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Windows XP Locks Up

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Swannie, Sep 15, 2004.

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  1. Swannie

    Swannie Thread Starter

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    Hi.

    After using Windows XP normally for some time the screen just freezes and locks up. I can reset my machine and boot up again and XP will lock up after a quick time. Help please !
     
  2. Couriant

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    Have you made any changes to the machine (both sofware and hardware?)

    Also try to go into safe mode and see if you have the same problem.
     
  3. Swannie

    Swannie Thread Starter

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    Have tried the computer in safe mode for a short time and it does not lock up. I am running an Athlon 1800+ with a Radeon 8500 series graphics card. Could there be a conflict between these two or is it software related ? Thanks :)
     
  4. mike5532g

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    Try checking the Event Logs, maybe you can find something there.
     
  5. Elvandil

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    You could go to Start > Run, and typing:
    msconfig

    Try disabling everything that starts when Windows is booted, and then turn them back on, one at a time, until you can narrow down what is causing the problem.

    Most lockups are due to drivers. You could check for updates to the ones that usually cause major problems, like graphics, network card, modem, and sound.

    Also, be sure that you aren't running 2 firewalls--if you have one installed, be sure XP's is turned off.
     
  6. Couriant

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    beat me to it Elvandil... :)

    I was going to suggest in safe mode go to MSCONFIG and uncheck everything in STARTUP tab. That way when you boot into Windows and it doesn't crash, then you know that one of those listed in the STARTUP tab is the problem.
     
  7. Elvandil

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    Yeh. It can be a long analysis, but it's probably there somewhere.
     
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