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Vista SP2 often stops responding


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#1 schildkraut1

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 08:27 PM

Hi there, good people of BP. I have an Inspiron 1521 running Vista SP2. It just stops responding once or twice a day. I have a feeling it is just old, this laptop, but I still want to keep it alive.

It happens most when Scratch (if you're not familiar, it is an animation program through MIT at scratch.mit.edu) or GIMP is running. Sometimes IE will stop responding, sometimes Chrome. Last week I had to run the Windows repair because it wouldn't start at all, but I can't say what the error message was.

I've updated everything that can be updated,scanned for viruses too. I know there is some problem with my graphics card not being compatible with IE9, but this has been happening for about two months, and it needs to get a hard shutdown each time.

Any ideas what I can do?

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 08:25 AM

Monitor your hardware temperature especially on graphics program running at the same time. Might as well run the built-in diagnostic test for your dell laptop and see if it reports any errors or warnings after. Have you tried cleaning the inside for some house cleaning?

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