I usually leave my computer on overnight. Couple weeks ago it was froze up in the morning.
A few details you might need:
256 MB, 80 GB, AMD Duron Processor speed 1210 MHz, Award Bios...XP Pro ...
Hd is only a few months old. Nothing new installed recently. Haven't changed anything knowingly.
Monitor is old...Hewlett Packard Pavilion M90...(built in mic went out on it last year.)
Freezing continued to happen at random, even through the day. For a few days now monitor has started "clicking" and going black for a few seconds at a time, also at random, then may or may not come back on. If it DOES come back on, it may or may not be froze. When it DOES come back on, sometimes there is a cursor "ghost" left hanging on the screen in addition to the true cursor.
Sometimes can't stay booted for 5 min. before freezing...other times can go for hours.
Once, when I rebooted, got an error message and send report to MS...got a message that a graphics device driver may have been the cause. I didn't pursue that. Another error message reported that "an unknown error occured in NVIDIA Graphics Driver. I didn't pursue that either. By the way, it was suggested that OMEGA drivers might be more stable than original ones.
Yesterday morning I froze on bootup...on reboot, got this message:
"system hung during last bootup for an improper CPU external speed setting...now working in safe mode. Bus: 100 MHz, DRAM: 100 MHz, PCI: 33 MHz...make sure the CPU speed conforms to the specs of your CPU."
Should also mention that when I boot up, computer has an unusually loud vibrating noise, then quiets down after warming up 5-10 min.
I'm finding that the computer does not freeze as soon, nor as often if it's been off for awhile. Perhaps an overheating problem?
If the problem suggests dust in the monitor, can it be opened up and safely blown out?
Things suggested to me in tech support forum:
clean out dust
run Ewido and delete infections
post HighjackThis log and deleted a couple things
run in safe mode overnight to see if freezup occurs (didn't do this yet)
update video card driver (didn't do this yet)...I don't understand why drivers suddenly would stop working properly and would have to be updated
LAST thing suggested was to access bios and check cpu temps (got in, but didn't know where to check for temps)
AND...perhaps cmos battery is going (whatever that is)
I run daily scans of AVG, Adaware
I also have Spybot, MS Antispyware Beta, Spyware Blaster, Spyware Guard
I delete temps every day
I cannot do Windows updates, since I recently discovered that my copy is pirated, so validation of my copy is impossible. I bought the comp "used" a few years ago from a so called "reputable" dealer.
Thanks to anyone who wants to tackle this. I don't know much about computers, and I certainly get intimidated when it comes to getting into the bowels of one.
p.s. About the cpu temperature thingy...I did a bit of searching and downloaded a program called Motherboard Monitor, which I haven't bothered playing around with yet. I wanted to hear your suggestions first.