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stevedb

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IBM T43 laptop, XP all updates applied, current level Firefox, pretty standard installation. Could be watching a video or whatever; the screen goes blank, but the system is running because audio is alive. Sys is non-responsive to kbrd or mouse or crl-alt-del. the only fix is to shut the top, reopen and system will restart but essentially from scratch. Frequently get msg to send error report to MS.
Not debilitating but [bleep] annoying since it happens a couple of times / wk.
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happyrock

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Bad computer memory is one of the three main reasons for random system failures.. the other two are heat (usually caused by fans or heatsinks being blocked with dust) or power issues...

first...lets make sure its not your memory going bad...get memtest + here....
the lowdown is here..
get the 2nd one down and burn the ISO file to a cd and then boot it from the cd drive...

if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files go here and get burncdcc ..a small FAST no frills iso
burning program...

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start by clicking on BurnCDCC.exe
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its memtest86.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....
let memtest run for at least 3 hours...if it starts showing any errors during that time then you will have to replace the RAM...no errors after 3 hours just press Esc to end the tests and we will try some other tests..

go here and get everest home...install and launch it...click the + by computer...click on sensor...get a screenshot and post it so I can check your temps and voltages...
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Thanks happyrock; as i am currently packing for a 2 week trip it will be a while before I can get to this - but much appreciate your help - these ideas were along my line of thinking - heat or droopy bits.

sdb
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we will be here when you get back...enjoy your trip... :)
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