I have a bit of a strange issue going on. I'll start from the beginning.
Yesterday afternoon, I was having an issue not related to the current issue and checked out my device manager. During that time, I noticed that my Coprocessor had the handy yellow ! on it. So I went and downloaded the nForce drivers from NVidia to get that taken care of. After that, a few strange things happened.
#1. My PCI Wireless Network Adapter died.
So I go out and purchase a USB one. That works fine.
#2. My computer starts booting slower.
#3. Whenever I try to sync my iPod, my computer freezes (I thought).
Well, it turns out it doesn't freeze. I turned on the CPU/Mem tracker widget on Win7. What I found is that when I try to sync it, my CPU goes up to 100% and basically stalls the computer.
After a multitude of things such as reinstalling iTunes, restoring factory settings on the iPod (which wouldn't work, because it would once again 100% the CPU and stall the PC), and deleting the iPod_Control hidden folder on the iPod, nothing helped. Everytime I would have to power down after trying to sync due to the issue.
So I grabbed my old Sansa Clip mp3 player. All I have to do with this is plug it into the USB port and use the Windows file viewer to transfer files. Well, I started transferring some songs onto it, and suddenly...it happens again. 100% CPU usage. Computer stalls.
So I power down, let it rest, but this time I forget to unplug the mp3 player from the USB port. I power back on, it starts the boot sequence. It says that it's testing the memory on boot and it stops booting. I turn the system off, unplug the mp3 player, and the computer boots up like normal.
Now, I have 3 USB items currently connected to the PC. KB/M and USB Wireless stick. It boots with no issue on that. That leaves one free USB port on the MB and 2 on the front panel of the case. I tried plugging in both the Sansa and the iPod to all 3 ports and each time the boot would hang on the initial memory test.
So, anyone have any ideas/suggestions?
MB: Zotac 8200
Ram: 4gig G-Skill
Video: Nvidia 9600 GT
Processor: AMD X2 Athlon 5200+
Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
As I understand (from web searches), the MB (nForce) that I have does not come with a default driver for Dual Core processors. I have to get the updated drivers in order to get it working properly. I could be wrong, so if someone has any suggestions on that portion as well (in case I have to wipe my system), let me know.
As for the Task Manager, it's hard to tell. I tried keeping one open, but when it stalls everything stops, so I can only guess. It appears like even while I'm running things (such as syncing), the System Idle Process is still running 90+ CPU on the Process tab.
I would suggest you try uninstalling the Nforce chipset driver. Sounds like that is when the issues started. You may want to flash the bios on your motherboard as well- THAT is what ought to make it recognize your CPU properly, rather than chipset drivers.