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Question: Windows system lock

I received a used laptop but I was not given the password for the admin rights to it. Therefore, I cannot lock the computer when enabling the screen saver or prevent unauthorized use if someone uses it.

Is there a way I can get around this? Are there programs that can help me out with this?

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Preferred Solution: Windows system lock

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

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

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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Upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 - did not set a password. Now cannot get passed the screen asking for a password. All the fixes I found want to begin at the START prompt. Cannot get there. I am stuck on the first screen asking for a password. Never set one in Vista. Don't have any passwords to give it. HELP!

Answer:windows 7 System lock out

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I?ve recently bought a X1 Carbon with the infrared camera, which allows me to use Windows Hello facial recognition to logon, which works just fine. I use the Windows key + L to lock the laptop, but I?m finding with Windows Hello switched on, the infrared camera keeps searching for me. Does anyone know how I can stop the camera from looking for me when I lock the system? I looked in the settings just couldn?t see anything about disabling the infrared camera on system lock. Any help appreciated, thanks

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I?ve recently bought a X1 Carbon with the infrared camera, which allows me to use Windows Hello facial recognition to logon, which works just fine. I use the Windows key + L to lock the laptop, but I?m finding with Windows Hello switched on, the infrared camera keeps searching for me. Does anyone know how I can stop the camera from looking for me when I lock the system? I looked in the settings just couldn?t see anything about disabling the infrared camera on system lock. Any help appreciated, thanks

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I'm getting the above error message from Windows Backup. In more detail:
"Windows Backup failed to get an exclusive lock on the EFI system partition (ESP). This may happen if another application is using files on the ESP. Please retry the operation."
Error code 0x8078011E
Well I've retried and get the same thing every time, also tried rebooting, also tried googling the error code but no success.
Any assistance very welcome, thanks !

Answer:Windows Backup Failed to get an exclusive lock on the EFI system partition

The issue may occur if EFI system partition is locked or other application is using files on the system partition.
I suspect the third party security software protects the system files and causes this issue. Therefore, please disable security software temporarily and perform clean boot. Han
TechNet Community Support

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i was stuck on the lock screen after setting power saver mode for both the system and screen, as well as turning on the screensaver.The screensaver did not have login enabled. i had to restart to login. What might cause this? recently, i did not have "turn off screen" enabled, but i had wanted to protect the screen. Also, screen saver was never on. But i changed "turn screen off" to 1 hour, while sleep mode was still 3 hours. screen saver is less time.

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Hi everyone, We supplied 4 x Lenovo ThinkCentre M93P Tiny Desktops (Model: 10AB003SAU) to a business customer earlier in the year. They are all running Windows 7 64-bit with 500GB 7000RPM SATA drives. Late last week to early this week (approx 17 April 2015 to 20 April 2015) an update came through Lenovo System Update for Lenovo Active System Protection V1.0.0.21 which the customer installed on all four of their systems. Since then, all four systems have been hanging & locking up during use & then require a hard reset for the systems to be usable again until the problem reoccurs next time then the same thing over & over. I spent a heap of time going over the systems trying to work out the cause of this issue which has cost me an absolute fortune in lost productivity & lost revenue. It also lost the customer a lot of time & renenue due to the systems being problematic over a number of days. Thanks very much Lenovo! Won't get any of that time or lost labour back! Customer is furious with both us & Lenovo over this matter, we will likely lose future business due to this. Hoping this may save someone else a major headache if they see this post early enough as I assume problem would be relatively widespread if people are using Lenovo Update. If anyone else has or had this issue recently then please comment. Very disappointed with this probl... Read more

Answer:** Lenovo Active Protection System V1.0.0.21 Causing Windows 7 64-bit to randomly lock up **

I just had the very same problem with a 10A5 0006 (M93 without "p"). Customer reported the issue on Friday, 8th of May after apparently suffering silently through the issue for a few days already, saying that it becomes worse, and that he has to restart the machine sometimes every quarter of an hour. Thankfully customer was able to say that the problems started in the last week of April already, and indeed, on the 16th the machine last installed Windows Updates, and on the 19th the aforementioned Active Protection Of Doom I already began back tracing (read: uninstalling one by one) the updates from that day when I stumbled over your post. In all fairness, I would probably not have even touched the Lenovo update, thinking first of a MS foobar. This post saved me from having to invest several hours of time, not to mention that I will be now prepared if the next machine with the similar issue comes around the corner (I need to service roundabout 50 M93p's from the last half year, I betcha there will be more) Thanks 

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Hello. I need your help! I do not know where to post this thread because the source of the issue cannot be verified.

I notice after playing long videos on You Tube and other websites, my screen will freeze-up for a few seconds and then unfreeze on its own at times. Other times I have to close out of the browser in order to get the system to unlock or I just have to wait a few seconds for the system to unlock on its own. Seems to happen only while playing longer videos online. Other than that, this issue does not happen. This is all new and started happening the last few days.

