Computer freezing and safe mode

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In dealing with data recovery from a corrupt hard drive (see https://forums.techguy.org/threads/data-recovery-from-corrupt-hard-drive.1218903/) my Dell Dimension 8300 running XP kept freezing. This problem was solved by booting into safe mode, rather than booting normally into Windows. Does this imply that in Windows the system was being overtaxed during the recovery, or that the freezing was caused by a conflict among drivers, or is the cause not so easy to sort out?
 
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It indicates that something running in normal mode is causing the problem . . . and it might be a combination of two or more 'somethings'. Boot into normal mode. Load MSCONFIG and uncheck everything not Microsoft. Reboot. Use the machine a bit and see if it freezes now. If it doesn't, re-enable say three of the programs you disabled and reboot. Use the machine a bit and see if it freezes now. If it seems fine, re-enable another three disabled programs, reboot and test again. If it did freeze this time though. The problem is likely one of the three programs you just re-enabled. Go back and disable two of those, reboot and test. Etc., etc. (Process of elimination) until you have zeroed in on the culprit.
 

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Yes, that all makes sense. Thank you SpywareDr. The reason for the attempted repair of XP in the first place was a slow internet response and unresponsive script warnings on some websites. I had tried the commonly suggested solutions to solve the unresponsive script warnings to no avail. Could that be due to program conflicts as well?
 
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You're welcome.

An unresponsive script in a webpage does not necessarily mean there is a problem with your computer. For instance, the script may be trying to access something that is temporarily or no longer available. It could also be an error in how the script was written. In cases like these, unless you are the webmaster of that page, there is nothing you can do to resolve the error. (If it really irratates you though, I suppose one could try contacting the webmaster).

Of course the unresponsive script error could also be due to your browser and/or add-ons (extensions). One way to test this is to simply use a different browser to access the same webpage. If you don't get error now, you know the problem lies with your original browser. So, the next step would be to try loading the browser with all add-ons/extensions disabled and see if that resolves the script error. If it does, you know it must have been one of the disabled add-ons/extensions. So, re-enable a couple of 'em and test. If no problem, it wasn't either of those two. Re-enable another couple and test again ... etc., etc. When you find the culprit, check to see if there is an available update, leave it disabled, contact the author of the add-on/extension, or ignore the error.
 

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I had tried Chrome and Internet Explorer, in addition to my default browser, Firefox, and still got the script warning. But Indidn't have any issues on a Windows 7 laptop. So I thought the issue was likely with the XP system.
 
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Hmmm... Maybe the script wasn't designed to run on older browsers? You might try contacting the webmaster(s).
 
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