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My Computer Freezes At Random


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Terminate the process, make sure that there is no screen saver, and open task manager to the processes tab. Sit and watch your computer freeze.
See if anything acts up in cpu usage before you computer freezes. Does it only freeze when you leave it idle?

Go to the directory C:\Windows\Minidump
Make sure that you can see hidden files.
Zip up all the minidumps you see there, and attach that to your next post.
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click on start...run...type in MSCONFIG...press enter...click on start tab...
on a desktop you uncheck everthing EXCEPT your ANTI VIRUS and firewall...on a laptop you have to be more selective or your touchpad ...wireless and things like that won't work...you will have to google each one and then decide what you can get rid of in the start up section....

these tweaks will speed you up some...
turn off indexing...click ...START...MY COMPUTER...right click on the hard drive...properties..uncheck allow indexing and compress drive...then click on OK...when it asks about subfolders say YES...it will take a little while to finish...

go to add/remove programs and get rid of anything you don't want or use
get rid of real player... Quicktime ...and Adobe reader
they are resource hogs...lower down I will give you the alternatives for them all..
get CCLEANER
To clean your temp folder, recycle bin, etc..please download this free tool...

CCleaner

Don't install any Toolbars, or other programs, should it ask you!Just
uncheck the option of installing the Yahoo toolbar....if you get
the slim version it does not have the toolbar
thats the one I recommend...

It will put a shortcut on your Desktop.

Before first use...
Select Options then Advanced.
UNCHECK "Only delete files in Windows Temp folder older than 48 hours"
The rest of the standard settings are fine...

Click on CCleaner to start it. Then click "Run Cleaner"

DO NOT USE ANY OF THE OTHER TOOLS...RUNNING THEM MAY CAUSE OTHER PROBLEMS

this replace's Adobe reader
Foxit Reader is a free utility that includes some tools that Adobe lacks, including a "typewriter" tool that lets you type text over any PDF, and edit any of the text they contain. not just files that have been set with form fields.
Foxit launches very quickly (in about one second) and it requires no installation... It allows you open, view, print, and change the page layout in PDF files. For some functions, such as the typewriter function, FoxIt Reader shows an ad for FoxIt Reader Pro. However, these functions still work with minor limitations.
get foxit reader

I highly recommend these alternatives to quicktime and real player..
they both are
- Quick and easy install..about 30 seconds..
- No background processes
- Low on resources
- Smaller size
QuickTime Alternative...QuickTime Alternative will allow you to play QuickTime files (.mov, .qt, .3gp and other extensions) without having to install the official QuickTime Player

Real Alternative.. will allow you to play RealMedia files without having to install RealPlayer or RealOne Player.
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Starting Disk Cleanup

* Click Start ... Programs... Accessories ... System Tools ... Disk Cleanup
OR
* In Windows Explorer or My Computer... right-click the disk in which you want to free up space... click Properties... click the General tab... and then click Disk Cleanup....


next get diskeeper lite here...
and Defragment Your Computer...click on the diskeeper icon...close the NAG screen...select the C drive if that's the drive your operating system is installed on...towards the bottom click on defrag..the first time you run it it could take 20 minutes or so...run it about every two weeks and it will only take about 5 minutes..YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING ELSE WHILE ITS DEFRAGGING...close it when your done...it will tell you how many fragmented files you had...give us that number when you reply..

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you do not have to defrag in safe mode with diskeeper lite and its 10 times as fast than the defragger that comes with windows....
you should time your computer before doing these and then again after doing the tweaks..

Edited by happyrock, 20 April 2009 - 08:14 PM.

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All that was really good advice happyrock :)

I suggest you do all that he says. It should really speed up your system.
http://www.askvg.com...-xp-super-fast/
You can follow the suggestions in that article too.
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Hmmm...my pc is still freezing.
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Yeah, and sometimes it restarts during that time.
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go here and get everest home...install it and
launch it...click the + by computer...click on sensor...get a screenshot and post it so we can check your temps and voltages...

Edited by happyrock, 21 April 2009 - 09:51 AM.

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It's a little big, sorry.

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Edited by Kuronishi, 21 April 2009 - 01:14 PM.

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I know that you cpu is cool enough to not be causing this problem. You GPU is at 69C which may be a little to hot. Wait for happyrock's response, as I don't know much about recommended temps.
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what video card do you have installed...THAT temp is high...
your CMOS mobo battery is a little low too..
unplug the computer from the wall ...open up the case and give it a good cleaning...be static safe..
pay particular attention to the video card fan....

Edited by happyrock, 22 April 2009 - 07:41 AM.

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What is the "CMOS mobo battery"?
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The battery is usually located in the lower right hand corner of the motherboard...

It looks like a battery from a watch it is about the size of a quarter.

You can also look in the manual for the motherboard it will show you the location if it is different than above.


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its looks like this...the second shot shows the latch
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Okay, A couple of questions.

1. My PC is noticeably dust ridden and I just went over it w/ a air can, focusing on the graphic card's fan. How would I go about controling my card's heat? It's located right under my RAM and is big enough to barely reach inbetween my two harddrives.

2. How do I open my battery's latch? I don't want to end up breaking it so I'd prefer to know if there's a special method to opening it.

3. How should I go about replacing this battery? Like where is it sold and is their a special type to look for? Price?
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1. My PC is noticeably dust ridden and I just went over it w/ a air can, focusing on the graphic card's fan. How would I go about controling my card's heat? It's located right under my RAM and is big enough to barely reach in between my two harddrives.
the best way it to have 2 case fans....1 high in the rear blowing hot air OUT of the case a 1 in the front low in the case blowing cold air IN to the case across the hard drives

2. How do I open my battery's latch? I don't want to end up breaking it so I'd prefer to know if there's a special method to opening it.
basically just push on the tab and with your other hand or tiny probe flip the old one out ...more here...

3. How should I go about replacing this battery? Like where is it sold and is their a special type to look for? Price?
take it with you to a computer shop...they will charge you about $8 to 12 bucks for one but go here and see what you can order them for..


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I plan on taking my PC in to Best Buy, but I still am skeptical that the battery or the graphic card's heat could be causing the freezing. If anything, they seem minor or incapable of causing this problem, according to a few friends of mine.

So I wanted to ask what the CMOS battery does and what are some signs that it needs to be replaced? (other than the obvious Scan we just had)

I also wanted to ask whether or not it could be my RAM? I know I tried booting my PC with each of my rams, switching them and trying to see if it wouldn't start on any of my slots of RAM, but perhaps that wasn't a good enough test?

I also run two virus programs at the same time during start up and that's Max Secure Spyware Detector and BitDefender Game Safe 2008.

Edited by Kuronishi, 26 April 2009 - 03:45 PM.

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