I will not elaborate too many details at the moment. It is best to take this step-by-step then throw lots of data out all at once and have many long paragraphs to initially post. Please ask me questions if you need too. I will tell you, I have run full system malware scans using Norton 360 and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, nothing detected.

Some basic general stats of my system:
- Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit.
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 -- Yorkfield 2.83 GHz 1333 MHz processor.
- ASUS P5Q desktop motherboard.
- 8 GB of Corsair XMS 4x2 GB DDR2 RAM.
- XFX Radeon HD5670 Graphics Card.

Here are 2 Windows Critical Events:

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

Problem signature
Problem Event Name: LiveKernelEvent
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033

Extra information about the problem
BCCode: 117
BCP2: FFFFF880041953BC
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Answer:Windows 7 64 - System Freeze and Lock-Up While Palying Long Videos Online???

Both faults reference the same ATI/AMD driver, I'd download and install the latest driver, choose the drivers only package and uninstall the Catalyst Control Centre that you already have installed for less chance of bugs further down the line. The latest driver is here, top link.

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Anyone have any idea on how to either recover encrypted folders locked by Folder Lock or how to recover and use deleted system restore points?

I read the thread about recovering deleted restore points here, and the thread about Folder Lock issues here, but there is no definite answer.

Problem: I locked a few folders using Folder Lock (FL) and then put the program in Stealth Mode. In order to access FL again (since its in Stealth Mode) it is necessary to use the hot key combination "ctl+alt+F". I tried this the next day and nothing happened. I then tried to reinstall FL, but I received a message telling me that I have to uninstall the copy of FL that is already on my disk. So, I tried uninstalling FL and I received a message telling me that FL has already been uninstalled. I tried this three more times with the exact same results.

I figured I'd just restore the system to a previous date. But, come to find out, all of the system restore points have been deleted (undoubtedly because of my frequent use of Window Washer and CCleaner.) I was able to recover a file named "RestorePointSize" using the program Recuva, but I have no idea what to do with it.

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Hi All,
Recently we are facing "CAPS lock turns on and off by itself" issue in Windows 7 64-bit Enterprise Service pack 1 operating system, issue is coming quite frequently now a days in all the Windows 7 machines.
For testing purpose,we have tried replacing the key board's on the machines, but no luck issue is still occurring.. Have to give a try updating the respective machine model keyboard driver....
Kindly suggest us the possible solution to fix this issue.

Answer:CAPS lock turns on and off by itself" issue in Windows 7 64-bit Enterprise Service pack 1 operating system

Hi Paramaguru,
Open your Task Manager and see whether wscript.exe is running, if yes, end task for that program and see whether the problem still occurring.

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Looking for a Free Num Lock and Caps Lock indicator software? Download 7Caps.
7Caps is a very small application that aims to notify you in real time whether the status of the Num Lock or Caps Lock keys changes
Download it from its home page. TrayStatus also lets you enable status indicator for Keyboard keys.

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Hi, new to these forums, hope I don't break any rules or anything here.

My laptop is a
Sony Vaio - Model: SVE141R11L
Product name: SVE14135CXB
Pre-loaded with Windows 8 x64
Intel(R) Core i5-3230M CPU @ 2.60GHz
6GB RAM w/ 900GB HDD space
Purchased in Navy Exchange last year (around July 2013)

I have dropped it once or twice from at most a 3ft fall inside a padded case. I mostly use my computer for school work, some gaming, extensive video/photo editing, internet browsing. I've installed some debatable programs but have been installed long ago. Most of my programs included Microsoft Office, Adobe suite, Steam, iTunes, uTorrent, McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, Winrar, VLC, etc. But are now gone due to the refresh I had just done last week for prior problems, but still experience problems.

I recently been having issues with my computer where it just won't respond at all. Like today, I had it working for a few hours, but then went out and left my laptop on the lock screen, and came back to it being completely stuck. Completely stuck as in, no keys or clicks would unlock the screen to the login prompt. However, my cursor was fully able to move around the screen, and my caps/num lock buttons work as they display the lights enabling/disabling them. The time when it was stuck was 8:03pm, but the clock was stuck on 7:55. But on the bottom of the front of the laptop, the HDD orange light is not lit up at all, which I believe suggest that the HDD is not reading/properly reading. Oddly e... Read more

Answer:Windows 8 Lock Screen Stuck, Cursor/num/cap lock work

Sounds like one too many drops killed the computer. You may get lucky and find a local mom & pop shop that will fix it cheaper then Sony.

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My errors are a freezing cursor - dead mouse on every other reboot ..and.. With file transfers from one HDD to another I will frequently get a system lockup of Windows (forcing me to reboot. hard reboot). My System is CLEAN of viri and trojan as wella s spyware. I Have WinXP Pro Sp2. Running Zone Alarm Pro v6, Eset NOD32 v2.5, Webroot Spysweeper (for coookies and alt scans), Spyware Doctor v. (resident), and Trojan Hunter v4 (also resident on boot). I am also booting and browsing with Pop-Up Stopper Pro. My Hardware? Abit NF7-S rev.2, Athlon 3200 Barton core, Best OCZ 400Mhz RAM (?) - 1Gb in dual channel, Audigy 4 Pro for sound. Latest drivers for all "to best of my knowledge" Any Helpers? :)

*More on the file tranfer lock-ups. The two other drives are Seagate drives and identicle. They're 300 Gb each... I have not reformated them since my last Windows reinstall - they were detected right off.

