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Vista will password lock when computer is idle for a period of time

Question: Vista will password lock when computer is idle for a period of time

I am not quite sure where to it is not a hardware issue, so me mentioning the hardware would more than likely not make the difference.

A few weeks ago, after a security update came down from Windows update, my home setup mysteriously started password locking when the remaining idle for a period of time. I do not have any other user accounts on my computer, just the Administrator account that I normally use. This same thing happens on my networked office computers, even if you aren't an administrator.

I have made sure that my screensaver is off, and I have also even messed around the power options, making sure that it was not the "one wake-up ask for password option."

I am not quite sure what caused this function to turn on, perhaps it was the security update, perhaps it was not.

Does anybody now how to turn off this function?

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Preferred Solution: Vista will password lock when computer is idle for a period of time

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Answer: Vista will password lock when computer is idle for a period of time


Right click on your Desktop and click on Personalise. Click Screensaver in the new window. In the Screensaver window, uncheck "On resume display logon screen", click OK and the problem should be fixed!


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Hi there, I normally leave my computer on overnight so I could do things such as defragging, virus scans and sometimes downloading.

I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate x64, which I installed 3 days ago as I got a new hard drive. The system was blue screening since then, so I'm guessing it's not a faulty hard drive, OS or memory (Replaced memory and done 20 hours of memtest86+)

I bought this machine about 7 months ago, but since then I have replaced the motherboard, memory, graphics card, CPU cooler and hard drive.

It only seems to bluescreen when idle, like when all it's doing is downloading on uTorrent or has finished doing a defrag.

According to bluescreenview, it has been caused by dxgkrnl.sys, atikmpag.sys and dxgmms1.sys . It was these causing it before the reinstall as well.

Answer:BSOD when idle for a long period of time.

"It's not a true crash, in the sense that the bluescreen was initiated only because the combination of video driver and video hardware was being unresponsive, and not because of any synchronous processing exception".

Since Vista, the "Timeout Detection and Recovery" (TDR) components of the OS video subsystem have been capable of doing some truly impressive things to try to recover from issues which would have caused earlier OSs like XP to crash.

As a last resort, the TDR subsystem sends the video driver a "please restart yourself now!" command and waits a few seconds.

If there's no response, the OS concludes that the video driver/hardware combo has truly collapsed in a heap, and it fires off that stop 0x116 BSOD.

If playing with video driver versions hasn't helped, make sure the box is not overheating.

Try removing a side panel and aiming a big mains fan straight at the motherboard and GPU.

Run it like that for a few hours or days - long enough to ascertain whether cooler temperatures make a difference.

If so, it might be as simple as dust buildup and subsequently inadequate cooling.

I would download cpu-z and gpu-z (both free) and keep an eye on the video temps

STOP 0x116: VIDEO_TDR_ERROR troubleshooting

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I have a rig I use occasionally, as HTPC and occasional mule work, file service, etc.
I would like to not have it simply sleep when I have left it running and not returned, but rather have it shutdown properly.
Is there a way to do this within win7 controls, or is there an aftermarket, shareware, or scripting way to do so?


Answer:Power Mgmt: Is there a way to Shutdown after idle time period?

Create a batch file and link to it with Windows Task Scheduler and have the scheduler run whenever the computer has been idle for xxxx seconds/minutes.

In the batch file:
shutdown /s /t 300

Shuts down the computer in five minutes forcing all applications to close. You can change it to less time if you want. 300 seconds is five minutes arbitrarily chosen.

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Everytime i leave my laptop idle for around 1-2+ hours it would BSOD and shut down. This problem started occuring about 2 weeks ago. The only time i get the BSOD is when i leave it idle, no other random BSOD. Please help me take a look and solve this persistent problem. Thanks for the assistance in advance.

Operation System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM

What is the age of system (hardware)?
June 2010 (15 months)
What is the age of OS installation?
June 2010 (15 months)

Answer:BSOD when leaving laptop idle for an extended period of time.

It looks like pci.sys is causing the issue. Please update the drivers for your nvdia chipset drivers
and network adapter..

Also please download the attached certificate and unzip then right click on it and click install ctl and import the certificate you have many errors in event manager concerning this..

Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 6.12.0002.633 AMD64
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Loading Dump File [C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads\BSOD files\Windows_NT6_BSOD_jcgriff2\091011-17472-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

DbsSplayTreeRangeMap::Add: ignoring zero-sized range at ?fffff800`03ff14c0?
Symbol search path is: SRV*C:\SymCache*
Executable search path is:
Windows 7 Kernel Version 7600 MP (2 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS Personal
Built by: 7600.16841.amd64fre.win7_gdr.110622-1503
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0xfffff800`02a0e000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0xfffff800`02c4be70
Debug session time: Fri Sep 9 15:54:40.517 2011 (UTC - 6:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 19:40:55.499
Loading Kernel Symbols
Loading User Symbols
Loading unloaded module list
* ... Read more

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Is there any way that i can set my Windows XP x64 Version computer to lock itself out after 2 minutes or something?

Answer:Lock Windows after a period of time

will you explain a little more clearly what you want to do.. and please remove the link from your signiture.

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Please help! My Windows Vista Home Premium continuously freezes after a short period of not using it. It can vary from 30 minutes to an hour or two. I do not have screen savers and turning off monitors or hard disks on.

I've checked a couple of the forum threads here, and I noticed someone helped somebody else with a similar problem (Windows freezes in idle time). I did all the actions "usasma" suggested in his post, so hopefully I can get some much appreciated assistance.

I'm uploading these files that the user "usasma" said to upload, in hopes that someone can help me fix the issue. Oh and I am using a laptop, so upgrading the hardware would be difficult for me.

Thank you all very much!

Answer:Help! Vista freezes after a short period of idle!

I've tried to use the disk check, and virus scanners. I haven't had any luck finding any problems. I tried defragmenting, but the computer freezes before I can finish defragmenting.

Please help!

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Sometimes when I leave my computer on while I go do some other stuff I'll come back to see my computer is off and I had an BSOD. This is happening for a couple months now on and off, it only seems to happen if my computer is idle for to long and goes into sleep mode. According to the minidump and WhoCrashed the BSOD is caused by ntoskrnl.exe but I couldn't find out by what driver exactly this problem is being caused. See the minidump down below for more info. I would appreciate any suggestions of help on this issue.

Thank you very much,

Answer:DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE when computer is idle for a period

Run Display Driver Uninstaller in safemode. Display Driver Uninstaller Download version Click on your Graphics card and then Press Clean and restart.
After that goto your manufacture website and download your manufacturer graphic drivers again. If it is a custom PC goto your graphics card manufacturer website and download it there. The BSOD should have been fixed. Report if something happens. That helped me when i had DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE.

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I own an E-Machines with Windows Vista Basic edition. I have 2 GB of ram and 160 GB of hard drive. I can't remember exactly when the problem started, but my computer is only 4 months old so it has not been that long ago. Basically, usually after a period of idle (and even sometimes while I am surfing the web) my computer will "freeze up." I cannot open up Mozilla or such programs as CCleaner. I get an error message that states: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." When I hit CTR ALT DELETE I get a message that states: "Failure. Security options." The Zune software seems to be the only program that opens up. Almost everything else gives me an error message or does nothing at all. I can restart my computer or shut it down. It just stays in it's current state for about 30 minutes, then everything usually comes back to normal. I can't restart it or log off, nor can I properly shut it down. My mouse scrolls fine and I don't get that what we used to call an hour glass icon like others on these forums. I have searched but I could not find a problem that resembles mine.

On a side note, I have AVG Free and Zone Alarm Pro. I run my anti-virus every night and I reguraly update everything including Windows. I am very safety conscious and I don't download much or go to harmful sites. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Windows Vista Basic freezes up for about 30 minutes after idle period

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I need some help in creating a task in Task Manager that will automatically force stop programs and shut down the computer after it has been idle for one hour. I have created a task that will shut down at a specific time, but I need something that can run multiple times throughout the day. I need the task to be automated every time the computer is rebooted.

For example, my wife boots the computer, logs onto to facebook, leaves the computer with facebook pages open (I have checked after she has walked away from the computer and have found as many as 43 facebook pages open at one time). I want a task that will then force stop facebook, then shut down the computer after it has been idle for a short period of time, then, if she logs back on later in the day will again run the routine and shut down again.

With her oversight of leaving the computer with facebook open and multiple pages open, I am afraid of someone hacking my system. I have already had as incidence of someone hacking our joint checking account and making $2800 in withdrawals. We finally got this resolved and the withdrawals reinstated.

Do I need to set up separate tasks to run every hour or so throughout the day to accomplish this task, or is there some argument or command that I can insert in the basic task that will reactivate the task to shutdown after the current session is idle for an hour?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Ed Wood

Answer:Auto Shutdown Computer after idle period

Just create a task to activate after one hour idle. Use the shutdown program you already have. Best to change group to Users.

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I'm running into a weird problem with my Vista Home Premium x64 machine. It was running fine for about 6 months and now I am suffering from lock-ups while it is idle. I've verified that drivers are all up to date including chipset and BIOS. If I leave the pc idle with no applications running it locks up within 15 minutes.

When the "event" occurs, everything appears normal until I attempt to perform a rudimentary Windows function like opening IE or My Documents. The mouse pointer switches to the circle/ hourglass and hangs. Ctl-Alt-Del is unresponsive and I can't do anything but a hard reboot.

The event log contains nothing out of the ordinary and I've watched the system monitor and can't see anything that is hogging memory or cpu resources.

To further muddy the waters, I've seen times when I've been playing a graphics intensive game (most recently the new Wolfenstein) and the game runs just fine. But if I alt-tab out to Windows and try to open up IE, it hangs.

I've run some tests for memory and hard drives and all have come back clean. I like to think I am a fairly pc savvy guy but this one has me completely stumped!! Any suggestions are much appreciated!!!!

Answer:Vista x64 lock up while idle.

What if you start Task Manager, Click on Processes, sort from highest to lowest, and watch to see if, when idle, defrag or some other process eats up the CPUs?

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I have fairly new gateway computer with vista on it and my internet stops working when it either seems to get overloaded or for about 15 min and no one can seem to help so far and hoping someone can help. below is the info i think im supposed to post with a question.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 2:51:31 PM, on 12/1/2009Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18828)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton 360\Engine\\ccSvcHst.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exeC:\Program Files\My Lockbox\flockbox.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\VS Revo Group\Revo Uninstaller\revouninstaller.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = PreserveR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsof... Read more

Answer:internet on vista works for a very short period of time

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. Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.Please download OTL from following mirror:This is THE MirrorSave it to your desktop.Double click on the icon on your desktop.Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.Push the button.Two reports will open, copy and paste them in a reply here:OTL.txt <-- Will be openedExtra.txt <-- Will be minimizedIn the upper right hand cor... Read more

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Hi folks,

In power options you can switch off the monitor only by time idle. I would like to be able to set a time of day. I can't see an inbuilt way of doing this, so does anyone know of a good application which will allow me to do this?

