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Beeps, Growls and Freezes

Discussion in 'Networking' started by bearspencer, Feb 17, 2013.

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  1. bearspencer

    bearspencer Thread Starter

    Jun 29, 2009
    I turned on my laptop and tuned intoPandora. After a few minutes I heard a short beep (didn't sound likea system beep) and the music turned into a growl. After about 30seconds, it went back to playing normally. But minutes later, theevent re-occurred. After this beast's fourth appearance, I decidedto diagnose it's genesis.

    The BGF appeared on other streamingaudio sites, so I turned to Youtube and discovered that when the
    “growl” occurred the video froze as well. Shortly afterwardI found the freeze extended system wide, making the laptop initiallyunresponsive to input; but when the growling stopped, the laptopwould move the mouse cursor and enter the keystrokes I entered whilethe freeze occurred.

    I closed the browser down and attemptedto play mp3's on the hard drive. It would play for awhile, then theBGF would appear again. I noticed that the timing seemed regular, soI tracked it for an hour. The clitch re-occured every four minutes.

    Since I had installed an updated videodriver the day before, I rolled back to the previous one andre-booted. Didn't fix it. Uninstalled the audio driver withoutresult. I took it (a pizza and a six-pack) to my local computerrepair store where we listened to Pandora, Spotify and NPR, watchedYouTube and Person of Interest and played five different audioformats for an hour and a half without any problems.

    Brought it back to the house and itwent back to its four minute feeding schedule.

    Decided it had to be a problem somehowconnected to my network connection, so I disabled the Wi-Fi card and put on aDVD which ran flawlessly. Turned off the other three PC's connectedto the network (none of which suffered from the laptop's problem) andunplugged the router for 2 minutes, and uninstalled then re-installedthe laptop's Wi-Fi card driver. Turned it all back on and stilldon't have any love.

    Anyone have ideas?

    I'm running Win 7 Home 64.
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