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Question: random lock up of system

Hi folks
Wonder if you guys can help here.
Pentium4..1gb ram..nvidia 6600gt graphics card.
Problem is the whole system has random freezes even when playing a relitivly small capacity game offline.
Have done the usual disk clean up & defrag.
I installed battlefield2 on 23/12/07 & have had problems ever since.
Uninstalled this program & still same problems.
Tried to do a system restore & cant go previous to battlefield install date.
Sometimes during the freeze the mouse pointer stops but still works behind the scenes.
Much like the arrow is frozen but movement is still behind the background & highlights things.Flying blind so as to speak.
Any help would be appreciated.
HJT Attached dont know if this helps.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 4:11:00 PM, on 2/01/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink DVD Solution\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Thomson\SpeedTouch USB\Dragdiag.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\bfgclient\bfggameservices.exe
C:\Program Files\Belkin\Belkin Wireless Network Utility\WLService.exe
C:\Program Files\Belkin\Belkin Wireless Network Utility\WLanCfgG.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =" target="_blank" class="invilink">
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL =" target="_blank" class="invilink">
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar =*
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R3 - URLSearchHook: Yahoo!7 Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn0\yt.dll
O2 - BHO: &Yahoo! Toolbar Helper - {02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn0\yt.dll
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {1E8A6170-7264-4D0F-BEAE-D42A53123C75} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\coShared\Browser\1.7\NppBho.dll
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar3.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO - {AF69DE43-7D58-4638-B6FA-CE66B5AD205D} - C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\2.0.301.7164\swg.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar3.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Yahoo!7 Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn0\yt.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Show Norton Toolbar - {90222687-F593-4738-B738-FBEE9C7B26DF} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\coShared\Browser\1.7\UIBHO.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Cmaudio] RunDll32 cmicnfg.cpl,CMICtrlWnd
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LTMSG] LTMSG.exe 7
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RemoteControl] "C:\Program Files\CyberLink DVD Solution\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [InCD] C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCD.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroFilterCheck] C:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SpeedTouch USB Diagnostics] "C:\Program Files\Thomson\SpeedTouch USB\Dragdiag.exe" /icon
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Yahoo! Pager] C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\ypager.exe -quiet
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MsnMsgr] "C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [swg] C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'Default user')
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
O16 - DPF: {30528230-99F7-4BB4-88D8-FA1D4F56A2AB} (YInstStarter Class) -
O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) -
O17 - HKLM\System\CS1\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: SearchList =
O17 - HKLM\System\CS1\Services\VxD\MSTCP: SearchList =
O17 - HKLM\System\CS2\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: SearchList =
O17 - HKLM\System\CS2\Services\VxD\MSTCP: SearchList =
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\VxD\MSTCP: SearchList =
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: SearchList =
O23 - Service: Belkin Wireless USB Network Adapter (Belkin Wireless USB Network Adapter Service) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Belkin\Belkin Wireless Network Utility\WLService.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager (ccEvtMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Settings Manager (ccSetMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Lic NetConnect service (CLTNetCnService) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
O23 - Service: COM Host (comHost) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\VAScanner\comHost.exe
O23 - Service: Google Updater Service (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: InCD Helper (InCDsrv) - Ahead Software AG - C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
O23 - Service: LiveUpdate - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\LUCOMS~1.EXE
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: PnkBstrA - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\system32\PnkBstrA.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Core LC - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Ventrilo - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\VentSrv\ventrilo_svc.exe (file missing)
O24 - Desktop Component 0: (no name) -
O24 - Desktop Component 1: (no name) -

End of file - 8423 bytes

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Preferred Solution: random lock up of system

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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From the beginning, since the initial set-up and the operating system install, there has been an issue of persistent system lock ups. This occurs on a continuous basis, regardless of system activity, and when this occurs, the task manager is ineffective, and one is forced to reset using the button on the front of the tower, losing any projects or progress made in the interim. The operating system, Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2, does not log any associated errors, and many attempts have been made to identify and subsequently fix this problem, with no success. The lock ups occur at random, with no set pattern, during varied tasks, tasks which can and have been carried out during a time frame where the system ran long enough without locking up, seemingly eliminating the individual activities and processes as the culprits themselves.

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Hey all!

I had been having random system lock-ups (complete lockup, display freezes, mouse doesn't work, keyboard lights don't respond) and I think I isolated the problem to either of the 2 DVD drives I have on my system (a Pioneer slot-load DVD player and a Philips 824 DVD-Rewriter) After removing those drives from my system, I haven't had any lockups... My question is, is it possible for DVD drives to cause such lockups or could my lockup problems be related to lack of PSU power (removing two drives saves same of the PSU power) I have a 420W Raidmax PSU and I have a P4 3Ghz HT running on an Intel D865Perl motherboard with 1Gb of DDR ram, 2 SATA harddrives, 1 IDE harddrive, 1 GeForce FX5200 card, a PCI Firewire card and about 6 Thermaltake fans (besides CPU fan)

I would appreciate any and all responses.



Answer:Random system lock-ups - DVD drive is the cause ?

It is the Drives for sure if everything is fine with them removed.
I would install them one at a time (after testing extensively )
You should have enough power,But it may be close (Lot of Fans ,3 Drives,???)
I am sure you checked to make sure Jumpers are set correctly.
Also Make the Writer the Master( I had that problem before with DVD drives)
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Let us know.

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Answer:Random Full System Lock, event 41

Welcome to Eight Forums BrnGths.

Even if you haven't had a BSoD/crash, can you upload the entire BSOD Posting Instructions files, these will help us analyze your crash.

This is a hardware issue.
The beeps are a code that tells you what the problem is, count the number and length of beeps, this code will loop.
Your motherboard manual ASUS P8Z68 PRO Gen3, download it if you don't have it.
Attachment 11718
For more system information: Can you download CPUZ and post a snip of the CPU, Mainboard, Memory, and SPD tabs.
For posting the information , type 'Snipping tool' in the Start screen. Select the area you want to post and save to a convenient place.
How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Eight Forums

Go to your BIOS and tell us what the CPU, RAM and the CPU integrated memory controller (VCCIO for your motherboard) voltages are.

Use Real Temp , to check the CPU temps when at idle, under load and/or testing.
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Download System Information for Windows (SIW free version)No installation required.After it scans your computer, navigate to Hardware>Sensors and post all info from there.===========================================================================Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:List last 10 Event Viewer logList Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result.==========================================================================Download Autoruns for Windows: installation required.Simply unzip file, and double click on autoruns.exe file to run the program.Go File>Save, and save it as AutoRuns.txt file to know location.You must select Text from drop-down menu as a file type: Attach the file to your next reply.

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Answer:Daily full system lock ups, very puzzling, seemingly random.

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I recently built the PC I am currently experiencing this issue on. I have built several gaming PC's in the past, but never have I experienced any consistent issues such as this.

The PC Speccs are as follows:

CPU- AMD FX-9590 Vishera 8-Core 4.7GHz Cooled with a: CORSAIR Hydro Series H75 Liquid CPU Cooler 120mm
GPU- 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 970s in SLi (4GB GDDR5)
Power Supply- COOLMAX CUG-950B 950W ATX12V v2.3 EPS12V v2.91 SLi Certified
HD(s)-1x Western Digital 1TB 32MB Cache, 1x Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache
OS- Windows 10

I built the PC in mid February of this year, 2015. This particular issue started happening consistently (daily basis) in June. While gaming, my PC will all of a sudden, at random, lock up completely. I try Alt+f4, Ctrl+Alt+Del, and Alt+Tab, but nothing responds. The PC just stays like this until I'm forced to do a hard-reset at the tower.

I've tried just about everything I can think of to resolve this problem. I thought since it only happens when I game that perhaps it's a cooling issue and my system is overheating. However, I've ran a slew of programs to monitor heat and none show anything abnormal.
Many articles suggested malware or spyware might be causing the lock-ups. So I've chosen to clean my system daily but the issue still persists.
At one point I was a... Read more

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I'm new to the forums so thank you in advance to anyone who is willing to help me try and resolve my issues.

I recently built the PC I am currently experiencing this issue on. I have built several gaming PC's in the past, but never have I experienced any consistent issues such as this.

The PC Speccs are as follows:

CPU- AMD FX-9590 Vishera 8-Core 4.7GHz Cooled with a: CORSAIR Hydro Series H75 Liquid CPU Cooler 120mm
GPU- 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 970s in SLi (4GB GDDR5)
Power Supply- COOLMAX CUG-950B 950W ATX12V v2.3 EPS12V v2.91 SLi Certified
HD(s)-1x Western Digital 1TB 32MB Cache, 1x Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache
OS- Windows 10

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I've tried just about everything I can think of to resolve this problem. I thought since it only happens when I game that perhaps it's a cooling issue and my system is overheating. However, I've ran a slew of programs to monitor heat and none show anything abnormal.
Many articles suggested malware or spyware might be causing the lock-ups. So I've chosen to clean my system daily but the issue still persists.
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Answer:Multiple Random System Lock-Ups requiring Hard-Reset

Hi Omagon,

Welcome to the 10forums.

I see you don't experience any BSOD?
This is a performance issue, please create a new thread at Performance and Maintenance section.

Daemon tools, Alcohol 120% and Power Archiver Pro uses SCSI Pass Through Direct (SPTD), which is a well known cause for BSOD's.
Please remove Daemon Tools and run the SPTD pass through remover.

Uninstall Daemon ToolsDownload the SPTD standalone installer and follow these steps:
Double click the executable to open itClick on the button shown below

If the button is grayed out, like in the image, there is no more SPTD installation on your system, and you can close the window.

Please remove any ASUS utililty installed, these cause problems from performance issues to bluescreens.

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Hi all, I've been lurking here for awhile as I've had an annoying problem, and even though similar people seem to have had similar issues everything I have tried is to no avail.

The problem is that I will get a system lock up, or freeze when playing games like Portal 2 or FM2012. The freezes are very random however they occur the most when trying to play Co-op in Portal 2 (say about 80% of the time when trying to play it). However with the likes of FM2012 or other games, I can literally play for hours on end without a crash, but other times a crash could happen within about 5 mins.

I also seem to randomly crash if I watch a HD video in full screen (1920x1080) however I cannot recall such a problem watching it minimized (using VLC). I also used to get random crashes while browsing the internet on certain websites, however I haven't had this issue since upgrading my RAM.

When the PC does crash, the monitor will just black out and if sound was playing at the time it will usually loop or repeat. The only thing I can do is a hard reboot and upon restarting the PC it will say about the unexpected shut down and to start windows normally however I don't seem to get any minidumps. I've had this problem now for quite awhile, and at first it was something I just overlooked as a random occurance but now its starting to drive me crazy!

My system specs are as follows: (built about a year ago)
CPU: i7 2600k
Mobo: Asus P8P67 Deluxe
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Answer:Random freezes / system lock ups when playing games or watching vids

BUMP, any ideas?

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I have 2 issues that have shown up on my PC.

HJT Log follows the description of both issues.

I am using a Lenovo Thinkpad R61i (7732/A12), Vista Ultimate w/SP2, 2GB RAM. Security is Windows Live Onecare. All O/S patches up-to-date.

Issue 1: Random Sound

Periodically the system will start playing random sounds. The sounds have been song clips, or synthesized cat meows. Not files from my computer (heaven forbid!). If I close my browser (Firefox 3.0.11), the sounds will stop. I have already checked Firefox add-ons, which are: "Down Them All", "Move Media Player" and "Speed Dial". All are up-to-date.

Issue 2: Random "lock computer and go to login screen"

If I leave my computer for a short time (less than 5 minutes) periodically the system will lock the computer and go to the login screen.

I am not talking about a system / browser / application lock-up.
I am talking about the system leaving the user logged in, but going to the login screen. To get a visual of what I am talking about, press <CTRL><ALT><DELETE> and select "Lock This Computer" (or press windows-L).

Screen saver is set to "None".
Current power plan is "Timers off (Presentation)"

If I have not been specific enough, I greatly apologize.

I am very grateful to all of you who volunteer to help.


HJT Log Follows

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:15:56 AM, on 6/20/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (W... Read more

Answer:Random Sounds and Random "lock computer and go to login screen"

Issue 2 has been resolved.

Appears to simply have been something corrupted in configuration.


1. Changed power plan
2. Activated a screen saver
3. Allowed screen saver to start
4. Changed screen saver back to "none"
5. Changed power plan back

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Question: random lock ups

I've lurked and skimmed these forums for a couple of years and gotten a few questions answered very quickly and efficiently. So I thought I'd give you guys another go for a crash issue that has come up.

For the past few weeks since this new microATX build I have been having the system lock up at random times. It never does it while I'm actively using the system, only while it's left on and to it's own devices. I come back after X amount of hours and find that the screen saver has locked up. I've tried disabling said screen saver and have come back to just a black screen that won't respond.

After about a week of this the Asus mobo simply wouldn't boot up any more. Reseated peripherals, reloaded UEFI bios to factory default safe BIOS, tried known working bits of hardware, no go. So I did an RMA and got a new motherboard. About 3 weeks later it's started to happen again.

New investigations lead me to believe it was a faulty data drive and cd rom drive as windows had a rather large amount of disk and atapi errors. I've replaced those and the lockups have continued.

