The first time I installed WinXP Pro it was over WinME, it worked great. After a long time for several reasons I formatted the HDD and installed WinXP Pro from bottom. Many months passed, no problems with WinXP until one beauiful day while I was playing Unreal the system suddenly halted in the most strange way I’ve ever seen in a computer, everything was not there anymore, the system had COMPLETLY halted, appeared random wide and narrow bands of several colors on the screen, the only that could be heard was the sound of the CPU fan, the HDD was not working, no sound from the speakers, no reaction to any key, not even CTRL-ALT-SUPR, nothing. I had to restart the system.
Since I was trying new unofficial DetonatorXP drivers, I thought it could have been that. Long time passed til it started to happen again last week, but this time from nothing, else some times when turning off, Windows obly turned off the monitor, not the CPU. I decided to format the HDD once again and install WinXP from bottom. I did. I had just installed WinXP, I was still using the default Microsoft drivers for my nVidia Riva TNT2 card and it happened again.
This time I thought it could be my cell phone near the CPU (I had noticed some disturbs on the monitor when the cell phone is active or receiving a call), but that is not the problem either.
So I’m asking all of you out there whether someone has seen this before. If so, what is the problem???
This is my actual system (a little old):
PCCHIPS m754LMR MoBo
Intel Pentium III 800MHz EB 256KB cache L2
C-Media 8738/C3DX on-board
nVidia Aladdin/RIVA TNT2 on-board
Sis 900 Ethernet on board
PCTel HSP56 Micromodem on-board
Fujitsu 20GB HDD (2 partitions, 10GB each, WinXP on the first one)
Creative CD5233E CDROM drive
HP CDWriter+ 9100i Burner
WinXP Pro Corporate
Office XP Professional w/FrontPage (Only Word, PowerPoint and Producer installed)
MusicMatch Jukebox 7.1
NO ASPI layers installed
Unreal Tournament 436 with 4 Bonus Packs
PowerToys for WinXP
Windows Messenger 4.6
Cool Edit Pro 2
Kazaa Lite 1.7.1
nVidia DetonatorXP 29.42 (23.11 earlier and happened too with this one) WHQL certified
CMedia drivers ver 6.37 WHQL certified
PCTel Modem drivers ver. 220.127.116.11 non-WHQL (works great)
Any help will be widely appreciated, thanx.