Fresh Clean Install Windows 7
Fairly New WD 250GB SATA
Nvidia Geforce 6100 on board/Nvidia Geforce 6500 Add in being used
No other add in cards
Brand New 2GB (1GB x2) DDR 800
Belkin N300 Wireless USB Adapter
Ok here is another headache I took on. Someone gave me this emachine and I was like, hey I will fix it up a bit for one of the kids, now I am loosing hair again.
So far I changed out the HD, RAM, added Belkin N300 Wireless USB Adapter and clean installed windows 7 nothing else. When I first got the PC it only had 512MB of RAM and the HD sounded like it was eating itself. The original HD was IDE but the board supports SATA so I threw in this drive I had laying around that hadnt seen much use. The RAM I picked up for a good price and it was much needed compared to 512MB. Based on the PC specs I figured that the PC would be up to windows 7 and so I did a clean install removing the previous OS Ubuntu. Here is where it gets strange.
The PC sat in my office for almost a week turned on and my daughter played on it off and on. She plays java/flash based educational games, watches shows on netflix and dvd movies via WMP. The PC ran crisp and great the whole entire time, even better then I thought it would. Then, I setup a desk in my daughter's room and move the PC in there. The first time I turn it on and open up IE the screen freezes, like a still frame. The PC makes no change in sound, just keeps running as normal but the screen, just frozen.
At first the issue only happened when launching IE. The PC ran awesome, I could run anything besides an internet browser. If I click IE the page would load fine but as soon as I would click anywhere or start to type the screen freezes. Now though, as long as I dont touch IE things are ok but out of no where at any random moment the screen freezes.
I have tryed disconnecting everything except what is needed to run the PC (defaulting to the on board GPU) and no change other then when the screen freezes there are a few vertical colored lines and the screen gets a little blurry. With the wireless adapter removed (no internet) the browser opens no problem but I still get the random freezes. I tryed a different monitor, the old memory, pulling the MoBo battery/resetting the bios, reinstalling windows 7, uninstalling and wiping adobe flash, tryed a clean boot. I cant find anywhere to get a bios update, all drivers are up to date and so is windows.
Booting in safe mode with networking nets me no freezes and full browser use.