Could be Windows isnt seeing those drives for what they are?? Even worse, a bus problem?

Thank you in advance.

Answer:Mouse Lock-Up (not there on boot) and Windows Lock-Up Transfering Files HDD to HDD.

have you tryed running safemode? is it the same?
run a chkdsk: start > My Computer > right click the drive u want to scan > properties > tools > error checking - Check Now > put tick in both boxes > click start > click to scedule on next boot > restart

see if it returns any errors or corrects this

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Not a techie.  Can't get straight answer ANYWHERE.  New laptops tend to NOT have indicators on the keys.  Hoping Windows 10 has indicators that can be turned on and PROBABLY would show up in the tray at the bottom right of the screen. 
I have heard of sites where such things can be downloaded but again NOT a techie, so I hesitate to go outside of Windows/Microsoft for downloads.  I do not know what download sites are safe or spoofs.

Please plain English ... i.e. go to settings etc.  Or just give me a Microsoft approved site for download.

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How do I remove the Caps and Num Lock indictor for a Lenovo G50, that is running Windows 10?

Answer:Remove Caps lock/Num lock indicator? (Windows 10)

Hi Thisismyname01 ,
Welcome to the Community Forums. 
On a similar G50 , this was resolved by uninstalling Energy Management .
Another steps that was advised :
1. Opening Control Panel >Program and Features>Uninstall a Program and look for Caps OSD or Lenovo OSD 
2. On the display properties of the graphic card , you may also configure to "Show indicator for a few seconds" . 
3. Disable hotkeys from the BIOS ( but this may change all other usable hotkeys ) . Lets's reserve it a last option. 
Update us what works for you.

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Hello! Since the most recent build of W-10 (9879), my caps lock, num lock, and scroll lock lights do not function on either computer on which I have W-10 installed (a desktop with a USB keyboard and a laptop with an integrated keyboard). The keys still work to correctly toggle the functionality, but the keyboard lights don't work. In case it matters, my keyboard's actual backlights and my mouse's internal light (not the laser, the internal LED) are working correctly, it's just the CL, NL, and SL indicators that don't function.

Anyone have any ideas for fixing this?

Answer:Caps lock, num lock, scroll lock lights no longer function

Welcome to Windows TenForums, Vaindil.

It doesn’t seem to work on anyone’s system and there doesn’t seem to be a fix yet. You can read here into the beginning of the next page if you like.

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what to do when a dell latitude d630 laptop is not on but cap lock, num lock and scroll lock is on and i'e tried to check the VGA and the processor

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For some time now, i have been experiencing that my Num Lock, Caps Lock and Scroll Lock all lights up (not blinking) all at the same time, I tried to google it but i can not find any solutions or explanations for it.

Does anyone know if it is bad? and what is causing this?

I am having a wired keyboard with nothing fancy just a standard issue Logitech keyboard.

Answer:Num Lock, Caps Lock and Scroll Lock all lights up (not blinking)

Can you toggle those functions off, one at a time? Sometimes restarting the computer will use the last state it was in, I'd fully shut down and pull the power cord from the computer and the keyboard cable then put them back and try again.

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how to disable Caps lock, num lock, scroll lock screen messages?

I have desktop pc with two keyboards usb and bluetooth. Also TOSHIBA Bluetooth Stack software, but in device manager: keyboard > hid keyboard device both using microsoft drivers. And I dont have any software installed for keyboards. Also bluetooth has separate system tray indications (it is also disabled) so its not that. I made some googling and found other fix it with Hkey_Local_Machine\Software\Widcomm\BTConfig\General KeyIndication set to 0, but I dont have it in registry. Acualy I dont have anywhere in registry KeyIndication. So any ideas how to disable it? Thanks

Answer:Caps lock, num lock, scroll lock screen messages


You'll find that the messages are controlled by a piece of software that came pre-installed on your machine when you bought it. Try looking for a Hotkey managing app to see if the notifications can be disabled.


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I'm using an HP Pavilion dv6000 Notebook series. I noticed that my Caps Lock LED is not working but its FUNCTION is working fine.. same goes with Scroll Lock. Here's the weird part.. when I press Num Lock ( function key + scroll lock ) the LED turns on! I already tried a system recovery, it didn't solve the issue. Is there something wrong with my BIOS? Any help from you guys will be highly appreciated.. thanks!

Answer:Caps lock & Scroll Lock LEDs not working but Num Lock is wor...

