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JOMACK

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Hey, this computer freezes all the time probably 2 or 3 times a day. I will just be on the internet and it will freeze or just be typing in word and it will freeze. Everything stops moving and it has to be shut down using the power button.
Its an HP. P3 800 mhz, 192 mb ram, running windows xp home, 4mb onboard video memory. If i had to guess i would assume that it is the 4mb video memory that is causing the problem but i dunno. I dont want to buy a video card if thats not the problem. And if it is how big should I buy 16 or 32 mb? I do not really do anything except get online use instant messenger and use microsoft word. Thanks for the help.
 
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Have you checked the temperature lately in the BIOS?

Sometimes DUST can get in the CPU fan and cause overheat problems.
 
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Dust inside your computer at all can cause things to overheat. Chakorules was suggesting that you enter the bios of your computer where they usually have a place that will tell you the temperatures inside your tower. A computer can suffer shutdowns from overheating , especially the processor or cpu. If you don't like to go into the bios or don't know how or can't navigate inthere .. you could download a program called aida 32 . It is free and will give you temperatures and all sorts of good information about your computer right from windows.
http://www.webattack.com/get/aida32.shtml
THis is one site you can download the program or you can do a search and download it other places as well.. I hope this helped your huh question ..
 

JOMACK

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yeah thanks, but does that mean the only having 4mb of video memory has nothing to do with it?
 
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Nope. having a 4mb video card shouldnt cause xp to crash. I used to run xp on a 4mb and never had any problems.

Also, i suggest using this instead of Aida32.

Everest is newer and more accurate when it comes to reading sensor information
 

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I took a look at dust and I am still having trouble. I have no idea what you guys want me to do with those programs
 
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I think what they are all trying to suggest is if you are uncofortable about booting into the BIOS to view the tempature of your computer, they offered links so you can download software in a more "user" friendly envorniment. We are questioning your CPU temperature. There are ways to look at the temperature of your CPU, CASE, etc...one way is look in the BIOS, the other way is to download the softwares that are suggested. Once you have verified your CPU temperature, you should report back and let us know what you found out.

9 time out 10, lock ups generally are assocatied with HEAT. Heat is assocatied with dust, or a dead fan, dust kills fan, hence why a fan would die in the first place, dust in fan bearings don't mix. Checking the CPU temp would be the first thing any tech on this board would look for knowing you have lock up problems. Once that is elimated, then we look for other things. Like stupid software....I won't mention any names here.
 
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if its dust then just a vacuum cleaner (hoover) and suck it all out -- make sure nothing is loose!

if that dont do it then its just too hot - if its pretty hpot where you are -- take a few bevels of teh front of your case, or take the side off, or invest in a case fan.
 
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