sudden installation problems and system freezes
Every now and then my PC froze when surfing the internet.
I friend told me, that this was caused by Norton internet security 2003.
The only problem that I had with Norton, was that liveupdate couldn't update everything.
I kept getting a message that symantec common client needed to get an update.
I would have to install this update, start the PC, and execute liveupdate again.
But I kept the message everytime I run liveupdate.
After recieving a new harddrive for my first one that was about to crash, I decided to install this HD as master, and my old HD as slave on the first controller.
The other one handles my DVD/CD-rom and cd-writer.
I also checked the BIOS, and closely monitored the screen when starting up the PC.
Because my system sometimes froze, I decided to install Windows XP home version on my new HD, a Maxtor 40 GB.
The other Maxtor HD (30 Gb) I started to use as drive D.
Because the HD is 40Gb, I used a NTSF system, and chose to format the 1st partition (C).
The system looked to work OK, but after a while the system started to freeze again.
I decided to give it another try and installed windows XP again, to make sure I had left nothing out.
As soon as I got in the setupmenu where I could choose the partition I liked to format, the system froze!!!
After another startup the installation the system gave a message that it was missing hal.dll
Another time the system froze when I was installing the XP update:servicepack 1, or when I wanted to make a recoverypoint.
The next time my system froze when the installationmenu gave only 23 minutes left for installation.
Then I decided to disconnect the new HD, and format the old HD, that I configured to Master, again to FAT-32, and re-installed Windows XP.
All went well, but as soon as Windows had started up, I decided to change sthe startmenu into the classic on.
When I moved my mouse to the line of my choice, the system froze again!!!!
At first I thaugt it was due to the CD-rom, but at Microsoft they told me that it was a hardwarefault.
He thaught that it might be caused by faulty memory.
But he told me that he would be glad to change my cd-rom, but he daubted that the cd-rom was the cause.
There are no deep scratches in the cd, just a couple small ones on the surface.
I hope that someones who reads this can help me with this problem.
Can it be the memory, or is this caused by other hardware inside my system:
AMD 1333 Mhz,ASUS Mainboard with 1 plate with 256 DDR-DRAM
2 HD, ATA 7200 rpm,Maxtor 30 and 40 GB
Pioneer DVD and Plextor RW