Thanks in advance,

Answer:Solved: VISTA - need an app to set power options by time, not idle-time

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So I have a somewhat halfway decent computer on windows 8.1 intel core i3-2130 cpu 3.40 ghz with 6 gb of ram 64 bit system that has been a consistently good computer for doing the basics google searching youtube playing small games even able to run smite on lowest with decent frames per second and minimal lag but ever since yesterday this computer is trash

it started when even at the desktop it would take twice as long for everything to work like using the search bar or starting smite would all take longer even some instant things became 2 second things smite would lag like crazy and completely froze or crashed multiple times which is all completely new things to me it seemed to lag more oddly enough after using the text chat feature

these problems were hard to solve as even the desktop would freeze when i tried to get some of the newest computer updates i had to shut my computer down 20 times since yesterday which cant be healthy

after a bit i got stuck in the this pc needs to restart blue screen loop so i listened to a youtube video that told me how to stop it using command prompt it did it one more time still afterwards then went back to normal all ran fine so i played a game of smite halfway thru it lagged hard then crashed at the very end

the last software installed was minecraft a week ago we have no virus protection but the firewall is on but i tried to do a system recovery of the day before this started and it failed because something in the c drive called like ... Read more

Answer:My computer has become trash in a one day time period

sorry for no commas and bad structure i am desperate and didnt have the nerve to take my time during this post

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My desktop computer recently got BSOD once. I thought it was nothing and so I restarted my PC. After around 10 minutes, it BSODed again. I restarted again and boom! After around 10-15 minutes, another BSOD appeared. What could be the problem? Did something I recently installed cause this?(MagicJack) Or other malfunctions? My computer is really weak and was busted several times before and It was loaded with games but I managed to uninstall almost all of them 2 weeks before it got the BSOD
Pentium 4 3.00 ghz
nVidia GeForce 210
1 Gig ram
60 GIG of total harddrive space, around 36 Gig left
Asus P5KPL-AM-EPU(Motherboard)
Windows XP SP3

Answer:Computer always BSODs after a certain period of time

You left out one of the most important items. What is the exact make and model of your power supply?

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my pc shuts down and then reboots itself and then shows a message saying that a serious problem occurred and had to shut down, it only does this if left unattended witout being used it will stay on for 10 to 20 min. then shut down and reboot it will do this over and over. As long as i am on and use the keyboard or mouse it won't shut down. settings for energy star power schemes are set on never that includes hiberntes and standby, but it still will shuts itself down

Answer:my computer shuts down after a period of time

Windows XP restarts unexpectedly or restarts when you shut down the computer the Event error number.

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Hi thanks for reading, I have a really weird problem with my PC, which I built myself at the end of last year.

It worked fine until, some months ago, when I was playing Call of Duty 4, the frame rate dropped drastically (I play it all High smoothly with an XFX 8600 GT). I thought it strange but expected it to stop in a few moments, but after a few seconds the whole computer shut off.

This had never happened before, so thinking it was some random error I switched it on, went off for awhile and when I came back it was off once more. I started it up again only to have it shut off by itself again after some booting.

Desperate, this repeated for a couple of times till I opened the casing cover, checked everything was connected, closed the casing and started it up. However, this time I had left my computer tower lying on the floor, instead of it standing straight up as it was previously. Strangely, it didn't shut off.

This works until now- a day ago I stood the tower straight up while it was on. It didn't turn off for a long time (about an hour or so) then it shut off. So now it's lying on the floor again.

Please help if you can! I have no idea what's happening...

I do have some other problems with my PC since I am a completely amateur to PC building and was rather surprised to find my rig works the first time after assembly, but I'm sure that they're not related to this. I'm thinking it's a cooling problem but I've no idea where t... Read more

Answer:Computer shuts down after a period of time

Hey there Beanbag

Yea it might be an overheating problem but its not to say.... your graphics card could be overheating or even the processor.... It could also be that your PSU is giving in....

Everest home Edition - good program to test your temperature and also gives you other valuable system information....


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Hello Everyone,
Of course I'm typing this post on my laptop that came pre-installed with vista home premium 32-bit installed on it. A short time ago I stumbled across a site on the internet that offers free software to change older computers that are running older operating systems ( like mine ) into a chromium o.s. that comes installed on newer chromebook computers. At the time I thought this sounded interesting, so I thought I'd try it out. BOY was I wrong for even remotely ever considering it !! I downloaded the transformation software..I followed the installation instructions exactly..( the software MUST be installed via usb drive ). Of course I was informed before I started the procedure that " everything on my hard drive would be deleted ", which at the time didn't bother me. That's where I went the fact that I hadn't done a system backup in case something went wrong..which it DID. To keep a long story shorter, I essentially had to start from scratch on my laptop. Anyway, I was FINALLY able to get a copy of vista home premium SP2 32-bit from a forum member in here. The install process seemed to go normally, when I got to the page asking for my product key, I entered the one that came printed on the c.o.a. sticker on the bottom of this laptop. The operating system did install ok, but when I checked to see if my copy of windows was 'activated' it wasn't.I feel like I haven't done anything illegal..I just wanted to get my laptop running again. Now I'm f... Read more

Answer:Extend Activation Time Period On Vista Home Premium

Hello David,

If you had selected to automatically activate Vista during installation, then the grace period drops to 3 days to activate instead of 30.

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Im in college now and I leave my computer on all day but when I leave my room I want my computer to prompt me for a password when I get back so my roomate cant snoop around on my computer. I know you can set it to do this through windows screen savers but then I would have to type in a password when I start my computer also and I already have a bios password set so I dont want to do that. Does anyone have any suggestions for me. Thanks alot.

Answer:Lock Out Idle Computer

A user at my office went to change her password and accidentally made the password blank. When her screensaver went off, it would prompt her for her password and she just had to hit enter.

Might want to try just setting up the screensaver with password and see if this will work for you. To any onlookers it appears you have a password, only you know that you don't.

Not very secure, but may solve the problem.

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Hey guys,
So I am running an Hp Pavilion a6244n computer with Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. I have just started to recently have some really annoying issues. When I try to open google chrome (or any other program really) the computer doesn't do anything for literally like 3 minutes, then it opens. Now when it opens it will work for a little while but then it will stop trying to load pages. I will hit new tab and it will just load a white page and I can't do anything. It took me 5 minutes to get to this website alone. After awhile the computer starts working and everything is smooth but then it freezes up again. I can still click stuff but it doesn't load or do anything. Another example is in Windows Media Player. When I click to play a new song sometimes it just says media changing for a good 5 minutes before it ever works or if I hit the X to close it, it will take just as long. Nothing works at all when the computer freezes. I can't open anything like computer or control panel nor can I close anything. Any ideas?

Answer:Computer randomly freezes for a period of time

Can I assume you're defragging your hard drive regularly?

If so, then try booting into Safe Mode with Networking. Then attempt to get on the web and see if that makes any difference. If not, the problem is likely hardware related. So you could run a hard drive diagnostic program and check temperatures and voltages in BIOS to determine whether there's overheating or a power issue. You can also run mdsched.exe or Memtest86 to test for RAM errors.

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I need some help very badly. I just bought a rebuilt computer and already I have had the computer lock up and prevent my keyboard or mouse from operating at some point in the session. I am just about ready to take this to another computer repair shop and tell them to go through the system with a fine tooth comb and fix all the remnant problems.
To make matters worse I cannot get the computer to boot if there is anything connected to the USB ports.

Here is a look at my computer's profile from running Belarc Advisor:

Computer Name: User1-1bac5d77e (in WORKGROUP)
Profile Date: Sunday, August 19, 2007 12:19:58 AM
Advisor Version: 7.2t

Operating System System Model
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600) VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8363
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
1.60 gigahertz AMD Athlon
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
64 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: 8363-686
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. 6.00 PG 03/27/2001
Drives Memory Modules c,d
30.74 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
26.88 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

COMBO IDE5216CO [CD-ROM drive]
Lite-On LTN483S 48x Max [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Maxtor 6E030L0 [Hard drive] (30.75 GB) -- drive 0, s/n E125QXDE, rev NAR61590, SMART Status: Healthy 256 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'BANK_0' is Empty
Slot 'BANK_1' is Empty
Slot 'BANK_2' has 256 MB
Slot 'BANK_... Read more

Answer:Computer Locks Up After Short Period Of Time

And here is a HijackThis analysis...

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:23:03 AM, on 8/19/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
C:\Program Files\Speeditup Free\SearchDefender.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp\winamp.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) =;GFNT:0000FF;GIMP:0000FF;FORID:11&q=%s
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroFilterCheck] C:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinampAgent] C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Search Defender] "C:\Program Files\Speeditup Free\SearchDefender.exe"
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910... Read more

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Hey guys, I guess I'm back somehow. I've been missing in action from the computer scene for a good deal of time now.

I'm thinking about getting a job at Fry's, Best Buy, Circuit City, etc. but in the computer department.

I went MIA from the computer scene around when we started getting the AMD 64 3200+ or so, and when the Radeon XT's started coming out.

So what I'm trying to find out is what new technologies have been introduced since then? What are the newer and hotter video cards, mobos, processors, and even audio devices out on the market and perhaps which are better performing if at all (not benchmarks but for example a P4 > Celeron)?

I see all these new video cards and processors and it just makes my head spin.

If anyone could just list what's come out since then and the new cards out and any new technology that'd be very sweet, I'd appreciate it.

Appologizies if in the wrong forum, I tried to fit it best.

Answer:Progression of computer components over a period of time

i cant believe i dissed Intels

Well first off, i guess i should introduce hello

I think some technologies that are big now...

SLi-Nivida dual card tech (think PCI express) ..and ATI's answer to it (crossfire?)
Dual Core CPUS (plus the fact that the prescott core is terrible)
SATA drives (3g is the newest that is)

and o neon lights..just kidding


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My computer will freeze for a short period of time. It happens constantly, and will happening when even if I am doing something simple like browsing chrome. Everything the computer does just stops, even my cursor. Then after about 5 minutes everything will go back to normal.

