Well just a guess but do you have your anti virus and fire wall going when down loading if so shut them off and restart when your down load is done??
First the specifics on my computer:
Model: Gateway 500SE
Intel Pentium 4, 1600 MHz, 100MHz external bus
Memory: 768MB physical
Windows XP SP1 (Windows XP 5.1.2600 Service Pack 1)
Intel Intel PRO/100 VE Network Connection, Cable Modem
My computer will often freeze-up during a high-speed download, or when I'm downloading a few things at once. If I'm able to bring up the task manager (which I'm not able to do), I've noticed that it'll say CPU usage is at 100% when the problem occurs. More often than not, the computer freezes up before I'm able to bring up task manager.
For instance, It's happened if I'm using a bittorrent program to download large-sized files (television episodes) and when I've tried to download trial versions of software programs.
Some related things I've noticed:
--Task manager will not work, and I have to either unplug the computer or turn off the computer without shutting it down. I've waited half an hour sometimes to see if it'll unfreeze, all to no avail.
--I've been able to bring up My Computer, and cannot open "view system information" but can open other options in My Computer. Don't know if that's worth mentioning, just thought I would because I noticed it.
--Just before the computer freezes up, the internet connection will die completely.
--I've run a few different virus checking programs (Norton and Housecall), and they have come up with nothing. Also using ZoneAlarm Firewall program.
This has been happening for 2 weeks, and cannot figure out what is causing the issue. Any ideas?