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#1 tquad1951

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 05:16 AM


Greetings to everyone,
My computer freezes in Normal and Safe Mode, when I can get into Safe Mode, constantly. I've run Malware for the entire system and found no problems. I've cleaned the registry, run CCleaner regularly and use Shadow Defender when online. I've also used Eset to clean up the system successfully. When trying to run SUPERAntiSpyware however, it always freezes after about 8-10 minutes. I can't figure it out. I have a new Seagate 2T Green Hard Drive, 2Gig of new Kingston DDR SDRAM, A new NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS video card and 2 new Lite On DVDR/CDR units. I've got an ASUS A8V-VM SE Motherboard, AMD 2.2 Athlon processor, a Ralink WiFi USB adapter, Logitech K350 keyboard, Kensington Expert Mouse Pro, a Behringer sound adapter, all USB. I also have 2 Seagate FreeAgent external USB drives but both are disabled. ASUS has assured me the board can handle up to 8 USB devices although I only have 6. I'm using XP Pro SP3 with ALL the updates. It's been to the shop 4 times. The last time it ran fine for two days with virtually identical hardware connected before being returned. It froze within 10 minutes after return. It will run for an hour or two occasionally but when I go online it will usually freeze up within 10-15 minutes. I've even switched from Firefox 3.6.6 to 3.5.16 because of other reports of problems with 3.6.6. It also freezes using IE 8 as well. It is also very stubborn about going into Safe Mode. Even using msconfig doesn't always work. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Posted 11 February 2011 - 09:01 PM

Hi tquad1951 --
Since being back from the shop have you attempted checkdisk /r
CMD /C ECHO Y|CHKDSK C: /R | SHUTDOWN /R /T 30
If your system is stable enough to try this, copy and paste this code in Run Box, close all open programs and click OK - This will reboot the system and take about 30 mins so that is why I say "only if stable enough" -
Otherwise insert your XP CD and select System repair (the shop may have done this) - <- I've cleaned the registry, -> I hope you did not install a registry cleaner as they can cause similar problems -
CCleaner should generally only be used to clear out temp files, and the registry items should be unticked when installing - - Also check that all drivers are updated -

Try to remove all but the required items (keyboard and mouse) first as you have a lot of items hooked up <- ASUS has assured me the board can handle up to 8 USB devices although I only have 6 -> , This may be OK in theory but the types and resourses of the items may mean there is an overload still - Some computers can barely handle a printer plus 1 or 2 other items at the same time -
Is this computer used for a lot of editing (with 2 new Lite On DVDR/CDR units installed) -
Run it as "bare" as you can first and then begin to add the extras one at a time to see if any of these is causing the problem -

Thank You -

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 08:20 AM

Freezes occur for many reasons, including system overheating, damaged system files, and insufficient free space on the system partition.

A decent reference on some causes (ignore the solicitation): COMPUTER FREEZES - http://www.jrwhipple.com/computer_hangs.html

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:
  • Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

    The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.
  • Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.
  • Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.
  • Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.
  • The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.
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