Sometimes electrical components needs to have all power sources removed and reintroduced to work properly.  Try performing a hard reset first, if it doesn't work then try updating your BIOS.  If neither works...It's pretty much dead and not worth fixing.  To Perform A Hard Reset Shut down the computer by going to the Start menu and selecting shut down. (If you have no display, hold the power button down for  5 seconds)Disconnect the AC Adapter from the notebook.Remove the battery from the bottom of the notebook.  There will be a switch/button to eject the battery.Wait at least 1 minute with all power sources disconnected.Re-insert the battery and reconnect the AC Adapter and then attempt to power on the notebook.

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I recently upgraded to Windows 8.1, but it reset my custom lock screen image.  I tried re-applying it but the lock
screen preview in the settings is stuck on a load loop.  Does anyone know why that is and why it won't set my custom image as the new lock screen image?
i can't find the  C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Systemdata, folder,
in my laptop
how to get default lock screen images in 8.1? plz help me..

Answer:Lock Screen Custom Image Stuck on Load for Windows 8.1, (Can't see the default lock screen images)

Please take a look at this link and it should solve your problem.

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Any solutions....??? The task bar (windows xp) on my computer is stock on lock, I used malwares antimalware, spybot, avast, avg, security essential from MS nothing works...I don't want to re-format my hard drive, only as last resort.

Answer:windows xp taskbar is lock on lock

Right Click a blank area of the Taskbar,then click "Lock Taskbar", to remove the check mark.

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In windows 10 any new lock function or only pin lock

Answer:In windows 10 any new lock function or only pin lock

Pin & Windows Hello on upcoming devices that allowing users to unlock their device with their eyes....

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Recently, I had to reinstall my copy of Windows 2000. It had stopped loading correctly - after the Windows Loading screen and before the log-in screen, I would get a blue screen error (page_fault_in_nonpaged_area). I don't have any of the numbers with that though. Anyway, after a fresh install, Windows seemed alright. Now, when I play World of Warcraft, I get about 15 mins of play before the game literally comes to a screeching stop. The screen gets all scrambled, and then freezes. I have to manually restart. I had had occasional problems like that before, but sporadically and after hours of play. Now it happens practically every time I play World of Warcraft, and usually between 15-30 mins of play. My question is really just seeking any advice on what anyone thinks the problem concerns. I don't know tons about computers, but my thoughts led me naturally to my video card. But, as a starving college student, I don't want to immediatly drop 200 bucks on a new vid card without getting some other ideas first. Any thoughts people might have would be greatly appreciated.

Windows 2000 SP4
2500+ XP Athlon
Soyo KT600 Dragon Plus V.1
1024 DDR 400MHz Ultra RAM
Sapphire Radeon 9700 Pro
Creative Labs Soundblaster Audigy
420W PSU

Answer:What to try first, concerning system lock-up.

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Question: System Lock

I have been working on an old system, which kept popping up errors about system boot up. Attempting to correct it and not knowing enough I have locked the system I believe.
Alert is posted now stating:
Alert! Previous attempts at booting this system have failed at checkpoint [HDsk]. For help blah blah Dell support.
Primary hard disk drive 1 not found
Alert! System battery voltage is low.
Keyboard failure

System mother board is Phoenix RAM BIOS PLUS 1.10 A09

Answer:System Lock

Hi and welcome to TSG.

As its a Dell, can you give us the Dell Service Tag number then we can look up the exact system specs?

What have you done to 'attempt to correct' the problem?

I would strongly advise against using any form of registry checker software, they can (and often do) do far more harm than good, often causing problems that are not initially apparent. Best overall advice as far as the Registry is concerned is leave well alone if you don't know what you are doing, or accept that you could frag you system software.

System battery isn't a major issue really, so wouldn't worry too much about that at this point.

With the system shut down, double check all the cables and connectors inside, physically remove every connection in turn and reseat it. Do one at a time so you don't loose track of what goes where.

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Question: System lock up


I posted a few weeks ago regarding my system keep locking up then forcing me to restart, i then opened the case and cleaned the system of dust, this worked and seemed to fix the problem.

But the problem has reared its ugly head again, it locked up and when i restarted my computer it gave out a beep code of 8 short beeps.

This is what the beep code says it is:


8 short - Display memory read/write error The system video adapter is missing or defective

Anyone know what i can do to sort this out?

Answer:System lock up

It means that their is a problem with the video card of your computer.... Pull out and reinsert your video card again... if that doesnt solves your problem then try it out in somebody's computer to check...

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So, I've been having issues with my recently built computer. Sometimes when I am playing a game, watching movie, opening a program, or even when I'm starting up the computer I've have system lock ups that require me to restart to get it back and running again. If there is a sound playing during the freeze, it will often get stuck too and repeatedly play the last little bit of the soundfile over and over rapidly. Kills the eardrums to say the least. -_-

I've updated every driver I can find and still am having the issues persist. I'd originally thought it was an issue with my graphics card but I'd switched the one I had been using for a second card and the issues still persist. I've checked the ram to see if they were faulty and the memtests keep coming back ok so I figure that can be ruled out.

