After months of Hardy lockups I finally fixed my issue. I purchased a new cheap motherboard (Foxconn NF4UK8AA-8EKRS $email@example.com). Used my same CPU,memory and Nvidia card. My old ASUS A8N5X MB would run everything linux dist perfectly, expect Hardy. I could not rip DVDs or gzip files without an lockup.
Now Im ripping and gzipping that the SAME time.