Answer:Computer freezes for a short period of time (Windows 10)

Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  Clicking on this link will automatically initiate the download. 
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.

Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.

The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.

In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.

Please download MiniToolBox to your desktop.
Right-click on MiniToolBox.exe and select Run as Administrator.
You will see an image like the one below.

Click on the following checkboxes only:
• List last 10 Event Viewer log
• List Installed Programs
• List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
• List Minidump Files
Click on Go to start the scan.  Once it is finished highlight the text, then copy it and paste it in your topic.

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I am not entirely sure this is in the correct location. I'll start with specs.System specsOS = Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1CPU = Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400RAM = 8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3Motherboard = ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5P43TD Graphics Card = 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+PSU Viotech ATX Switching Power Supply Vio70 700wAny other specs I can provide upon requestAlright, so last week, my computer crashed in a way I have never seen before. Its about 4 years old, and its seen its fair share of issues, but not anything like this one. It abruptly shut off as if the power had been cut . . . I actually thought I had a power outage at first, until I realized my gf's computer was still on. The screen went black, the fans shut off and it was entirely silent, but the LED lights inside and outside the computer remained on. I was NOT able to restart my computer by pressing the power button, and I left it like that and went to bed. About 20 minutes later the computer spontaneously re-activated itself and all was fine.Until this morning, this problem had not repeated itself. However, when I had used the computer for about a half hour today, it repeated this distinctive crash, along with the inability to reactivate it. Since that time it has done it an additional 3 times, 4 crashes in about 4 hours of usage (my use time has ranged from 15 minutes to about an hour before the crash occurs). The period of time before it either spontaneously reactivates or I'm able to turn it ... Read more

Answer:Computer spontaneously crashes and cannot restart for a random period of time

I'd start with replacing the PSU as for they have a thermocouple in them that will kill them until they cool, as well as some have timers in them that the only way to reset is to unplug the power from the PSU and wait for it to drain and then plug it back in to be able to boot sooner than later.Also as far as a video game setting overheating a CPU.... this is more of a problem then just a video game setting, as for video games should be able to bring all cores to 100% for a long period of time without the CPU overheating. So you have an issue with your CPU's cooling which could be caused by a couple of issues. ( Lack of adequate thermal compound, heatsink not rated for the CPU in use, heatsink & fan dirty with dust etc, overclocking a CPU without upgrading the heatsink, inadequate airflow within the computer case .. power supply fan is not venting the hot air etc... )

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Hey everyone,

I had quite the confusing issue on my hands. I believe it to be hardware related but i could be wrong. I had recently built a system and installed Windows 7 on it. Everything appeared to work flawlessly. The only issue is if the computer is off for an extended period of time (thinking around 4+ hours) it will reboot itself before it can enter the login screen (although it does make it to the loading screen).

After a lot of troubleshooting, i realized that simply flipping the switch on and off on the back of the power supply will allow it to boot into windows fine. Also, using the repair utility on windows will let me boot in fine too (without reseting the power supply manually i believe).

I thought it may have been a power supply issue but i have replaced it with a higher wattage, high end one and the issue still occurs. The Ram is checking out OK too.

The only thing i can think of is that there is an issue with the motherboard. I assume when the system is off the motherboard still has power since the keyboard light remains on. It seems i need to kill the power to the board completely.

Or maybe this is a Windows 7 issue since its relatively new?

The fact that this only occurs if the system is off for 4+ hours really puzzles me. Besides this one error the system runs beautifully.

I am really at a loss here. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Computer restarts on login if shutdown for long period of time

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It seems i have narrowed down my issue that I have been dealing with for it seems like months now. Well essentially my system will reboot anytime it sits for an extended period of time (about 15 to 20 Minutes). My computer will go into standby mode. I do have it set for my computer to never sleep but only my screens. I have followed the BSOD instructions and do and those to attach to this post. Here is the additional information regarding this problem...

Is Windows 7 . . .
- x86 (32-bit) or x64 ? - x64
- the original installed OS on the system? Yes
- an OEM or full retail version?Full retail version
- What is the age of system (hardware)? Eh, varies video cards about a year old, memory and hardrives are about the same length of time. Chip is fairly new within a few months.
- What is the age of OS installation (have you re-installed the OS?) OS was freshly reinstalled on 11/17/2011.

All drivers for all pieces of hardware in my machine have had the newest drivers updated, including my video cards. I have also done the BIOS update for both of my video cards available from Palit. Oddly enough i can play Starcraft II for hours and no issue with rebooting... only when it sits for an extended period of time as mentioned earlier. Any ideas woul dbe great...

Thank You,

Answer:BSOD after computer sleeps for a short period of time, 0x00000116

Hello Nissan & welcome.

Most of your dumps are including your Graphic Driver. So to really make a secure uninstall and get rid of the leftover files of the uninstallation from the Control Panel, we'll use some specific tools. The little guide below tells you what to do to uninstall and install your Nvidia-driver.


i) Find your driver here, save it to your desktop
ii) Download Driver sweeper, for the leftover files
iii) Uninstall your driver from the Control Panel
iv) While rebooting, go into safe-mode without internet (tip: plugout your LAN cable or disconnect wireless)
v) Run Driver Sweeper, click all the Nvidia components and analyse them
vi) Clean them all
vii) Head into Windows, without internet
viii) Install the Driver from the desktop


*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for nvlddmkm.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for nvlddmkm.sys
Probably caused by : nvlddmkm.sys ( nvlddmkm+c3bae4 )
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for nvlddmkm.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for nvlddmkm.sys
Probably caused by : nvlddmkm.sys ( nvlddmkm+c3bae4 )
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for nvlddmkm.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for nvlddmkm.sys
Probably caused by : nvlddmkm.sys ( nvlddmkm+c3bae4 )

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Here's the problem I'm having: If I leave my computer on for an extended period of time (3+ hours) my computer is slow. I open up task manager and see msmsgs.exe is using up 100% of the cpu. Ending process does not stop the cpu from being used up... explorer.exe uses 100% after I end msmsgs.exe.

I've run Ad-Aware, Adaware VX2, Spybot search, CWShredder, as well as trend micro's online virus search and my own Norton Antivirus. I can't find what is causing the problem.

Here's my HijackThis log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:56:03 PM, on 3/27/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
F:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
F:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
F:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe
F:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
F:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
F:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe
F:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
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Answer:HijackThis- msmsgs.exe uses 100% cpu if computer left on for extended period of time

Hi Chris and welcome to TSF.

Is MSN Messenger doing anything special (besides having IM chats) when it reaches 100% cpu usage?

Let's try disabling some programs there to see if it helps.

Run a scan in HijackThis. Check each of the following if they still exist and hit 'Fix Checked' after you checked the last one:

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] F:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Component Manager] "F:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Software Update] F:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "F:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = F:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe

Check and fix ALL the O18 entries below related to Logitech, except for the first line (see below). Leave that entry unchecked:

O18 - Protocol: bw+0 - {00023EC9-21B9-4198-912A-39C403681302} - F:\Program Files\Logitech\Desktop Messenger\8876480\Program\BWPlugProtocol-8876480.dll

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HELP PLEASE. I had tried everything i had alrealdy ran all programs from techdump spyware removal but avg antispyware, except i cannot run avg. i tried to run superantyspyware, after scanning a few files the blue screen of death pops out, and i keep getting an error related w/ BIOS setting. i had to shut off the computer and then restarted it.
blue screen of death also comes when i tried to d/l when i go online to some website + when i try to download something
computer is on a network, windows xp professional 2
had tried all programs from techdump spyware removal
BLUE SCREEN ERROR: STOP 0X0000008E (0XC0000005,0X81DEE731,0XA98C2C3C,0x00000000)
please help thanks.
i do not have the windows xp cd to reinstall it.

Answer:Computer Keeps Crashing When Running Spyware Or After A Period Of Time After Going Online

The symptoms you describe could be due to hardware or overheating problems caused by a failed processor fan, bad memory (RAM), failing or underpowered power supply, CPU overheating, motherboard, video card, faulty drivers, CMOS battery going bad, BIOS and firmware problems, dirty hardware components, etc. If the computer is overheating, it usually begins to shutdown/restart on a more regular basis. Some rootkits can also trigger BSODs, shutdowns and various stop error/shutdown messages so it would also be wise to perform a scan for this type of problem. Download and scan with Sophos Anti-rootkit, Panda AntiRootkit or AVG Anti-Rootkit.Before performing an ARK scan it is recommended to do the following to ensure more accurate results and avoid common issues that may cause false detections.Disconnect from the Internet or physically unplug you Internet cable connection.Close all open programs, scheduling/updating tasks and background processes that might activate during the scan including the screensaver. Temporarily disable your anti-virus and real-time anti-spyware protection.After starting the scan, do not use the computer until the scan has completed.When finished, re-enable your anti-virus/anti-malware (or reboot) and then you can reconnect to the Internet.Note: Not all hidden components detected by ARKs are malicious. It is normal for a Firewall, some Anti-virus and Anti-malware software (ProcessGuard, Prevx1, AVG AS), sandboxes, virtual machines and Host based Intrusion Pr... Read more

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I keep randomly having BSOD on WIN 7 x64 when i left it on for long periods of time without using it. Sometimes though rarely, the whole OS will not respond to anything while i'm using and i have little choice but to use the reboot button. I have no idea what causes this issue. This has been happening since i got this computer roughly 1 year plus ago but i didn't really bothered till recently as it's getting more frequent. Was hoping someone can shed some light on to what is giving this issue to me.

System Summary
OS : Windows 7 (64-bit)
CPU : Intel Core i7 870 @ 2.93GHz
Memory : 8190 MB RAM
Graphics card : ATI Radeon HD 5970
Motherboard : ASUSTeK Computer INC P7P55D-E PRO (Bios ver 1602)
Sound Card : Creative SB X-fi
HDD : 1 TB sata 3 WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0 (Split into 2 partition)

Answer:Random BSOD when computer is left idling for prolong period of time

The crash is due to your Marvell controller drivers for your hard disk. The drivers appear to be corrupted.

First uninstall through Device Manager. Log in as an administrative user -> Start Menu -> Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Device Manager -> Expand IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers -> Right click the Marvell device -> Click Uninstall (Do not hit OK after clicking Uninstall) -> Put a tick in the box to delete the driver software for this device -> Click OK -> Restart the computer if asked.

Download the latest drivers for the Marvell Controllers device: ASUS - Motherboards- ASUS P7P55D-E PRO -> Windows 7 64bit -> SATA ->

Quote: Originally Posted by ASUS - Motherboards

Marvell 9123/9120 Controller Driver V1.0.0.1042 for Windows 32/64bit XP & Windows 32/64bit Vista & 32/64bit Windows 7.(WHQL)

Install the Marvell 9123/9120 Controller Driver software.

