[QUOTE=weedougie;2132711]This could be a software conflict!
What new software have you recently installed? Also updated firewalls and virus programs can cause the symptom’s you describe.
My machine recently went unstable and I found this was due to comodo firewall+ which updates its virus and malware database. I have been using this program with AVG for almost a year without problems until a couple of weeks ago. Luckily I use Acronis image maker and had to go back to a known good backup. This was after a day of frustration of random and frequent reboots. After 10 minutes I had a stable machine again, although I had to update Firefox, Avg etc. All is well now and I have gone back to Kerio firewall.[/QUOTE]
Well, the thing is, it was working fine for the first month, then all of a sudden the freezing started. Following that, I factory restored twice, and with minimal installations after the second one, and the freezing continued. I talked to HP Tech Support yesterday, and the guy told me to disable all start-up services and programs, except for the essentials, and sure enough, it froze again.
“Can it handle your new 8800GT, if not the problem may still be there.”
I removed the 8800 gt for the past week and a half and replaced it with the stock 9300 thinking i had a bad gpu. But it still continues to freeze.
The last 3-4 times it froze, I noticed a trend. I don’t know how relevant it is but I noticed that after prolonged use, it would completely freeze, I would do the hard-restart. After the restart, I would be able to use it for <5-10 minutes and it would freeze one more time. After another hard-restart, it would be good to go. Since the last time it froze last night, I used it for 2 hours, went to sleep leaving it on, woke up, and used it for another 2 hours with no problems. So I’m not sure if that rings a bell for anyone.
I’ve also been working on finding the voltage for the psu and seeing its performance, but I was not able to find it in speedfan, working on finding it in the mb soon. I’m going to be out of town all weekend, so I won’t be able to work on it much, but THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU so much to everyone who has helped so far, This problem is so frustrating.