I have a Gateway DX-210X desktop, 5 yrs. old, XP SP3, P4 3.0GHz, 2GB RAM.
Since I've had this system, I've chosen to do a complete/destructive system reload probably 3 times. I used the Gateway system and driver discs, and when I did that, it always produced great results. Not this time. A few months ago, I started getting a lot of application errors, which was unusual. I also saw 1 or 2 BSOD's, which were unprecedented on my system. Antivirus, firewall, etc. were all up to date and running, and I'm always careful to keep track of start-up items; but nothing made any difference. That's when I decided to do another reload.
The wipeout did solve the problems I was having, but they were replaced with an entirely new set: now Windows freezes up whenever it feels like it. And it's completely random. It began as soon as the first Windows screen appeared after the reload. I can be typing or moving the mouse or whatever (or nothing), and suddenly the screen freezes: no movement possible anywhere. Any video playing is frozen, screen savers as well, and any sounds that happen to be playing are halted in "mid-play". One of the interesting things about this is that while it's frozen, I can't see the mouse cursor moving, but if I move the physical mouse around, then when the screen becomes "live" again, I can see where I "moved" it while frozen. (I hope that makes sense) However, no such thing if I try striking keys. Down time can range anywhere from a few seconds to 45 minutes (approx.). Since I was having so much difficulty, I did the reload a 2nd time, just for kicks. No change.
Since every other reload in the past worked perfectly, I'm thinking that this is probably a hardware problem. The only hardware change has been when I added RAM, upgraded from 512MB to 2GB. I did test the old ram in it again. No problem. So if this is a hardware problem, does it sound like the motherboard or could it possibly be the power supply fluctuating? There is one error in Dev. Mgr.: "VIA OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller". That has been around for a long time. I talked to Gateway about it when it 1st appeared (and was still under warranty), but they chose to ignore it, and unfortunately, I didn't pursue it with them. I can disable it with no apparent effects on the rest of the system.
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