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As the title says, I couldn't find it anywhere, but I was looking to have it so that after a set period of time Windows will automatically lock out the user (me). I'm not talking about having a screensaver come up, but I've seen it before, where it basically looks like the logon screen of XP, where you have to click on your name to go back into Windows, and type in your password again.

Can someone direct me to where I set this option? I thought it'd be in the standard haunts, but I don't see it anywhere.


Answer:Having windows lock-out after time (requiring password) but not screensaver

I've not seen this done outside the screensaver options, but this link has another option.

Reading more, I think what you really want is the screensaver option, but use the logon.scr with password enabled.

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I have a very similar problem to this person, ( except I am running Windows XP home edition.
I downloaded a file I presumed would be safe, scanned it with Mcafee before opening it and unwittingly installed Total Secure 2009.
My computer then froze up so I had to restart. On restart, I managed to scan using Mcafee and Ad-aware, Mcafee found RemAdm-Generic (C:\windows\system32\LMInit.dll), Ad-aware found a few PuP's I removed.
I then restarted again, and a new account had been created "Admin" and I couldn't open the task manager on other accounts.
I tried to run MBAM, but after 3-4ish minutes the computer logged me out, then froze on the login screen.
Anyone help out? I don't like having to restart every 3-4 minutes

Answer:Task manager - disabled, computer freezes up after a short period of time, "VIRUS ALERT!" on the right of clock

First:Download ESET SysInspector Start program through the SysInspector.exeThe program will collect information about the situation on your machine.- When "inspector" is ready and log file - generated, select File> Save Log- Confirm their wishChoose to save the file somewhere and then upload on (when you open the page, click on the Great Britain flag to open the page in English), then give me the link.

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I?m running Windows 7, 64bit, with 6GB RAM. When I boot up, the physical memory usage starts out at 25-40% (which
seems high, but doesn?t affect the speed THAT badly). It tends to remain at about that level as long as I keep working. BUT, if I leave the machine idle for a while,
the RAM usage goes way up. After about three to four hours, the usage ends up going over 90%.

I understand that services and tasks are still running, and that it is expected that Windows will
use available RAM; however, when other programs need it, Windows doesn?t seem to give it up, and my system comes to a screeching halt. Sometimes I?m lucky enough to be able to reboot, but often the system crashes, sometimes requiring me to run a repair before
it will boot.

I?ve tried a clean boot?although it seems to take a little longer for the problem to manifest,
it still occurs.

I?m a busy mom and I don?t have the time to reboot every time I have an interruption and need to
take a few hours away from the computer. BUT, I'm also hoping to squeeze a little more time out of this computer before taking on the expense of buying something
that's a little less obsolete... J

Any ideas?

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I have a homebuilt PC running Win 7 Ultimate 64 with an i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. I built the system using a refurbished ASUS P7P55-M mobo. The system works fine and will run about 95% of the time under constant use. However, if I leave it for an hour or so, it will BSOD. After the BSOD, about 50% of the time it runs a hard drive consistency check, but otherwise seems no worse for wear.

I've attached SF zip file as requested and I'm hoping someone can help me decipher this.

I'm trying to avoid a new mobo and CPU...

Thanks a million for any/all help!


Answer:BSOD - After extended idle period - Win 7 Ultimate 64 8GB RAM


Sound like hard drive is on its way out

Usual causes: Insufficient physical memory, Indexing, Device driver

Usual causes: Device driver, memory, kernel

Usual causes: Disk corruption, insufficient physical memory, Device driver, Indexing, Resident antivirus, backup, defrag programs, Disk/Drive failing/failure

Lets start with testing your hard drive

First do disk check for file system errors and bad sectors on it

→ Disk Check

Hard drive test both short and long with
→ SeaTools for Windows

You may also take a hard drive test from the hard drive manufacturers website

Let us know the results

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I have two win7 Pro x64 machines configured very similarly. One has four hard drives (1 SATA for OS and 3 U320 SCSI on Adaptec 39320 adapter in PCI slot) and one has five hard drives (2 SATA and 3 U320 SCSI on 39320 adapter in PCI-X slot). Two different motherboards (ASUS P5Q3 and Supermicro C2SBX). SATA and SCSI drives are all running as individual drives, not RAID. Hard drive Partitions on both machines provide drive letters C-O (with interspersed CD and USB drive letters as well, on both machines).

For some reason, under Win7 none of these hard drives on either machine ever spins down for me as I believe they should, after the 15-minute idle period I have specified in the Advanced Options of the "Balanced Power" plan I'm using.


I used to be all-SCSI before Win7, and used Adaptec's EZ-SCSI software under Win98 in order to support the same idle-period based automatic spin-down/spin-up (when subsequently accessed) functionality since Win98 itself did not support this feature. It worked perfectly.

In WinXP the feature was first supported by the OS (plus EZ-SCSI was not usable on WinXP), and it also worked perfectly... exactly as it had under Win98. I had assumed this was a combination of both OS and Adaptec driver capability, but whoever was responsible the function worked as expected.

However in Win7 automatic spin-down after the specified idle period is NOT working. I don't know if it's because I now have a mix of SATA an... Read more

Answer:Why won't my hard drives spin down after idle period?

Quote: Originally Posted by dsperber

Now, just today I discovered that there is a wonderful utility named HDDScan that provides all kinds of very nice tests and functions for all kinds of hard drives. In particular, there is the ability to manually spin-down and manually spin-up hard drives of all kinds (both SATA/IDE and SCSI).

What a terrific change... to finally have the unused inactive drives spun down, even if I have to do it manually myself. It's so much quieter!

Also, these older U320 10Krpm SCSI drives are less energy efficient than the newer SATA drives. So just spinning down 3 of them on one machine reduced my power consumption by almost 40 watts (as measured by my UPS).

What a pleasure. Even if I never figure out why Win7 itself is not doing what it's supposed to do, this HDDScan tool is my new solution.

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I have a R500 since March and it as a very annoying problem: when it is idle and I start working, the PC "wakes up" and everything is fine. But after a short while (1 minute, more or less) it shuts down automatically. I disabled the hibernation mode and it still happens.

A collegue with the same problem advised me to up grade bios from 1.5 to 1.6 (which I already did) and I still have the same problem. My helpdesk says the PC should be sent to Toshiba, but another coleague with the same problem did that, and the problem remains. What should I do???

Does this happen to anyone else?
Thanks in advance for your advice!

Answer:Portege R500 shuts down after idle period

Sounds like software to me.

I would run Recovery to reinstall Windows back to its factory state.

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hi  need help with this please

Answer:computer lock say admin password or power on password

Hi: Enter any password 3 times and the PC should generate an 8 digit system disabled (halt) code. Write down the code and enter it in the block at the link below, and it will generate an unlock passcode. Restart the PC and enter the unlock passcode the website generated.

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I've sat down in front my computer and found that it has rebooted. I was not using the computer at the time. I leave my computer on 24x7. The last thing I changed was adding "Microsoft Security Essentials".

The whole hard drive is encrypted with TrueCrypt.

Here is the error I got once I logged in
BCCode: 1e
BCP2: 00000000001A5633
BCP3: 0000000000000008
BCP4: 00000000001A5633

Resource and Performance Monitor notes the error "The device, Photosmart C6100 series, is disabled. If this device is no longer used it may be intentionally disabled. The Plug and Play ID for this device is ROOT\MULTIFUNCTION\0000."
It also says "...has not recorded and anti-virus product." I thought that was what "Microsoft Security Essentials" was.

Thank you for your help.


Answer:BSOD 2nd time while computer was idle

These crashes were caused by memory corruption/exception (Cx05) probably a driver.
Please run these two tests to verify your memory and find which driver is causing the problem.

* If you are overclocking anything reset to default before running these tests.
In other words STOP!!!

* If you have a Raid update its Driver.


*Download a copy of Memtest86 and burn the ISO to a CD using Iso Recorder or another ISO burning program. Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

*Boot from the CD, and leave it running for at least 5-7 passes.

Just remember, any time Memtest reports errors, it can be either bad RAM or a bad motherboard slot.

Test the sticks individually, and if you find a good one, test it in all slots.

Any errors are indicative of a memory problem.

If a known good stick fails in a motherboard slot it is probably the slot.

RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Driver Verifer

Using Driver Verifier is an iffy proposition.
Most times it'll crash and it'll tell you what the driver is.
But sometimes it'll crash and won't tell you the driver.
Other times it'll crash before you can log in to Windows.
If you can't get to Safe Mode, then you'll have to resort to offline editing of the registry to disable Driver Verifier.

I'd suggest that you first backup your stuff and then make sure you've got access to another computer so you can contact us if problems arise.
Then make a System Restore po... Read more

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as above. i need a 3rd party app that helps me track idle time (i.e. no mouse clicks/keyboard), so that i can know the optimum amount of time to set the computer to sleep thereafter.

suggestions please? couldn't find anything on the net.

Answer:tracking AVG computer idle time?

Only one I found quickly that was free.

Never used it, can't vouch for it. Didn't spend but 2 minutes looking. So there may be more if this one doesn't do what you need.

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This is an odd problem. This has been happening for a few days now and I'm at a bit of a loss about what the problem is exactly. It seems to have started after a recent Windows update, but I'm not sure exactly what specific element has screwed things up for me and it may have taken a bit of time for me to notice the problem due to the nature of it. I wouldn't know when to roll back my system to even if I was willing to try, and I'm not at this point.

If I leave Windows 10 alone for more than a few minutes, it freezes. This happens without fail and it's consistent. Any more than five minutes give or take a minute or two and it's frozen hard and requires a hard reset. Ctrl alt del doesn't work, alt tab doesn't work, nothing but the power button or the reset button on the case has any affect.

There is no error message, there is no spinning wheel mouse icon, the mouse pointer doesn't move. It's just frozen and no input does anything. The screen just has a still image of whatever was displaying when it happened and audio is also dead, no system sounds or anything. There was sound once, but it was when I had a game running and left it too long, and it was just that locked up audio buzzing sound. It's a hard lockup of my system and not just the video getting stuck.

It also doesn't matter if something is running. If I have a video or game running, it still happens. As long as I'm not actively inputting something with an input device such as the keyboard, mouse, or a gamepad it lo... Read more

Answer:Windows 10 hard freeze when Idle for a short period.