This is all on a fairly fresh win7 64bit ultimate install that is not even 2 months old. I've looked at the crash mini dump but the only semi useful thing I'm getting is that it "might" be ntoskernel.exe causing the issue.

I thought you guys might be able to take a look at the gathered logs and find something that I've missed.

system specs:
mobo: ASUS P8Z77-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77-M LGA 11... Read more

Answer:random lock ups

The BSOD crash dumps are kinda old. But one finding out of them may be useful .....

fffff880`0331ada8 fffff880`04496684Unable to load image \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\avgtdia.sys, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for avgtdia.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for avgtdia.sys
So once AVG had some important bearing in the BSODs (31.03.2013).

AVG is still playing some role there, see two consecutive events ......
AVG starts ....

Log Name: System
Source: Microsoft-Windows-FilterManager
Date: 2013-05-21T23:11:00.952
Event ID: 6
Task: N/A
Level: Information
Opcode: Info
Keyword: N/A
User: S-1-5-18
Computer: Cell
File System Filter 'Avgmfx64' (6.1, ?2013?-?02?-?07T22:14:48.000000000Z) has successfully loaded and registered with Filter Manager.
Restart report.

Log Name: System
Source: EventLog
Date: 2013-05-21T23:11:06.000
Event ID: 6008
Task: N/A
Level: Error
Opcode: N/A
Keyword: Classic
User: N/A
User Name: N/A
Computer: Cell
The previous system shutdown at 10:48:51 AM on ?5/?20/?2013 was unexpected.
So better you stop using AVG; at least as a test. AVG is a known crapware. It it does not give you a real real time protection, but always make your system crash prone, by blocking network and storage access.

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Question: Random Lock Ups

Recently I've been getting severe lockups when doing nothing CPU intensive.

Example: I'll be sat back reading or something, with Foobar, uTorrent and MSN running, and all of a sudden, my CPU spikes to 100%, my computer freezes for about 30 seconds, then starts working again.

Also, I had a few bluescreens when my PC was left unattended while I was in College, no idea if its related, might just have been the vibrations from the power tools in the house, but anything you can tell me would be greatly appreciated.

I recently found out I had plscd.exe but, I used SUPERantispyware free edition to remove it? Any ideas, or could it be possible plscd.exe hasn't been removed and is still hiding away and messing me up?

Thanks in advance

PS. sorry if this is in the wrong section, i didn't know whether it would go under malware as I'm not even sure i have any.


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Question: Random Lock Ups

Recently I've been getting severe lockups when doing nothing CPU intensive.

Example: I'll be sat back reading or something, with Foobar, uTorrent and MSN running, and all of a sudden, my CPU spikes to 100%, my computer freezes for about 30 seconds, then starts working again.

Also, I had a few bluescreens when my PC was left unattended while I was in College and asleep, no idea if its related, but, seems odd that it would bluescreen for no reason and lock up constantly.

I recently found out I had plscd.exe but, I used SUPERantispyware free edition to remove it? Any ideas, or could it be possible plscd.exe hasn't been removed and is still hiding away and messing me up?

Thanks in advance


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Question: Random lock up

Ok, i didn't know where to put this, so please move it mods if you have to.

The problem is that after i pull the system out of screensaver it locks up.
Usually i can see the mouse cursor and move it round, but other than that it is unresponsive.
I usually have to wait from any where between 1-5 minutes before it responds, that is pressing the windows key quite a few times.
Or i just give up and hard reset.

Any help?

Answer:Random lock up

Update: After trolling the internet, several trips to google translate, i still am clueless as to what the problem is.


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Question: random lock up

ok,i would like to ask this again,ive got a two year old gateway with windows ME ,it was give to me because it just locks up at any time.  So i was thinking it was the hard drive at fault,so i bought a new hard drive and installed it,and after almost two days of rebooting just to get ME to install,and running systems checks in dos,(which everything passed)this dam thing still locks up ,ive got to reboot 5 or more times just to get it to run in safe mode, just for in to lock up after running for a few minutes  I put in a new hard drive ,wd 80 gb,8mb buffer,and a new 256 mb pc133 memory card,????what gives what can i do or look for to fix this short of a new mother board??

Answer:random lock up

When you get into Safe Mode got to run and type Command and type scanreg/restore

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Im running vista 64 home premium on a asus u80a laptop. Ive had this computer for a little more than a year with no problems, but recently its been completely locking up. I have no choice but to reboot, which it then runs fine for a while or occasionally locks up on the desktop as windows is still loading. If im in a game itll start lagging then like in 5 or 10 seconds, it will lock up. Music also loops whilst it is locked. Ive tried several things like updating drivers and such. I downloaded coretemp and it averages around a 100(~7)F. In games it goes up into the 110's and low 120's, never above 130F or so. I opened it up and there was a bunch of dust on the vent of the copper heat sink that connects the cpu and fan. Cleaned all that off, reapplied thermal paste, but am still having lock ups, although maybe a lil less frequently. I dont know what to do at this point. SEND HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!

Answer:Need help with random lock ups!

Have temps decreased since cleaning?

Run memtest86+ -

Stress test 3rd party drivers.

Run Driver Verifier - Driver Verifier - Windows 7 & Vista (BSOD-related) - Tech Support Forum

Driver Verifier needs to run 24 hours minimum or until it BSODs your system, whichever is less. Then . . .

Provide full system info - Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions - Tech Support Forum

Regards. . .



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Question: Random lock-ups

Ok - i run win2k sp1 on a
Chaintech 7AIA5 (VIA KT133a [Hyperion v4.46 drivers]) w/ 384megs PC133 RAM
Geforce 3 Ti200 (41.09 detonators)
SB Live! 1024 (Latest Creative 2k/XP drivers)

And my machine will randomly lock-up when doing just about nething. It locks up playing games, using WMP, using 3dsmax etc - and nothing i can do will stop it...
i have heard tell that the VIA KT133a chipset and SB Live!s dont get along very well - if this is the case do i just need a new motherboard - ive been planing to buy 1 for months
any help appricated people


Answer:Random lock-ups

Is your problem anything like this? If so, as Per Hansson said, you can download the patch from Neowin. I hope this helps :grinthumb .

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A friend's system is randomly locking up, whether it be under load or even just on boot up. Having experienced similar problems I have already disabled the HDMI soundcard feature on the GPU's I've done the verifier program and followed the BSOD posting instructions thread. Below are the attachments required.

The system is...

AMD 965 running @ 3.4ghz with voltage @ 1.475
Corsair XS3 DDR3 Ram 9-9-9-24 @1.5 1333mhz
Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H
5850 in Crossfire @ standard clocks

I'm going to run some passes on the memtest now and shall add to this post

Any help in the mean time greatly appreciated.


Answer:PC random lock up's

Let's give his memory a solid test, the symptoms sound like bad ram and the dump file pretty much matches.
RAM - Test with Memtest86+
Let that run for 5 to 7 passes and see if it returns any errors.

Probably caused by : memory_corruption ( nt!MiGetTopLevelPfn+65 )

Followup: MachineOwner

2: kd> !analyze -v
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

An exception happened while executing a system service routine.
Arg1: 00000000c0000005, Exception code that caused the bugcheck
Arg2: fffff80003359115, Address of the instruction which caused the bugcheck
Arg3: fffff88003d13ca0, Address of the context record for the exception that caused the bugcheck
Arg4: 0000000000000000, zero.

Debugging Details:
EXCEPTION_CODE: (NTSTATUS) 0xc0000005 - The instruction at 0x%08lx referenced memory at 0x%08lx. The memory could not be %s.

fffff800`03359115 4c8b4928 mov r9,qword ptr [rcx+28h]

CONTEXT: fffff88003d13ca0 -- (.cxr 0xfffff88003d13ca0)
rax=000fffffffff6910 rbx=000fffffffffffff rcx=02fffa7fffe3b300
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Question: Random Lock Ups

Hi there, I'm not entirely sure of the source of my problem but hope to get to the bottom of it. Recently I have been the culprit of multiple freezes where the computer ceases to work, at least all the fans are running and everything, it's just it's completely frozen and I can do nothing.========================AMD Athlon 3700+ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe1.5GB RamMaxtor 80GB HardriveNvidia Geforce 7900 GT========================Recently I just replaced my motherboard from an ASUS A8N SLI - SE to an ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe. I managed to install it correctly and get it running and I didn't even have to reformat Windows (Windows just asked me to put in a confirmation code).My computer was working fine for an hour, then it kept freezing for no apparent reason if I chose to do multiple tasks such as run MSN Messenger and Windows Media Player. I was unable to do anything around the screen.So I installed my mouse software (Microsoft Notebook Optical Mouse 3000), installed drivers for my motherboard and upgraded the BIOS. (Note: I also did a Virus scan in safe mode which yielded no results)After this it appeared I had fixed it, it was working fine for an hour or so. Then I went to remove some programs and it froze again!One thing I have noticed whenever it freezes is the computer stop supplying power to the mouse and the lights (in the mouse) go out, yet my keyboard and speakers are still supplied with power.========================I'm just wandering what the problem coul... Read more

Answer:Random Lock Ups

good morning, When the computer freezes up, if you wait any period of time, will it "unfreeze" itself and go back to normal? If so, can you hear the graphics card  fan  start racing after it unfreezes itself? Have you made sure you have the updated drivers for the  7900GT ? You did apply thermal grease to the cpu on the new motherboard and the heatsink assembly and all that installed problem free and snug ? All the standoffs on your side panel from the old motherboard are still being utilized with the new one and all are still intact ?

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Question: Random lock-ups

Hello, I don't know if this has been addressed before, but if anyone can help it would be much appreciated.

My specs:

1800+ AMD processor
256 DDR
40 gb HD (one 32gb partition and one 7gb partition)
Radeon 7000 videocard
SB Gamer soundcard
2 CDRW drives
Linksys ethernet card

Anyway, to the problem:

Sometimes when I start my computer, it doesn't give me a post beep. At which point, I have to turn the power off and then turn it back on and it will eventually give me a post beep and let me into Windows XP. When I do get into XP, the computer will randomly freeze up, and this freeze is a complete freeze (I can do nothing except restart or shut down from the case) and I can't CTRL ALT DEL or anything like that. This happens about fifty percent of the time, which can prove to be a real pain. I don't know if this is a hardware issue (which I assume it is because the post beep doesn't get through half the time). If you need more information, please feel free to reply.

If anyone has any ideas or needs additional information please PM me or reply to this thread. Any ideas will be more than helpful. I am stumped and have no idea what to do.

Thanks in advance,

Answer:Random lock-ups

More things about it:

There are no error messages, it just locks up.

And, if there is any music playing, it will stop the music and loop the last second of the song, I don't know if that is worthwhile information or not, but that's what it does.

Please help.

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Question: Random lock ups...

No matter what I am doing on my computer, it will freeze the currently displayed frame, ignoring all input. Shortly following, the monior goes black, entering sleep mode. It has locked up while I have been in windows, and also while I have been bootin up the computer. When i restart the computer, the monitor and keyboard do not get any signal from the computer. The keyboard lights do not respond when i press caps lock or num lock. I try turning the monitor off and on, but that does not have any effect. All that I can think of would be that the video card is fried, or the motherboard is partially broken... The picture stays clean, and other than when the computer stops sending signal to the monitor, it seems to be in perfect working order. Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Random lock ups...

Hi Faantastik

Lockups can be due to overheating. If your computer is under warranty at all, have your vendor take a look for hardware damage.

If you are out-of-warranty, or if this is a home build, here's what to check next:
1) With the computer shut down, powered off, and the power cord unplugged, ground yourself, and open the case (be careful not to discharge static onto the circuit boards).
2) With the case open, check for signs of overheat damage, leaking capacitors on the motherboard, or strange smells from the power supply area. Also check that all interior cables are secure, and that keyboard, mouse, and monitor cables are correctly attached.
3) If things seem incredibly dusty, use a can of compressed air to blow out some of the dust. Be careful not to scratch any circuit boards while doing this.
4) If things seem OK after this, leave the case open, but plug in the power cord.
5) Turn the computer on, immediately tapping the key that the Bios banner message displays on start. Usually something like "Press F1 (or F2, F10, or DEL, etc.) to Enter Setup" -- this should bring you to the Bios Setup screens.
6) If the computer stays running during this, check to see if all the fans are spinning - or not. If the cpu fan is not spinning, immediately power off (and replug or replace the fan).
7) If all the fans are spinning OK, see if your Bios Setup screens have a menu that provides information about the temperatures and voltages that it cur... Read more

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Hi all,

This is my first post here, so I hope I can give enough information and description of my problem to get some good response. For about a week now, my computer will freeze up randomly, sometimes while playing a game (world of warcraft) and sometimes just while I'm surfing the net or just on the desktop. The freeze is not a reboot or a kick to the desktop, it's a total freeze that requires me to manually shut off the PC and turn it back on.
The most recent change in Hardware in my PC is a new wireless network card (got it a week ago, about when my problem started). It is a Dynex Wireless G Desktop PCI card, model number DX-WGDTC. I've uninstalled/reinstalled its drivers and moved it into different PCI slots, all with no change in my problem. I also bought a new video card about a month ago, but I didn't have any lock-ups until I bought this network card, so I don't think the new video card can be causing it. I've downloaded and run everest to check my temperatures, and I've never seen the GPU, CPU, or motherboard go over 50 degrees Celcius. I've updated windows, updated drivers...I just can't think of what else to do to fix my problem. Thanks for any responses!


