sorry for the late replies, out of town for a bit.
Do you get BSOD's or is it just that the computer freezes up?
Nope no bsod's havent seen those in ages.
Open Task Manager
, look in the list of programs running, sort by CPU usage, and also by RAM when you check that. Any programs using up a resources?
umm for Ram its mostly Firefox.eve/svchost.exe/teatimer.exe/ekrn.exe
and for cpu its Idle process everything else jumps around under 05
Turn off Hibernate or Sleep or both. Also try another usb port or mouse.
Ill give this a shot.
Does the HDD make a ticking or clicking sound?
Why yes it does.