The only times I've been able to recreate the lockups with 100% accuracy is when I attempt to install either Dragon Age or Mass Effect 2. Both installations freeze at various percentages. Sometimes it will get as far as a 50% installation while other times it freezes at the 13% mark.

I'm using Windows 7 Professional x64
my speccs are:

ASUS M4N75TD AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) XMP-Ready Rev.2 Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600R2LV4GK

Original video card: MSI N250GTS Twin Frozr GeForce GTS 250 5... Read more

Answer:System lock ups. Please help.

Quote: Originally Posted by Crolanpw

So, I've been having issues with my recently built computer. Sometimes when I am playing a game, watching movie, opening a program, or even when I'm starting up the computer I've have system lock ups that require me to restart to get it back and running again. If there is a sound playing during the freeze, it will often get stuck too and repeatedly play the last little bit of the soundfile over and over rapidly. Kills the eardrums to say the least. -_-

I've updated every driver I can find and still am having the issues persist. I'd originally thought it was an issue with my graphics card but I'd switched the one I had been using for a second card and the issues still persist. I've checked the ram to see if they were faulty and the memtests keep coming back ok so I figure that can be ruled out.

The only times I've been able to recreate the lockups with 100% accuracy is when I attempt to install either Dragon Age or Mass Effect 2. Both installations freeze at various percentages. Sometimes it will get as far as a 50% installation while other times it freezes at the 13% mark.

I'm using Windows 7 Professional x64
my speccs are:

ASUS M4N75TD AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) XMP-Ready Rev.2 Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X... Read more

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Question: System Lock Up

XP Home
1000 Mhz AMD Athalon Processor
40G HD
512 Mb RAM

I have done everything to this computer I can think of.
Installed, updated & ran Ad-Aware, Spybot, Window Washer and AVG anit-virus.
Got rid of all of the ad/spy/mal ware.
Got rid of viruses.

Installed new modem & RAM.
Vacuumed out / cleaned CPU fan, ect.
She even installed a new HD that Dell sent her.

It still locks up.
USUALLY when online (Dial-up AOL) but not always so I dont think that's got anything to do with it.

It's been doing it since she bought it from Dell.
Unfortunately, after she got the replacement HD from Dell, she never "got around to" returning it because it still locked up, now it's too late.

Any ideas?



Answer:System Lock Up

no clue.. maybe try updating windows...

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Question: lock system

hello..i have pc in my home running for internet and gaming,i am wondering that the user attempting to delete the files and installed games,how can i lock the system so that even they are deleting the files after restarting all the files back again.and also how to unlock.please post the step by step guide for me.please thank..

Answer:lock system

I'm a little confused as to what you're asking. Someone is deleting your files and games when you leave your computer unattended?

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Question: System lock up

Hi thanks for looking at my thread, I feel like a moocher coming cap in hand with my first post but I'm starting to get to my wits end. My system locks up in games anything from a couple of seconds to several hours in. The bigger the strain the quicker the lock up, PvPing in Warhammer online with about 50 people involved was locking me much more often. The system becomes unresponsive and requires a hard reboot.

I've tried to do so many things and each time I think I might have solved it bang lock up. I've got all the up to date drivers for mobo and video cards, I've got the fans cranked up to 100% and it seems fairly cool in there.

I just don't know what to do, maybe I missed something in upgrading to 64 bit some driver or something. I've tried to research online possible things but there is so much information. I'm resigned to dealing with my vendor tomorrow when I have the strength but for now hoping maybe there's a suggestion from you guys here. Thanks a lot for any help the system spec is below.

Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Q9450 2.66GHz 12MB Cache 1333MHz FSB
Operating System: Genuine Windows® Vista Home Premium - English (64 bit)
Motherboard: Alienware® Approved NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI
Includes PCI-Express 2.0, DDR3 Memory, and Support for Intel 1600 FSB
Power Supply: Alienware® 1000 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply - UK Powercord
Graphics Processor : Dual Graphics Card - Dual 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 9800 GX2... Read more

Answer:System lock up

Microsoft Windows XP

1.Click Start, and then right-click My Computer.2.Click Properties.3.Click the Advanced tab, and then click Settings under Startup and Recovery. 4.Under System failure, click to clear the Automatically restart check box.5.Click OK, and then click OK.6.Try to reproduce the error message.

Windows Vista

1.Click Start, click Control Panel, click System and Maintenance, and then click System.2.Click Advanced System Settings. 3. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.4.Click the Advanced tab, and then click Settings under Startup and Recovery. 5.Under System failure, click to clear the Automatically restart check box.6.Click OK, and then click OK.7.Try to reproduce the error message.

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Question: System Lock Down

Does anyone know if it's possible to lock down Windows 10 Home to not allow anything to run without permission from the user? If so, my thought is that this would be an effective way to prevent any kind of malware/virus/etc. from doing any damage...thoughts?

