I ran chkdsk /r. It found nothing wrong with the disk....clean result.
I also applied this fix...http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...70-42470E2F3582
...which addresses the VSS and the 1517 error. The fix worked in that I have ceased getting the error messages. So that part of the problem is resolved.
But, I'm still having this problem cold-booting the machine. The only way I can use the machine from a cold boot is to go into some form of safe mode first, then do a restart and go in normally. When the cold boot locks up, it happens in my logon sound and about the same time icons would start appearing in the system tray. When the machine locks, the start up sound stutters at a high rate -- like records of old playing the same groove over and over again when the needle hits a scratch....only at a much faster rate. I don't know if the audio has something to do with it. I'm using the RealTek driver. I also have a USB headset and that's a C-Media driver. When the crash happens, the mouse freezes and the keyboard locks. I have to reset or power off. Nothing is written to the event log from these crashes.
Now....there is another matter I did not mention and it relates to hardware. As you see from the spec, I have this "air conditioned case." Problem is, I had to remove the exhaust fan to put in the liquid cool unit for the CPU. So, while the CPU is nice and cool, the mobo and video cards cards are running somewhat hot. The front fan must be turned on separately as it's part of the AC (which is a thermo-electric thingy, but once its output temperature coincides with ambient, it shuts off, and I have to go to fan only). Quite frankly, I'd dump the case, but I've already invoked the rebate on it and trashed the box. I've ordered -- and will receive two PCI Evercool 42 CFM fans tomorrow. One will be located between my two video cards and one will be located above them. These will provide 84 CFM of exhaust, which should help a lot.
But....a thermal shutdown would just power the system off entirely. I don't know what to make of this cold boot problem. My virus/spyware scans are clean. Good mobo. Good RAM. Clean disk. Fresh build ... this is not a machine I'd been using and installing and uninstalling stuff from for two, three, or four years. Latest hotfixes, latest drivers...the whole smack.
May 8 Update:
My system is now XP Pro SP3. The SP3 upgrade has slowed down the cold boot crash profile. Cold boot crashing occurs after Windows Live Messenger loads...it's one of the last items in the system tray. As before, if I boot into any form of Safe Mode, then do a restart, I'm OK. Nothing is being written to the event log from these crashes. There are no dump files being output, even though XP is configured to output them. Also....even though I have 4 GB RAM, XP only sees 2.5.
Edited by Ron Devito, 08 May 2008 - 04:59 AM.