Ran Seatools boot from the CD.
Scanned both drives and they passed. No errors at all.
Before restarting just now, I opened the case and looked around on the motherboard to see if it was touching anything it shouldn't be and looking for burn marks and any bloated/leaking/faulty capacitors.
Everything's in order as far as it looks.
Pushed the loose parts of the IDE cables as far away from the CPU fan as I could just to be sure. Tucked them into the empty parts of the drive bays(?) where you mount things. Yes.
At a loss for things to do on the hardware side for now, I took another look at the event viewer and tried to match up a log time to the last time it froze and I found this:
"The IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service service entered the stopped state."
That was at 1:36 AM on July 3rd. It froze then but I wasn't running anything that resembles a CD drive. This was a hang up that occurred when I was using Windows Explorer to browse the 320gb drive.
I've only used the CD drive to install WinXP Pro 2-3 weeks ago and just now to burn the Seatools boot disc and in those instances the CD drive worked fine.EDIT
Looking through the viewer again, I found a Warning flag with a yellow icon. This must have been while I was out and the computer was left on, but idle. No programs running:
"The time service has not been able to synchronize the system time for 49152 seconds because none of the time providers has been able to provide a usable time stamp. The system clock is unsynchronized."
And just before this it has an Information log about the same IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service entering the stopped state.
Edited by adnrew, 04 July 2010 - 12:53 AM.