My netbook is having some serious problems recently. The back is getting very hot, and it locks up and makes a very alarming noise. I got an error message last night saying that there was an issue with my sound/graphics drivers or some crap, but it vanished within seconds. I've run the maintenance program to see if I can find out what's wrong, and basically Microsoft's response is 'f$%ked if I know'. This is hardly the first time I've had issues with this bloody machine, but this is the first time it's been this bad and there's been a physical phenomena to go alongside it, notably the ridiculous level of heat radiating from the back panels. It's a EMachines basic barebones issue netbook, Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, etc. Nothing flashy but its all I have. It's falling apart A screw has inexplicably vanished from the shoulder, and as such it hangs loose. Makes no difference to performance as far as I can tell, but still... It's jolly important that this netbook continues to function as its the only link I have to the wider world. I know the info I have is limited but if anyone has any ideas, please share them. If I can find my multi-tool later I'll be opening it up (the warranty expired years ago) to see if anything's rattled loose in there, give it a clean, etc. I doubt it'll help but to be fair these issues started when I cleaned out the air vent on the side, it's possible something flew in there and got lodged somewhere. Can't hurt to look, I suppose.