Hi, some thoughts and a possible temporary 'fix' to get you by for now.. while you research the many threads there are on sleep issues on the forum, and some questions that may help anyone looking at this.

First, have a look at this and see if it relates to your situation:
Solved Win 10 Unattended Sleep Timeout - Same as Vista, Win 7,8[.1] ? - Windows 10 Forums

If not fixed:
1. If you put your PC to sleep or into hibernation manually, can you resume successfully?
2. Have you tried a clean boot - what happens?
3. You can also use shellexview (freeware) to disable shell extensions (hide all MS items first, the disable the rest) and see what happens- should not need to restart to try.

Finally, to keep you going for now: try downloading and installing 'Don't Sleep' (freeware).
Running this may stop your PC going into this odd state.

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This is an odd problem. This has been happening for a few days now and I'm at a bit of a loss about what the problem is exactly. It seems to have started after a recent Windows update, but I'm not sure exactly what specific element has screwed things up for me and it may have taken a bit of time for me to notice the problem due to the nature of it. I wouldn't know when to roll back my system to even if I was willing to try, and I'm not at this point.

If I leave Windows 10 alone for more than a few minutes, it freezes. This happens without fail and it's consistent. Any more than five minutes give or take a minute or two and it's frozen hard and requires a hard reset. Ctrl alt del doesn't work, alt tab doesn't work, nothing but the power button or the reset button on the case has any affect.

There is no error message, there is no spinning wheel mouse icon, the mouse pointer doesn't move. It's just frozen and no input does anything. The screen just has a still image of whatever was displaying when it happened and audio is also dead, no system sounds or anything. There was sound once, but it was when I had a game running and left it too long, and it was just that locked up audio buzzing sound. It's a hard lockup of my system and not just the video getting stuck.

It also doesn't matter if something is running. If I have a video or game running, it still happens. As long as I'm not actively inputting something with an input device such as the keyboard, mouse, or a gamepad it lo... Read more

Answer:Windows 10 hard freeze when Idle for a short period.

Hi, some thoughts and a possible temporary 'fix' to get you by for now.. while you research the many threads there are on sleep issues on the forum, and some questions that may help anyone looking at this.

First, have a look at this and see if it relates to your situation:
Solved Win 10 Unattended Sleep Timeout - Same as Vista, Win 7,8[.1] ? - Windows 10 Forums

If not fixed:
1. If you put your PC to sleep or into hibernation manually, can you resume successfully?
2. Have you tried a clean boot - what happens?
3. You can also use shellexview (freeware) to disable shell extensions (hide all MS items first, the disable the rest) and see what happens- should not need to restart to try.

Finally, to keep you going for now: try downloading and installing 'Don't Sleep' (freeware).
Running this may stop your PC going into this odd state.

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My XP Pro SP3 PC is connected to a Netgear DG834N modem/router via Ethernet. If the PC is left for say 4-5 hours the ability to connect to websites disappears. The browser just hangs and it's the same with IE and Firefox

The odd thing is I can still ping websites by domain name without trouble. So the interenet connection is actually still in place.

Retstarting the PC fixes the problem - in fact it seems to be the only solution.

The problem is consistent and repeatable.

Throughout this I have a second XP Pro SP3 PC also connected to the router via Ethernet and it works perfectly.

Answer:Lose ability to access website after idle period (XP Pro)

What firewall or security suite is on the machine?

TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Windows XP with SP2 or SP3.

Start, Run, CMD, OK to open a command prompt.

Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog

Reset TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ip reset reset.log

Reboot the machine.

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My dad's computer regularly crashes/freezes after standing idle for any length of time. The usual Ctrl + Alt + Del doesn't work so the machine has to be turned off at the mains. Occasionally, the system freezes on start-up. There are no error messages, or anything like that. Don't know whether this is significant or not, but the fault is sometimes accompanied by the light on the CD-RW drive shining red, as if it's engaged. (The drive itself appears to be faulty, but that's a whole other story, I think).The computer is five, maybe six years old. A Gateway (Pentium III, iirc, 256Mb RAM), running Windows ME (4.9 ote).Please bear in mind neither my dad nor myself are particularly technical (well, my dad isn't technical at all).Thanks.

Answer:System crashes/freezes after period standing idle

A common cause is a clash between a screen saver and a monitor automatic standby setting.Old motherboards with intel 810 graphics on board were particularly prone to this. The latest driver for the chipset, from the intel site may help.Or it may be easier not to let the monitor go into standby - see the power settings.

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Router: D-Link DI-604
provider: local cable service with Roadrunner

We were using an ethernet hub and network, and everything was fine. Then for security purposes we got a D-Link DI-604 router and installed it. Everything worked OK out of the box, we upgraded the firmware, etc. THEN--we find that if the computer sits idle for a while, it can no longer connect to the cable modem service. Rebooting the computer is the only thing that reconnects mine; we can reconnect another computer by trying to hit a website, selecting "work offline", then trying again and getting an option of "reconnect?" and if you select Yes, then everything works on that PC again (I never get that option on mine though.)

Note that if I'm downloading from binaries for an hour or more, no disconnect even though I give no keyboard input etc. This indicates to me that there's a software idle timeout somewhere along the line, and not a hardware problem.

Rebooting is NOT a good option as I have programs that call out while I'm at work and do various things and they can hardly reboot my PC! I contacted D-link and the tech guy had me change the MTU from 1500 to 1492 and claimed that would solve this problem but it's still happening.

Below I am listing everything I can think of in the way of settings that might give a clue to anyone who can suggest a fix. This is really ticking me off. Before this, I could run my PC a week at a time without rebooting. Now I have to reboo... Read more

Answer:Disconnects after an idle period - router and cable modem

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Hi, i am getting a BSOD. I have done a little research thinking that it might be a bad video card (I own an NVIDIA GeForce 9400GT on v340) or some bad memory(running 4 x 1GB). I am not exceptional at reading dump codes or anything like that so I went and found that I could upload my files and receive some help. If you guys need any information more than this please let me know.

Answer:BSOD when computer is idle, happens after about 1-2 hours of up time.


This bugcode is usually Hard driver (Storage) related.

Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 6.2.9200.20512 X86
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Loading Dump File [C:\Users\admin\Downloads\New folder\122814-28314-01.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 (2 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS Personal
Built by: 7601.18409.amd64fre.win7sp1_gdr.140303-2144
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0xfffff800`02a11000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0xfffff800`02c54890
Debug session time: Mon Dec 29 05:39:34.646 2014 (UTC + 6:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:34:39.285
Loading Kernel Symbols
Loading User Symbols
Loading unloaded module list
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Hi guys,

This is my first ever forum post, so pardon any ignorance. Starting from some time last week, my computer sometimes shuts down by itself after I leave it alone for around an hour or two. Upon restarting it, I get a message that says

Windows has recovered from an unexpected error

with the error type as BlueScreen. As my computer is usually in sleepmode when this happens, I often don't get to see the bluescreen itself. I have seen it happen in action once, however.

Here are my basic system specs:

Operating System
MS Windows 7 64-bit SP1
Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3.30GHz 32 ?C
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
4.00 GB DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. Z68A-D3H-B3 (Socket 1155) 35 ?C
Acer G235H ([email protected])
Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Hard Drives
Optical Drives
ASUS DRW-24B1ST a ATA Device
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
Realtek High Definition Audio
I have attached my latest dump and system health report.


Answer:BSOD after leaving computer idle after some time

Run a full scan of spybot,SUPERAntiSpyware, malwarebytes and eset online scanner.
if they ask for a restart please do so.Don't run them together !
Most probably your problem will be solved.

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Is there a way to get Windows XP and Windows 7 machines to lock (WinKey+L) automatically after 20-30 seconds of idling? Screen saver only allows down to a minimum of 1 minute, and we need less.

How about an automatic log off after 20-30 seconds -- is this possible? Thanks!

Answer:Windows XP & 7 -- automatic computer locking after idle time is hit

Wow A lock after 20 to 30 seconds of idle time. Why?!?!?!?!

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HP Desktop Computer. Although I have set the sleep setting to 1 hour, after 5 mins or so the screen reverts to asking for the password again. When I re-enter the password the screen goes back to where I left it. Why or how can I sort this?

Answer:Computer requests password after 5 mins idle

Double check all your Screensaver and Powersaver options. Somewhere in there you have ticked 'ask for password'. It might be the screensaver kicking in after 5 mins non-activity.

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Basically, I have some people that would jump at the chance to hop onto an Administrator's account due to the restrictions they have. That being said, even if I leave my notebook alone for 5 minutes, I want the darn thing locked.

Just due to the fact I personally like a couple of the new Vista screensavers, is there a way to both lock and immediately start the screensaver?

Answer:Lock Vista & Start Screensaver At Same Time?

Not sure why the screensaver would play into it, but whatever.

Set the screensaver to require a password on resume (even if the screensaver doesn't kick in automagically this is the proper setting), and press Windows+L anytime to lock the workstation immediately.

Hope this helps...

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BSOD happens randomly, not all the time.
Dump files attached

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Greetings, and thank you for reading this thread.

As the title states, my computer will turn off the display or go to sleep (not sure of correct terminology) when I go idle for a short period of time. For instance, I get up to get a glass of water and when I come back, the screensaver is up and I need to re-enter my password. This problem arose immediately after the installing of windows 10 on my PC (upgraded from Windows 8.1 if that helps).

I have already gone to control panel ~> power options but the thing is, even though I've already done that and set the options to "Never turn off display", "Never go to sleep" as shown in the screenshot, my PC still turns off display/sleeps after a short amount of time. Lastly, I hope I posted this in the right section and hope that someone can solve my problem.

Answer:Computer turns off display/goes to sleep when idle for a short time

Are you changing the correct power plan?
Are you using a desktop or laptop?

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Vista OS on Toshiba laptop, and other laptops.

Juat after Christmas, five of our laptops running Vista started locking up. We run TrendMicro Client Security Agent software; when we disable the real-time scan the machines run fine but when we enable the real-time scan they lock up immediately.

TrendMicro suggested that the version of the scan software we are running was old; I downloaded the latest version and installed it on one machine and it locked up immediately. I have disabled the automatic scanning for the time being but need tor resolve this before any users contract a virus.

Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

Thank you.

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How do I change the computer lock out time

Answer:How to change Computer lock out time

You'll have to be more specific than that. What exactly do you mean by "lock out time?"LIR

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I know this is probably an amatuer question but I am running XP professional and want to find out how to set it so that it will lock the pc after a set amount of time when the user has been away. I don't want it to log out, just lock the pc, like when you go to the switch user screen, only automatically... thanks in advance

Answer:how to set XP to lock computer after set amount of time

That is a setting in the screen saver properties. You can set time and require a password.

