Built new PC.
Worked great for 2 months. Abit NF2 ver2.0. Then instability crept in and has stayed over the last 3 months... but in varying degrees.
All hardware passed stress tests... memtest, prime, etc.
512mb Kingston RAM
XP pro sp2
160GB Seagate HDD
BENQ 822 DVD Burner
DMA 5 on HDD and DMA2 on DVD burner. IDE controller is Microsoft. Not the crappy NF2 controller that destablizes everything.
Very fresh install/rebuild.
Every part of the PC - except for the motherboard - has been replaced. PSU, RAM, HDD, etc.
The DVd files I'm trying to burn are my TV captures that work fine on my main rig so I know they are not corrupt
The problem is the Nero program will freeze in the middle of a burn very intermittently. It's been... difficult... to diagnose.
I've done 6 fresh reinstalls to eliminate drivers and whatever. The problem changes slightly, but remains basically the same. Intermittent freezes.
The configure settings on Nero are high. Using 80mb ultrabuffer and 700mb in cache. They were not that high until this last rebuild.
When I burn I also close backfround tasks.
This last 'freeze' is what I'm writing about. It was a little different. This was the first time I had an issue on this rebuild. I had burnt 8 consecutive DVD's successfully. At 60% it sort of went into a loop. It showed time remaining 5:38, 5:37, 5:32, 5:25...and then back up to 5:38 remaining, and then the cycle kept repeating 3 times over 4 minutes.
Finally I did something stupid that worked. I gently rocked the PC twice side to side and all of a sudden it started burning again and finalized successfully..
What is up with that?
That's about it.