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Question: System Lock-ups

Okay, I recently purchased and installed an 80gb WD hard drive. After going through several different setups, I now have only WD installed as the single master. The jumpers are setup properly, but my system continues to lock up. It seems this happens whenever I try to download or install something, or when I run scandisk. Sometimes I can download small programs without it locking up, but anything large, it crashes. Any help on this topic? Thanks
Running Windows ME

Answer:System Lock-ups

What anti-virus program do you run? What browser?

Have you flashed your mobo's BIOS?

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Question: system lock

i need a program that i can use to lock my computer. so like if i wanna go away i just need to like right click on the small icon and say lock and it would lock the computer from anything. I know the windows screen saver does the same thing but thats pretty easy to get around. I need an inexpensive software that will help me lock my computer cause i dont want any of my relatives that visit like every weekend to use it while im gone.

Answer:system lock

Press Winkey+L, and if you've got a password you'll need it to log back on.

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Question: System lock up

Hello, I have a Vaio running a 64 bit Vista. I use Hitman Pro and Panda Anti-Virus. For a few weeks my system has been locking up while I am using it, forcing me to shut it down and restart it. I tried reinstalling the OS but the problem still remains.

Anyone know how to fix this?


Answer:System lock up

Well if you suspect malware then you need to be following these instructions...

READ & RUN ME FIRST - Malware Removal Guide

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Question: System lock


I run Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit.

I have encountered in the past, that my computer locks. Suddenly I canot use even the Keyboard nor the mouse, and I have then to do a hard reset.

I have tried to start up in safemode, where I have run Dr Web Cureit, the viruscan with my Bullguard, and also with Superantispyware.

There was nothing at all to notice.

I then think it could be a hardware issue.

Anyone, that can tell me what to do ?.

BTW this is written in Linux

Answer:System lock

It happens to me from time to time. The way I get out of it is to press CTRL-ALT-DLET and then cancel the dialog. It seems to then free it up.

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Question: System Lock ups

Hi there,
Thanks for reading.

I have an ancient Compaq Desktop, 500MHz w/ 384MB ram running W2K. All's been well until I installed a DVD +-RW and accompanying software. Now when I use RealPlayer basic or WMP, either I don't get video playback (although there IS sound) or the system locks up and I have to do a hard reboot.

I tried reinstalling Realplayer but problem continues.

Have you seen this before?

Thanks again!

Answer:System Lock ups

Did the DVD come with any software or driver discs?-If so try using there media player and see if that works properly--This may be a conflict issue between different media players fighting for control of either your audio or video.


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Question: System lock

System locks and I get just a Kernel_power Event code: 41 and bugcheck 0 if I look in Event viewer.

I check memtest86 and scanned HD everything was ok.

New Gigybyte GA-990FXA-UD3

New FX-6350 unlocked 3.0 rev I've Updated Bios

windows 7-64 home
Thanks for any help.

Answer:System lock

Please follow - Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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Question: System lock up

My Intel P4 2.2gh PC running XP SP2 keeps locking up. The only way that I can get it working again is to ctr/alt/del to task manager and click the close button twice, this allows me to continue as usual until the next lock up. I have tried re-installing Windows and updating drivers to no avail. Has anybody any ideas what is happening and how I can fix this

Answer:System lock up

FReeezing PC1. Overheat due to faulty / blocked fans 2. PSU voltages 3. Household power surges fridge etc switching on/off4. faulty memory stick try memtest click here5. virus or spyware scan for both especially if shutting down with in a few minutes of switch on or internet use6. driver conflicts especially grahics cards get the latest drivers for your equipment

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The only time my system locks is during start up. After that, I can't get the computer to lock either with the screen saver enabled and check "prompt for password" or the Win+L key. I've searched and search but no go. It shouldn't be this difficult just to lock a damn computer should it?

Answer:I can't lock my system

Hello Dannie, and welcome to Eight Forums.

As a test, if you like, see how the lock computer option for the desktop context menu in the tutorial below may work for you.

Lock Computer - Add to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8

Hope this helps for now,

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Question: System lock up

After a random period of time the system locks up completely. All keys useless including ALT-CTRL-DEL. No cursor movement. System reset does not work (I just get a bit of Hard drive activity and initial test of drives but no beep and reboot) and requires a complete cold reboot. I have just reloaded Win XP and all drivers with same problem. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:System lock up

If system reset (the hardware button) doesn't work, I'd suspect a hardware issue, probably in the drive or controller area.

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Question: System Lock Up

Every time I attempt to start Word 2000 I get the message "There is not enough free memory to run this program" the system then locks up and i can't open anything. I am running ME and have 128 Ram. I have no other programs open can you help please.!!

Answer:System Lock Up

KimW, I'm no computer expert but have you loaded any software that may be conflicting with Word. If so uninstall it and try Word again..Lap..

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Question: Lock the system?

Is there a freeware download that will lock the system so it can't be used until I enter a password? I have seen Matrix but did not think it very secure. Thanks for any suggestions.

Answer:Lock the system?

Matrix???What version of Windows are you running?  If Win XP, do you have a password on your user account?

