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Computer Freezing/crashing

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#1 wickedtoaster


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Posted 17 January 2007 - 03:45 PM

Ok, i really hate asking this question cause i know that it will be hard to find an answer. Ok, my computer keeps constantly freezing, which seems to be at random points. It doesnt fully freeze though, instead my mouse and keyboard stop working for about 5 minutes, and then i get back control. Only after i get back control, it is very slow, like 1 frame per a second slow. If i wait long enough it usually gets back to normal (i usually have to wait like an hour, so usually i just restart). This started before Christmas, but i thought it was just a fluke. I've tried to figure out what caused the problem, but i cant. Theres no real new programs installed, ive updated both my proccessor and video card drivers, ive run adware, spybot, and mcaffe virusscan and everything is clear. I mean ive tried everything i can. Im not that advanced with computers but im assuming it is a hardware problem. If anyone has any suggestions please leave some. thank you.

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 05:19 PM


When you do ctrl+alt+del. How many processes are running when this happens?
It could be something using more cpu than the other processes.


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Posted 18 January 2007 - 02:09 AM

If I were you I would scan with SuperAntiSpyware (which is free) and then do an online scan (with something like Housecall) just to be sure.

Check that the HDD isn't nearly full and run a defrag.

Check you have all the lastest Microsoft updates.

Check you have the latest Java.

Test the memory with Memtest86.

Test your HDD. You can usually download a tool at the HDD manufacturer's website to do this.
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#4 wickedtoaster

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 06:30 AM

yeah i only have like 4 gb left on my hdd which could be the problem. When i go to the proccesses tab, nothing seems abnormal. It freezes even sometimes when i have no main programs running and the biggest one is mcafee. It might be my harddrive. Ill uninstall some old stuff later tonight and ill try downloading the things u suggested. i g2g to school though now.

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 07:23 AM

Looking at the ssymptons I would suggest that you also do the memtest budapest suggested Hereunder some hints as how to improve your PC's performance

Please follow these steps :

• Defrag your system. Disk fragmentation slows the overall performance of your system. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when a file is opened. Disk Defragmenter consolidates fragmented files and folders on the hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. This speeds up reading and writing to the disk. Read "The Importance of Disk Defragmentation" for instructions.

• Check for disk errors by running CHKDSK. CHKDSK can be run from the Recovery Console, the command prompt or through the Windows GUI.
To run chkdsk from the Win XP GUI see these instructions.
To run chkdsk from the command prompt see these instructions.
To run chkdsk from the Recovery Console see these instructions.
The problem with running CHKDSK from Win XP is that it will not check files that are being used by Windows. Using chkdsk in the Recovery Console with the /r switch is a way to resolve this.

• Check for damaged, altered or missing critical system files by running the System File Checker. If SFC discovers that a protected file has been damaged, altered or missing, it restores the correct version of the file from the cache folder. You must be logged on as an administrator or as a member of the Administrators group to run sfc and it may ask you to insert your XP Installation CD so have it available.

• Clean up your hard drive by removing unused programs and transferring old data, pictures, music files to a CD or an external hard drive. When you have moved/saved the files you want to keep, run Disk Cleanup and let it scan your system for files to remove. "Don’t clean out the Prefetch folder" - This is a common myth that will not improve performance.

• Check for any unnecessary running services. If you have a typical installation, many services are configured as "automatic"; that is, they start automatically when the system starts or when the service is called for the first time. Use "Black Viper's Services Configuration" to help fine tune this area.

• Check for any unnecessary applications loading at startup when Windows boots with MSConfig. Some startup programs are necessary so be careful what you disable. If you are unsure what any of the startup entries are or if they are safe to disable, then search one of the following Startup Databases:
Startup Programs Database
StartupList Index

Note: MSConfig.exe is a troubleshooting utility used to diagnose system configuration issues. Although it works as a basic startup manager which allows you to enable/disable auto-start programs, msconfig should not be used routinely to disable startup programs.

A better alternative is to use a startup manager. If you have have Spybot S&D 1.4 installed, launch it, go to Mode and select Advanced. Then go to Tools, select System Startups. You will be provided with a list of programs that load when Windows starts. If you untick an entry it will no longer run at startup. This will allow you to experiment and see how your system performs with any of them disabled. Other startup managers you can download and use for free are Startup Control Panel, Autoruns and Starter by CodeStuff.

• Remove any third party "Memory Manager" or "Optimizer". Windows XP memory management was designed to make the best use of Ram and these memory management utilities defeat that purpose. They push applications out of RAM into the pagefile, creating holes in the RAM and by doing so, slow down your computer.

• Disable some visual effects. While visual embellishments that may be attractive, they don’t do anything else for you. Disabling some of them frees up system resources and makes the operating system perform better. Right click My Computer, choose > Properties > Advanced, click on "Settings" under performance...UNcheck all the visual effects, except for the last three. Click "Apply", then "OK", then "OK" again. Then right click your desktop and choose > Properties > Appearance > "Effects...Uncheck the first two boxes and hit "OK".

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 12:50 PM


Edited by holytoaster4, 18 January 2007 - 12:54 PM.


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