Well, on a positive note, my desktop is up and running again. This makes me very happy.
What makes me less happy is that my speakers are making some quiet popping sounds, like a silenced machine gun. It doesn't matter how loud the volume is turned up. I'm also not sure what to google for, but the couple of things I did try (machine gun speaker sound, constant speaker popping, etc) didn't come up with any good results. Does anyone have any ideas?
Or would it just be worth getting a new set of computer speakers? These are about 7 years old now. Much thanks.