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Hi, I'm just wondering if anyone can help. My computer has became increasingly unstable. When I say this I mean it has a tendency to freeze, lock up and reboot.

The problem is... well the problems are when you go into Internet Explorer or Firefox, the computer freezes when there is an image on screen. To get to unfreeze I can press ctrl-alt-del, this only helps for a short time as when it freezes again the motherboard beeps and the only way to get the computer working is to hit reboot on the base.

The other problem is when you exit IE or FF the computer completely locks up and the motherboard beeps and I have to hit reboot on the base once again. Even the keyboard stops responding so ctrl-alt-del is not possible.

At first I thought it was a graphical problem so I uninstalled all the drivers and that didn't stop the problem. I even replaced my GFX card, and took out the memory to see if it was faulty but that didn't stop the problem either. I've tried uninstalling the drivers for the printer, scanner, GFX card and sound card but to no avail.

It had even stopped my anti-virus software (pccillin2002) from updating on the net.

The only thing I can think that is buggering it up is that I have a ancient monitor CTX 1451, so old that you can't get any drivers for it now. After a while it lets out this high pitched squeal, if you hit it it goes away only to come back after a while. I don't know if a monitor could screw a computer up so much, but at the m... Read more

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Question: System lock up

My system intermitently locks up and needs to be restarted. I did think it was a bad install of my previous OS (server 2003) or maybe a virus or something but I have since upgraded my OS and the problem is still cropping up, although less frequently. There is no error report created to give an idea of what has failed and the event log is no more helpful.
Obviously I realise this is a really vague problem which could be down to a number of reasons, so is there a program around which could analyse what happens when it crashes?
Cheers for any help on the really frustrating problem,


Answer:System lock up

If you are thinking "virus" then I think you need to post a HJT (HijackThis) log and let a qualified member (gold shield next to their name) take you through what needs to be done. I suggest you print off this guide, just in case ....
Please go no further than the stages listed here for now.
Using Hijackthis with the self-installer that puts it into Program Files for you:

go to Click here to download HJTsetup.exe

Save HJTsetup.exe to your desktop.
Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Hijack This.
Continue to click Next in the setup dialogue boxes until you get to the Select Additional Tasks dialogue.

Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.

Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
At the final dialogue box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.

Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then save the log and then the log will open in Notepad.

Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" to copy the entire contents of the log.
Paste the log in your next reply.
DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.

Now you'll need to wait for a qualified member to take you through the next stages.You'll get great help ...


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Question: system lock up

I'm trying to fix my sister's computer. It will always lock up for no apparent reason. I tried updating windows, McAfee antivirus, AdAware, etc and running complete system scans and it didn't work. So I took a seperate, formatted hard drive and put a fresh install of WinXP on it with nothing else. The computer still locks up. So I created a bootable CD-ROM with Microsoft's memory diagnostic utility and it even locked up on that. So I took both sticks of memory out and ran the utility on each one. Again, they both locked up. They both froze on test 9 of 11 which is the "WStride-6 test: Applies a stride-6 pattern using data patterns tailored for the memory in this system". I have no idea what else to try. Does anyone have any ideas what could be wrong and how I could fix it? The memory consists of a stick of 128Mb PC-133 and another 128Mb stick but I'm unsure of it's speed. It's running a PIII 667 MHz processor with a SOYO SY-7ISA+ mobo and using the onboard video/sound. WinXP Pro OS.

Thanks for you help.

Answer:system lock up

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Question: System lock up

My system intermittently locks up and needs to be restarted. I did think it was a bad install of my previous OS (server 2003) or maybe a virus or something but I have since upgraded my OS and the problem is still cropping up, although less frequently. There is no error report created to give an idea of what has failed and the event log is no more helpful.
Obviously I realise this is a really vague problem which could be down to a number of reasons, so is there a program around which could analyse what happens when it crashes?
Cheers for any help on the really frustrating problem,


Answer:System lock up

Microsoft says whenever a computer freezes or reboots (crashes) you need to run chkdsk
Start, my computer, right click on your hard drive, select properties, select tools, error checking click "check now"(chkdsk).
(General maintenance can save alot of headaches, see link below for general maintenance)

Hard drive
Download the diagnostic tool and check your hard drive
Hard Disk Drive Diagnostics/Utilities



When your CPU overheats, it will usually cause your computer to reboot. Video card overheating causes artifacts to appear on your screen, and usually wont cause reboots.


Enter BIOS upon powering on your computer. Most BIOs have a hardware monitor. Use this to check your temperatures and fan speeds.

There is also hardware monitoring software that can check your temperatures from Windows. Your hardware monitoring software should have come with your motherboard. If you have no monitoring software, you can go to and get PC Wizard. PC Wizard is an easy to use program that will let you know what kind of temperatures you have, and what your fan speeds are at.


CPU overheating is usually caused by a failing CPU fan or improperly applied thermal paste. Fortunately, these 2 causes are easy to fix. If the CPU fan is dead, buy a new one and install it. If the thermal paste is improperly applied, remove the old paste off and apply new paste.