Answer:Random Lock Ups, Getting Frustrated

Hello Ryan and welcome to TSF,

I'm not sure this is the area you need to be in, but we can certainly check your system to rule out malware as the cause.

As you didn't mention which version of Windows you are running, skip the instructions for Ewido if you have any version preceding Windows 2000, as it is not compatible.

Please copy this page to Notepad and save to your desktop for reference as you will not have any browsers open while you are carrying out these instructions.


Download ewido anti-spyware from HERE and save that file to your desktop.
This is a 30 day trial of the programOnce you have downloaded ewido anti-spyware, locate the icon on the desktop and double-click it to launch the set up program.
Once the setup is complete you will need run ewido and update the definition files.
On the main screen select the icon "Update" then select the "Update now" link.Next select the "Start Update" button, the update will start and a progress bar will show the updates being installed.

Once the update has completed select the "Scanner" icon at the top of the screen, then select the "Settings" tab.
Once in the Settings screen click on " Recommended actions" and then select " Quarantine".
Under "Reports"Select "Automatically generate report after every scan"
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This issue has been frustrating me for a while now and after having done a fair bit of research into possible causes I'm genuinely stumped.

I upgraded to Vista from XP just over a year ago and everything ran swimmingly at first. At some point between then and now applications started to freeze. What I thought was odd was that the cursor would remain active until something was clicked on, whilst the image in the open window would freeze and the sound looped. Of course the only way to exit this was by cutting the power and rebooting.

After this lock up had occurred once it seemed the same thing would happen 5 or 10 mins after restarting, and it got into a vicious loop. This started happening more than once a day and frustratingly there was never an error message to give a clue as to what was causing it, nor did the problem start occurring after a significant change to the system.

I performed the basic system checks, scanned for viruses/spyware, updated drivers checked both my hard discs for continuity and still the problem occured. Finally I reformatted everything and reinstalled Vista, knowing that when I first installed it everything worked fine.

Of course, this didn't fix the problem. Games that my computer had handled easily were suddenly crashing after a few minutes without any warning, no lag or glitches. I started to see a vague pattern emerging - it always seemed to lock up if there was sound coming out. The frequency of the crashes also depended on what ... Read more

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k now my computer getting to where it wont boot up some times gets to flash screen where you can go to bios and will freeze turning off computer and pulling the power cable out for a couple seconds fixes it and it will start trying to figure this problem out so annoying cause i cant put my finger on it just yet

Answer:random lock ups on start

That is normally a RAM or HDD problem.

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I'm new here, and appreciate any help you can provide. Computer all of a sudden randomly locks up. Not sure if I'm infected with something.
Below is my DDS log, as directed by the instruction guide. Also per instructions, I've attached the "" file for further reference.
Thank you, Tom
DDS (Ver_09-06-26.01) - NTFSx86
Run by TJK at 7:07:20.39 on Sat 07/18/2009
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13

============== Running Processes ===============
============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============

uStart Page = hxxp://
uInternet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
uSearchURL,(Default) = hxxp://
BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper: {06849e9f-c8d7-4d59-b87d-784b7d6be0b3} - c:\program files\adobe\acrobat 7.0\activex\AcroIEHelper.dll
BHO: scriptproxy: {7db2d5a0-7241-4e79-b68d-6309f01c5231} - c:\progra~1\mcafee\viruss~1\scriptsn.dll
BHO: Adobe PDF Conversion Toolbar Helper: {ae7cd045-e861-484f-8273-0445ee161910} - c:\program files\adobe\acrobat 7.0\acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll
BHO: McAfee SiteAdvisor BHO: {b164e929-a1b6-4a06-b104-2cd0e90a88ff} - c:\progra~1\mcafee\sitead~1\mcieplg.dll
BHO: Java™ Plug-In 2 SSV Helper: {dbc80044-a445-435b-bc74-9c25c1c588a9} - c:\program files\java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
BHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl Class: {e7e6f031-17ce-4c07-bc86-eabfe594f69c} - c:\program fil... Read more

Answer:Computer Random Lock-ups

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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I recently built a computer and im very frustrated with it so far. Ive been having some issues but the biggest issue now is that my computer locks up (cant ctrl+alt+del and just shows the loading cursor) all the time sometimes randomly and every single time I try and start a game (i.e TF2 and COD4) Can anyone help me? All my parts are currently listed below. I have the newest GPU drivers. I dont think this is a heat issue because the computer could lock up only being on for 2 minutes after being powered off for 12 hours. Does anyone know what could be causing this? I do thank everyone in advance for helping me with this issue. I really need help.

EDIT: I just tried swapping out RAM and that did not fix the problem. Keep in mind these are all brand new parts.

Case: Cosmos
Motherboard: GIGABYTE P35 DS3R
CPU: Q6600
GPU: EVGA 8800GT 512MB
PSU: OCZ GameXStream 700W
HDD: Seagate 7200.10 320GB
CPU Fan: Zalman CNPS9700 NT
Drive: Samsung SH-S203B
Monitor: Samsung 245bw 24"

Answer:Experiencing random lock ups... Any help?

hi ryan can you try diff ram or maybe a cheaper graph card.maybe check bios see if everything is fine. maybe change motherboard to default settings.hope it helps.

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Hi all, I'm almost at the end of my tether. My pc randomly locks up, with no warning. It can lock up just after booting, when i'm browsing the net, playing games, downloading, or just sat doing nothing. Theres no pattern to it, it can happen anytime, after boot up. Hot, cold, warm whatever, there's no way of knowing. But I'm really pissed off.
I've replaced the motherboard, power supply, hard drive, graphics card and it's still happening.

Can anyone out there help me? Pleeeeease?
I've asked advice from pc shops and they're scratching their heads.

When it locks up/freezes, whatever was showing on the screen freezes, if there was music playing it just cuts off, the fans are still working and so to is the mouse. but nothing else works, Both the power and hard drive lights are on permanatly. I have to press and hold down the power switch and turn it off and back on again. Starts up no problem. I don't even get it switching to safe mode. Starts up normally and can work for hours or minutes.

The mb is a asrock p4vm890.
All drivers are upto date.

Thanks for any help in this matter.

Answer:Random freezing/lock up

You replaced all that without thinking to check your RAM? Check your RAM,

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I have been experiencing system lock ups recently, and cannot seem to put my finger on the cause. My first guess was that the CPU might've been damaged, because rather stupidly I didn't reapply thermal paste when I swapped my mobo. It was the first time I had swapped a mobo, and simply didn't use any out of ignorance ( I know, bad move! ). I did eventually add some paste when I realised it's importance, but I fear that it might've been too late.

Now, If I have damaged my cpu, I guess i'll have to invest in another, but the only thing is I don't really want to fork out another hundred quid if I am not absolutely certain that is the problem. I have tried swapping the ram for some other sticks but to no avail. I even did a full system format and reinstalled windows XP, which did 'half-solve' the issue. My computer used to freeze up more frequently, but now it only tends to do it when 1) i'm playing a high performance game, or 2) Surfing on the net, generally when moving images are involved. It does occasionally seem to freeze 'randomly' though, when nothing much is happening CPU-wise.

I have tried running various CPU stress tests, including Prime95, which I ran for almost a full day without any crashes (Until I stopped it manually). I'm not sure on the accuracy of these tests, as I'm no expert here, but I read somewhere that if the program runs ok, then generally the CPU is fine? ... Read more

Answer:Random Lock ups - Cpu Damaged?

B ump

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hello first post here; I've been looking all over there net for someone with a problem like this to no avail.
I hope to brain storm a bit here and narrow the problem down if not fix it so as with all brain storms there no such thing as a bad idea.

I'm fixing a computer for a friend for free so I don't have all the computers stats but I might get them all in full soon:
pentium II 4XXmhz
256 or less ram
pci network card (for a new cable net connection)
running windows xp sp2

the problem starts about half a min after startup half the time it will freeze and the other half it will wait for a random time and freeze sometimes hours later. the freeze is not a slow down when it freezes everything just stops all at the same time and the only way out is to hit the power button.
so far I have tried 2 virus scans and checked with process explorer and hijackthis and didn't see anything abnormal other then a bit of spyware I used msconfig to stop everything non-windows from starting up and got nowhere.
also for some reason I couldn't get the computer into safe mode with F8.
due to a time limt I did not check the ram but I plan to next time I get my hands on it.
I also saw something odd that I left alone at the time, the computer seems to think theres 2 monitors hooked up when theres only one.

in other smaller posts I have seen on the net a lot of people say it's hardware but I don't think it is because it locks up only after the start up never during boot up.

Answer:random total lock ups

my first thought would be hardware related. i suggest creating a bootable cd to further diagnose that path. maybe something like this would work.

Link: UBCD for Windows

it could also be driver related.

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Windows XP
A couple of nights ago, out of the blue, my computer started locking up. It's a hard prblem to explain, partly because its effects aren't always consistent, so I'll just give a few examples:

I had just turned on my computer within the last 5 minutes. I then went online (using firefox) to watch a streaming video. I am able to get a few minutes in before the video suddenly halted; the picture had stopped but the sound kept repeating the same tenth of a second, like a .1 second sound file played on repeat mode if that helps you picture it. The system clock had stopped as well. I have a keyboard with an LCD screen that shows the same time as my computer (logitech g15 gaming keyboard, the original one), and it also freezes. I had fullscreen mode enabled so the only thing I could see was the video. I was able to disable the video's fullscreen mode by hitting the escape button. I had two windows of firefox open (one was the video and the other was just a webpage) and after disabling fullscreen the frozen video was overlayed onto the entirety of both windows and my background. In other words the image from the frozen video stayed on my screen even after hitting escape, but now I could see the task bar and the outlines of the two windows (I can't remember if I could see the icons on my desktop or not or if one of the windows were covering them). I forgot to mention I still am able to move my cursor (the ability to move my cursor and the clock freez... Read more

Answer:Seemingly random lock-ups

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Strange random lock ups and freezes...
GF uses computer for Photoshop... it's been misbehaving recently... randomly freezing, locking up. No particular cause... have run through the usual... AVG virus scan... all updates... CC Cleaner... even installed new hard drive for pics as thought there may be a problem with the previous storage device...

Any help would be greatly appreciated...

I've run a Hijackthis log just in case anyone may be able to shed some light...
Thanks in anticipation..

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 20:26:22, on 19/08/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Silicon Integrated Systems\SiSRaidPackage\SRaid.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\cli.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliPoint\point32.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\type32.exe
C:\Program Files\Canon\CAL\CALMAIN.exe
C:\Program ... Read more

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Occasionally, at random intervals, my computer will lock up and/or freeze, preventing me from using it until I do a hard restart(pressing the button on my case). As I said, it happens randomly, whether I be playing a game, or browsing the web, or just letting it set idle. This leads me to believe that it is perhaps not a software issue, but a hardware issue.

I've ran memtests and HDD tests and they've all come back positive. There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with it. I've ran virus scans, malware scans, and nothing seems to produce results. So far I am having to run my computer in safe mode, which, so far, hasn't caused any crashes.

I would like to get this problem solved. This is the second time this has happened on this computer. The first time it just seemed to fix itself after a couple of restarts, but this time it shows no signs of slowing down.

EDIT: I also did a system restore, and it said it completed successfully, however the "affected programs" were not changed, so I have the feeling it wasn't successful at all.

Answer:Random Windows Lock-Ups

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When I play Game my computer can randomly lock up. I notice it most in Counter-Strike, where im lucky to get 10 minutes playing time. I'm playing then suddenly my sound loops, and I get rectangles down my screen in diagonal lines. The computer totally freezes and I have to reboot.

I recently installed a Geforce 4 Ti 4200, and this was when the problems started. My first geuss was heat, but the card itself wasn't hot and it sometimes happened when I'd first turn my computer on in the morning. I haven't overclocked anything either, all at stock speeds. I've tried changing drivers, used the 23.11, 21.83s, 29.42s, and the original drivers that came with my card.

I checked the case and got all the IDE cables away from the cards and RAM, but still no luck.

I tried reformatting, and even changed my OS to XP, but still get the lock ups. I can play Blade of Darkness for 4 hours, but not Counter-Strike for 10 minutes....really strange.

Duron 750
230W PSU
Eagle? Mainboard
256MB RAM PC133
Geforce 4 Ti 4200 (Still have my old MSI Gforce 2 MX 200)
XP Pro (On fat32 partition)
Onboard sound

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Random Lock ups in Games

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I think this is because of insufficient power. 230W PSU might not handle the extra load from shiny, new, powerful graphics card. That's why people recommend getting at least 300W PSU.

This is what I found:

GeForce2 MX 400 Lockup problems

Computer locks up, after time, during games.

GeForce2 MX 200 freezes when in Game Play!!!

