Three months ago i purchased a new Intel DH61CR mobo and i3-3225 chip with HD 4000 from Newegg to replace my rock solid, spectacular Intel P4 2.4 that has been humming away at the end of my home's desk 24/7 for 10 years straight without incident. Best computer I've ever seen. My i3 running a nearly exact but obviously fresh copy of XP sp2 with i3 specific drivers has two incidents that occur every 5 minutes to 5 days without predictability, under hugely varying circumstances, under the heat of fire or in the dead of night, and with absolutely no relation to each other, other than both are wildly unpredictable and at times frequent.
Incident the first: The desktop freezes like a screenshot of itself, when i touch any button the monitor goes power off/display shifting black, then redisplays at 640x480 with a dialog whose Intel error message reads "The igxprd32 display driver has stopped working normally. Save your work and reboot the system to restore full display functionality. The next time you reboot the machine a dialog will be displayed giving you a chance to upload data about this failure to Microsoft." Which i have zero choice but to do, and it does. Forums http://communities.intel.com/thread/12640 tell me Dell users have this exact problem and solve it by rolling back to an older driver (Intel VGA Driver version 188.8.131.5226) unusable to a non-Dell user, I've found their driver, it will not install, saying "This computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing the software." Because it's not a Dell. My current graphics driver is the newest available at this time: GFX_XP32_184.108.40.20621.exe. There is nothing exotic about my set up. I need this driver for XP32: Intel VGA Driver version 220.127.116.1126. It is not in the Intel archive, or available through search. Intel support should make all older archive drivers available with a simple warning not to use old drivers unless you know what you are doing as hiding old drivers is a bad idea. You're wasting my time by me having to ask for the right software for my new computer function without failing every time i turn around. My new computer does not function correctly with your latest driver.
Incident the second: My USB 2.0 running on the same OS disconnects and connects instantly without notice , bing-bing i lose then regain a device, never the same device, never the same cause, not even always while in use. It only stops for certain when every single USB device is unplugged. This happens with a well worn game controller, mouse, and external CD writer that all functioned flawlessly on my P4. It happens with any of those single devices plugged in, favoring no device. Forums tell me that my XP Pro sp1 needs no improvement to its USB drivers. Yet again, my new computer is not functioning as expected, this disconnect is not normal. It is wasting my time.
Please advise me how to correct these two problems that this powerhouse of an i3 not live in the shadow of a vastly inferior computer such as my still monolithic P4.
Oh and if you're going to rewrite the graphics driver to fix this issue, please add anti-aliasing support for XP/HD4000 users. It said HD4000 supported MSAA when it bought it, this board is built for XP user support. It does not on XP and failed to say this. I was mislead. But it only does not because the software does not. I see no problem here not solved by Intel breaking out the code...