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#1 Ray B

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Posted 09 July 2006 - 05:45 PM

Dell Dimension 4450 Penttuim 4 at 2.66GHz, 64MB GeForce4 MX Grapic card, do not know model of motherboard, 80GB ULTA ATA/100 Hard Drive, 4XDVD+R/RW CD-RW combination drive, 3.5 years old

Computer randomly stops working for 1 or 2 seconds. Mouse curser freezes (then jumps to a new position if I moved the mouse during pause), if video or audio is playing the sound reverebs on a note for the lenght of the computer pause, and if you are typing it stops (no input if accepted from keyboard).

May this be a Processor or Motherboard problem?
Where do I start.

So far I have used Norton SystemWorks, Dell Diagnostics, and 2 other diagnostic software that specificly checks processor and motherboard fuctionality (one even places stress on the processor). These have found nothing.

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#2 JPHarvey

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Posted 09 July 2006 - 06:04 PM

It sounds like what happens when your processor is overtasked and is usually called floundering. Will not usually happen unless you have a relatively crap processor - which you don't. I would recommend going to the "Am I infected - What do I do" section of Bleeping Computer, and go to the part which talks about 'Is your computer running slow'. You would be surprised how many viruses/malware/adware can slip by the big brand AV packages...
[CPU]Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo @ 3.19GHz
[MoBo]ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium (nForce590)
[RAM]4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 CL4 @ 710MHz
[GPU]XFX 8800 GTX 768MB [SLI] @ Stock
[PSU]CoolerMaster 1kW
[Audio]ASUS Xonar D2
[Case]Antec Nine Hundred
[OS]Windows Vista Ultimate 64
[LCD]SAMSUNG 226BW
[Other]WC'd CPU & SLI

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Posted 09 July 2006 - 07:10 PM

Additionally, you may also want to check your memory. I have used memtest86+ and it is simple and works well.

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Edited by rigel, 09 July 2006 - 07:10 PM.

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