|Yes. When I reformat and reinstall Windows it is a clean install. Nothing else is installed with the exception of my NIC driver. |
Only when I have successfully installed SP3 do I go in and actually install other drivers (i.e. video, audio, monitor, mouse, etc) and then other 3rd party software.
I only have the bare necesscities connected such as the mouse, keyboard, power, dvi, and the ethernet.
When I first installed it I did have an external hard drive and my audio equipment hooked up, but I immediately took those out after my first installation (which I had a problem with).
I tried rebooting without the internet connection and it still hangs up.
If I move beyond SP2 or SP3 it still hangs up. I can't even get to SP3 unless I download it from another site and install it in safe mode when I install SP2 and it hangs on splash screen.
I have yet to try installing SP2 or SP3 by disconnecting everything except my dvi connection and power cable. Are you saying that as soon as I download and install SP2 then I should immediately unplug my keyboard, mouse, and internet connection?
Hmm. 3rd party software would sound probable, but I can't imagine what it could be since I always go for the clean install.
External devices is also a possibility... Perhaps it has something to do with my mouse or keyboard?
Here's a minor update: After another clean reformat/install, I downloaded and installed SP1, rebooted, d/l and installed SP2, and rebooted. I had to let it reboot over night and the next day (well this morning) it finally succesfully booted up. I created a restore point and shut down to reboot again. It hunged up again on the splash screen. Only the mouse, keyboard, internet, and dvi connection is plugged in.
I am really drawing straws here. Thanks for the help!