a technician would look at it, but it could be earlier.