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My computer freezes up way too much
    #1982732 - 10/06/03 01:16 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

I'm running XP on a 1Ghz AMD athlon with 384mb of ram. It freezes up at least 5 times a day.. some times it freezes at startup, after checkdisk. I've tried a few memory accelorators, and crash fixers.. and those haven't done anything. This is getting very frustrating, because I don't know what the problem could be. If anyone can help, that would be great.


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Re: My computer freezes up way too much [Re: LoUsIf]
    #1982784 - 10/06/03 01:32 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

What are you doing or what processes are running when this computer freezes? Does this occur at the same time each day?


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Re: My computer freezes up way too much [Re: W1ll1ams11]
    #1982803 - 10/06/03 01:39 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

It doesn't take much to get it to freeze up. It will freeze if I listen to an mp3, or when I open a web page, or when I play a video. It doesn't have a schedule.. it just crashes whenever it feels like it.


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Re: My computer freezes up way too much [Re: LoUsIf]
    #1983322 - 10/06/03 09:52 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Have you scanned for virus and worms?  Some of the RPC worms were poorly written and crash the machine when the network becomes active.

Of course, running a non Micro$oft OS such as openbsd or linux will solve the crash problem as well.  :smile:


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Re: My computer freezes up way too much [Re: LoUsIf]
    #1983503 - 10/06/03 11:50 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Could be a hardware problem. Maybe a bad RAM chip. I've had that happen to me a few times, and it always results in spontaneous crashes that I can find no software problem for.

Windows XP should NOT be crashing that often. I run it for a month or so without rebooting usually, and I've only had XP crash on me ONCE before...

Check to make sure all the connections on your mainboard are sound and secure, especially the ram. If you have more than one ram card installed, try taking all but one out. Then turn on the computer and do things that you know might crash your computer (very intensive applications should work - games and such). Go through each of your ram cards like this to "test" them. If your computer stops crashing after one of the chips is removed, then that chip may have been bad.


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Re: My computer freezes up way too much [Re: trendal]
    #1983584 - 10/06/03 12:31 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

> Maybe a bad RAM chip

I have also seen a bad harddrive cause this problem. Machine would run fine for a while then die. It was a laptop and we thought it was a heat related problem at first.


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Re: My computer freezes up way too much [Re: LoUsIf]
    #1983912 - 10/06/03 03:00 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Run chkdsk on the hd and if that turns out well, you may want to just reinstall the whole OS.

BTW, don't mess around with any of those memory accelerators or crash fixers, they normally do more harm than good...


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Re: My computer freezes up way too much [Re: TinMan]
    #1984118 - 10/06/03 04:40 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

I have had a similar problem before, in most cases you just have to bite the bullet and re-format.


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Re: My computer freezes up way too much [Re: Cubieman420]
    #1984440 - 10/06/03 06:54 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Thanks for the info guys. I can't run Norton antivirus, you'll never guess why.. it crashes! I'll try taking out a memory stick and see if that helps. If all else fails I'll just format my hard drive and reinstall XP.


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Re: My computer freezes up way too much [Re: LoUsIf]
    #1984537 - 10/06/03 07:24 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Thats the best idea... you could always use system restore next time, though I don't as it takes too much hd space >1GB.


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Re: My computer freezes up way too much [Re: LoUsIf]
    #1985220 - 10/06/03 11:33 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Theres some good advice here! :laugh:
But, I was just wondering; if you are using  more than one RAM chip (I.E. a 256Mb stick and a 128Mb stick) are they of the same exact type? (PC333 2700 DDR or the like) This can lead to system unstability. Also, you aren't tweaking your CPU, are you? Overclocking can sometimes do this as well. Just throwing out a few ideas... :laugh: 


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Re: My computer freezes up way too much [Re: Le_Canard]
    #1985316 - 10/06/03 11:58 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

I took out my old 128mb ram card, and it seems to be working alot better.. no freezing so far! my ram is PC133, btw.


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