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Computer Freezing When A Program Starts.


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#1 Raed

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 01:33 PM

Hello, I need help on my computer. Seems that every time I start a program (games and videos), my computer freezes. It also makes a loud beeping sound, which starts and ends every second. I was wondering if anyone could help me this problem. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 02:05 PM

You may have a bad stick (or 2) of RAM. Try the following programs to see if that is the problem. I prefer Memtest86, but both are good programs.

Memtest86 "A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic"
MicroSoft's Memory Test

BIOS beep & POST codes
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Posted 18 June 2006 - 03:53 PM

I think it is the memory. I checked the beep codes and the beeping I hear is an endless beep that stops after a while but keeps on repeating. I tried the MicroSoft's Memory Test. But when I came back after the I extended the search (The standard didn't locate any errors), my monitor was off and couldn't turn back on. So, how do I fix the problem?

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 05:24 PM

Should I just upgrade my RAM?

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 05:58 PM

How many sticks of RAM do you have installed?

If more than one, take one out and see if the problem is resolved.
If not, switch the stick you have removed and remove another until you have tried them all.

If you find a bad one, replace it.

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 07:42 PM

I tried both of Ram I have, and in the end, the same thing happens. But, it happens while in the game this time for both. I also noticed that when i switched RAM spots with one of them, my computer didn't give an option in the loading process. It usually shows 2 Windows XP to choose from, where the first dosen't work but the second one does. But I am thinking now, it isn't the RAM that is freezing my computer.

Edit: Some games like WC3TFT work now without freezing. But big MMOs like WoW, DnD still give the same result but not as soon. Any clues? And thank you acklan and Enthusiast for helping me so far.

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 08:00 PM

This maybe a software conflict orcorruption. Update your video drivers. I would go as far as downloading fresh drivers and unistalling the old drivers.
Up may want to upgrade your DirectX program too.
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Posted 18 June 2006 - 08:21 PM

What drivers do you recommend I download?

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 09:05 PM

The drivers for your Video card. From the Manufacture's web site if possible.
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Posted 18 June 2006 - 09:11 PM

I'm not good with this stuff, can you help me know which driver is best and how to install and uninstall properly? Thanks

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 09:46 PM

What brand of video card do you have? What model is it?
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Posted 18 June 2006 - 10:05 PM

NVIDIA GeForce 6200 DDR 12MB AGP G606200ABD12T+OS4ACA

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 10:35 PM

I assume you mean 128Mb of memory. Here is the driver pack for your card, or at least the card you listed.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_71.89.html
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Posted 18 June 2006 - 10:40 PM

It says that it is an older driver than my current one. Should I still install it?

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 10:44 PM

You could look at the web site and see what advise they give. I find that sometimes drivers get corrupted and need replacing. Good old drivers are better than bad current drivers.
You could wait and see if other member have another suggestion.
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