Hi there, I'll keep this as short as possible:
XP Pro sp2.
intel dual core
Azio awd102n pci wireless adapter
wireless keyboard and mouse (MS)
Norton anti virus
Problem: The computer will hang on the Standby screen, and now it will also hang on the shutdown screen too. It doesn't always do this, but more often that not, it will. At first it seemed to be only with my wife's user acct, but now it's both user accounts.
Aside from the standby and shutdown issues, my wife was online the other day, and all of a sudden the internet stopped working. The wireless icon in the corner disappeared. I went into the control panel to fix it and found that the wireless was disabled. When I tried to enable it, I got "Connection Failed!" in a small window.
Restarted the computer, and now the connection works, but the internet will only work for about 1-2 minutes at best before it just stops working, but this time it's not disabling the connection... it just looks like my internet is down. Doesn't matter if I'm using IE or Firefox, I get the same thing. I noticed right before all these internet troubles started that the internet was running very slow on this computer whereas my other computer were fine.
What's interesting is that the computer will go to standby or shut down just fine if it's only on for a minute. As soon as you use it for a little while, these problems all start to arise.
I cleaned the registry. Uninstalled most unneeded programs and checked MSconfig for any odd startups. I'm down to only the key items starting up.
No new software was installed when these problems started.
Tried to uninstall the wireless driver, but it just locks up on the uninstall. Also tried to uninstall Ralink wireless manager, but it also locks up during uninstall.
I tried to restore the computer to three different points. None work. Not surprised... can't remember the last time Windows restore has ever worked on any of my computers!
I really can't figure it out. I'm wondering if maybe my wireless keyboard and mouse have something to do with the standby issue? I don't recall there being any problem for the first few weeks of using the keyboard or mouse, so I doubt it.
It seems that these problems all start up around the same time... after the computer has been running for a couple of minutes.
I'd be impressed if anyone can figure this one out. I will try messing with the anti-virus and firewall. Otherwise I'm out of ideas... I can't think of what's changed since it was working fine.
Thanks for your help!
P.S. has anybody given up on Windows in favor of a Mac OS??? I'm really considering. Seems like there's ALWAYS something wrong with one of my pc's... either the network, or the restore, or the printers, or something!