Computer had become slower loading applications over recent months, then started regularly freezing after being left idle, SonicStage would freeze the computer on opening Splash screen. Almost any use of CD-Audio caused Freezing.
Some restarts would trigger Active Desktop Recovery prompt
Other factors of interest:
When another user was using the computer, and SonicStage was misbehaving, some tool popped up volunteering to repair the database. The repair reported as incomplete. I have no useful information on what this repair tool was.
Measures taken so far:
Opened case. Was considering Power Supply issues. PS fan is a little erratic, but heat didn't seem to be a problem.
Cleaned bad dust build-up on CPU cooling fins.
Noticed one stick of RAM was not seated in properly. Reinstalled.
Power Management options and screensavers set to "never"
Sought advice from Sony Insiders forum re SonicStage (See http://forums.sonyinsider.com/index.php?showtopic=24722 )
It's possible the stick of RAM had been partly removed as part of a test to check for faulty RAM quite a long time ago. My memory can get a little wobbly.
Extensive Trojan and other infections cleared from this machine early this year. See http://www.bleepingc...opic199461.html and
http://www.bleepingc...opic201229.html for details
Improvements so far:
Applications load much faster
Freezing on idling is much improved
SonicStage still freezes computer
CD Audio seems stable
Identified #ERROR cells in MDB database for SonicStage (see the Sony Forum)
I'm wondering if Windows system files may have become corrupted and am seeking advice. (Some advice in the Sony forum is suggesting this)
Edited by herbaklez, 19 November 2009 - 07:14 AM.