The computer will do one of three things if i load up any type of file sharing software or if there is any type of heavy downloading going on from IE:
1 - computer freezes but stays on.
2 - computer restarts... i then encounter the softboot problem mentioned earlier.
3 - blue screen appears saying:
Contact System Vendor
****The System Has Halted
this at least tipped me off that it was possibly hardware related. Now heres what I've done so far so you know what it isn't to save you some time
OS: Windows XP Home SP2
-Ran Norton 2004 w/ latest Definitions (no viruses)
-Ran HiJackThis and AdAware Pro (no spyware)
-Updated all drivers for all hardware on computer (mobo bios, video card, network card, wintv card, cable modem, router, etc... XP is also updated fully
-Changed BIOS settings so that each peice of hardware has exculsive access to its own IRQ channel, and also disabled the onboard LAN controller in case there was a conflict with the wirless card. I also disabled items i dont use at the moment such as the onboard serialATA controller.
I am running Norton Internet Security 2004 with Norton AntiVirus 2004
Any help anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated... im at my wits end with this issue... i have yet to find a case where this blue hardware malfunction screen pops up anywhere besides startup... thanks to anyone who replies!
Edited by imnotdriving82, 31 May 2005 - 09:51 AM.