Geforce4 440MX Problems/Questions

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I'm getting freezes and later I get the "Display driver has stopped responding and has recovered" error. It's not constant, more like a random thing. Sometimes the pc would freeze and the error box would not popup, but sometimes it does. Let's say that 1/15 freezes show the display driver error, so it's not that common. What's common is the hard lock ups/hangs/freeze. The usually go from 30seconds to 4 minutes. But it always, always resumes what the pc was doing, no need for cold restarts. If I'm playing music, the music would loop but continues at a very slow pace. It seems to happen a lot more when I have a dual monitor setup and have a full screen video playing on the 2nd monitor. If I play a full screen video on the second monitor while I browse or do any other thing in windows everyday...there's a 100% chance I'll get this freeze everyday. Thing is that usually after the first freeze, I get a second or even third freeze shortly (3-5min.) after the first one. Then, the computer is fine again for a couple of hours. I just got this error after using the pc constantly for three days error-free (2nd monitor was disconnected). It happens either when I'm gaming, browsing, or listening to music. For now I disconnected the second monitor and the error happens a lot less. I have latest drivers, bios, windows updates, pc is extremely clean, no overheating issue, no overclocking. I used the Event Viewer to see if anything is wrong but I have 0 errors. I have an extremely s... Read more

Answer:Random Freezes/Lock Ups

Quick update guys:

Just got like 4 freezes in less than an hour (which is very uncommon and much more frequent from the errors
I wrote about before) and finally there was some graphic corruption on my lcd and the computer restarted.
I checked the event viewer and found this 2 errors:

-The atidgllk service failed to start due to the following error:
This driver has been blocked from loading

-\??\C:\Users\Joseph\Desktop\Flash\atidgllk.sys has been blocked from loading due to incompatibility with this system. Please contact your software vendor for a compatible version of the driver.

And then finally the error leading to the graphic corruption and reboot is this one:

The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was: 0x0000007e (0xffffffffc0000094, 0xfffff88007369839, 0xfffff88005ddacb8, 0xfffff88005dda510). A dump was saved in: C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP. Report Id: 111911-13182-01.

When i logged back to Win7 after the error, it displayed as if I had a BSOD, but I didn't get any blue screen perse. First BSOD since I bought my rig since April 2011.
Since I have less than 20gb free space on my HDD it would not create the minidump log file? WTH? I still say this is a vid card error

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Starting about one week ago, my computer began locking up at random. By lock up, I mean nothing works and the computer screen remains frozen at the lock up point - the mouse doesn't work, the cursor does not move, Ctrl-Alt-Delete has no response. The only possible action is to turn off the power (ouch).
It occurs as early as halfway through the computer startup or up to an hour into use of the computer (but mostly within the first two minutes of startup). Sometimes it locks up when I click on an application icon, and sometimes while typing in any program (online, Word, twice while typing withing this very box for posting a new thread - I'm using a friend's computer right now).
My system is about nine years old and runs on Windows XP. When the lock ups started, I was using Internet Explorer 7. I then switched to Firefox and the lock ups still occurred. Then I upgraded to Internet Explorer 8. No improvement (possibly even got worse if that's possible as I have not lasted more than three minutes on the last ten startups).
I did go to MSN website and scanned my computer for malware, but got a clean bill of health.
I have tried to see what the Task Manager shows when the computer locks up, but I have not seen any consistency in what processes were active at the moment of lock up. I have noticed seven different "svchost.exe" files were active at the same time while the computer is active (I'm not sure if this is important, but it seemed wierd for ... Read more

Answer:Random Lock Up of Computer

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I'm having problems with web-enabled programs and IE 6 locking up. I used to go weeks without rebooting (Win2K Pro w/ all updates)--now it's almost daily. I use AVG and Trend Micro for AV, TDS for trojans, and Segate software firewall behind a DSL router. No viruses found, Spybot S&D and Adaware clean. Before I start thinking about an OS reinstall I'd like to be sure the problem isn't being caused by spyware or something undetected by my AV. The following HJT log as been run through your analyser.


Log was analyzed using KRC HijackThis Analyzer - Updated on 3/2/05
Get updates at

***Security Programs Detected***

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] c:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe /STARTUP
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_EMC] c:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpybotSD TeaTimer] c:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe


Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 2:32:37 PM, on 3/21/2005
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
E:\WIN... Read more

Answer:Random lock-ups and crashes

Hello Toy264 and welcome to TSF...

We are going to need to look deeper. Please complete the following instructions:

You have an outdated version of HijackThis. Click here to get the latest version of HijackThis and run it.

Before you give us a new log here, if we gave you instructions for a fix, please do the fixes first and then post the new log with this updated version.

1. If it gives you an intro screen, just choose 'Do a system scan and save a logfile'.
2. If you don't get the intro screen, just hit Scan and then click on Save log.
3. Post a new log in the forum with the updated version of HJT.

Download StartDreck

Unzip to its own folder and start the program:
Press 'Config'
Press 'mark all'

Uncheck the following boxes only:
System/Running Process -> List Modules
System/Drivers -> NT Services
System/Drivers -> NT Kernel- and FS-drivers
Press 'OK'

Press 'Save' and select the location to save the log file (default is the same folder as the application)

Post the log in this thread.

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Hello everyone.  I am an experienced computer builder.  I have one that has been my own personal PC for 3-4 years now.  Ever since building it, I have had intermittent lock-ups of the entire system.  Whatever screen it is on last when it decides to lock up is what I see upon walking in the room.  It never does it while I am working on it.  This always requires a press-hold/power-off system to recover from it.At first, I thought it must be a hardware conflict.  However, I have replaced the video card, motherboard, power supply, memory, and tv tuner card since first building it.  The only remaining piece of hardware from the initial build is the sound card and the case.  Sure, the sound card could cause it but I would think that happen as a conflict with the first motherboard or memory and that it would go away when those items were replaced with new ones.Is there a log or other way to find out what is causing the lock up?  I am not really familiar with Windows logs and didn't know if they would register failures like this.  Any help would be much appreciated.

Answer:Random Computer Lock Up

Have you tried disabling the sound card?  Then you can rule it out...

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I recently upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7. When I did this I decided to go with a new hard drive and keep XP on a separate drive.

My problem has been ever since I installed 7 it will randomly lock up for no apparent reason and I can't figure out why. When the lockup occurs I have no choice but to reboot.

My current setup is as follows:
Intel Core 2 Duo 6600 at 2.4GHz
Abit AB9Pro board
4GB Ram
Dual Monitors

Before you post it, I do realize that I am way overdue to upgrade my system. That is in the works for later this year. I have checked and found that the BIOS is updated.

My knowledge of computer isn't very high, a 2 out of 5 I would say. I'm learning as I go. LOL

Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!!!!

Answer:Windows 7 random lock up

Welcome to sevenforums. Please follow the instructions from the link below so that we may better assist you.

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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I was wondering if anyone might have a suggestion as to what maybe causing the following problem on an Intel 3G, ATI 800XL AGP, Asrock mobo, 1 Gig DDR dual channel.First, I just moved last week. About 3 weeks ago, I upgraded my video card to an ATI 800XL. Up until the move, everything seemed to be running perfect. No heat problems, no lock ups, everything seemd normal. After I fought with the local DSL carrier here in California, I got my PC up and running. After about 1 hour, the computer locks up hard. No one was using the computer at the time and no processes other than the default were running. I didn't think much of it so, just restarted it. Everything seemed to come up just fine and it ran for hours. Then the system locked up again not doing anything on it. I decided to wipe the computer as it was needing it anyway, went ahead and reseated the RAM and video card, and checked the power connections. Installation went smooth with no problems. Windows XP started up as normal. Loaded SP2 and did a reboot. System does not come up all the way into Windows. It hangs on the splash screen that has the scrolling "working" bar. I did a hard reboot. It would not load all the way into Safe Mode, it hung on the scrolling drivers being loaded. I went ahead and started to reload XP again from CD... while loading the XP install GUI, the computer locks up again. Finally, got a fresh clean XP Pro installed with NO drivers and no service packs. COmputer seemed to be running fine a... Read more

Answer:Random computer lock ups in XP

sp2 is the problem.......uninstall it......

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About 2 weeks ago, my computer began experiencing random lock ups. When this occurs, i generally retain sound and mouse control for a brief period (anywhere from 5-30 seconds), after which the sound quits and the mouse freezes. As soon as this begins, I lost all control, and the only way I can fix the problem is to power off my system.

This almost always occurs when playing a full screen game... Dawn of War: Dark Crusade and World of Warcraft in particular, but has happened to me once or twice while using just Windows Media Player, which is why I'm posting here instead of the gaming forum.

I'm running a Compaq SR1135CL, with an NVidia Geforce 5200 FX video card, a santa cruz turtle beach sound card, 1 GB of memory, and I have updated all the relavent drivers. I tried a partial system recovery (the one that preserves data and user files), but to no avail.

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, I would be greatly appreciative. Thank you in advance.

~David F.

Answer:Random lock-ups and crashes

Start by reading this thread:

We need to know what kind of wattage and amperage your PSU has.


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Hello all, I recently installed a new motherboard in a friends PC. I tested the PC and had it running without trouble for over 20 hours. I tested several apps and well as a game he asked me to install, everything seemed to run flawlessly. I even ended up playing his StarWars KoToR game for about an hour =)

So anyway, he got it home, all he had to do was setup his internet. (DSL Modem) He emailed me like 5 times saying all his games lock up, even the one I tested, he said he's getting random reboots. Could DSL software cause this stuff to go nuts? He told me he has his network connection icon on the taskbar, but there is a second icon with an exclamation or something over it next to it.

I sent him an email and told him to disconnect his internet cable form his PC and see if stuff works after that.

Anyone have any other ideas? The guy lives over an hour from me and I hate to have to go make a house call.

Answer:Random lock ups and reboots?

update your display card's driver

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Hey guys, I'm not the most tech-ignorant person to live but this is way over my head. I keep getting lock ups and bsod. At first Windows Explorer becomes unresponsive and locks up however some applications continue to run... for a few minutes, for example I tried to start a game of Hearts of Iron 3 with a friend and we were both on Teamspeak 3, then I was hit by a lock up but I could still talk to him on Teamspeak for a few minutes until it completely crapped out. I've been digging around all morning and so far nothing. I have ran a few virus, malware, and rootkit scanners and they all cam back positive so I think this is a driver issue or something like that.

This is the error that appears in the event viewer.

Event filter with query "SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 99" could not be reactivated in namespace "//./root/CIMV2" because of error 0x80041003. Events cannot be delivered through this filter until the problem is corrected.

I tried googling that error but nothing seems to relate to my problem.

I would be really grateful if someone could help me resolve this, thank you.

Specs (if it matters):
CPU: Intel i5 2500k 3.3GHz
Motherboard: Z68AP-D3
RAM: 8gb
GPU: PNY Nvidia GTX 570

Answer:BSOD and random lock ups. Help please!

Please follow the so we can take a look at your logs and blue screen reports.


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Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 2Pentium 4 3GHZ1GHZ 667 DDR2Intel D946GZIS MotherboardWhile using any program my computer will randomly load from the hard drive which can at times cause the entire PC to lock up. I've even encountered this happening when nothing is running, though the PC doesn't seem to lock up in these instances. I've had the Task Manager open when this happens and the Total CPU Usage percentage doesn't peak, nor does the CPU Usage of any program. Things stay the same. Depending on the memory usage of the program though, the loading is sometimes worse. What happens exactly is it sounds like my hard drive is loading something BIG and spins up audibly shortly before my PC completely locks up for anywhere between 10 seconds to almost a minute. Anyone I've talked to about this issue has told me to do a number of things but none of which help nor explain the issue at all.

Answer:Random lock ups in Windows, please help.

DLoad and run the HDD diagnostics from the manuf. site...

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whenever i play warcraft 3 or counterstrike, i get random lockups at anytime. whats the problem??

Answer:random lock ups during games

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I'm not sure if this is the right forum to post in, but I recently upgraded my motherboard, processor, and ram. I've tried installing vista 3 times now and keep getting random freezes with Vista (and XP, although XP would just have the mouse and keyboard lock-up when plugged into the USB ports).

My system currently is:
Abit IP-35 Pro
E6750 (no OC)
2x1 gig Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800 @ 2.20V
WD 70 gig Raptor (plugged into SATA port 1)
Samsung SATA DVD burner (in SATA port 5)

I've already taken the system into Best Buy and they said all my hardware checked out, I was just missing drivers (I hadn't installed uGuru and it was reporting an unknown device). I'm at a loss and could use any help possible.

Answer:Vista Random Lock-up

Try with just one stick of ram, might be bad ram.

And IMHO I would never walk into best buy with my PC, the one out here where I live have NO freaking clue about anything.

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I have an ASUS G73Jh gaming notebook with following specs
Core i7 - 720QM
ATI Moblity Radeon HD5870
6GB RAM and Windows 7 64 bit.

I am experiencing extremely annoying application hang-ups, especially in games. It started out 4 days ago when I was watching a youtube video and noticed it was freezing every now and then. Since then, Youtube videos don't freeze anymore but I experience random 1-3 second long hang-ups in World of Warcraft, Minecraft and even when I'm just writing this post. I've also played Bad Company and it doesn't really freeze half as much, sometimes I can go full games without any freezes.

At first I thought it was the entire computer freezing, but after playing Minecraft in window mode over WoW I noticed when minecraft froze, WoW was running fine in the background with 60fps. So it's just the application in focus that locks up for a few seconds. The freezes last, as said, a couple of seconds and then it goes back to normal and I can continue whatever I was doing. Freezing seem to be different with every game on WoW it only freezes when I'm interacting wtih something or when I'm in a fight and Minecraft freezes when I'm just walking straight ahead, f.ex.

