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XP locking up except for mouse

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#1 joshspickler


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Posted 16 September 2011 - 11:19 PM

i'm running windows xp sp3 on a dell dimension e510
intel pentium d with 3.20 ghz, and 3.00 gb of ram
230 gb hard drive with 145 gb free

as i mentioned in the description, the computer boots up and runs fine for a good 15 minutes, and then it will just sort of lock up. i can still move the mouse around, but i can't actually do anything. anything i try to open just doesn't respond. anything i try to close doesn't either. when i hit ctrl alt del, task manager does NOT pop up at all. i can't even click on the start button to restart the computer. it will stay like this for 10-15 minutes and then register one or two of the actions i had tried to make (such as opening or closing a window). i recently had the w32 blaster worm on it, but used the instructions i found on this website to get rid of it. i have no idea where to even begin on diagnosing this and figuring out what's wrong.

any help, advice, anything will be greatly appreciated

i apologize if this is in the wrong forum but i didn't really see a more appropriate one.

(thankfully i still have my netbook or else i'd be really screwed with trying to figure this out)

Edited by joshspickler, 16 September 2011 - 11:29 PM.

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#2 bludgard


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Posted 17 September 2011 - 11:56 PM

Hi, josh.
Although this may not be the the advice you are looking for, it is very effective.
Removing malware from a machine may be an attractive option for those who do not create regular backups of their machine, but the previously-infected machine will rarely perform as it did prior to becoming infected. I use to like to play with malware on virtual machines, but I do not have the time or patience for it now.
I would suggest wiping the drive and reinstalling your OS.
However you get this issue worked out, it may be worth looking into the machanics of creating a system image. Recovery from an image is dependable, quick and almost stress free (depending on the software).

#3 joshspickler

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 06:52 PM

i've had a new revelation with this issue. it turns out that when i disconnect my internet connection, the lock up no longer happens. perhaps this is a viral/malware issue?

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