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#1 MickinPlymouthUK

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 06:04 PM

Groan, with impeccable timing my PC has decided to keep locking up just before Christmas.
It's been fine for over a year, but now out of the blue it keeps freezing every hour or so, I try to bring up Task Manager to close it down but it won't appear and all I get is a continuous howl from the speakers, so i have to do a power shutdown and reboot.
Any ideas why it freezes? It happens in the middle of whatever i'm doing such as playing games, surfing, writing or reading email and even in the middle of virus/adware scans.

I'm Win XP Home

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#2 ReviverSoft

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 06:12 PM

It could be anything.

Did you install/uninstall any PC hardware or software before this started to happen?
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Posted 23 December 2009 - 07:01 PM

No, it came on completely out of the blue.
If I knew which general area is at fault it'd narrow it down a bit (hardware, Win XP or my AOL server)
It could of course be a virus or spyware, i've run scans but nothing was found

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 08:14 PM

Can you try booting up your PC with a LiveCD (like Knoppix or BartPE) ?
See if the PC continues to freeze. If it persists, it might be a hardware issue and if it seems perfect, your Windows OS will need some looking into.
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#5 MickinPlymouthUK

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 10:53 PM

I forgot to mention I'm almost totally PC-illiterate, never heard of a 'LiveCD'.
In fact I suspect my Win XP Home is at fault, its been playing up in little ways for a few months like not refreshing forum pages and not remembering passwords.
Can I try repairing it to see if that helps, is there a simple repair option?
Or must I reinstall it, is it easy to do?

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 11:17 PM

While the fact that freeze ups and Task Manager not launching are signs of possible infection(s). Your symptoms also resemble overheating. You do`t state whether this is a lap top or desk top. Have a look here for a tips on Cleaning the Interior of your PC.

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 09:29 AM

It's a desk top, i'll read up on overheating but I don't think it's that because the trouble sometimes shows up within 5 minutes of booting up.
PS- and it's midwinter here

Edited by MickinPlymouthUK, 24 December 2009 - 09:30 AM.


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Posted 24 December 2009 - 09:46 AM

What Thunder is referring to concerning overheating is actually heat sinks or failing fans which can happen anytime including winter months...Usually CPU temperatures higher than normal can cause these types of problems more times than not...A good cleaning never hurts...FWIW, overheating problems can occurr almost immediately after start-up so I wouldn't rule it out on the basis of 5 minutes being such a short time...
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Posted 24 December 2009 - 09:48 AM

It's a desk top, i'll read up on overheating but I don't think it's that because the trouble sometimes shows up within 5 minutes of booting up.
PS- and it's midwinter here



Does`t hurt to check. Depending on what is running at start-up and what you do once booted could cause the varying shutdown times. More\less stress on the PC equates to more or less heat over varying periods of time.

The continuous howl you hear could be the BIOS overheat alarm.

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 02:03 PM

It very well could be a temp. problem. A good cleaning can only help. Make sure all your fans work. A cpu cooling fan that's not working properly can shut you down in a very short time which is good.

Edited by Layback Bear, 24 December 2009 - 02:04 PM.


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Posted 24 December 2009 - 02:14 PM

wow this sounds so familiar i had dam near the same problem and it ended up being the result from a bad virus that damaged system files i ran chk disk and got rid of the virus and problem solved

Groan, with impeccable timing my PC has decided to keep locking up just before Christmas.
It's been fine for over a year, but now out of the blue it keeps freezing every hour or so, I try to bring up Task Manager to close it down but it won't appear and all I get is a continuous howl from the speakers, so i have to do a power shutdown and reboot.
Any ideas why it freezes? It happens in the middle of whatever i'm doing such as playing games, surfing, writing or reading email and even in the middle of virus/adware scans.

I'm Win XP Home



#12 MickinPlymouthUK

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 02:28 PM

Yah a virus had crossed my mind but 2 AVG scans have found nothing. I've just asked about it in the virus forum

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 11:06 AM

avg dont find every thing you should try a multitude of antivirus programs such as MBAM , SAS, and Avira antivirus

Different antivirus software has different virus definitions

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 11:41 AM

I personally suggest that you go to HijackThis Logs and Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal and let the experts there help you. They are great at helping others fix and finding them type of issues.

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 01:38 PM

The freeze-ups only happen to me when AOL is running so I think i'll re-install the AOL software in due course in case it was corrupted, and see if it cures the glitches




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