I am so tired of all the frustration my Inspiron 6000 has given me the past few weeks. My fan has been making noise for a few months now. I've owned this notebook since Dec of 05'. I've had no problems with it, until the fan started up. The noise got worse over the past few months. I looked into replacing it myself, realized it required me to take apart a great deal of my laptop, so I purchased the fan online myself and just had it replaced at Microcenter. I get my notebook back tonight, same noise. What do you all think could be my problem? I also realized that at times my shortcuts don't appears on my desktop when I boot up until a few minutes pass. This happens probably 1 in every 6 times I start the computer. I scanned my computer for viruses, spyware, nothing showed up. Ran CC Cleaner, disk defrag, etc. Thoughts? My next move is to go back to Microcenter and spend $70 to run a diagnostic test, but I just spent $90 trying to fix it already ($50 for fan, $40 to have fan replaced). ALL ADVICE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED! I am contemplating getting a macbook, but given my current financial state, I would really love to salvage my Dell if possible. Thanks.