Frankly every machine that has trouble and uTorrent always finds something that didn't belong on the machine the owner had fetched with uTorrent.
You have revealed a big clue.
Having freeze and crash issues with my custom built rig.
The problem started a month or so ago when I had this thing assembled from parts. Everything tested fine, I took it home and set it up with my new Samsung monitor, HP printer etc.
Soon after the first day or so getting everything I want loaded on, I'm getting random crashes where the screen turns to a series of colored vertical stripes (http://yfrog.com/nc025urj and http://yfrog.com/13024crj) and I'm totally locked out from the OS; have to reboot every time. It happens no matter how intensively I'm using the system, surfing the net, word processing, video playback, whatever. It happens after several hours or several minutes into use.
I take it back to the guy who assembled it, he puts some more thermal paste on the chip, the problem doesn't repeat, everything seems golden. I'm moving soon after, so I break
down the whole office setup and move across half the country and set up shop in California.
As soon as I start trying to use my comp again, it's the same issue.
I take it to another guy. He runs it overnight, stress tests everything; just like before, he can't reproduce the issue. I've already tried a new graphics card just to see if that
was bad. Nope. Everything hardware related checks out fine, no overheating or anything.
I take it home, and set it up again. What do I have at my home setup that the repair guys don't? A Samsung monitor, some logitech speakers, a Western Digital external hard drive and an HP printer.
I run the computer in Safe Mode, hours on end, no problem. AH HA.
It looks very heavily like a driver issue, but I've tried installing the latest drivers for both the monitor and the graphics card with no success to alleviating the issue. My
last resort is trying to clean sweep out the old drivers and re-install the new, making sure there's no remnants lurking anywhere to confuse the poor computer.
The best I can find from Windows 7 internal logs of computer failure is the generic "error 10" message denoting a driver problem with no specifics.
Any help or advice on better determining or narrowing down driver problems (or looking for program compatibility spats) to get a stable machine would be most appreciated.
Specs for those interested:
MSI P55-GD80 mother board
Intel i5 quad core chip
ATI Radeon HD5670 graphics card
8 GB DDR3 Ram
Notable programs running:
Windows 7 64-bit
Avast! anti-virus/Zone Alarm (might try turning this crap off, just for laughs)