hey guys, have a new one for yall. I have a custom pc: Asus p4p800-e deluxe mobo, 2.8 ghz intel cpu, 1 gb kingston ram, evga 7600gs agp card, audigy 2 zs sound card cooled with zalman reserator 1+ I have had this system for almost 5 years now and I have never overclocked this system before. i have two problems actually: 1) my sound card i think is dead or dying on me. I reverted to the onboard audio currently. i have to play around with the analog/speaker cable going into the card for it to send the sound to my speakers. this also has to do with the speaker wire but, when i move around the sound cable in its slot on the sound card, the pc freezes. if i unplug it and plug it back in it still freezes? anything on this? 2) this freezing thing all started one day i was playing RCT3. randomly the pc would hang while playing the game. so i had to hard reboot every time this happened. this did not happen when the cpu was not under intense usage ie gaming. then i noticed that the pc would hang/freeze coming out of standby mode, which i have never experienced before. I turn the pc on from standby mode, i see the welcome screen and it would freeze or it would make it to the desktop pic and would freeze then, it does not fully load the desktop before it freezes. next problem was upon start up or reboot, the monitor would not detect a video signal at all. I tried playing around with the video card, reseating it, wiggling it, using different monitors, playing with the vga cables until i get a video signal. so it turns out it is not from the vga cable or monitor because i used other ones with the same effect. then i finally get a video signal randomly and intermittently. at first most of the time i would not get a signal. but now i get a video signal every time i start up the system. now the bios hangs at post. i press tab to see the post process and this the order in what happens for the system to boot all the way to windows. (xp sp3): 1st boot, bios hangs on Checking NVRAM..... 2nd boot, bios hangs on checking for ide and sata drives/cd-roms 3rd boot, boots straight to windows with no problems it is like this all the time, it always boots to windows on the 3rd try each and every time. i am guessing that this is from my mobo as it is more than 5 years old or my agp card or agp slot is no good. although my agp card is a rather recent card, less than 2.5 years I have owned it. I suspect the agp slot is failing as it hangs on intense cpu usage (gaming) and it hangs on bios checking NVRAM which is the cga card ram, right? what do you guys think i can do or test? any suggestions or experience with similar problems like this? btw bios is updated to the latest final version, running on 2 sata drives, sometimes my slave drive is not recognized, vga card running on latest drivers, and it still hangs startup from standby. thanks in advance.