I have:
Updated graphic/sound drivers
Done full virus scan (clean)
Defrag and cleaned out the c drive (This improved my overall game performance, but freezing is still there)

I have never dropped the computer or spilled anything on it what so ever.

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Answer:Problems with random lock-ups.

I might have explained the problem poorly in my first post, so I'll try and make a better explanation of what's going on.

I'm having 1-3 second long lock-ups/freezes/whatever you'd like to call it, where the image freeze (but audio usually continues) in several (if not all) applications/programs on my computer.

Games, web-browsers, iTunes, you name it..

I can move my mouse during these lock ups, and programs running the background is not affected. It's only the prog. in focus that freezes.

Usually when I interact with something, watches flash videos, etc. I get these freezes, and it's often enough to make me starting to go crazy.

I have tried a few things to fix it, including
defrag/clean of drive
Uninstalling several "useless" programs
selective start-up
googled pretty much all my running processes to see if anyone of those might be causing it
full virus scan (nothing found)
updated graphic card/sound drivers

I have never spilled anything on or dropped my computer. It's been stationary on my desk pretty much ever since I got it, 4 months ago. The speed and performance of the computer except for the freezes is very good. Also, I do not recall downloading/deleting anything 5 days ago, when it started.

What can be the reason for the freezing here? Is it perhaps something I have deleted/downloaded? Is it Windows? is it the computer itself? can it be the fact that i haven't updated my bios since i got it? Any suggestions for what i should try? This is getti... Read more

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OK Win98SE Time PC locks up randomly. Just stops - no disk activity, no mouse, no errors, can be during boot up, after 5 mins on the net, 30 mins doing all sorts... No pattern and no precursors...Have checked - No overheating (even hoovered vents etc)No drivers / device clashNo virusNo unneccessary programs running in the background.Any others..

Answer:Random Lock Up - Reasons?

Any new programs / updates added recently.Have you run scandisk? Surface scan might be in order to check the HD doesn't have bad sectors.

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My laptop (Acer Aspire 6920G) running Vista Home Premium has been experiencing some random but temporary lock-ups since the day I bought it. I used the recovery function to reset everything to factory specs and while it seems to have reduced how frequent the lock-ups happen they still occur.

The interesting thing is that when the computer locks up, it isn?t a total lock up. I can still move the mouse cursor around but for the most part I can?t do anything else. I can access the start menu sometimes but if I try to start a program from there, nothing happens. The lock-ups seem to occur when I?m running some sort of windows type program like Internet Explorer or even when I?m browsing for files. The biggest thing I?ve noticed though is when the lock-ups happen, the HD access light stays solid, and it does not blink at all. The lock-ups last roughly about five minutes when they do occur, and I hear a clicking sound similar to the sound a hard drive makes when it is being turned off or on during computer start-up or shut down at the moment it comes out of the lock-up. Furthermore, any functions I tried to perform during the lock-up are initiated when it comes out of the lock-up. For example, if I tried to open Microsoft Word during the lock-up (which never happens while it is in the lock-up), it?ll open up after the five minute or so episode.

I wonder if it has something to do with the hard drive since the HD access light stays solid and because of the clicking so... Read more

Answer:Random temporary Vista lock-ups

how much ram do you have on it. If you have less than 2 gigs then you need to add.

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I have a 3.5 year old eMachine T6524. I know they are low-end machines but it has worked pretty well up until now.
It has an AMD Athlon 64 3500+ processor with 1GB of RAM, running Windows XP Media Center Edition. It came with an on-board ATI graphics chip but I upgraded it to an nVidia GeForce 7300 GT (PCIe). I'm not much of a gamer but I do enjoy playing Portal occasionally.

Mostly I use the computer to download video podcasts and then, using TiVo Desktop, transfer them to my TiVo.

A few months ago I started having problems with the computer slowing down drastically and I found that the IDE controller was switching to PIO mode. I would have to remove it from Device Manager and reboot to get it to go back to Ultra DMA mode (which it always did). I thought my HD was going out but I ran the Seagate diagnostics and it found no problems. I also used a program called Hard Disk Sentinel to monitor the drive and it found no problems.

So I decided to to a complete system restore. It seemed to work fine at first but a few weeks later now I'm having frequent random hard lockups (usually when I'm not even using the machine) and it seems to be VERY slow at times. When I try to launch Half Life 2 it can take 10-15 minutes to finally start but once it loads up it runs fine.

Oh, I am currently running Avast antivirus, Windows Defender and have also scanned with Spy-Bot.

I'm at my wits end here and don't know what to do. I have been thinking it might be the power sup... Read more

Answer:Computer very slow, random lock-ups, Help?

Welcome to TSF....

Let's find out if it is heat related:

SpeedFan is a freeware program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures

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Hi All, My brand new M58p (9965-A3G) is experiencing random lock ups. I'll return to the machine and there's no VGA output, and pressing the power button doesn't switch the machine off as it is set to. Standby and hibernation are both disabled. Only pushing and holding the power button will turn the machine off. Also, I've twice come back to see a BSOD referencing a MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION: 0x0000009C which indicates a hardware fault. I've done nothing with the internals of the machine such as adding RAM or expansion cards, all I have is a bunch of USB devices attached which all worked perfectly with my previous machine. All system software is up to date, including the BIOS which I flashed to the latest version. Using SpeedFan to check the system temperatures everything seems normal except the ICH which is running between 65-69 celcius from idle. Not sure if this could be the issue (it's the southbridge). Any ideas before I call in a warranty job? Cheers, Andy 

Answer:M58p random lock-ups, MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION

According to microsoft support it does seem like a hardware fault in the system.If you are having any of the following condiditons,you should contact lenovo support. According to microsoft support A machine check exception occurs when Windows XP and your hardware platform cannot recover from a hardware error so that the system can continue to run successfully and reliably. More specific diagnosis of machine check exceptions is difficult, and there is no general solution. Contact your hardware manufacturer or a computer hardware technician for help with troubleshooting this issue.Machine check exceptions are frequently caused by one of the following conditions:You are running the processor or mainboard beyond its specifications. For example, you are overclocking the processor or bus. We recommend that you run your hardware at the manufacturer-rated speeds.Noisy power, overstressed power strips, outmatched power supplies and failing power supplies can destabilize your computer. Make sure that you have a stable, reliable power supply to your computer.Extreme thermal conditions caused by the failure of cooling devices such as fans may damage your computer. Make sure that your cooling devices are all working.You have damaged memory or memory that is not the correct type for your computer. If you recently changed the memory configuration, revert to the previous configuration to determine what is wrong. Make sure that you are using the correct memory for your computer.&nbs... Read more

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Just got a new laptop from Xtoic PC, The Model is a MSI GT72S Dominator Pro G-219, I received a defective adapter , it died in 1 day of use, so I had to purchase new one from AMAZON the brand of the adapter was HP and has the same watts and amps, I used it on the laptop, after a few minutes, my screen froze up and rebooted, at the time I thought it was my new HP ac adapter that I purchased. But, anyhow I did look into the Event Viewer and found that it had kernel processor errors previous back in the days before I received the laptop where the laptop itself was in the build room.

Note: I did power it up a day before this incident but never notice any reboots or lock ups. I don't know if I didn't left it on enough since that time I had no AC adapter for the laptop.

The freeze happened late afternoon at 5:00, it had rebooted 3 times in a row, it automatically had a check disk but found no errors, so after that point I put the laptop on safe mode and it never rebooted at that stage. So, there on out I decided to restore back dated on the 12/10/2015 when the company was performing the stress test for the laptop. At that point, the freeze happened not frequently but now its every random hour. So, now I am scared this will happen again.

Anyone able to provide me with a answer?

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I have very annoying problem with 7 #7000/#7100 (not present in XP or Vista) - on random intervals, a couple of times per day the hard drive just blocks with it's LED constantly on. Windows still responds, except for operations involving the hard drive (like opening Explorer) - every program that reads from HDD just becomes "Not responding". Exactly after 2 minutes, everything is back to normal.

Drivers are installed, there are no unknown devices in Device manager.
The laptop is〈=en&cc=nz - Centrino Duo, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB SATA HDD.

Any ideas?

Answer:Random hard drive lock-ups

same problem

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I've been having a ton of problems with BSODS, random restarts and lockups while gaming.
This only happens with graphical intensive games, so i kind of narrowed down what the issue is. Either it's my memory or my CPU is overheating. I had the same issues before using XP and decided to just reformat and run Windows 7 to see if the problem gets fixed.

Here is my .DMP File. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 6.12.0002.633 X86
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Loading Dump File [C:\Users\Calvin\Desktop\031911-25615-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

Symbol search path is: SRV*C:\Symbols*
Executable search path is:
Windows 7 Kernel Version 7601 (Service Pack 1) MP (4 procs) Free x86 compatible
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS
Built by: 7601.17514.x86fre.win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0x82e19000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0x82f63850
Debug session time: Sat Mar 19 21:40:26.218 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 3:17:07.138
Loading Kernel Symbols
Loading User Symbols
Loading unloaded module list
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Answer:BSODs, random restarts, lock-ups

How many RAM modules do you have in your box?

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I have a brand new E5-573G-52G3 (E15?) that my husband bought from NewEgg in February. It was randomly locking up and required a restart to get anything to move again. When I got around to dealing with it, it has passed the 30 days return with NewEgg so I contacted Acer who had me return it and they replaced the HD. After two weeks, it is locking up again. Again it's random, there is no rhyme or reason to when it locks. Acer want me to contact Level Two but I thought I might see if anyone here had any ideas first. TIA  

Answer:E5-573G-52G3 random lock

This can often be caused by software, viruses, or Malware and may not actually be a hardware problem. I have even seen conflicts between virus protection software cause these types of issues. What programs are you loading on the system? I suggest trying to refresh your OS to see if it fixes it.

Important Links: US Driver Downloads | Knowledge Base Articles | Service LocationsRemember to mark posts that resolved your issue with Accept as Solution.You can even mark multiple posts in a single thread. This will make it easier for others to find the same information.

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My computer will randomly lock up when playing games, I see the CPU will spike to 50-70%. This came out of nowhere, so I am not sure if I picked up a virus. I attached my FRST log.
Can someone help? My Laptop is not very hot.

Answer:Random spike in CPU, lock ups for 10-20 seconds

My disk % is near 100%.

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Hi there,

Recently I've been having some odd lock-ups on Windows Vista 32-bit.

It started when I was running Resident Evil 1 on PSX emulator (Don't flip people, I own the game, my PS1 just died).

Since then, I've done 3 or 4 complete reformats, but the problem persists.

The problem I can't seem to link to a specific issue, it happens under any type of use, light or heavy. I can stress test fine, yet using Firefox, it can crash (No specific websites), or my TV tuner, where when it locks-up, the sound starts stuttering rapidly.

The lock-up is that the screen freezes, I can't use Keyboard, Mouse, anything, except the Reset/Power button. Harddrive activity ceases.

I've used Seatools DOS Boot Disc to check both my Seagate 500 and 1000 GB HDDs, Short and Long tests passed.

I tried memtest86+ for 6 hours with no errors, and Window's version of a memory check for 6 hours with no errors.

Temps are fine, it isn't overheating, generally CPU is 42-45, and NB is 35-40

There is no rhyme or reason to these lock ups, as I've said, it just stops, if there's sound, it stutters, no mouse/keyboard, and no HDD activity.

It can happen from every few hours to once every few days.

Can anybody please offer some ideas? I'm at wits end here.

Any input/advice appreciated

Here's the specs:

ASUS P5N-D Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (Stock)
2 GB Kingston DDR2 667 (Stock)
Ultra LSP 750 Watt Power Supply
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB (OS)
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Answer:Random Odd Computer Lock Ups (Vista)

Are there any error messages being logged in event viewer?

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I have a brand new E5-573G-52G3 (E15?) that my husband bought from NewEgg in February. It was randomly locking up and required a restart to get anything to move again. When I got around to dealing with it, it has passed the 30 days return with NewEgg so I contacted Acer who had me return it and they replaced the HD. After two weeks, it is locking up again. Again it's random, there is no rhyme or reason to when it locks. Acer want me to contact Level Two but I thought I might see if anyone here had any ideas first. TIA  

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My PC is getting on my nerves at the moment! I'm sure that many people have asked this question before but how can I speed up my PC. I have done all the usual stuff including clearing the startup programs from the regestry and startup folders and scripts, preformed a full spyware, adware and virus scans which come up clean, and remove all temp files and defragged my Hard Drives The problem is that I have loads of stupid little problems which include...
PC locks up for 5-10 minutes at a time for no apparant reason (especially when dealing with video but not limited too, it also sometimes does it when idle) and it doesn't matter which media playing program I use. Sometimes they even crash but this is completely random. It will play video fine one minute but same video next time will lock up PC
When trying to burn a DVD using Nero, after an amount of time of transcoding, Nero locks up and DVD-Recorder stops responding (i.e. Wont eject disc). This happens about 95% of the time
If I right-click a video file, monitor switches off and then back on again before showing the right-click menu
Internet seems to shut down for no apparant reason and have to reboot PC to get it working again
amongst other little problems, its getting to be a pain in the butt!!!

