Re: optical drive causing freezing
Well, I have had problems well a dell before. The drive would open and close really fast and cause the BSOD every once and a while (didn't know it was the drive causing it at the time)
It turned out that it was a different driver that was affecting it. The guy using it set up a raid... and dell had some stupid driver for it :P Needless to say, after installing that everything worked.
This was after Dell sent me a replacement drive and another sata cable. That didn't work so they insisted on sending me the drive and cable two more times. I Finally convenced them to send me a mobo and they sent me a server mobo... they sent me the right one later and it didn't work.