I have never heard of anything like it.
What I experience is TOTAL SYSTEM LOCKUP every time I hook this computer up to a cable modem. But whatís really confusing, is that the problem doesnít start showing up until Iíve actually used the cable modem for 2 months or more. Then all of a sudden, BINGO ! And itís totally random. Sometimes the system locks up during boot-up, but other times it can run a solid 10 hours before it locks up. It doesnít seem to matter how many programs I have open; what type of application Iím performing; or even whether or not I ím doing anything on the internet. In fact, itís locked up when nothing was
running on the system other than the firewall and antivirus programs ! All
that seems to matter, is that the Ethernet cable is plugged in !! But whatí s really stifling, is why did the computer run so perfectly in each incident for over two months before it started locking up ? (I didnít change anything hardware wise.)
For the record, this system is a 5 year old, home built ASUS based / PIII-450 / 256-MB / 80-GB / Win98Se (XP wonít run on this system) / 8-MB ATI All-In-Wonder video / 3Comm 10-100 Ethernet card. Itís also running Norton Anti-Virus 2003 along with MacAffee Firewall 3.0. In all instances the latest patches and updates have always been applied. I'm also very religious about system maintenance, and I run the full gamut of Norton Utilities no less than once a week.
Now hereís the kicker. In this computers life time Iíve moved 3 times. Each time, I eventually signed up for cable modem, just like I eventually did here in Farmington. And each time, this system ran just perfectly for about 2 months before this lock up problem reared itís ugly head. It happened the same way with Charter Cable modem in Tullahoma, TN back in the late 90ís. It happened the same way with Charter Cable modem in Jackson, TN in 2001. And now with Cox cable modem here in Arkansas in 2003. In each case, the cable modem ran perfectly for two monthsÖ them BAM !! It happens the same way whether the cable modem was from Motorola, Sanyo or Toshiba.
I realize that system 'lock ups' can be caused by any number of things. There may be a driver conflict that windows is not detecting with my Network card, or a bad sector on my hard drive, even a failing memory chip could all be causes. Itís the total randomness that baffles me. Nothing I can specifically target for further investigation. Why does the problem always begin after 2 months of cable service when the system worked so perfectly up until that point ??
Any ideas ??