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I am running genuine Windows XP, SP3.
My OS gets frequently locked, within 1 minutes of having no activity(mouse or keyboard).

I have checked the Sceensaver timer, but it is of no help.

I want to increase the computer lock timer as per my preference, but do not find this option anywehere.

Is there any registry setting or so, or if it has anything to do with group policy or anything.

I just keep unlocking my PC after no activity for 1 minute, makes it really difficult for me to read any article or e-book.

Please help.

Thank You,

Answer:Automatic Computer Lock Time.

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Well, I'm not very good at time management so I need a program that can lock me out of my computer for a specified amount of time, that way I don't get distracted and turn my computer on again. (Is there a way this is possible?) Please help!!!

Answer:Please help, I need a software that can lock me out of my computer for specified time

Re: Please help, I need a software that can lock me out of my computer for specified

this sounds like a horrible prank to play on a sibling/friend :/ but uhh im not sure thier is such a program, i mean it sounds very ..... dangerous potentialy if someone needed comp access sudenly for something ultimately etc on top of other issues.... you will need to go outside to do your homework etc perhaps... or find a way to keep your comp busy, maye if you used your comp for seti or dna or water or whatever they are doing with spare pc power while you do your work, pehraps play music from a net station while doing your homework as well from the pc that way its being used produtively and you get to focus on your work etc ?
just a possibilty

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ya i want my comp to goto the welcome screen afte ri set idle for say 25min. i did it on my moms and can't remember how. if i set screensaver to password on resume it just asks for mine and won't do anything unless they know mine and i don't want any one know how to do this?

Answer:Gettin Computer To Goto Welcome Screen Afte Rbeing Idle For A Set Amount Of Time

I'm just guessing at this, so try it and see.

First, go to Start...Run...and type in "control userpasswords2" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Then, uncheck the box that says "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer". Then, click OK.

Next, go to Start...Control Panel...Display...ScreenSaver tab. The little password box should now say "On resume, display Welcome Screen" (instead of asking for the password).

At least that's how it worked out on my system. If it doesn't work for you, you can easily reset it to the way it was.

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hey every1 i got 2 roomies who i no longer want using my comp for a variety of reasons so im basically looking for a good way to lock them out...lookin for something more advanced than just pw'in runnin xp pro corp sp2...any suggestions would be wonderful...

Answer:password/lock computer

What would be more advanced then just password protecting your computer. You can also password protect the bios as well so that they would have to enter a boot up password there as well. But if you give anyone physical access to your computer they can pretty much own it within 5 minutes with many of the freely available security tools out there.

I would buy a removeable hard drive bay. Shutdown the computer, pull the hard drive out and bring it with you.

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I need to track a time in MS- Excel, If i lock my system (winkey+L, or ctrl+alt+del). Example: How many hours or minute system was locked.

Answer:Need Excel To Record Computer Lock Time

I'm pretty sure this isn't possible with VBA. Applications can receive messages to track lock/unlock, but Excel hides its message pump from VBA.How To Ask Questions The Smart Way

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I have a very weird problem that I haven't been able to find a solution to. There are two parts to this problem, but I think it's the same cause.

1. I have no "lock" option. I can't select lock from the start menu, WIN+L and doing it via ctrl+alt+del doesn't work either.
2. I can't change my password, the change password button is disabled. Again, this doesn't work from ctrl+alt+del.

I've checked the policy manager and the option to disable locking is not enabled. There is an error showing up about Windows Location something when starting the Policy Editor.

This does however only seem to affect my account, when testing with another account it all works just fine (both local admin accounts).

Any ideas as to what might cause this?

Answer:No option to lock computer or change password

I think the settings in the Group policy editor should be "Not configured" for both the remove password and the remove lock settings.

The error about the location is one that MS have not got around to fixing yet. You can sort it out by looking at the following:

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Okay, I realize this sounds completely pointless, but if you could humor me, that'd be great.

Currently I have no password set on my Windows 7 computer. I'm the only one who uses it, so it's not very important.

I'd like to be able to 'lock' the computer when I'm getting up to leave. I can still do this, but since there's no password, just slicking my user icon brings me back to the desktop. I would like to have a password set for this, but not for having to log on at startup.

I realize this isn't very secure since someone can just reboot the computer if they want to get in. I'm not really looking for a truly secure solution. Think of it more as an "inconvenience" for anyone tempted to snoop. Honestly, I don't really have any reason to believe anybody would have any reason to use my computer...

Like I said, though. Humor me, if you will. Can it be done? Can the computer be locked with a password without requiring one at startup?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:[SOLVED] Can I lock the computer with a password without requiring one to log in at s

I'd still like to know if this is possible.

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i have Time computer which i bought in 2004 and then later it went bust and now i have virus on the computer and try using the reload or recovery cd but i get the error message unable to determine bios lock please contact manufacturer which have gone bust and need to my computer back as quick as possible running please help much appreciate with owners of time computer or ho have experienced this problem please help! what shall i do and how to bypass it and reinstall windows xp because it's not happening with bootup disks

Answer:Time computer showing unable to determine bios lock?

HI, i have the same issue with tiny PC, any help appreciated. In fact what i would prefer is not tohave to do the reload, but it all keeps crashing on me, cant boot up even in safe mode. Got as far as defrag in safe mode then crashed and cant get anywhere near it now

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Every time I press caps lock, to turn on or turn off, I can't keep typing until some process completes. The icon for capson/capsoff comes onscreen, and while it's there I can't keep typing, until some time passes. Very frustrating!

Answer:caps lock function takes a long time and bogs the computer

can i disable the onscreen icon - maybe that's taking processor time

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My son's computer (Dell Vostro 200, Mini Tower Intel Core 2 CPU, 2.53 GHZ, 3MB RAM) has begun freezing when he leaves it on for more than a few hours.

When he tries to wake up the OS with his mouse after being away from the computer, the mouse doesn't respond. Ditto for the keyboard, even when I try the Windows keyboard shortcut to restart it.

I hate to do it because it can corrupt files, but there's no other way to restart Windows other than to turn off the CPU. After he powers the unit back up, everything's fine.......until he leaves it alone for more than a short period of time.

We've run a few different spyware and virus scans and found nothing.
Do you know what the problem might be? More importantly, do you have any idea what remedial measures we should take?


Answer:Vista Freezes When Computer Left Idle

Please provide the info from this post:
Although it's not a BSOD issue, the information from the logs may give us an idea of what's going on

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I've recently had trouble with my computer freezing during virus scans. From what I can tell, this usually happens just as it starts scanning the cache. It also seems to freeze whenever I let the computer go idle and when I try to install games like Fallout 3. I'm not sure if this is an issue with my virus protection (I'm currently using Norton Internet Security 2009) or a registry issue. Thinking that it might be a registry error, I've run C-Cleaner and removed any of the problems it found. I also thought it might be an issue with my drivers so I tried using Driver Max. However, I was never able to install any new drivers because my computer froze whenever I downloaded them. Things used to be worse though and I couldn't even boot. I suspected a virus because I'd recently downloaded some music through vuze so I ran portable anti-virus in safe mode. I did this overnight and while I'm not sure it even removed any viruses, my computer was able to boot the next day. Sorry for the long explanation but I keep thinking of different problems I've had recently. I'm sure a lot of them are just related to the fact that I'm running vista 64 bit but I haven't had too many problems with the OS before. Here's a log from hijackthis if it's any help:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:45:18 PM, on 8/26/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18294)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program F... Read more

Answer:Computer Freezing When Idle 64bit Vista


I don't see any obvious signs of malware in that log, but lets take a deeper look

Please do the following:

Download OTSto your DesktopClose ALL OTHER PROGRAMS.
Double-click on OTS.exe to start the program.
Check the box that says Scan All Users
Check the box that says 64 bit
Under Additional Scans check the following:File - Lop Check
File - Purity Scan
Evnt - EvtViewer (last 10)

Now click the Run Scan button on the toolbar.
Let it run unhindered until it finishes.
When the scan is complete Notepad will open with the report file loaded in it.
Click the Format menu and make sure that Wordwrap is not checked. If it is then click on it to uncheck it.
Please attach the log in your next post.

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Hi all.

I am currently running Combofix on my laptop, however I am a bit worried about how long it is taking.

It at present only states:

Deleting Files/Folders:

"C:\Program Files\JavaCore\JavaCore.exe"
"C:\Program Files\JavaCore\UnInstall.exe"
"C:\Program Files\network monitor\netmon.exe"

It has been like this for 15 minutes, should I be worried?

Answer:Combofix Time Period

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My pc randomly reboots itself after a period of time. It usually happens when Im running about 3-4 IE browsers, AIM, and Outlook Express for a while. i thought it was my overclocked CPU that was the problem, so i disabled over heat turn-off in the BIOS. Could there be errors in my registry?

Athlon 2500+ XP overclocked to 3400+ (42 C at rest)
Abit NF7-S2 Motherboard

Answer:PC Reboots itself after being on for a period of time

That processor is seriously overclocked.

Overclocking reduces the lifespan of the hard ware and also overclocks the RAM and PCI bus, so have you tried not overclocking the system?

There is no point in turning off the overheating monitor in the BIOS if the processor isn't overheating, which it doesn't appear to be doing if its temperature is only 42 degrees.

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Hello, and thank you soo much for helping!!

I'm running Windows Vista Ultimate Home Edition with unknown service pack addition. The machine is an inspiron 1720 and is about 1.5 years old.

The problem I am having is that my machine will freeze after about 15-20 minutes when it is left alone. If I am using it it runs fine. But say I leave and come back about 30 minutes later it will be completely frozen. I will have to hold the power off button to turn it off and then turn it back on.

Just today a problem appeared from the computer saying "A problem with your video hardware caused Windows to stop working correctly."

A problem with your video hardware caused Windows to stop working correctly.

Problem signature
Problem Event Name: LiveKernelEvent
OS Version: 6.0.6001.
Locale ID: 1033

Files that help describe the problem

View a temporary copy of these files
Warning: If a virus or other security threat caused the problem, opening a copy of the files could harm your computer.

