Samm, thanks for answering my ping, but, due to your schedule, should I go back into the mix for another staffer? I have spent about 12 hours already trying to get a handle on this - but that was spread over 3 days. I cannot focus on this issue for a full day and I cannot afford to let this drag out if my response does not fall on your day. I am not ungrateful, just mindful of how we can best work together, What do you suggest?
Thats just my English sense of humour, don't worry about it
From what you've just told me and given that you have had malware issues just prior to this, its starting to sound like the system may just need a fresh install of windows.
I could be wrong, it could be a hardware issue, but unless you are also experiencing other errors, such as read/write errors to the hard drive, blue screen errors, or other windows error messages, it seems unlikely to be the hardware.
Out of interest however, do you have any way of checking the system & CPU temperatures? Normally this can either be done in the bios or using a windows based utility. Let me know if you need more help with this.
Is a fresh install of windows an option for you? ie. do you a system restore CD or an XP CD? And do you have any way of backing up any files that you may wish to keep?