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#1 Johnnyboy29


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Posted 05 May 2008 - 07:06 AM

I am running XP. I recently re-installed XP in order to clean up some problems that had caused the disabling of my USB ports. (USB ports are now working). After this was completed, I installed an
ATVIA wireless G network adapter to my system which appears to be working fine.

My problem is this; since completing these tasks my computer will freeze after a period of inactivity. This usually occurs after the machine has been in a screen saver mode for a while. After re-booting the machine works fine until I leave for a while. (I have changed screen savers thinking there may be corrupt file ; however this did not fix the problem.

I viewed my task manager an noted that there are two IEXPLORE.EXE running on the system. One is using 11000K + and the other is running 22,900K +. The only other memory hog seems to aim.exe @ 26,00K +. What is IEXPLORE.EXE and could it be the problem. Any suggestions?

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 07:30 AM

a google search FOR aim exe


suggests it is to do with AOL instant messenger (???)

and for iexplore.exe

it is posible one of them might might be an infection

you say you have had to reinstall your XP due to an 'infection'?what WAS that infection?and do you know your computer cd is 'legit'?
do you yet have an active antivirus program on the computer and have you yet run it?

I may be(and hopefully for your computer sake , am ) completely wrong ( and am open to BE proved wrong )but my suspicions are you have an infection on that computer

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 05:50 AM

In Task Manager...Processes tab - go to the View menu item, then to "Select columns", then put a check mark in the IO Reads column.
Expand the Task Manager window (so you can see all the columns) and click on the IO Reads column header to sort it so that the largest values are at the top.

Disable your screensaver and then sit back and wait. When it freezes you should be able to see the Task Manager window to see what's using the most hard drive at this point. If nothing of note shows up - try it with the CPU and the Memory column sorted this way.

Let us know what you find out.
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Posted 06 May 2008 - 04:42 PM

I would try updating the video driver. I have found that a lot of "hibernate" type problems are caused by a corrupt video driver.

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