Extra information about the problem
BCCode: 117
BCP1: 8514B510
BCP2: 8F80BFC0
BCP3: 00000000
BCP4: 00000000
OS Version: 6_0_6001
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

That is what I could find from it. This problem has been on going for a few weeks. After the freezing problem started I ran into a nasty trojan horse, but through the help of Chemist on your forum, I was able to defeat the vir... Read more

Answer:Freezing After a period of time

Is it set to sleep or hibernate after a period of time?
It may be having trouble waking up.
I have mine set to monitor off after 15 mins and sleep set to never.
Try those settings and see if it is any better.
Right click the desktop|personalize|screen saver|change power settings|change when computer sleeps.

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Hello, I'm sure Shawn is aware of this setting, and I'm sure he'll eventually read this, and can link me to the post to how to do it =)

I have my computer set up to when it is idle after 5 minutes, it will turn the screen blank for 3 seconds then it will show the lock screen. Sometimes I'm at the computer desk busy doing something non-computer related, and all of a sudden I notice in the corner of my eye that the screen goes blank. I had the computer set up to whenever that happened I grab the mouse real quick and move it to come right back to whatever was showing on the screen before it goes to the lock screen. Reason why I want to catch it right in time is so I don't have to re-type the password at the lock screen. There is a setting somewhere that lets me do that. Where is it again?

Answer:Where Is That Few Second Time-Out Grace Period Again?

Hello pepanee,

This may be what you're after.

Lock Screen Timeout Period - Change in Windows 8

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I have a very idiotic problem in which i start the PC, play for 20 minutes and then the computer starts to load it self for no reason. The CPU usage is close to 98% so i can't play no more. Same thing if i restart the PC, it works like a charm for 20 minutes then it slow's down.

Any ideas?

Answer:PC slow's down a lot after a period of time

Quote: Originally Posted by NSRacer

I have a very idiotic problem in which i start the PC, play for 20 minutes and then the computer starts to load it self for no reason. The CPU usage is close to 98% so i can't play no more. Same thing if i restart the PC, it works like a charm for 20 minutes then it slow's down.

Any ideas?

How about we start with your system specs.

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i'm trying to run a task on event with Task Scheduler, it works, but when I check, in Conditions tag: "Start the task only if the computer is idle for" (1 min, wait for idle 30min) it doesn't work...

i set the screen saver to run after 1 min, so, after max of 16 min since the screen saver started the task should run but it doesn't...

in the task history it shows the failure error after 15min since the event triggered that means the computer wasn't idle in the last 15 min...


Answer:Can't run a task in idle time with Task Scheduler in vista

If the screen saver is running, the computer is not idle.

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Hello and greetings to all.

I dint understand my pc now..after i fresh format my pc after 2years of usage, i on genuine windows and uptodate till today..but i seems cant leave my pc on idle/downloading most of the time...when i wake up, my pc already restarted..just now while im watching a long series of drama, i get bsod and it said "BAD POOL HEADER"..its the first time i can catch the bsod error..please see attachment for the minidump..

Answer:BSOD when cpu is idle for long period, no bsod while gaming 4~8hours

Hi udin901.

The latest dump gives a notion that BitDefender caused the BSOD.

fffff880`0b267968 fffff880`0162d904Unable to load image avc3.sys, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for avc3.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for avc3.sys
Description here: Driver Reference Table - avc3.sys

The previous one states it clearly.

BugCheck C5, {8, 2, 0, fffff80003011127}

*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for bdfndisf6.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for bdfndisf6.sys
Probably caused by : bdfndisf6.sys ( bdfndisf6+1445 )

Followup: MachineOwner
Description here: Driver Reference Table - BdfNdisf6.sys

Uninstall BitDefender. How to uninstall Bitdefender

Use Microsoft Security Essentials as your antivirus with windows inbuilt firewall, and free MBAM as the on demand scanner.

Download, install and update those, and then run full system scans with both of them, one by one.

Free up the startup. Windows does not need any other program to auto start with it, but the auto start programs often conflicts and causes various problems including BSODs.
Click on the Start button
Type ?msconfig (without quotes), click the resulting link. It will open the System Configuration window.
Select the ?Startup? tab.
Deselect all items other than the antivirus.
Apply > OK
Accept then restart.
Let us know the result.

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My 930 rings twice and then goes to voicemail

Answer:how can I set 930 to ring for longer period of time
It's for Voda, but it's standard across networks.

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I have been getting these BSoD's for a while now, and I have tried to figure them out, but I can't seem to. It's normally a "DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" or something along those lines. It generally happens when I try to play any intensive games. I have tried updating my drivers, or at least my graphic drivers.

My Specs:
Age: A year and a few months.
OS: Windows 7 Professional x64 (Service Pack 1 - Retail)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU q6700
GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 260
Sound Card: Creative Soundblaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty

I am unable to preform the 'perfmon /report' as it gives me this error:
The interface is unknown.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Multiple BSoD over a period of time.

There are two causes:

1. Your Death Adder mouse software driver is the main cause, please update its driver
Razer Drivers

2. sptd.sys, part of Deamon Tools and Alcohol 120%

Please remove any CD virtualization programs such as Daemon Tools and Alcohol 120%. They use a driver, found in your dmp, sptd.sys, that is notorious for causing BSODs. Use this SPTD uninstaller when you're done: DuplexSecure - Downloads
You can use MagicDisc as an alternative.

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Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck 1E, {ffffffffc0000047, fffff80002ac05fc, 0, fffff88004fae398}

Unable to load image \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\dadder.sys, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for dadder.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for dadder.sys
Unable to load image \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\sptd.sys, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for sptd.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for sptd.sys
Probably caused by : dadder.sys ( dadder+6da... Read more

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I encountered several BSODs within days of each other. I don't play games or download anything on my PC. I just use it for surfing the net and general usage (mostly Office). I also technically faced a blue screen just 2 days ago. I clicked on a folder and suddenly my monitor flickered and I saw a flash of blue before it went black.

I am using Windows 7 32 bit.

I am not very tech savvy so I would appreciate all the help I can get.

Attached are the minidump files.

Thank you very much.

Answer:Several BSODs within short period of time

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Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck 24, {1904fb, fffff8800db97408, fffff8800db96c60, fffff880012ba9d7}

Probably caused by : Ntfs.sys ( Ntfs!NtfsTeardownStructures+77 )

Followup: MachineOwner
As we can see a memory volume is corrupt somewhere, so lets see if we can track it down.

Can you try this please: Run Chkdsk /f /r to detect and resolve any file system structural corruption. You must restart the system before the disk scan begins on a system partition.

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Hello everyone -

I would like to express my sincere thanks in advance to anyone who can help me out. I am completely baffled by an ongoing occurence and I hope that you can help me. I am running WIndows XP pro on a dell inspiron 8600 1.8 pentium M w/2 gig RAM and a built in ethernet card. Each day, at least once, some days as many as 5 or 6 times, I am suddenly unable to access the internet. The browser I am using is IE 6.0.2900 ( I also installed firefox and it cannot accesss the net either) and I have all the current XP service packs installed. The browser will not open any webpages and says basically that they cannot be found. If I reboot the computer, the problem goes away and I can access eveything again, sometimes I'm good for the whole day and sometimes I am off again in less than an hour. Now here is the really strange part. I am on a LAN with 15 other computers and mine is the only one this is happening to. In addition, when my tech guy runs the "ping" program, it shows my computer is actually connected to the internet, which explains why I am still able to send and receive emails without any problem! I have tried connecting via a pcmcia card and the built-in wireless card after I seemed to have lost my access to the internet, but the same thing happens with both of them. We are complelety stumped - can anyone shed any light on this?


R. Patrick Sutton

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Can anyone advise of this? What could be causing my Computer Shutdown so often ?

Answer:PC Shuts down after a long period of Time

it could be any one of many reasons, and we'll need a bit more information before we can offer any help.1. How old is the computer?2. Which operating system is installed?3. When it shuts down, are you doing anything, or does happen just as much when you're not using the computer?4. If it happens when you are using the computer, is there any particular pattern - does one action seem to trigger it?5. After a shut-down, does the machine start normally?

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My husband has windows 7. He wants to know how to have the computer power off after a certain amount of time has elapsed. I use windows xp and I know how to do it there but not in windows 7.
Thanks, Debbie

Answer:Solved: power off after a certain period of time

hiya, go to control panel>click on the view by in top right hand corner and select small icons from the drop down menu.then select power options and click on Change plan settings for the plan that is selected,

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I recently assembled a new rig, meant for gaming. I've updated everything with the latest drivers and all. My problem is this: after a certain amount of time, be it in a game or on a web page, my computer reboots. I haven't been able to narrow down the reason or the culprit, but I was suspecting my video card and my hard drive.

- ATI Radeon HD 4870
- Seagate Barracuda 500GB (fw:3.AAK)
* The rest of my system's specs are in the CPUZ dump I've attached (I believed it was the best way to detail my hardware )

How did I narrow it down to those two? For starters, I have a hunch I don't have enough cooling equipment in my computer case. The thing is, I don't know "how much" is enough or too little. I also haven't found a utility that will show me the temps, besides the system BIOS, but I wanted something that would show me the temps when the parts are working full throttle. So, I believed it was the video card because of some odd glitches I see while playing Elder Scrolls 4 Oblivion. When some transparency shaders are shown in the game, the screen shows a diagonal tear going right across my screen from top right to bottom left, corner to corner. By tear, I mean a kind of misalignment. Another occasion where I've seen these glitches was while playing Crysis. I'd see the same diagonal tear, but also it would be accompanied by an odd, black, thick border on the bottom of my screen and the right side. Next to the borders there wer... Read more

Answer:New Heavy rig reboots after a period of time

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firefox.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

this message displays permanently after a period of time of using a browser and
then i'm forced to close the browser ......kindly help me.....thanks.

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My computer is set to automatically lock after 10 minutes of user idle. I want to run a task when I log on, but only if the machine has previously been idle for an hour. This is so the task only runs when I've actually been away from the computer, not just if it's timed out. Is this possible?

Answer:Run task on unlock after certain period of time

1. Have you tried task scheduler - create task -... triggers - new -begin .. - on WS unlock
Then once it is setup disable it. But you would have to enable it if you knew how long the machine would be unattended.
I did not see any option for the task to run only if idle for 1 hour though.

2. Or you could not use task scheduler - just set up a .bat file and run it manually as needed.
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Ok, we are setting a scheduled task to wake up all of our computers at 6am every morning from standby. Creating a scheduled task to wake them up isn't the hard part, we've already set that up.

I am concerned though that all the computers waking up at the exact same time will create too much stress on our power circuits.

Is there a way to setup a scheduled task to run anytime between say 6am and 6:05am and it chooses anytime during that 5 minute period to run?

