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Windows XP keeps hanging

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dahabsfan, Dec 29, 2006.

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  1. dahabsfan

    dahabsfan Thread Starter

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    For the last 2 or 3 days Windows XP just randomly keeps hanging on me. I'll be surfing the web and go to open another window or click an icon and everything just locks up - I can't shut down properly or anything. I'm not overly knowledgable with these thing so any help is greatly appreciated.

    Darren
     
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  3. dahabsfan

    dahabsfan Thread Starter

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    Read through your link and really have no idea where to start. This is getting so frustrating as sometimes it will run good for long periods of time without freezing up then the next time it will freeze shortly after start up. Any other ideas?

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  4. jackdw

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    Try a re-install of windows? That's what I'd do. I got it along with lagging system menus (right clicking fo a file etc) so just did a clean install.
     
  5. 1101doc

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    Yes, it could be any of the issues mentioned in the article, especially heat. Try simply setting a portable fan to help cool your machine. If it has never been cleaned inside, that's a good idea too. Get a can of compressed air and blow out the dust. Gently hold the fans so they don't spin. You could damage the bearings. On the software side of things, check to see how many background processes you have running. Asking Windows to do too much all the time often means that one more request is just too much. Many programs set themselves (and/or their updaters) to start with Windows. This means that they are always there, working in the background. A free program like WinPatrol or What's Running offers easy control over that sort of thing. You have a startup folder under all programs. How many items can be just started when you need them and don't have to start with Windows? Have you ever been to "Services?" Made any changes there? Some are very necessary to the average user and some are not. The default settings of Services for XP are good, but depending on your needs you may not need all of them all of the time. You may wish to set some to "Manual" so that they start only when needed. Before making changes to Services (found under Administrative Tools) please read: http://www.theeldergeek.com/services_guide.htm Yes there is a lot of information there. I suggest that you bookmark it and refer back as you work. The best plan is to make changes there one-at-a-time so that you know what "broke it." Sysinternals makes a good free utility called Process Explorer that will help. A mouse-over a listing of "scvhost" will pop up a small info box with the Services it is hosting.
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/ProcessesAndThreads/ProcessExplorer.mspx No need to install, just run it from wherever you'd like to put it. (double click the .exe) If these sort of things help, you're probably on the right track. I'm assuming that you have good security and firewall and are not hosting spyware. That is often the root cause of this sort of problem. If you suspect for any reason that your system is infected go directly to the "Security" section and follow the excellent advice that you will find there. Good luck and post back with your progress.
     
  6. EuphoriK

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    It could be overheating, as the computer is on longer it generates more heat. So less cooling can cause it to freeze and in more modern models it will automatically restart the computer. Im not sure if thats your problem since I cant see in your computer so if not, then listen to them lol.
     
  7. dahabsfan

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    I've read through the suggestions above and can provide a little more info. It does not appear to be overheating. Also when it becomes unresponsive either Poker site I use will keep running but I cannot open IE or Firefox - they just won't start up. I also cannot open the task manager when this happens either via CTRL+ALT+DEL or via menu. I've also updated & run Ad-aware and Spybot with no issues. Also AVG does not find anything.

    Any other suggestions from the members as it's getting close to sledge hammer time :eek:

    Thanks
    Darren
     
  8. 1101doc

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    Open Process Explorer and recreate the problem. What is the name of the process using the most CPU when things get goofy?
     
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