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Solved: Random Freezing in XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jkr6064, Jul 25, 2006.

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  1. jkr6064

    jkr6064 Thread Starter

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    Hi, I am new to the site but it looks like you help a heck of a lot of people so I am hoping you can help me please :)

    Over the last few weeks my system just keeps freezing - complete freeze, no cursor response, can't Ctrl+Alt+Del, nothing, I have to hard reboot. It appears to me to be at random points, although it does seem more prevalent whilst I am using Windows Media Player but that could be my imagination. I have just upgraded this to the beta version WMP 11.

    I built the system myself 2.5 years ago, but it has worked fine until now, so it's not overclocking, overheating, bad RAM (as far as I can tell).

    System details:

    AOpen MK77M-8XN m/b with ViaKM400 chipset,
    1Gb RAM,
    Seagate Barracuda 7200 80Gb hard drive,
    AMD Athlon XP 2500+ 1.8Ghz Batron Core CPU
    Windows XP (2002) Home SP2 and all updates as released by Microsoft

    I have various bits of software downloaded and I download from the internet quite a bit. I also have Panda Paltinum 2005 Internet Security.

    Neither Panda or Windows Defender can find any "nasties", so I am flummoxed.

    Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I have looked through a lot of other threads and can't see final resolutions to other people who have posted with similar problems, so I am sorry I had to post a new thread.
     
  2. heavybob

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    How about safe mode - does it work ok there
     
  3. jkr6064

    jkr6064 Thread Starter

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    How do I get it in safe mode?
     
  4. heavybob

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    When the computer is first booting up, tap the F8 key until a menu appears and then select safe mode
     
  5. jkr6064

    jkr6064 Thread Starter

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    Thanks Bob

    I have run it in safe mode and it seemed to be ok, although it's difficult to tell because it really is so random in terms of timescales.

    However, before I switched to safe mode I used the error checking and defrag tools built in and I had loads of defragged files so it took a while to clean it all up. I left it about 1.5 hours running in safe and I have now had about 1.5 hours in normal mode again and touch wood, it seems ok, so I am hoping that is it fixed.

    I'll post again if the problem comes back.

    Thanks
     
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