But then things started getting weird. The system would suddenly lock up when using the mouse - move, click, etc. I solved this by switching to a usb mouse. Then the system would just lock up upon booting. I solved this by selective startup in msconfig and deselecting some blank (??) entries. Finally, the system will lock up when running any type of virus scan. MS beta, Mcaffe, SpyBot, Adaware, I've tried them all. Locks up even in safe mode.
Do I have some sort of nasty virus or trojan? Corrupt registry? The only thing left I haven't tried is a XP system repair with the install discs. Will that do it?