The freezes are totally random. Sometimes after a short period of rebooting and other times longer.
Yes, I will try what you suggest but should point out that today was a clean install of Vista so not much chance for it to have been affected with viruses or malware. I will communicate on my other machine.
The scan is still running. Yes, I liked ubuntu but was not able to install any version higher than 9.04 and that is why I went back to Vista.
I think there may be some conflict with the graphics because it mentions that ubuntu will run on low quality graphics and then nothing further happens. I have ARock AMD processor with onboard Nvidia graphics.
The Scan is still running!!!
I have to go get supper for my wife. I will get back to you with results when and if the scan completes.
The scan completed, taking 1 hour 50 minutes and no malicious items were found. Also, the system has not frozen.
It has not frozen since although it did restart itself back to the sign-in screen. I will continue to let it run and let you know how it performs.
If it is fixed, what of the tasks done so far could have fixed this problem?
I have an interesting development. I noticed that the system was freezing everytime I tried downloading an application from the Internet. I disabled the wireless adapter card and plugged in the Ethernet. The download was successful (55MB download).
On reflection, the wireless adapter card was not enabled when I was using ubuntu because I did not have the linux driver.
It is a new edimax wireless adapter so it is unlikely that the card is faulty. Given all that, where else will I look for a problem using the wireless adapter or are there any tweeks I can make in the device manager.
I mean that the system freezes (not just the download) and it happens randomly, whether I am downloading or not. I just noticed that when the wireless card was actively downloading a big piece of data it failed time and again. When I switched to Ethernet it performed perfectly well and has continued to do so all night.
I do not think it is the wireless card because previously I had tried a TP-Link card and I had the same problem with the system freezing.
The operating system is new, albeit still Windows, so I am not sure what to do next.
The wireless signal is very strong and besides I have had machine closer to the router before and problem still happened. We are about 5 feet from the router now.
Also, The random crashes happened at times when the internet was not in use, therefore suggesting something logical or physical at the MB level perhaps.
No blue screen, it simply freezes i.e., no mouse and no keys. I have to hit reset button to continue.
Yes, the machine has run continuously and without freezing for over 48 hours.
I forgot to mention, that the chap who gave me the machine was using a USB wireless adapter and that had also caused the random freezing.
No, the router is a Thomson TG585 v8. It is probably 2 to 3 years old.
I have a second router, which is another Thomson. I could try it but you should know that I have 2 laptops, 1 other desktop and an iPad which all work perfectly fine with this router.
Okay, I will try tomorrow and let you know.
I have tried with a Belkin N wireless router and have the same problem.
Do you know of any diagnostic devices that I may use to determine what is occurring?