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30-Jun-2005, 05:13 AM #1
Intermittent Computer Freezing
This is an odd problem. while playing almost any type of games everything slow down for a while and eventually speed up to normal. My computer is a clean install of XP Pro and there is no virus or spyware. All my drivers are up to date. I swaped out the video card and the freezing still takes place. I think it has to do with my soundmax sound card but I am not sure. I know when I go into safe mode the games work fine. Here is some info below on my computer. Could some one please help me?
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OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name
System Manufacturer Compaq
System Model EVO
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 1 Stepping 2 GenuineIntel ~1794 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Compaq 686Y2 v2.11, 2/27/2002
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name
Time Zone Pacific Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 1,536.50 MB
Available Physical Memory 1.11 GB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 1.36 GB
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30-Jun-2005, 03:52 PM #2
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Originally Posted by Mandrake Nightshade
This is an odd problem. while playing almost any type of games everything slow down for a while and eventually speed up to normal. My computer is a clean install of XP Pro and there is no virus or spyware. All my drivers are up to date. I swaped out the video card and the freezing still takes place. I think it has to do with my soundmax sound card but I am not sure. I know when I go into safe mode the games work fine. Here is some info below on my computer. Could some one please help me?
Thank you



OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name
System Manufacturer Compaq
System Model EVO
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 1 Stepping 2 GenuineIntel ~1794 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Compaq 686Y2 v2.11, 2/27/2002
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name
Time Zone Pacific Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 1,536.50 MB
Available Physical Memory 1.11 GB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 1.36 GB
How much ram are you running on your machine. If your going to play games I really recommend 512MB. Just because you swapped the video card doesn't mean that its not your video card. You need a high quality one. I would recommend at least 64mb video card for an okay gaming quality. Another thing it is summer time now and is starting to get hot. Do you have enoguh fans installed on your machine and do they all work properly? I would check this out and if I had space to install additional fans I would do so. It could be that your system is overheating. This is common in the summertime due to the hot weather. Hope this information is helpful.
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30-Jun-2005, 04:50 PM #3
Does the freezing take place at random times? Does a blue screen pop up and a the bottom, it says it is dumping memonry or something like that?

I have this problem. I think it might have to do with how long the computer is on. I do not think my problem has to do with over heating because I had it up to 70C and it didn't crash. I normally sits at 46-52C idle.

I do not have a SoundMax card, but I have onboard audio that I no longer use, but I do still have SoundMAX 4 installed.

I'll continue to follow your thread. It might solve my problem too.
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30-Jun-2005, 08:49 PM #4
I have 1.5 gigs of ram and radeon 9800 videocard (256mb). I get no blue screen. The slowing is like a roller coaster. The computer slows down and speeds back up, it slows down and speed up. Even on Java type games on line goes on the fritz.
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03-Jul-2005, 03:23 AM #5
For once in my life I want my home computer to work the way it is supposed to. My games will slow down and speed up. I have no clue why it is doing that. Hopefully one of you might.
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