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Intermittent Computer Freezing

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mandrake Nightshade, Jun 30, 2005.

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  1. Mandrake Nightshade

    Mandrake Nightshade Thread Starter

    Apr 6, 2001
    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
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  3. compaquser


    Jun 22, 2005
    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.
  4. nubuilder


    Jan 6, 2005
    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.
  5. Mandrake Nightshade

    Mandrake Nightshade Thread Starter

    Apr 6, 2001
    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.
  6. Mandrake Nightshade

    Mandrake Nightshade Thread Starter

    Apr 6, 2001
    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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