Does anybody know how to fix these problems or have any other advice on how I can get my PC running slick again?

I am running a AMD Sempron 1.5Ghz Processor with 768MB DDR Ram using Windows XP Service Pack 2. A mate sug... Read more

Answer:Lock up, slowdown, and other random problems

Well removing service pack 2 is not advised even if it does slow down your system, it is actually more beneficial if it is in there doing it's job. I am not a certified tech when it comes to HJT logs but I have looked thru it and do not see anything that slaps itself out.

I notice that you have a Sempron processor, This particular process or is supposed to run like an Athlon and does so but uses more processes than an Athlon does simply because it is a scaled down Athlon. The more you install and run and these programs install their programs into startup the slower your system will bootup because as you know the more to load the longer it takes.

I can tell you how to do this but unfortunately it takes a while to do this, like one process at a time. What you do is write down on a piece of paper the process you are going to research and then using Google research the process to find out what it does and if it is needed to run the computer or a specific program. Once you figure out whether or not this program is needed you then can stop it from running on bootup. The reason I ask you to write these down is if you end task permanently on a program startup if it affects your computer later you have a record on this so you can re-install the application to run on startup.

Remember you have to reseach your startup items do not just stop them and expect your computer to run like a gem, because it might run like a big blobb.

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Just got a new laptop from Xtoic PC, The Model is a MSI GT72S Dominator Pro G-219, I received a defective adapter , it died in 1 day of use, so I had to purchase new one from AMAZON the brand of the adapter was HP and has the same watts and amps, I used it on the laptop, after a few minutes, my screen froze up and rebooted, at the time I thought it was my new HP ac adapter that I purchased. But, anyhow I did look into the Event Viewer and found that it had kernel processor errors previous back in the days before I received the laptop where the laptop itself was in the build room.

Note: I did power it up a day before this incident but never notice any reboots or lock ups. I don't know if I didn't left it on enough since that time I had no AC adapter for the laptop.

The freeze happened late afternoon at 5:00, it had rebooted 3 times in a row, it automatically had a check disk but found no errors, so after that point I put the laptop on safe mode and it never rebooted at that stage. So, there on out I decided to restore back dated on the 12/10/2015 when the company was performing the stress test for the laptop. At that point, the freeze happened not frequently but now its every random hour. So, now I am scared this will happen again.

Anyone able to provide me with a answer?

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Hi, I recently bought a ryzen 7 1700 and installed it on a new ASUS ROG Strix B350-f motherboard, I updated my Bios to the latest, I have the latest windows updates, drivers are up to date. But I get random system lockup, even at idle. The idle temps are 36-38 degrees Celsius. I have reset the system bios multiple times to default setting and it still happens. When I run a stress test on aida64 I get max temps of 62C, it seems to work fine, no errors but it just keeps randomly locking up the system. Screen looses signal, and the computer cannot be turned off even if you long press the power button, I have to pull the plug from the power supply. I have replaced the motherboard, as I thought it was the issue but still. Even on the stock cooler it was doing the same so I bought a liquid cooling system. My system specs are as follows: Ryzen 7 1700 Asus ROG Strix B350-f Ballistix Sport LT 8GBx2 DDR4 2666 EVGA GTX1060 6GB SSC PSU:gigabyte b700h 700w AIO Cooling: ID-Cooling Frostflow+ 240 Chasis: Gigabyte Horus AX All components bought brand new. please help me, I have tried everything, resitting the cooler and all. Thank you, Kind Regards

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i am having bouts of random computer freezing whenever i power on. Sometimes it freezes during startup, other times after extended use. The computer completely freezes, no programs are accessible and there is no control. Computer is four years old, kept in a cold environment. No cursory signs of melting hardware, and all fans are operational. using .5 GB of RAM. Thanks in advance!

Answer:Problems with random lock-up on a HP A705W


What OS are you using? Have you done a reinstall of the OS in those 4 years? Have you checked for spyware and viruses in that time?


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Hello, I recently posted here for a virus problem i have of my computer constantly locking up whenever i play games, watch movies, or listen to music, basically anything that uses alot of memory. My anti viruses havent picked up anything, and nor have any of my spyware or adware programs. now, just this morning, (I use AOL) I recieved a notification from AOL saying that my account had been disabled for sending bulk emails on one of my account screen names that hasnt been active for about 4 months. Last night, norton discovered that i recieved a "Trojan.favadd", i ran virus scans from all of my programs, ad-aware, spy bot, and a squared. Nothing came up, I checked the symantec page about this trojan, and checked my registry for the entries listed on the symantec page, and nothing was changed.. although when norton informed me that i had it, it said it couldnt be deleted, repaired, or quarentined. PLEASE HELP ME! I will post as soon as i get back. Thanks.

Answer:Random emails, Constant Lock up. I NEED HELP!

Run these online virus scanners: addition to the security programs you are using, use these:SpywareBlaster-A good program that prevents spyware from being installed on your computer in the first place. This program is always running in the background, protecting your computer. It prevents the installation of bad active X controls found in web pages.SpywareGuard-A nice compliment to SpywareBlaster. This allows you the option to prevent downloads that contain bad active X controls.These programs, updated and used regularly, will do a lot to keep your computer clean of spyware, trojans, keyloggers, browser hijackers, etc...Download them, update them, and then run them.If that doesn't help, then:Download the latest version of HijackThis (HJT), from here.Put HijackThis in a Permanent folder:Click My Computer / C: / File / New / Folder / name the folder; HijackThisPut HijackThis.exe, in this folder.This is a mandatory step, for the backup and restore functions, of HijackThis, to be able to work.Read the pinned post in the HJT forum, hereThen, run a log, and post it in the HJT forum, at this link. Do not, fix anything, yet.A member, of the HJT Team, will help you out.Please, be patient, these people are volunteers. They will help you out, as soon as possible.

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I'm unsure if this is a Windows related issue or a disk issue, but here's what I've done/found.

I was just playing a game yesterday and the system froze up on me, I thought nothing of it. Upon reboot the system booted fine. A few seconds later, though, the system became unresponsive to the point of no mouse movement. Upon another reboot, the system gives me a black a screen with the error address "0x0000000e" with the text "The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible."

I tried the install disc to attempt repairs and the startup repair simply said that it could not repair the machine. chkdsk did not find any errors, it did give back error code 50 while trying to save a log. sfc also did not find any errors. So I popped in Hiren's boot disc [10.1 is what I had]. The S.M.A.R.T. viewer shows an asterisk next to "Raw Read Error Rate", "Spin Up Time", and "Reallocated Sector Count". I don't typically use Hiren's boot disk or this HDD tool, so I'm unsure about those asterisks and how related they are to my issue.

I can boot into my Linux install which resides on a different drive [with Grub on a separate partition on said other drive]. There was a point where fdisk -l would not list the Windows drive nor could I read it. `ls` gave an "input/output" error. I have been able to read and mount the disk from Linux, and I have been able to successfully copy, write and move large files. Hell, I eve... Read more

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Hopefully I posted enough specs in my signature about my computer but let me know if you need more.
In the last 2 weeks I have been having problems with my business computer locking up randomly and the only way to restart it is to hold down the power button. I also noticed that when I access Hotmail the computer will either lock-up or suddenly reboot. I ran all of the diagnostic tests on my computer and they all passed. I opened up the computer, cleaned it and verified all the fans were running.
I have AVG free and it scans daily, I also ran Malware Bytes anti malware.
I also tried to run the windows live saftey scanner but cannot get through it without the computer locking up.
I get no messages when I reboot and dont know where to look for info on what is causing the reboot or lock-up.
Any suggestions??
Thank you in adavnce

Answer:Random lock-ups and hotmail reboots

Update: I tried to run windows live safety scanner and Vipre rescue in safe mode and the computer locked up before either one could finish.

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This is really annoying. It has been going on for a LONG time, probably ever since W8.1 was installed and it had gotten worse with this months W8.1 Update.

I stress that when this happens, it is ONLY once per day! Even if the computer if off for hours and then turned on again later, it just doesn't happen again until the next day.

The computer is a 5 year old Dell XPS Studio One 435T. It started out with Vista installed, updated to W7, and then W8.

I've tried a few things, such as replacing the old video card that wasn't fully W8 compatible (Legacy support). I did have an SSD for C: and over a year ago it 'died' and I replaced it with another. The SSD was RMA'ed and returned but I never installed it. I decided to put it back in just in case it was the SSD, but that didn't help either.

I've gotten a FEW BSOD's, every few, either IRQL or KERNEL ones.

I've run MEMTEST86 many times, even overnight, no fails? Do do have 8GB's of RAM, same manufacturer and installed by Dell, 3 2GB sticks in Triple Channel mode and another 2GB stick in another slot. Don't think this is a problem though, but I'm wondering if I should drop down to 6GB's as a test or move it out of Triple Channel alignment?

Since the computer froze often, the most common failure, I got WhatsGoingOn2 from PC Mag.'s utilities. It shows me the boot time as well as last shutdown time as well as uptime. With a freeze I can tell the exact time of failure. I then created CMD file to look at all files from a specific da... Read more

Answer:W8.1, random lock-up or re-boot ONLY within first 15 min. of booting.

I would definitely drop it back to the tri-channel mode it was designed to run in while trouble shooting.

also let get a look at the .dmp files and other info. Follow the instructions here>
Lets see if the BSOD dump file(s) can tell us whats going on.

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I don't know if this belongs on this page or the hardware page, but here goes.

Several of my users have reported this, the only common factor being they all user NT4.0 SP6a

The CAPS LOCK reverses itself, with no change in LED status. One minute you are typing in lower case, the next in upper case. This occurs regardless of the program you are in, and the LED remains constant.

Any ideas

Answer:Random CAPS LOCK change

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Heres whats happening, plain and simple. ANY game i start (3D intensive) 60% of the time, after a undefined amount of time my screen becomes massively distorted.
Then when i quit the game (somehow finding the exit button) my desktop becomes unresponsive for about 10-20 seconds. When clicking anywhere my speakers (not system) make a beeping noise (depending on how many clicks). Almost immediately after that, everything's back to normal.

I'll let these screen shots from EVE Online do the talking

And one from Half Life 2: Death match (not limited to death match of course)

Now to clear things up before you suggest.
1. It is NOT an overheating problem. No Dust, computer is only 3 months old and i have just sprayed it with compressed air.
Idle temp
Full load temp (used OCCT till temp stabilized)
As you can see my Freezer Pro 7 doesnt need to go at full speed to keep my temps under control (max RPM is 2500)
2. My computer is more then capable, just check my specs.
3. I have reseated my graphics card and memory.
4. I have run Memtest for 4 hours, no errors at all.
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Hi guys,

I'm running a new install of W7. I get random lockups that require a force-restart.

I get this on reboot.

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 2057

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 124
BCP1: 0000000000000000
BCP3: 0000000000000000
BCP4: 0000000000000000
OS Version: 6_1_7600
Service Pack: 0_0
Product: 768_1

Files that help describe the problem:

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Sys Specs;

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Quad Core @ 3.2 GHz
ASUS M4N82 Deluxe
8 GB DDR2 @ 800 MHz
Windows 7 Home Premium
nVidia GeForce GTX 275 Dual SLi
Wasn't getting this error before the fresh install. Tried updating my graphic drivers and mobo drivers.

Any ideas?


Answer:Random Lock up Win7 64bit

The bad news is that BC code is a hardware problem. We have this excellent thread on the subject. Follow it carefully and you may be able to solve the problem. I have also given you a link showining how to download any information regarding future BSODs

Your .dmp file shows a stop error of 0x124 which is a general hardware error .. A "stop 0x124" is fundamentally different to many other types of bluescreens because it stems from a hardware complaint. Stop 0x124 minidumps contain very little practical information, and it is therefore necessary to approach the problem as a case of hardware in an unknown state of distress. You can read more on this error and what to try here... Stop 0x124 - what it means and what to try Stop 0x124 - what it means and what to try

A blue screen is a BSOD as stated in your post.

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Hey guys,

My Dell XPS 420 has a problem now and again whereby everything stops working, but I can still move the mouse. If I try to click somewhere it'll say not responding. It locked up again just now, and if you look at the log, the time where the PC locked up was around the time of the error 21/4/12 12:54:32PM.

I have no idea what is causing the issue as I'm not high level enough to interpret event logs. All I will say is that I have running on my PC: avast, adaware, malware antibytes and advanced system care pro for maintenance so I keep my PC in good health (or not it seems!)

All of the above have reported no issues, no viruses etc etc and I have run full scans testing all hard drives.

I have run the trial version of active smart (hard drive utility) and no errors are being reported for any of my drives. Check disk etc reports no issues.

In the past my Crucial Ballistix memory has failed a couple of times, but those were BSOD errors that I identified and fixed by replacing the memory.

Does anyone have any clue that could point me in the right direction? I have recently given the PC a good dust out using compressed air and it worked fine straight after so I'm sure its not that and the PC hasn't reacted to me giving it a clean before in any case.

I'm running Win 7 Ultimate x64 with 8 gig of ram.

Cheers guys, any more info you need just holla!

Is it worrying that the log reports 16000 errors since July of last year lol?!


Answer:DELL XPS 420 random lock ups using different applications

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Sounds like you may have a hardware problem that could be related to RAM, motherboard or power supply.

