(system specs at end)
After almost 4 hours (3 hours of desperate trial and error, 45 minutes of chkdsk) I got my computer to reboot after a mup.sys hang. After using my laptop to research it, I learned that the hang could be caused by a lot of things. So now that I've got it going again, what's my next step?
One of the last things I did was take out the new USB 2.0 PCI card, thinking that could be it even though I had been using it for 3 days with no problems during reboots or otherwise.
The system crashed sometime last night, possibly while Ghost was trying to do a backup. I backup to a USB 2.0 external drive, again pointing to a possible conflict with the card. (I should note that I just realized Ghost hasn't actually done a backup in two weeks because it thinks the disk is full. Would have been nice it if had notified me of that when it happened.)
Other things I did before that included:
Unhooking all USB peripherals
Running the Dell diagnostic bootable CD, first to test the HDD (it passed) then to run the full diagnostics (which hung because it couldn't detect my USB mouse even though I hooked it back up and tried again).
Trying to boot from the Dell Windows cd which wouldn't work because it also tried and failed to load all the drivers and didn't give me an option to do anything else. (I know, always get a regular Windows cd from them. Wish I had.)
I finally got it to boot in safe mode after a million tries, set it to run a complete chkdsk on reboot, then restarted. Chkdsk ran (no errors), and finally it booted properly.
I hooked everything back up except the 2.0 PCI card, and checked device manager - no conflicts.
I don't know what to do next. Try deleting the USB 2.0 drivers and re-install the card? Use the Belkin drivers instead of the drivers XP installs? I tried to update the driver to see what would happen. All it did was knock my USB mouse offline for a few seconds (?).
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you for having the patience to read this.
Dell Dimension 2350
Pentium 4 1.8 GHz
Windows XP Home SP2 (installed SP2 months ago)
1G RAM (512x2, installed 2nd 512mb 2 weeks ago)
Belkin USB 2.0 PCI card (installed 3 days ago, now removed)
80G USB 2.0 HDD (now back on 1.1)
NEC DVD_RW ND-3540A (installed 2 weeks ago)
SAMSUNG CD-ROM SC-148C
Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller
SoundMax integrated audio
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