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Browers Freezing with Windows XP SP2


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This is getting absolutely infuriating!

I have a brand spaking new laptop and an no matter what Ive tried any browser I try manages to freeze for a couple mins at a time, it gets listed as Not Responding and then spontaneously works again until I go to new page or try and scroll the page or click somewhere on the webpage. It even went unresponsive as Ive been typing this post.

The rest of my system seems just fine when the browsers go stupid. I can open windows explorer and other programs and the mouse and kb still work fine, just not the browsers.

I have a fresh copy of Win XP Home SP2 and latest drivers and browsers loaded with some anti-spyware programs and anti-virus. I've turned off any unnecessary services and applied all the patches and tried to speed up windows as much as I could with no success. [bleep] I've even tried replacing my shell with litestep and aston but no such luck, I will the replace my shell eventually anyways.

Right now if anyone has an idea or solution to this increasingly frustrating problem it would be greatly appreciated.

(20mins to type this with freezes)
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Well since I can't post this in browers as well and Im still stumped. Any link or suggestion to fix this problem would be great
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Click start then control panel, network and internet, internet options

Delete cookies, delete files including offline content

Click all the tabs and restore defaults where applicable
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Click start then control panel, network and internet, internet options

Delete cookies, delete files including offline content

Click all the tabs and restore defaults where applicable

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Done many times.. this isnt IE alone its also other browsers

P.S. There's no "network and internet" in the control panel of xp, just Internet Options icon
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There should be

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Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter to replace the system files, you need the XP CD and get a blue bar, reboot when the bar goes

If no change

Try here

http://www.geekstogo...ws-XP-t138.html

Don't worry; Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system

OR

http://www.theelderg..._windows_xp.htm

Use the last one - Windows Installation CD to repair the current installation, which uses a slightly different method
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Ok perhaps the point isnt comming across...

I have tried everything in my admin bag of tricks including reinstalling windows xp on my laptop. Ive worked with windows a VERY long time and never seen a problem like this one.

I've done repairs
I've reformatted and reinstalled xp and all 3 browsers
I've updated all drivers
I've applied patches for video, network, etc..
I've installed all ms patches with windowsupdate
I've got anti-spyware
I've got anti-virus software
I've turned off useless services
I've tried several small tweaks to speed up xp and responsiveness
I've searched high and low for answers on the net and the ms knowledge base

And still the browers will stop responding periodically then spontaneously start again, sometimes every few mins sometimes longer. The CPU usage never climbs even close to 100% an doesnt seem to be a memory leak either since memeroy usage is normal, it just stops.

So anything I havent thought of would be appreciated, if youve had a similar problem please let me know what fixed it.
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I didn't see any mention of repair / system file check, which is why I suggested them
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Darkstone!

I know EX-FRINK'IN-ACTLY what you are talking about.

I also had this problem with Firefox (& Thunderbird).

The problem seemed related to the mouse movement.

If I navigated the browser window using just the keyboard it doesn't freeze.

First mouse was re-branded Dell PS/2 IntelliMouse Wheel Mouse using the native PS/2 Windows drivers.

Second mouse is unbranded USB Wheel Mouse which Windows has detected as "HID-compliant mouse"

Changing the mouse improved things but did not completely eliminated the issue.

When Firefox/Thunderbird "freezes" Task Manager shows 2 instances of the application - both "Not Responding".

After it comes back from the "freeze" it shows just 1 instance.

Was using Windows XP SP2 plus all current critical "Windows Updates".
IE seems to work fine.

I spent weeks rebuilding my machine etc etc but in the end I ended up re-installing my machine with Win2k as I could not resolve the issue in XP and I was slowly going insane.

Agent Davidson
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