I'm going to try to provide as much information as possible in the hopes someone can suggest a next step to get my box back to a stable state. Thanks in advance.
I performed a fresh install of Windows 7 Pro (32-bit) yesterday. That went without incident. While using the machine over the past two days, I am seeing lockups. By lockup, I mean that the screen freezes, the mouse pointer freezes and I have to do a hard reset to restore (no response to keyboard for C-A-D). Today, for the first time, I saw a BSOD.
Possibly a clue (?) - I got it to lock up repeatedly (and blue screen once) while adding folders to iTunes. I was multi-selecting folders by dragging in the folder selection window. Not sure what that means, but hopefully it's helpful.
This is on a machine that's been running Vista without any sort of lockup or BSOD for quite a while (1-2 years). Hardware specs are below (if there are other pieces of information needed, please let me know).
Because the hardware has not changed from the previous OS install, I'm thinking it's some kind driver issue. Just to be sure it's not something like memory, I run Memtest86+ (v4) from a bootable CD. As expected, the memory passes without any error.
I tried updating drivers (motherboard, network, audio, video) to the latest versions with the same result. I booted in safe mode (with network enabled). That has been running flawlessly for a few hours, including while I performed the aforementioned iTunes operation.
So, any ideas on what to try next? I don't think I can live in safe mode for the rest of my life :-) Is there a way I can enable things one at a time in safe mode (so I can at least figure out the culprit and either remove, replace or update it as necessary)?
Asus P5E3 Premium MB (onboard audio and network)
Intel E8400 CPU
NVidia GeForce 9600 GT video card