There are no Bsods at all. Just freezes, however they are no longer 'permanent' as I first thought.
The 'hangs' happen now at ANY point after 7's startup. It's been as late as an hour and as soon as 30 seconds. The hangs appear to be for RANDOM amounts of time. Anything from 1 minute to 1 hour iv experienced. The clock will freeze and any mouse movements I do or butto s I press don't register - but when the computer unfreeze, everything I did whilst frozen suddenly 'happens' on the screen, if you get me.
It is not an overheating issue. I talked to a chap in PC World today about it. It's a PCW unit and he said the spec wouldn't overheat like that (of course, he may be wrong, but I have a bloomin noisy fan and the CPU in tests never went over 55 degrees). Intels website says operating range goes up to 65 degrees C, so again I don't think it's overheating.
Looking at my Event Viewer for the times of two crashes, I can glean absolutely nothing...
One crash happened at 11:19. This crash lasted 4 minutes. The event log shows these entries for 11:19:
Desktop Window Manager - The Desktop Window Manager was unable to start
Service Control Manager - NVidia Drivers successfully installed *
Service Control Manager - NVidia entered a running state
Windows Update - NVidia Installed
* I was installing some driver updates when the crash happened, although I can pretty much confirm it was not my NVIdia card or its drivers that are causing the crash - re-installing Windows 7 AND taking the graphics card out (using onboard chip) still creates the crash, before 7 has even seen the graphics card)
My next crash was at 11:30. This lasted around 5 minutes. But there were no logs written to the event viewer at all during this...?!
Any further ideas before I re-install with a fresh burn?