Have you considered using Dell's diagnostic utility?

Dell Diagnostics Utility

Restart computer and press F12 several times until the Boot Device menu appears
Insert the Driver Resources CD
Select the Onboard or USB CD ROM option on the Boot Device menu
Press Enter
Press Enter again when you are prompted to Press any key to boot from CD
Choose the 32-Bit Dell Diagnostics and press Enter
At the Hardware Diagnostics Initializing screen choose Test System
Press Enter
On the Hardware Test screen select Custom Test and press Enter

You might also want to rethink your anti-virus strategy. Many of us just use Malwarebytes and Microsoft Security Essentials.

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Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction with my problem.

Basically Internet Explorer appears to be locking up almost at random. It is most prevelant when I have more than one tab open and often occurs when I tried to close one of the tabs (this isnt the only time it occurs). IE then seems to lock up totally, I can still move my mouse (although I have had total system lockup before but only occasionally). Somtimes it recovers after 1, 2 or more minutes, sometimes it does not. I can open other apps etc but the screen updates very slowly if at all, as if my system is under heavy CPU activity. If I have to do a hard reboot (after total lockup) I get no error messages or anything on reboot.

This only occurs on my laptop (Toshiba Satellite Pro A120, standard apart from having 2Gig RAM instead of 512).

Running WinXP Pro which is fully updated. Any pointers or means by which I could further diagnose would be greatly appreciated.


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Alright, so a couple of weeks ago I started to experience some issues with Windows 7 doing a complete lock-up out of no-where. This is a brand new computer that I built roughly 2 months ago. The problems started probably 2 -3 weeks after I built this machine.

How the issue came about, I was doing some beta-testing of software for a company I work for. One of the programs I had installed (which at the time I didnt think much of it) made some changes to my network drivers (suppose to be a privatized VPN connection). After realizing that the VPN connection it had made was actually bogus, I removed the software & the all the connections it had made.

Roughly 2 days afterwards I started having BSODs out of no-where all related to memory management. So I started running diags, tested all the memory in this machine, physically pulled each piece out and tested it in a seperate machine, and couldn't identify the issue. So, I decided that it was probably a virus that was causing the issue. Avast, Avg, SuperAntiSpyware, Microsoft Malware, and several others all come back with "nothing found" (which of course I didnt install & run them all at the same time).

Getting annoyed with the BSODs, I ran a couple of registry cleaners to see if the issue was related to some piece of software that didnt get removed all the way. After running the registry cleaner, several issues were found and "fixed". Which, from that point forward, I have no longer had any BSODs.
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Answer:Windows 7, random complete lock-ups

The CBS log shows corruption of graphical portions of Windows. They may have been caused by the removal of the VPN software you speak of.

Have you tried re-installing Windows?

For future reference: avoid registry cleaners. They do more harm than good.

An in-place upgrade install will leave your system files intact and only replace Windows files; programs and user files will not be affected. This is the least invasive re-install available.In-Place Upgrade Install (Repair Install) Windows 7 or Windows Vista
A fresh install would be the next step if the repair install does not fix the problem.Backup and Clean Install Windows 7 or Windows Vista

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Hi there,

Recently I've been having some odd lock-ups on Windows Vista 32-bit.

It started when I was running Resident Evil 1 on PSX emulator (Don't flip people, I own the game, my PS1 just died).

Since then, I've done 3 or 4 complete reformats, but the problem persists.

The problem I can't seem to link to a specific issue, it happens under any type of use, light or heavy. I can stress test fine, yet using Firefox, it can crash (No specific websites), or my TV tuner, where when it locks-up, the sound starts stuttering rapidly.

The lock-up is that the screen freezes, I can't use Keyboard, Mouse, anything, except the Reset/Power button. Harddrive activity ceases.

I've used Seatools DOS Boot Disc to check both my Seagate 500 and 1000 GB HDDs, Short and Long tests passed.

I tried memtest86+ for 6 hours with no errors, and Window's version of a memory check for 6 hours with no errors.

Temps are fine, it isn't overheating, generally CPU is 42-45, and NB is 35-40

There is no rhyme or reason to these lock ups, as I've said, it just stops, if there's sound, it stutters, no mouse/keyboard, and no HDD activity.

It can happen from every few hours to once every few days.

Can anybody please offer some ideas? I'm at wits end here.

Any input/advice appreciated

Here's the specs:

ASUS P5N-D Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (Stock)
2 GB Kingston DDR2 667 (Stock)
Ultra LSP 750 Watt Power Supply
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB (O... Read more

Answer:Random Odd Computer Lock Ups (Vista)

Hmm, you've done about everything. You try running without the tuner card or any other not needed device installed/attached? Your SATA cables well seated with a positive fit? Tried a different PSU or video card? I'm grasping at straws here, obviously. Good luck man, intermittents are the worst!

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Hi there,

Recently I've been having some odd lock-ups on Windows Vista 32-bit.

It started when I was running Resident Evil 1 on PSX emulator (Don't flip people, I own the game, my PS1 just died).

Since then, I've done 3 or 4 complete reformats, but the problem persists.

The problem I can't seem to link to a specific issue, it happens under any type of use, light or heavy. I can stress test fine, yet using Firefox, it can crash (No specific websites), or my TV tuner, where when it locks-up, the sound starts stuttering rapidly.

The lock-up is that the screen freezes, I can't use Keyboard, Mouse, anything, except the Reset/Power button. Harddrive activity ceases.

I've used Seatools DOS Boot Disc to check both my Seagate 500 and 1000 GB HDDs, Short and Long tests passed.

I tried memtest86+ for 6 hours with no errors, and Window's version of a memory check for 6 hours with no errors.

Temps are fine, it isn't overheating, generally CPU is 42-45, and NB is 35-40

There is no rhyme or reason to these lock ups, as I've said, it just stops, if there's sound, it stutters, no mouse/keyboard, and no HDD activity.

It can happen from every few hours to once every few days.

Can anybody please offer some ideas? I'm at wits end here.

Any input/advice appreciated

Here's the specs:

ASUS P5N-D Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (Stock)
2 GB Kingston DDR2 667 (Stock)
Ultra LSP 750 Watt Power S... Read more

Answer:Random Odd Computer Lock Ups (Vista)

Did you checck the page file usage? Also did you check the processes and make sure theres nothing using alot of memory and cpu usage. Have you ran anti virus scans? Also try updating windows if needed.

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The good feature is gone. Before I got random pictures and can vote loved ones. How to get it back?

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Hello everybody,
I recently made a custom build PC and I get these weird crashes and bluescreens.
So I went to the computer store and they had it for like two weeks but they didn't find anything weird, maybe they are just bad at their work or it's something really weird.

These are some bluescreens I had in bluescreenview.

This is a minidump or download the attached file

Anyone willing to help me?
Kind Regards

Answer:Random BSOD & Lock Ups, code 0x000000f4

Click on the button below ....

It will download the DM log collector. Right click on the application and run as administrator. It will generate a .zip file on your desktop. Upload the .zip.
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I've checked the event log and it doesn't tell me enough. Here are the errors from the last crash:

Log Name: SystemSource: Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-PowerDate: 11/6/2017 9:45:35 AMEvent ID: 41Task Category: (63)Level: CriticalKeywords: (70368744177664),(2)User: SYSTEMComputer: DESKTOP-CK2FQSJDescription:The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly.Event Xml:<Event xmlns=""> <System> <Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power" Guid="{331C3B3A-2005-44C2-AC5E-77220C37D6B4}" /> <EventID>41</EventID> <Version>6</Version> <Level>1</Level> <Task>63</Task> <Opcode>0</Opcode> <Keywords>0x8000400000000002</Keywords> <TimeCreated SystemTime="2017-11-06T16:45:35.948752900Z" /> <EventRecordID>505382</EventRecordID> <Correlation /> <Execution ProcessID="4" ThreadID="8" /> <Channel>System</Channel> <Computer>DESKTOP-CK2FQSJ</Computer> <Security UserID="S-1-5-18" /> </System> <EventData> <Data Name="BugcheckCode">0</Data> <Data Name="BugcheckParameter1">0x0... Read more

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Hi, this is my first post around here so be nice please

I have an HP Media Center PC m1170n (Windows XP Home) that would have random freezes throughout daily usage. Not sure if that helps much, so I'll try to explain some of the "symptoms" I've observed.

The whole system would hang, causing the mouse to stop. Moreover, if music is playing, there'll be an audible sound that comes from the speakers, which is loud and even sounding (not pleasant either). I suppose it's playing the last sound it was playing prior to the hangup. Hmm...I guess I'll elaborate on that a bit more. Suppose the music goes doo dee da do ga, then the droning would be gaaaaaaaaaaaa, assuming the last sound was ga. Lastly, something I've noticed while playing games such as Guild Wars, the video is fine - meaning I can see the fabrics flapping but the characters would all seize to move. Same goes for web browser, where the banner would continue to play. The hangup would usually last for ~10 seconds before everything becomes functional again. In the case of games, the video will be out of sync (and occuring at a faster rate) with the sound until we arrive at the frame all the players are on.

This has been going on for a few months now and is quite annoying as 10 seconds is exceptionally long when gaming. I've tried destructive reformating provided by the HP cds, eliminated useless software that came with the system, ran TuneXP and CrapCleaner, and of course sca... Read more

Answer:Random (but often) lock ups - HP Media Center m1170n

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I have read a thread or five via a Google search about random freezing with Windows 10, but none of their symptoms match mine, so I thought I'd post a new thread.

I'm getting random system freezes or hangs which prevent me from opening apps or programs and clicking on the task bar (or even getting it to come out of auto-hide). When it's happened before, I've left the system alone for a while but it never recovers.
If it is of any consequence, things go a bit quieter when this happens and the normal noise that I assume is from the hard drive stops. There's no clicking or anything alarming either before or after the freeze.

When it hangs, what I can still do is:
Move the mouseMove already open windows around, snap to full screen or to the sideGet the right click menu on the desktop, although it appears verrrrry slowly and nothing can be clicked on it when it appearsCtrl-alt-delete and the regular screen pops upOpen the task manager and the subsequent performance tab which shows no movement across all the graphs

The only thing left to do is a hard restart as, even though the ctrl-alt-del screen still comes up, when I restart via this, it just loops forever with 'Restarting' on the screen.

What I did to get to where I am:

Installed the Windows 10 upgrade from 8.1 via the Microsoft Win10 media creation toolUsed the media creation tool to burn a USB stick .isoDownloaded and ran a program (Lollipop key finder or something) to find my new Win10 keyClean install from my .iso ... Read more

Answer:Random hang/lock/freezing (sort of)


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Hi all,

I've had my Toshiba Satellite P300-161 laptop for roughly about 6 months now. However, during the past month or so.. I've been experiencing random freezing of the whole laptop.

It usually just starts off at anytime.. then it'll have a break then start freezing again. When it freezes, it lasts for about 10-15 seconds and everything goes to "Not Responding". Even Ctrl + Alt + Del doesn't load up the task manager until after the freezing stops. However, I've discovered that when it's in its "freeze" mode, where the applications are not responding, I can give the laptop a gentle tap with my hand on the open space area to the right of the touchpad... and it unfreezes.... Surely this is a bad thing.

I plan to take this back to where I purchased it from and have it sent off to Toshiba to get it fixed as I have a 2 year warranty with them IF I can't get help from here.

Much help needed.

Thanks in advance,

Benny Fung.

Answer:Re: Satellite P300-161 - Random Lock-ups/Freezing


I?m not sure because it?s not easy to say what is the reason for this but have you tried to clean your notebook by using compressed air spray?
Maybe the notebook is overheating and so it starts to freeze. Check this!

Do you have Windows XP or Vista? Have you tried to reinstall it? Maybe it?s only a software issue.
How do you think about this?


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This is the exact thing I sent to tech support. Who else should I send it too?
I'm experiencing technical problems with Silent Hill 2 for the PC. I've read the readme file included and have downloaded the latest drivers for my graphic card, but still get undesirable results. Even with all effects turn off, random time during the game, it will quit responding, and simply put, lock up. This is was common during the first part of the game and early on in through the hospital. This can easily be overcome by saving often and rebooting my system to play again. But some of the video and cutscenes cause lock ups too. And these are the things I want to see the most. The audio keeps playing, but everything else quits and becomes unresponsive. Where I've been so far is up to the end of the hospital. The cutscene of Angela holding the knife, Maria lying down to rest in the hospital, the two of us trying to open the 'refrigerator', and the scene where Pyramid Head kills Maria are some of the places it seems to do this. Its always the exact same spot, and the only way to get by it, is to skip the scene all together.

I'm running Windows Me, 256mb RAM, 1.4Ghz P4, and have an ATI Radeon 9700 Pro graphic card. So I know my system specs a well above whats needed. What could be the problem?

I plan to upgrade to XP sometime soon, but right now I just can't do it. I decided to try out a new card from my old Geforce 2 MX 400, and thought a nice new ATI ... Read more

Answer:Random/Repeated Lock-Ups on Silent Hill 2 for PC

lockups can be caused by MANY things.

a few things to check are....

1) heat. boot into your bios next time it locks up and see how hot your running...anthing over low to mid 40's could be a problem.

2) inadaquate/malfunctioning power supply failing under load.

