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PC Keeps Freezing


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#1 applesauce1234

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 04:33 PM

Hey there

My PC (windows xp sp3) has recently been acting up. It freezes shortly after it boots up, usually when I click on programs to open. For example, I cannot access Firefox. I open the program, but the cursor just changes to a busy symbol. At that point, I can't even access task manager via CTRL-ALT-DEL. I have to just turn the computer directly off, as it stays like that indefinitely.

Im not receiving any malware popups, and nothing else seems unusual.

I recently installed cubase, but im not sure if that as the cause. I tried to restore my computer to a system restore point over a month ago, but the problem persists.

Avast antivirus scan turns up nothing.

Any help would be very appreciated!

Thanks

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 11:51 AM

A little more to add:

I am able to get into safe mode, where I can access more programs, and can even get on the internet.

But in normal mode, the desktop freezes when i click on most programs. CCleaner is fine; Firefox is not. AVG is fine; Winamp is not.

It even freezes if i right click on the desktop. And whenever I click on a quick launch button on the task bar, it freezes. The cursor just goes to a busy sign indefinitely. Yet, the keyboard is not frozen: I can still, say, turn CAPS lock on and off, or hit the windows key.

I am unable to restart/shutdown my computer using Shut Down. I have to just hold the power button for five seconds until the PC turns off.

I am also able to transfer files over via USB, and could even burn files onto a DVD via Deep Burner.

Hope this little bit of more information helps.

Thanks in advance!




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