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laptop freezes and buzzing sound if playing a music

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by hakanss, Jul 1, 2013.

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  1. hakanss

    hakanss Thread Starter

    Jul 1, 2013
    Hi everyone,

    4 months ago freezing problems started with my laptop and running chkdsk and hdd regenator repaired bad sectors and this relieved my pc health making it better than before, but not totally sufficient.

    However in the past 2 months I am suffering from a new set of freezing issues which occur so often and i could not manage to solve or get any improvement. Basically, it happens
    1)every 20-40mins and freezing lasts about 5minutes. if I am playing a music video on a website, then the speaker would be forcing itself to play the music for less than a minute which would be heard as buzzing, and then it will stop.
    2) Same type of freezing also occurs when a game is open while all browsers and music players are closed in the background.
    3) In rare occasions no freezing occurs but skype crashes during a voice call giving an error related to shockwave. I believe this could be a related problem but not sure.

    here some more info:
    -graphics driver is updated to latest version and downgrading back to the older versions did not help
    -no disk errors could be found using chkdsk and hdd regenarator scans/repairs
    -Uninstalling flash player and installing/upgrading to the latest version did not work
    -cleaning cache using ccleaner, diskdefragmenting using popular softwares, or running popular computer care taker softwares did not help.
    -windows 7 has the latest updates.

    my computer info are:

    Operating System
    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
    Intel Core i3 350M @ 2.27GHz 46 °C
    Arrandale 32nm Technology
    4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 532MHz (7-7-7-20)
    Sony Corporation VAIO (N/A) 46 °C
    Generic PnP Monitor ([email protected])
    Intel HD Graphics
    Hard Drives
    298GB Western Digital WDC WD3200BEVT-26A23T0 (SATA) 40 °C
    Ricoh Memory Stick Disk Device (IDE)
    Ricoh SD/MMC Disk Device (IDE)
    Optical Drives
    Optiarc DVD RW AD-7700H
    DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
    Realtek High Definition Audio

    Could you please help me solving this issue, or at least making things a bit better so that i could use laptop continously for about an hour hopefully. Thanks
  2. hakanss

    hakanss Thread Starter

    Jul 1, 2013
    An additional info is this freezing only happens while watching a video or playing a game. However when I uninstalled flash, the firefox played the youtube video using html5 and freezing happened again. Does anyone have an idea or suggestion to solve this?
  3. Netghost56


    Apr 4, 2013
    Have you updated or rolled back your chipset drivers?

    Is the laptop getting hot right before the freezing/issues occur? Is it hot during normal operation? Can you feel the air moving out of the vent where the fan is? Is the fan running all the time or just sporadically?

    I would think you might have a bad CPU, but freezing/hang up issues are tricky to diagnose.
  4. hakanss

    hakanss Thread Starter

    Jul 1, 2013
    I am using a Vaio laptop which allows only Vaio provided driver updates and laptop is not getting hot. fan works normally without making a noise and keeping the laptop in standard temperatures.

    freezing occurs almost all the time I am playing a video for example in youtube. Laptop freezes in the same way when flash player is uninstalled and html5 is used. However yesterday I noticed that Adobe Shockwave Player was not installed in my laptop and after installing it I got considerable improvements such as less frequent freezing (every hour instead of every 20mins) and less freezing duration (few minutes instead of 5-6 minutes)

    So basically since 4 months only 2 things helped me since 4 months:
    1) finding/repairing the bad sectors on the disk has reduced the problems greatly for few months only
    2) installing shockwave player reduced the freezing duration and frequency.

    should i consider replacing the hard disk or replacing the ram chips?
  5. allteltech


    Jun 21, 2013
    When a HD starts showing bad sectors it is time to backup and look for a new HD, You are usually on borrow time.
  6. Netghost56


    Apr 4, 2013
    Replacing the hard drive would probably be the cheapest route at this point.
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