I don't know if this is the right section/category to post this question but here it goes.
I have a very old (7 years old) Acer Laptop with an Intel 1.3GHz Pentium chip and a 40GB hard drive.
Recently, the computer keeps freezing and crashing.
I have re-installed the OS several times. Sometimes it helps and the computer sort of functions for a day or two and then crashes. Other times, re-installing the OS does not help at all. I have since bought a new computer, but I want to use this as a learning experience.
How can I test/diagnose my laptop to find out which part is defective?
If its 7 years old, RAM could be an issue (RAM can be an issue at any time though). Download Windows Memory Diagnostic and run that (you boot to it off of a CD) and it should tell you if you have any RAM issues.
The hard could have issues as well, but I usually don't see frequent crashing and freezes often attributed to that.
Finally some of the main components could have gotten faulty with age, but I would check the RAM if anything.