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#1 Keith1


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Posted 11 October 2011 - 02:47 PM

This problem is on my XP pro - SP3 machine ( with Linux on a separate partition ).

This is just my backup/ play machine. I mainly just use it to run Folding@Home, and do my cd/dvd burning. I rarely search on the internet with it, and I keep all security programs up to date. In fact I just updated/ran my Avast and Malwarebytes scans.

The past week or so... when I 'randomly' open or close apps, the screen goes black for 4-5 seconds, then back to normal. after it does this several times, the monitor turns off, and I have to manually shutdown and restart the machine. I don't see any specific apps that are repetitive to this. I honestly can't think of anything I've done differently lately to correspond with the problem starting.

Some additional info - it will also freeze up sometimes when I, have several windows open, and it takes forever for them to shut down. And then they don't always shut down - sometimes I'm left with small rectangular 'faded' boxes all over my desktop ( from the programs ) that don't go away - have to restart. I had one the other day that left an image of my start button at the top of my desktop!!!!!

I haven't tried a system restore because I'm afraid of losing the information in my Foldind@Home packet - though I think most of the data has been already uploaded?

This is so.......... strange, I'm not sure if you need more info or not.



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#2 hamluis



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Posted 11 October 2011 - 03:59 PM

I would try System Restore...Folding just cuts off at what has been uploaded and then when reconnected will pick up with a new assignment, so it's not a considerqation, IMO.

Since you provided no info on system, it's hard to suggest anything else, IMO.

Although...anything that makes the system shut down/power down...I'd be inclined to look at overheating and PSU issues as primary suspects.


#3 Keith1

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 07:59 AM

Just to clarify, the computer itself doesn't shut down. Just after the screen goes black then back on a few times, it stays black and the monitor turns off.

I didn't see any restore points available. I took a look at the setting for disc space usage and it was set at 2%. If I understand correctly - having it set too low will delete previous restore points?

Here's a little more information - - -

Operating System new server roles System Model
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3, v.6055 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)
Installed: 8/27/2008 7:42:41 PM Gateway E-4000 4000828
System Serial Number: 0030046395
Chassis Serial Number: 0030046395
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.40 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Not hyper-threaded Board: Intel Corporation D845GRG AAA81583-304
Serial Number: BTRG30801413
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: Intel Corp. RG84510A.15A.0030.P13.0302130929 02/13/2003
new USB Storage Use in past 30 Days (mouse over last used for details) new Hosted Virtual Machines (mouse over name for details)
Last Used
Generic USB Storage, s/n 661111771234, rev 0001 10/7/2011 3:26:38 PM*
GE A1230, s/n ZA02406321, rev 1.00 9/27/2011 8:30:33 AM*

* Possibly used again before the reboot following this time.
None discovered
Drives new drive encryption Memory Modules c,d
16.71 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
8.87 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

HL-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8320B [Optical drive]
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S202N [Optical drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Maxtor 2F040J0 [Hard drive] (41.11 GB) -- drive 0, s/n F18KQMAE, rev VAM51JJ0, SMART Status: Healthy 768 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'J6G1' has 256 MB
Slot 'J6G2' has 512 MB
Local Drive Volumes new volume encryption

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 16.71 GB 8.87 GB free

Network Drives
None discovered
Users (mouse over user name for details) Printers
local user accounts last logon
Administrator 10/11/2011 9:40:16 PM (admin)
local system accounts
Guest 10/1/2011 2:56:17 PM
HelpAssistant never
SUPPORT_388945a0 never

DISABLED Marks a disabled account; LOCKED OUT Marks a locked account
None discovered
Controllers Display
Standard floppy disk controller
Intel® 82801DB Ultra ATA Storage Controller - 24CB
Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller] NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (Microsoft Corporation) [Display adapter]
Acer X203H [Monitor] (19.9"vis, s/n ETLEX0400795208D944331, December 2009)
Bus Adapters Multimedia
Intel® 82801DB/DBM USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller - 24CD
Intel® 82801DB/DBM USB Universal Host Controller - 24C2
Intel® 82801DB/DBM USB Universal Host Controller - 24C4
Intel® 82801DB/DBM USB Universal Host Controller - 24C7 Realtek AC'97 Audio
Virus Protection [Back to Top] Group Policies
avast! Antivirus Version 5.0.100664585
Virus Definitions Version Up To Date
Realtime File Scanning On
None discovered
Communications new connection speed & status Other Devices

Intel® PRO/100 VE Network Connection
↑ SMC EZ Card 10/100 (SMC1244TX V2)
primary Auto IP Address: / 24


Dhcp Server:

Physical Address: 00:50:BF:B5:F5:38
↓ TAP VPN Adapter

Status: Cable unplugged

Dhcp Server:

Physical Address: 00:FF:5D:86:AA:0F

Networking Dns Server:

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 08:36 AM

Im on Win98se and sometimes i have this happen also...

I usually discover its when all my ram has been used up and my computer HAS NOT ACCESSED THE SWAP FILE CORRECTLY causing the monitor to go black.. (My monitor shares 8 Megs of ram with the computer which i think is why)

I usually have to reboot when this occurs..... (I try not to do things to cause this to happen mind you!!)

Good luck buddy :)

Edited by 4dude, 12 October 2011 - 08:46 AM.

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