I just reformatted my hard drive and did a fresh install, but with this completely new install of Windows XP, I'm having one serious problem:
When I perform an action, regardless of what the action is, it has a chance of causing my computer to act as though my monitor has been completely disconnected from the PC. My "Samsung SyncMaster P2250" monitor will show that it is attempting to find an analogue or digital signal, before going into rest mode. The harddrive will then begin spinning fast and constantly, and the computer will not respond to any keyboard or mouse input (won't restart with CTRL-ALT-DEL twice).
The actions that have triggered these crashes so far include:
-Changing the resolution of the screen
-Clicking on "Classic Start Menu" (Right click on Start > Properties > Start Menu > Classic Start Menu)
-Changing the desktop from the default Field image to blank
-Opening MS Paint
-Dragging the Desktop Properties window
It is important to note that I did successfully chance my resolution, select classic Start Menu, and open MS Paint without a crash occurring as well. These crashes do not seem to occur without being prompted by an action, but the times they do happen it seems completely arbitrary.
The most graphically intensive thing I've done so far is dragging windows, and when I do they do not move smoothly like I'm used to, but instead move very choppily skipping 10 or more pixels at a time.
Despite it seeming like hardware, I'm personally convinced that this is a software issue because everything was functional before the reformat.
Sorry for the messy nature of my scrawling, I'm quite irritated and desperate. Any help is appreciated, and I would love to give you the information you need to help as soon as I can figure out what it is.
Thanks in advance.
Edited by Mughi, 16 July 2011 - 09:57 PM.