Believe it or not, my friend with a Single Athlon had the SAME problem...it turned out to be a non-full install fo his sound card driver, was a fresh install pretty much anyways, so we just wipped out the system and re-installed W2K off the CD and DL'd all the NEWEST drivers off the net for everything, IDE, Via 4-in-1, Sound Card, (was a SB Live! BTW) and Video card, AGP Miniport etc...try it u never know.....
My <font color=red> Z28 </font color=red> can take your <font color=blue> P4 </font color=blue> off the line!
I know, im running xp, and I used ATM on winme(it was free and it never crashed on me, so I used it over 98se) anyways, ATM gave you increased tm functionality down to killing individual threads etc, it was a good proggie.
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