OK - i TURNED OFF EVERYTHING, DONNED MY TRUSTY STATIC GUARD WRIST THING. I then unhooked EVERYTHING from the mobo. (I mean drives)
I not only cleared the CMOS the old-fashioned way, I tok the battery out for a minute or two.
I REattached ONLY the system drive and ===== NO VIDEO CRASH!
OK -step 2 - I attAched the SECOND hard drivedrive - NO VIDEO CRASH
I am beginning to think that the problem AMY be with my DVD drive. But why?? It was working fine for a few days, I even ripped one of my very own DVDs (yes - one that I owned)
BUT HERE IS THE ISSUE:
I finally got into the Bios and the two drive that I have running - the C drive (which is partitioned so it is C and D) and the 2nd drive (E and F - yes partitioned)
are in the Bios as the MASTER 2 and SLAVE 2 drives.
when the DVD drive was hooked up it showed up as Hard Drive 0 master.
Could this be the problem?
I KNOW that the drives are hooked up correctly to the MOBO because I labeled them as 0 -1-2-3 when I ran them from the MOBO.
I am going to shut down, recheck the connections to the MOBO and then connect the other hard drives before I connect the DVD.
I am going to hoop up the other drives, one at a time, then try the DVD drive.