(We cant setup scheduled tasks on each computer manually, I am talking about thousands of computers here)

Answer:XP - set scheduled task to run any time during a period

How are you using a scheduled task to wake all your machines up? I know it can be done, but I'm more interested in your method.

I guess my point is if you're using some kind of script to wake them up by name, and you have a list of names, couldn't you just break up the list into multiple lists and multiple tasks at the times you want?

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My operating system is Windows XP and I am trying to hook up my camera.It is supposed to be a plug and play. I have to hook it in the rear USB.
It is Argus DC- 5195 and it will not show the pictures. After a while it keeps giving me this error message. THE SPECIFIED I/O OPERATION ON DEVICE/HARDDISK1/DR 3 WAS NOT COMPLETED BEFORE THE TIME OUT PERIOD EXPIRED. Can anyone please tell me what I can do to get my camera to work on my computer. Thank you
Please Help.


Answer:The specified I/O operation on name was not completed before the time-out period

Do all of the USB ports result in this error? It might be worth trying it on a different machine to see if the camera is at fault.

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Hello, been a while. Here is my problem. I have a Dell XPS 7100 desktop PC running Windows 7 home premium that a bought from a family member. Everything has been fine for the last year until now. I would wake up in the morning and the computer would not wake up. The power light is on but nothing would get the screen to come on. I have to hold the power button down and force a restart. After the restart things seem to be fine until after it has been idle for a length of time then it freezes again. I have already changed the sleep settings to never and changed the USB port settings to stay active and not close to save power. Now the computer still freezes but I can see the desktop. Nothing works, mouse, keyboard, ctrl-alt-del, nothing. Any help would be appreciated. I thought it could be a video driver issue, but it freezes with the desktop open.

Answer:Screen freezes after a period of time.

Turn on Driver Verifier and see if that gets the system to crash instead of freeze. Then provide us the crashdump.

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I took spare hard drive I had and installed 8 on my Dell notebook. Everything went well all driver loaded and I have been playing with it for a couple of days now, I like it. The only problem I'm having is after hours, I never really timed it, my computer shuts down and I have to restart it. Was wondering if anyone else was having this issue. I don't use it on battery for the most part and leave it plugged in. I checked power management,everythng is set correctly.

Answer:windows 8 shut down on its own after a period of time

Hi, welcome to forums...
Have you installed Windows 8 correctly? Which beta you are using right now? Did you let the notebook plugged in most time, if that's the case, you need to troubleshoot the battery

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Alrighty, I've got a bit of a perplexing problem. My Four(ish) month old laptop has taken on a new, annoying bad habit. Occasionally, when left to idle for longer than about 30 minutes, it'll quietly blue screen, restart itself, to the user selection screen and then be completely fine. However, it isn't consistently BSoDing. Often, I can leave it set for hours and hours while I do chores or work on something else, and it will happily sit still and wait for my return.

On the flip side, it never BSoDs when I'm using it. On days when I have to do a lot of work, or even extended WoW sessions with friends, it runs like clockwork for hours on end.

I've never had any major errors, I frequently scan for spyware (adaware), viruses (avast!), and nothing other than a few cookies (in adaware) ever comes up. My computer's temperature consistently runs between 110F-128F, and if idling, usually between 100-110. I can't recall downloading or installing anything that would cause this.

While it isn't a major concern, it is annoying, and BSoDs are actually kind of serious. I checked to see if it was that silly screensaver that a few people on here had talked about, and unfortunately it isn't. Apparently I'm actually BSoDing.

Any tips, tricks, questions, and/or advice would be greatly appreciated.
PS: I figured due to the peculiar nature of this crashing, that it is probably a security issue, rather than something hardware related. If anyo... Read more

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 Lap top running windows vista home premium. For about a month now, it has been "locking up" when left idle. It only locks up when left idle. If I am actively using the keyboard or mouse pad, it does not lock up. Its lock up is either no response from clicking, moving the mouse, or hitting the windows key, or I can move pointer, click on something and it goes into the never ending circle indicating the computer is busy (no amount of time allows me to continue without shutting down and restarting). Diagnostics scan indicates no hardware problems. I have been able to run my spyware, antivirus scans (Trend Microsystems)with no indicated problems. Any ideas or suggestions for resolving this problem would be greatly appreciated.



Answer:Lap to lock up when idle

Do you use standby/hibernate?Check your power settings. Maybe even set them to never for nowI know this sounds silly, but update your video driver

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Hi, new to this forum and I have a major, major problem that I hope to not have to pay money for.

My computer is an Asus Desktop, CM1730 series, with a custom NVIDIA GeForce Graphics Card

Full Specs:

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 430

CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 220 Processor

Memory: 4 GB

64 bit OS

Now the issue ive been having is that within a set amount of time on any application based game, my computer BSODs. It has no visual cue, just the screen goes dark and the system restarts. This started about a year ago, and has became considerably worse. Whether its Minecraft or Portal 2, my computer dies without warning. I have the MineDump below. I would like to at least know what the problem is before I send it in to GeekSquad repair, as I dont want them to spend weeks trying to figure out whats wrong.

Answer:BSOD while playing all games for a set period of time.

Did not know I needed to add the thing. Here it is:

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when i come to use my pc after a period of non activity 3o minutes,approx, the sound disappears. if i reboot the sound is sound device is c-media AC97 i think? n vidia g force ???? if thats any more help.

Answer:windows xp pro loses sound after a period of time.

I can only make a guess here. I would assume that you have onboard sound, and that other than the sound dying, the computer is behaving normally. I assume also that when you reboot you don't actually switch off the speaker power. This would lead me to think that there is a hardware problem in your onboard sound circuit. If I'm right, then I think your best bet would be to disable the onboard sound and fit a pci sound card. You can get them for less than 10, although for quality sound you would need to spend about twice that amount.

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Hello, recently my laptop (Dell Inspiron 6400, running WinXP Media Edition)'s been failing; it freezes anywhere from ten seconds to five minutes after I log in. I'm unable to install an antivirus because the laptop freezes during installation. Safe Mode seems to be, well, safer, although even so it has frozen.

I'm unable to install the antivirus (Kaspersky) in Safe Mode because Windows Installer is disabled, and none of the solutions I've found online seem to do the trick. And I suspect that even if i could get the installer to work, it'd freeze halfway through anyway.

I have no idea what's causing the freezing; it might not even be a virus at all. I've noticed that the laptop always freezes at the "Copying new files" stage of the Kaspersky installation, although whether that has something to do with my own timing or that procedure I can't guess. Also, the time that the computer did freeze in Safe Mode, I was attempting to rename a file.

The computer is completely frozen; Num Lock / Scroll Lock can't be activated/deactivated, the mouse doesn't move, etc. I can't even shut down without either pulling the plug out or holding onto the power button.

Answer:Laptop freezes after a short period of time

That model has been out for about three years? How long have you had your Inspiron 6400?

We need to know the configuration, including hard drive size, brand, free space, as well as memory installed.

It could be that the CPU cooling is too full of dust, hair, fiber, etc. to cool adequately... or that the hard drive is failing, or that you have inadequate memory. But it could simply be an infestation that needs to be cleaned out.

Have you tried re-enabling Windows Installer? Have you attempted to use MalwareBytes, SuperAntispyware, ComboFix, Windows Defender, Spy Sweeper, Spyware Doctor, or other top-flite spyware detectors and removers?

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i am using IE7 with latest updates for both it and windows XP...

i have recently got my pc back from a friend having been away for 2 seems they didnt maintain it very well in terms of virus protection and updates!

I have spent a large chunk of time downloading all the recent updates and have cured some problems but not the this....

I get the 'page cannot be displayed page' after a random period of time after booting. MSN messenger still works but not the internet or pokerstars which i've been on! (luckily for play money at the moment!)

i have had a long read through various sites including this one and have tried various things, including downloading 'malwarebytes' 'adaware' and 'hijackthis'

malwarebytes picked up 6 problems and they have been removed, i was wondering if someone could check this HJT log for me as my exp with the registry is basically 0.


ogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 22:36:20, on 03/11/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16735)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\DigitalPersona\Bin\DPWinLct.exe
C:\... Read more

Answer:Hi all...Internet stops after random period of time...

hey, appolgies for the bump but this is driving me crazy....

even if someone knew a way of getting the internet working once again with a cmd code or something, just so i dont have to reset the pc each time....?
what is it reseting the pc is fixing..?

please help!

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I used the recommended software from this forum to gather all of the logs and post it.

I have tried using Heaven DX11 to stress test the video card and ran it for..45minutes+ allowing the GPU to get to a heat of 80C and no BSOD.

It has BSODed when playing Dota 2, or Borderlands 2. (I don't play many games)

It BSODed once when I finished playing a game and chrome opened 32 tabs on accident, but this is a beast of a machine it should be able to handle it.

Answer:BSOD any game for a period of time (hal.dll & ntoskrnl.exe).

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* Bugcheck Analysis *
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A fatal hardware error has occurred. Parameter 1 identifies the type of error
source that reported the error. Parameter 2 holds the address of the
WHEA_ERROR_RECORD structure that describes the error conditon.
Arg1: 0000000000000000, Machine Check Exception
Arg2: fffffa8007290028, Address of the WHEA_ERROR_RECORD structure.
Arg3: 00000000be200000, High order 32-bits of the MCi_STATUS value.
Arg4: 000000000005110a, Low order 32-bits of the MCi_STATUS value.

Debugging Details:

BUGCHECK_STR: 0x124_GenuineIntel



PROCESS_NAME: chrome.exe


fffff880`0317cb58 fffff800`03208a3b : 00000000`00000124 00000000`00000000 fffffa80`07290028 00000000`be200000 : nt!KeBugCheckEx
fffff880`0317cb60 fffff800`02d9ab13 : 00000000`00000001 fffffa80`06f2fa50 00000000`00000000 fffffa80`06f2faa0 : hal!HalBugCheckSystem+0x1e3
fffff880`0317cba0 fffff800`03208700 : 00000000`00000728 fffffa80`06f2fa50 fffff880`0317... Read more

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My laptop is shutting down after a short period of time.  This started about two months after installing windows 10.   I checked my settings and they are what I want so resetting them probably won't help.  I saw an answer to this problem that read as follows:   What does "remove the tick from the box next to 'On resume, display log-on screen'." mean?   I don't see a box next to 'On resume, display log-on screen' with a tick. Open windows Control Panel, open Personalization, click the Screen Saver link in the bottom right and in the following window adjust the 'Wait' time to a more acceptable figure and remove the tick from the box next to 'On resume, display log-on screen'.  Click Apply, then Ok to save this setting. 

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