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Try pressing F11 soon after turning the computer on. If that starts the recovery options, follow the choices until you find one that says something about "original configuration", or "factory". Be sure to back up your data before doing all this, and restore it after you reload.
The latest drivers are here (select your Operating System)... http://us.gateway.com/gw/en/US/content/drivers-downloads
There are a lot of ways on how you can optimize a computer. You can upgrade the hardware part of your computer which can boost up its performance or you can maintain the current the optimum capability of your computer by making sure that you have an anti-virus running on it and you have all drivers updated. I suggest you install RadarSync to automate driver updates. It's very important if you want it to run in its optimum level of performance.
YOu can get your drivers here http://support.gateway.com/us/en/emac/default.aspx
Also use RegInOut -- a System Utilities program that includes several features which allows the PC users to speedup their computer performance. It improves system performance by removing junk files and fixing registry errors. Its additional feature of Internet Optimizer enhance users web browsing experience.
First of all Un-installed/format it your system and re-installed windows 7 and see it happen again or not?
May be, while upgrading your windows XP to windows 7 some file may be left over so while running your OS (operating system) file cannot read properly.
I would expect it would be much easier...and probably cheaper in the long run...to replace the computer. This machine does not meet minimum specs for Windows 7, and XP is no longer supported. Vista is an option, but requires as much in system resources as 7 and 7 is a much better (IMHO) system. This machine uses a Pentium III CPU and won't manage sufficient RAM to do a decent job with a modern OS. Windows 7 has an extensive driver library built in.
You said you tried different CPU, but it was the same motherboard, right? Maybe the motherboard speed (data bus, etc.) is just slow. Otherwise, there's not much left to try if the hard drive works OK in another computer and you've tried upgrading the memory, CPU, and power supply.
1st Did you reinstall the sound card drivers?
they can be dowloaded from the manufacture websight.
2nd Is sound devices listed in device manager.
If not, you may need to remove panel from cpu unplug pc first.
Remove sound card and install it into another open slot.
If slot is not available put back into original slot.
Hopefully you have not tried to reload XP yet. URL=http://www.drivermagician.com/ Back up the current drivers with Driver magician lite. CD/Floppy disk/Mem stick. Then have at it. :)
Majority of the INF files are found under C:\Windows/INF Even then installing OVER your existing XP the drivers should still be there. Unless you tell it to wipe and start from scratch.
Some viri and spyware programs can be so difficult to get rid of or cause so much damage. It is easier to wipe the system and start over. If this is the case: Ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of cure: Spybot search and Destroy Comodo firewall ZoneAlarm Firewall (Basically anything but the windows firewall) Tip: Only run one firewall!!!!
AVG Free virus protection NOD32 Virus protection (excellent but not free) 30 day trial however. HiJackThis IObit360 (Highly recommened and fast!)