3) bad RAM chips

4) conflicts with other running programs (I would start here).
a) go to start/run and type MSCONFIG and hit enter. then go to the startup tab. uncheck EVERYTHING except load powerprofile( x 2), systray and scanreg.

reboot and try again. if its fixed, then you can check one box at a time and see whats conflicting and locking you up.

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My pc has been running fine for a couple of years, and then recently it's started to just completely lock the entire OS while I'm using it. It never happens when it's idle, it only happens when I'm using it, and it just completely freezes everything, the mouse, keyboard, etc... and NOTHING is responsive! It even spins up the internal fans on the desktop case until I hit restart.

I've followed the instructions on this thread:

And attached is the zip with the perfmon html file and the output folder from the bsod file collection app.

And the following is the info from the other thread as well:

? Windows 7 Home Premium ? 64 bit ? this is the original OS that came with the system ? OEM OS installation ? 2 - 3 years old system ? still using the OS came with system, never formatted/reinstalled ? cpu - AMD Phenom II x4 965 ? gpu - nvidia geforce gtx 550 ti ? MotherBoard -?? how do I find this? ? Power Supply - brand & wattage - ?? how do I find this too? ? System Manufacturer & Exact model number -- Microtel AMTI9041 Desktop computer
Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks very much.

Answer:Random total freeze / hard lock

As a follow up, it happened again this morning, while playing a game. I tried to change resolution in the game to go down a notch to get smoother framerate and BAM the sound got stuck on infinite 1 second repeat, and no cursor or keyboard or system responses.

This makes me think it's gotta be graphics driver, right? I also looked up in the event viewer, and every single time this happens, the system registers event id 6008, source: event log, level: error. For the details of this it gives the following details:

HTML Code:
Log Name: System
Source: EventLog
Date: 12/23/2013 10:18:49 AM
Event ID: 6008
Task Category: None
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: TARDIS
The previous system shutdown at 10:16:07 AM on ‎12/‎23/‎2013 was unexpected.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="">
<Provider Name="EventLog" />
<EventID Qualifiers="32768">6008</EventID>
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2013-12-23T15:18:49.000000000Z" />
<Security />
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no ideas??

I'll start from beginning.

I have Win 7 64bit.

An online game I play was having issues. Game would lock up and I'd have to do a hard reboot. It's happened a few times. Finally was advised to DL new nvidia drivers. Did that. Issue started to get worse.

Started getting random system freezes. Browsing, watching a video, gaming, or just sitting there.

Then it started just shutting down on it's own. Next, no boot to windows, then no boot past bios.

I tried another video card, no help. Replaced PS, same thing. I added no hardware, no new software. Sent MB to ASUS, took them 10 days, got it back, NO NOTES as to what was tested, if it was good or bad, nothing.. not happy on that part. Anyways.

Got it set up again, ran fine for ONE DAY. Day 2, start it up, froze after windows.
I called AMD up, they had me sent in my cpu, phenom II x4. In the meantime, I put my wifes cpu in, athlon II x2 which my MB can run. Only tested for a few hours but ran fine!

So I bought a used one, ran fine for 2 days, then SAME ISSUES. Now, as before, it starts but only fans run (worst it got).

Ran memtest for 2 cycles, ram tested fine, far as I know. Im sure it can still be ram.

My C drive is an SSD, which holds win7 and nothing else. Two other drives are HDD's

Guess Im looking for suggestions. I have Norton which is up to date and runs fine on auto. Doubt there is any virus.


Answer:random lock up's, fail to boot, other issues!

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Hello Seven Forums.

First I'll start with spec of my rig:

Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+
Brisbane 65nm Technology
1,00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 301MHz (5-6-6-18)
ASUSTeK Computer INC. M2N (CPU 1)
SyncMaster ([email protected])
1024MB NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT (ASUStek Computer Inc)
232GB Western Digital WDC WD25 00AAJS-22RYA SCSI Disk Device (SATA)
Optical Drives
ASUS DRW-1814BL ATA Device
SoundMAX Integrated Digital HD Audio
From last week I'm encountering a issue with my PC, it randomly locks up for 30 seconds to 1 minute and the HDD light turns OFF and only the mouse is usable, sometimes it locks up completely and reboot is the last resort.

The first lock ups that I have encountered were issued on Event Log as "nvstor32 Reset was to \Device\RaidPort0" (Event 139) and I did the high performance power usage tweaks but it didn't work.
Even though it shows RAID error in Event Log, I use IDE since its one HDD.

The later solutions I tried were, upgrading/downgrading the nForce drivers (even tried the known Fernando's Tweaked nForce drivers which I'm currently using and they didn't fixed the problem completely, but just reduced the lockups.)

Next solutions were:

- HDD check (twice), one time with SeaGate DOS and later with WD's tool and both test were Long Run and they successfully passed without error. (That got me wondering actual... Read more

Answer:Random PC Freezes (Lock-UPs), HDD Light turns OFF.

Bump, anyone has solution on this ?

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WINDOWS 7 64bit ultimate RTM 7600 RANDOM LOCK UPS

when it locks up i cant even do a ctrl alt del
i have to hold power button down for 10 sec to shutdown
i wanna buy it when it comes out but this is not looking good
maybe ill have to get a evga or some new i7 mb

my specs

i have tried 1606 and several different bios ver
same bs

asus p6t deluxe 1605 bios
intel i7 940 stock ghz
corsair 6gb xms3 ddr3 9-9-9-24
xfx geforce gtx 280
coolermaster 850 watt
1.5tb seagate sata
500 gb seagate sata

i installed the latest intel x58 drivers and nvidia drivers

ran diag on every thing is ok
dft hd fine
memtest86 ram fine
i also ran motherboard test and every thing passed

also i got similar (my spelling sucks) lockups in vista
xp64 sp2 works great
thanks for any help

Answer:WINDOWS 7 64bit ultimate RTM RANDOM LOCK UPS


Did you do a clean install?

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I purchased the following and installed for a friend. emachines et1835-01 win7 desktop.. 3gb,300gb,32bit. am using with her 2yr gateway monitor. She's only been using this new system for about 4 weeks. The only additional software installed was aol9-using dialup. A few days ago she called me saying her mouse OR her keyboard would just lock up,turning off/on pc was only way to get back. Thought it was something regarding hibernation or sleep, but today I had her turn off pc, then back on. When on the phone with her. after turning back on, everything was fine. after she hit caps lock on keyboard, mouse and keyboard froze (yellow light on monitor).I waited until system slept (15 min.) just to see if could wake up-nothing. keyboard and mouse still frozen (yellow light on monitor). Other times, from what I could determine from talking to her, it's always the keyboard starting the problem. hitting random keys locks up keyboard, which locks up mouse. she stated she was replying to email (aol) and in the middle of typing, keyboard locked, then mouse locked at same time. I am going there tomorrow, and am going to look at keyboard connection into pc (pins bent,etc), then at the drivers (up to date? ok?). other than that, I have no idea what else to look for--any help would is appreciated! Thanks.

Answer:Solved: keyboard and mouse lock up at random

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Windows has been randomly 'freezing' or locking up for possibly the last month or so. Some days it wont happen at all, but others, it happens fairly frequently, but at totally random times.
There is no pattern to it - it'll just happen. Everything freezes, with the mouse not being able to move and me unable to click anything. The clock stops, so if this happens while I'm out, I can pretty much see when it happened.
I have to reboot using the restart button on the box. Sometimes the freeze happens while its rebooting too, halfway through the loading process.
The version of windows was installed only a few months back, so the system is pretty clean (to my knownledge) and I shouldnt be having these issues based on what's running.
I've been told it could be the fan/power supply or other hardware, but have no idea how to check this.

ANY and all help would be much appreciated as this is making me want to throw the thing out the window.

Intel (R) Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz
3.01 GHz, 1,00GB of RAM

If you'd like any other specs or info, please let me know..


Answer:Random XP lock ups/freezes driving me CRAZY!

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HOPE SOMEONE OUT theRe can help me with tHis>
dELl inspiron 1))
"2 gb ram
"2%) gb hard drive
xp home service pack
the above is an example of my caps lock problem>it comes in and out seemigly at random but seEms most a problem with numbers
passwords and stuff im typing thatS hidden and needs to be repeataBle is a nightmare
please help>

Answer:Solved: rANDOM CAPS LOck.NO JOKE

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Random Lock-ups/Freeze-ups; It's NOT the Power Supply...

My system stats: P4 2.6Ghz, Abit IS7 mobo, 1 gig dual channel Mushkin DDR400 RAM, 16x dvd-rom, 8x dvd-rw, 120 gig ultra 100ata 7200 rpm Western Digital Hard drive, 200 gig Seagate ultra 100ata 7200 rpm hard drive, Raidmax 420 watt power supply, 5 internal 80mm case fans, 3.5 inch floppy, 10/100 nic, hauppauge wintv card, ATI Radeon 9600XT 128mb video card, 17 inch NEC crt monitor, canon 3000f scanner, canon s600 printer.

My problem: For months, I have had system freeze/lock-up problems. Suddenly the mouse just won't move, keyboard has no affect, and I have to reboot to get the system to work again. Then sometimes, I'll turn on the computer and it will say "no hard drives found" or "no cd drives found" or something like that. I'll then reboot yet again and then it'll be ok for a while. Sometimes this occurs after only a few seconds of being on - other times the system can run fine for weeks.

I built this in December 2003. In March this year I started having problems with the hard drives powering on and off while the computer was on. I stupidly thought the IDE channel on my previous Albatron mobo was shot; spent $170 on an Abit mobo with an extended warranty only to discover the problem reoccurring about 3 weeks later. Then I thought it was the hard drive (the Western Digital - I just bought the Seagate a month ago) going bad, so I RMA'd it for warranty ser... Read more

Answer:Random Lock-ups/Freeze-ups; is it the Power Supply?

I doubt its a hardware issue. I had the same thing happen to my last computer before shot it (litterally w/ a 12 gauge). Are the hard drives new, or used? Maybe try ghosting everything over to a temp hard drive, and see if everything is fine. Also check to see how hot your CPU is running. If its too hot it can cause your computer to do that as well.

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For a while now I am getting random lock ups with Windows XP Professional. I have the latest updates and have cleaned temp files, cleared out the hard drive and registry (using registry cleaner not just pratting around in there).

I once (about a week back) got a Stop Error for no aparent reason. It said Machine_Check_Error and I got this code

Stop: 0x0000009C(0x00000004, 0x80545FF0, 0xB2000000, 0x00070F0F)

I was told to remove any new hardware. I don't have any new hardware this just came out of the blue. I have SuSE 10.0 onanother harddrive but i dont think it is the problem as these lock ups happened before. I was told that it sounds like RAM or my graphics card. I do also seem to have a graphics problem in Linux and previously on another Windows installation I got problems with my graphics card.

Any input?



Answer:Random Lock ups becoming more frequent - Stop error message

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Well as said in title, my computer is randomly locking up, as in everything stops working but no blue screen, And when it does so makes a....crashing? loud static sound? in the headsets on it, also started to beep inside of the case today every so often when it locks up.

Some days it will be fine others it will crash every few seconds, it happens when doing anything from gaming, browsing fourms, turning an IM on or even when turning the computer on after its been off for a few days, me and my friends are at a loss as to why its doing this, so i will try here before i shell out a few hundred for a shop to take a look at it, here is a copy of my dxdiag, also i built the computer my self so i probably did something wrong in the bios setting it up is MY guess but would like to get someone who knows what there doing taking a look.

System Information
Time of this report: 11/22/2010, 13:59:35
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.100427-1636)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: BIOS Date: 12/24/09 12:02:03 Ver: 08.00.14
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 240 Processor, MMX, 3DNow (2 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 3072MB RAM
Page File: 519MB used, 4437MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode
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Answer:random computer lock-ups crashing sound in headset.

Sounds like to me a overheating problem. The only variable day to day is temperature.

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For the longest time I've had this problem where my computer will be on, everything working, then all of a sudden it stops but it doesn't crash.. no blue screen.. and oddly enough it doesn't completely lock up. I try to move the mouse and it may not move instantly, but a few seconds later it will jump and freeze again. It acts as if it goes from normal speed to then processing everything at about .0000001 frames per second, if that makes sense. Upon forcing down the computer, it will restart and hang at the "detecting IDE Drives" part of my Bios boot, then I fully force it down again and it boots up fine. At first it would only do this when I was downloading or installing with my 1.5TB drive installed so, I "uninstalled" it by disconnecting the power and SATA cable and it worked, didn't have any "slow down" or install/download issues after that.

Now, I had plugged it back in a few months ago and everything was working fine, downloads were going perfectly fine, installs worked without a hitch, until today I decided to install XNA 4.0. When trying, it did the whole slow down/lock up and required me to restart. Recognizing it, I unplugged the drive again and rebooted. Tried to reinstall, then XNA 4.0 installer kept crashing saying "invalid Drive F:/" which is the drive I unplugged... why it was continuing to look for that drive I have no idea, anyways. I messed around with it a bit I plugged in a USB stick and renamed ... Read more

Answer:Semi-random Partial Lock-ups/slow downs

How are you installing the 1.5 TB drive? With what are you using to format it, I mean.
Your specs almost have everything, but would you download the TSG system information tool and then post the results here?
I am assuming that you're running on a desktop?

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