This seems to me an impossible question to ask - like "I have a headache, what is wrong with me?" but I'll give it a try.
For the last two weeks my PC randomly, regularly freezes, Have to manually power down and reboot.
I had installed google chrome and as it was the only change made, searched for a connection there.
I found some folks who had trouble with chrome and windows search - making the pc freeze up.
SO I tried to disable windows search. As I recall, search had an option to disable for all subdirectories and I took that option. An
eternity later, search was still running through subdirectories so I stopped it. And turned it off through windows services.
Problem kept happening. SO I ininstalled chrome. Problem kept happening.
I went back to a system restore point that turned out to be after I installed chrome but it was before the freezing up started.
That didn't help. For a day or two I was having trouble getting the pc to boot up. It would boot in safe mode, I would run anti-virus
etc and then boot normally.
Now, the pc is booting fine and working anywhere from 5 minutes to 5 hours before freezing. No rhyme or reason that I can detect.
I have run avast anti-virus and spy bot - no problems.
I reformatted my hard drive and re-installed windows about 2 months ago so I don't think defrag is an issue.
I have read through threads here and am about blind trying to figure out where to start.
Can someone please point me to a checklist of what to start looking for?
BTW - Dell Dimension desktop, windows XP
Edited by lorilr, 12 June 2009 - 05:42 PM.