A few days ago, I experienced freezes at various times during the boot ... a couple of times when Windows was starting to load and then once yesterday I recieved the message of a 'Bad Bus Checksum -Starting Bios Recovery ... Checking for Floppy" after which it froze and I had to do another restart. This is the only time this occurred. I've tried a cold and warm boot with the same results.
I've deleted a possibly 'buggy' screensaver I had paid for and downloaded. Other than that, the only other programs I have installed since recieving the system are my virus program (BitDefender 10), Zone Alarm Pro ,ACDSEE 9 photo viewer and one game (URU, The Complete Chronicles) . Both Zone Alarm Pro and ACDSEE ... as well as URU have run just fine on my old system so I don't think the problem there.
One time, after deleting the Screensaver, I thought I'd play it safe and do a System Restore prior to the original install. When System Restore started it froze and at the same time a loud, continuous, highpitched squeal came through the speakers. I had to reboot again.
I did have trouble installing my HP Photosmart 8250 printer without a lengthy AutoDetection of a USB Storage Device during boot, so I've just disconnected it until I can try installing it manually.
I've been on the phone with Velocity several times, have performed a test on the Hitachi HD and another for the memory and all is fine there. What Velocity told me last night was that it 'sounds' like a MB problem and that they'll send someone out (an independant contractor) to reinstall a new one. I'm a little PO'd that I've spent this much $ and am faced with a MB replacement. They factory test before they send out (supposedly).
I know there are a lot of variables here, but can someone tell me if this random instability and freezing sounds like a Motherboard problem to you? Seems like a big step to change it out if it's not. Again, I can run the system just fine for a while and at other times there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the freezes.
Intel Core2 CPU 6700, 2.66 GHz@ 2669MHz
HD: Hitachi 500GB
MB: ASUS; P5N32-SLI-SE-Deluxe
MEM: 2048 MB /DDR2<br />GFX: Radeon X1900XTX Crossfire
Monitor: Dell 2407WFP
WinXP Family Ed, SP2
PLEXTOR DVDR PX-760A
LITE-ON COMBO SOHC-5236V
Sound: SB X-Fi Audio
Edited by Mynzaboxer, 27 September 2006 - 10:37 AM.