First, my specs:
ASUS PQ5 Pro
2GB Corsair XMS2
Windows XP SP3
Wifi: TP-LINK TL-WN620G latest drivers.
Router: Linksys WRT300N
My PC keeps hard freezing/crashing when using torrenting programmes and connected via my USB wifi dongle. It will only crash when torrenting programmes are running but it does not matter which programme I use. I mainly use uTorrent but I can reproduce the freezes with other programmes too.
Basically if left torrenting it will randomly freeze every 30 mins to 30 hours. The screen locks up, sound repeats, no user input works, HDDs stop too. This happens at all download/upload speeds but can be made to happen within 5/10 minutes without fail by having constant traffic above about 200/300 kB/s. It never happens when a torrent programme isn't running.
I heavily suspect my wifi dongle but am two stories above the router so cannot check with CAT5. It gets very hot when using the internet. This isn't a software issue as it's exactly the same with a fresh install of XP.
Any ideas? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.