The motherboard drivers and if the BIOS is the latest. I find these, when never installed to cause lockups.
I have an IBM compatable PC running Windows XP Home Edition. It has a 1.8GHZ processor. Hardware and computer is fairly basic. I ran into my problem as I was installing my Sierra AirCard 881u and AT&T software for wireless internet access and then downloading my windows updates (going from service pack 2 to pack 3 and others) and driver updates (for video/display driver). I believe my ASUS Internal DVD Drive is causing a problem or maybe some BIOS settings could be causing PC to freeze.
What happens is when software or updates that say "You must now restart your computer for the changes to take effect," my computer freezes during the BIOS reboot (before starting up windows). This happened first when I installed my AT&T software and rebooted. I had to power down and power back up and it started just fine. Whenever I am asked to restart for updates, BAM, freezes up in the same spot with the same message.
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