Advertisement

There's no such thing as a stupid question, but they're the easiest to answer.
Login
Search

Advertisement

Windows XP Windows XP
Search Search
Search for:
Tech Support Guy > > >

PC lags, loops and freezes within seconds


(!)

mishmashmei's Avatar
mishmashmei mishmashmei is offline
Computer Specs
Junior Member with 4 posts.
THREAD STARTER
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Experience: Beginner
05-Jul-2009, 09:24 PM #1
PC lags, loops and freezes within seconds
Hi, many thanks in advance to anyone who attempts to solve my problem.

My 2 years old PC started freezing and looping since Thursday. After numerous freezes, this is what I've noticed.

My computer freezes 5 to 15 minutes into running programs that requires more RAM than the average net surfing or mswording, e.g. watching a video on hulu or playing warcraft. It tends to last longer before going into a freeze if I'm doing other less RAM-taxing business, say around 30
minutes to an hour or more.

The first indication i get on the computer acting out is when the audio goes into a loop, and if i'm fast enough to shut down the video browser, the audio will stop looping, but even then, everything is super lagged and it all grounds to a full stop within a few seconds. The last to go is always the movement of my mouse cursor. If i'm watching a video or playing a game in full screen mode, it just goes into instantaneous freeze without warning.

I've tried monitoring the process with Windows Task Manager, but everything seems normal up until the point that it's not, and even the task manager freezes. Pressing ctrl+alt+del again wont work, and the only way of turning it off is to hold down on the ON button. There is no blue screen warning or error code. When i restart my PC, it starts up like normal and functions like normal till it freezes again.

It's not an overheating issue, my harddrive has been properly defragmented, and I have around 19% free disk space. Viruses and spywares have all been removed. Scans, updates, defragmentation and disk cleanups are all done on a regular basis. The last program I installed
(before the problem started) was 2 weeks ago (musicnotes player/reader) but it didnt cause any problem. When the audio loop is prevented or stopped, there's no discernable deathly sound from the computer that could indicate a hardware problem. System restore doesn't get rid of the
problem either.

I have a Dell Inspiron MXC061 with Intel dual core CPU T5300 @ 1.73hz & 1.73Ghz, and 1.99 GB RAM. It runs on WindowsXP Media Center Edition vs. 2002, Service Pack 3.

What can I do short of reformatting my computer? Will reinstalling windows remove existing softwares? (eg Photoshop, games, antivirus)

Any help on this matter will be much appreciated. Thanks...
mishmashmei's Avatar
mishmashmei mishmashmei is offline
Computer Specs
Junior Member with 4 posts.
THREAD STARTER
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Experience: Beginner
06-Jul-2009, 08:51 AM #2
HELP! the dreaded blue screen of death has appeared with the error: INVALID_PROCESS_DETACH_ATTEMPT
i dont know if it's related to my freeze problem or is it just rebellling against the external hd i'm using to backup my files.

i'd really appreciate it if someone can at least answer this question: Will reinstalling windows remove existing softwares? (eg Photoshop, games, antivirus)
mishmashmei's Avatar
mishmashmei mishmashmei is offline
Computer Specs
Junior Member with 4 posts.
THREAD STARTER
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Experience: Beginner
07-Jul-2009, 09:19 PM #3
bump
Phantom010's Avatar
Phantom010 has a Photo Album
Computer Specs
Trusted Advisor with 31,828 posts.
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Cyberspace
Experience: Advanced
07-Jul-2009, 09:25 PM #4
Please click here to download and install the HijackThis installer so we can see what's running on your computer.

Run it and select Do a system scan and save a logfile.

The log will be saved in Notepad. Copy and paste the log in your next post.

Do not fix anything
As Seen On

BBC, Reader's Digest, PC Magazine, Today Show, Money Magazine
WELCOME TO TECH SUPPORT GUY!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.


Tags
freeze, lag, loop

(clock)
THIS THREAD HAS EXPIRED.
Are you having the same problem? We have volunteers ready to answer your question, but first you'll have to join for free. Need help getting started? Check out our Welcome Guide.

Search Tech Support Guy

Find the solution to your
computer problem!




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools


WELCOME
You Are Using: Server ID
Trusted Website Back to the Top ↑