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#1 Newbie1011

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 07:42 AM

Hi

My computer freezes for 1 minute after starting after 2-3 minutes of activity

During that period I can move my mouse but everything else freezes.
After that 1 minute everything goes to normal

It happens every time I start the computer & only once during the period even if the computer is on for several hours.

I am using Windows XP with SP3

Can it be virus action ?

Thanks for advising

Edited by hamluis, 25 October 2011 - 04:24 AM.
Moved from XP to Internal Hardware.


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#2 Allan

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 08:04 AM

Open msconfig and on the General tab choose "selective startup" (uncheck all three items) and reboot. Does the problem still occur? If not, start adding items back to msconfig one or two at a time, rebooting after each change, until the problem reappears and you'll have identified the offending process. This is clearly a time consuming procedure, but it is the best way to determine if some process loading with the system is the cause of your problem.
After you've isolated the cause, do not use msconfig to permanently disable the process. Instead, if it is a service go to START - RUN and type: services.msc (then press enter) and disable the service OR, if it a program, you can download & run a simple app such as Mike Lin's Startup Control Panel (http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml) to enable, disable, or otherwise manage startup programs.

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 11:03 PM

It has nothing to do with startup items.

The problem starts 2-3 minutes after all the items have loaded.

It is some other activity, most probably virus, but I am not sure

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 05:43 AM

What effects on the system...would lead you to assert that malware is at work?

There are any number of reasons that a system freezes, with malware being only one. Overheating and hardware problems would rank ahead of malware as suspects on my list.

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 06:48 AM

It has nothing to do with startup items.

The problem starts 2-3 minutes after all the items have loaded.

It is some other activity, most probably virus, but I am not sure

Boot to safe mode. What happens?

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 08:55 AM

The problem starts 2-3 minutes after all the items have loaded.


As soon as you see the desktop screen, press the CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys to bring up the Task Manager, so you can monitor the Processes section to note any abnormalities.

And yes, also try the Safe Mode and let us know if you are still experiencing the problem.
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 07:28 AM

It freezes nearly 1 minute after all the programs have loaded & I am checking my emails or doing some other work.

It is not that it freezes immediately on startup.

Overheating cannot be a issue as my temp does not go beyond 36C as I have a extra big cooler

Also if the hardware was a problem, why would it freeze only once during the entire time the computer is on ?

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 08:44 AM


It has nothing to do with startup items.

The problem starts 2-3 minutes after all the items have loaded.

It is some other activity, most probably virus, but I am not sure

Boot to safe mode. What happens?


Edited by Allan, 06 September 2011 - 08:45 AM.


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Posted 21 October 2011 - 06:20 AM



It has nothing to do with startup items.

The problem starts 2-3 minutes after all the items have loaded.

It is some other activity, most probably virus, but I am not sure

Boot to safe mode. What happens?


Sorry for the late reply

It freezes in safe mode also

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 06:44 AM

That's VERY odd. I don't think I've ever heard of anything like this before. I suppose it could be malware, but the symptom of just one momentary freeze - both in normal and safe modes - doesn't sound like any malware I'm aware of. And while the fact that it happens in safe mode would tend to indicate a hardware problem - again, the fact that it happens only once for a minute and then everything is fine is VERY odd. But, let's do some checking:

Please boot to the recovery console and run chkdsk /r. If you can't get to the recovery console, open a command window as administrator, type: chkdsk /r, press ENTER, and when asked if you want to run it at the next boot say yes. Then reboot. Be sure to use the "/r" switch.


To check the ram, download memtest (http://memtest.org/). Burn it to a cd using a dedicated .iso burning utility (http://www.petri.co.il/how_to_write_iso_files_to_cd.htm), make sure the cd drive is at the top of the boot order in bios, then boot to the newly created cd and run the utility.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 11:36 PM

If you also have other external devices installed while booting your system, try removing them. If you are already connecting to your LAN network, try not to use that first. If you have a video card installed and have onboard, use that first. If you have more than one stick of RAM installed, alternately use one for a quick check on the freezing issue. Other than what have been suggested already, run a diagnostic test on the hard drive or check physically if its fully seated or swap another cable for testing.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:16 AM

The situation has worsened.

Now it is freezing every few minutes for a few seconds
After that I have replaced my GPU with a new 5770 card but the problem persists

Please advise

Thanks for advising

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 04:24 AM

<<Also if the hardware was a problem, why would it freeze only once during the entire time the computer is on ?>>

Underpowered/failing PSU?

Failing motherboard?

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 04:39 AM

Have you ran through those tests Allan has suggested you to do?

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