I've been having this problem for quite some time. Randomly the computer will completly freeze up and I have to hard reboot. I've been working on computer for quite some time now, and I realize that after a while the best idea would be to re-format and put a fresh install, however this is a problem on someone else's computer and they are afraid and opposed to the idea. I have plenty of other Hard Drives and thought about using Norton Ghost or some sort of back up software, but if the problem lies in the registry then I would be re-installing the problem when re-installed using an image.
The Computer is "clean." I've run ad-aware, spybot, and bit-defender for viruses. But the computer is unusually slow. I've modified the startup and removed any unnecessary items running at startup and in the system processes. The "system idle process" in Task manager is unusually high on CPU utilization (around 50-80).
when the computer freezes nothing is active, no HD activity lights or anything. I'm not sure how to tell if there is a hardware issue.
I've followed all the instructions on this forum, so I'm not just posting without searching first.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...amp;hl=freezing
The only event viewer issues were when Teatimer (part of spybot) and Bitdefender tried to access the registry at the same time. There are no device conflicts in the device manager.