Another method is to take a house fan and open the case blowing the fan ... Read more

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I'm currently looking for different registry "hacks" (for lack of a better term) to disable and lock down a somewhat public computer. Here is the setup. WinXP Professional + touch screen case with a 40"+ plasma/tft. (I don't know which to tell you the truth)

I need the "user" - basically anyone with a finger, to be able to navigate around a webpage on this display, but that is IT.

The computer itself is hidden in the ceiling, so no worries about someone doing a hard reset.

I would imagine I would need the start bar hidden, if there were some way to disable the IE window from minimizing that would be nice as well...

This system was set up many years ago, before I started working here.

Cliffs: Start bar disabled
Desktop icons disabled
Force the IE browser open. That's "it"

BTW: I know they used a VNC program to remote in before, but beyond that I am clueless. I am also using google, I just have a feeling I won't find all the info I need written down, especially procedures, I mean I need the IE window to open before I disable other things...

Thanks for the help all.

Answer:How to lock down a system?


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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 45 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 12
RAM: 16336 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series, -1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 114370 MB, Free - 26801 MB; E: Total - 99 MB, Free - 65 MB; F: Total - 953865 MB, Free - 636650 MB; G: Total - 1907626 MB, Free - 1348762 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Tecohnology Co., Ltd., X79-UD3
Antivirus: None

Hey guys. Got this system a few months back for my dad to use. He no longer needed it so he gave it to me. Installed a SSD and used my old HDD and his HDD. Now all I've done is install a few games. No other software or anything. But when I play some games i get hard lock ups... i cant alt tab or alt ctrl del or anything. It locks up and stays that way =|

Runs incredibly well all the time except when it decides to lock up. I have speed fan installed as I initially thought it was a GPU over heating issue but thats not the case.

I've run a intelburntest on the CPU to see if it was that and wondering if its likely to be a GPU or PSU issue?

Let me know what steps to take next and hopefully we can figure this out. haha thanks in advance.

Answer:New System Lock ups

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First I want to say hello to everyone since this is my first post on these boards. Second, I'd like to ask for a bit of help. Lately my system has been sporadically locking up for brief periods of time then eventually freezing up all together. I had one identified worm on my system that I took care of but I am still experiencing problems. I would appreciate any help anyone can give me.

I have the following log;

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 4:45:18 PM, on 5/28/2004
Platform: Windows ME (Win9x 4.90.3000)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)
Running processes:
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = [url=""][/url]
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Internet Explorer
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O2 - BHO: (no ... Read more

Answer:Help with system lock-ups.

Have you downloaded, installed, updated and run Ad-aware and SpyBot S&D? If not you can find links in this:

After running and fixing anything Ad-aware and SpyBot find, download and run the below tool (you must remain online while running it):

Now shut everthing you can down and run HiJaak This again, fix the below lines if they still exist:

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {9C691A33-7DDA-4C2F-BE4C-C176083F35CF} - (no file)
O8 - Extra context menu item: &IE Toolbar search - res://C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\TOOLBAR.DLL/SEARCH.HTML

O16 - DPF: {E0CE16CB-741C-4B24-8D04-A817856E07F4} (IObjSafety.DemoCtl) -

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I have just started to experience a major irritation , and possibly even a major security issue

When using the PC , and at no particualr time or when doing any particular thing, the system becomes almost unusable.
The mouse seems to lock , or 'drags behind' or jumps across the screen in huge leaps, and the hard-drive seems to go into over-drive with it buzzing and whirring away.

I have checked Task manager and there are no unknown applications running.
I have also checked in processes , but again I cant see anything that looks out of place, although to be fair the names are not all recognisable.

There is plenty of RAM (at least 1 gb spare)

I do have SKYPE installed , but I only turn it on when I want to use it, so I assume that it cant be using my pc as a node , (unless it is switched on)

I use Norton 2009 with the system absolutely bang up to date
and the system has been deep scanned for viruses.

I am at a loss what this could be
This is a very important work PC, so am loathe to re-load windows, but unless there are no ideas, I might consider that as a last resort
When the problem happens it renders the PC almost unusable for periods up to 10 mins at a time .

Any help please ?

Answer:System seems to almost almost lock up

hi a driver up date of your mouse may help get it from the mfr support website also norton could be causing some problem

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Question: Lock system


I wanted to know if there is a way to lock my computer with a password, i am using windows xp

Thank you


Answer:Lock system

Hi, Yes, but they can be gotten around by someone with a little knowhow, and if you forget certain ones, it's hard to remove.
There are all kinds of ways to get around things.

Have a look here, but you have to look at info for XP Home, or Pro, whichever you use! The security features are more robust in Pro edition.

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Question: System lock up

just recently my computer started locking up with a steady buzz sound usually just after boot, othertimes after its been on for a bit and even once mid game, but also sometimes it doesnt lock up but instead i come back and the computer is off. any suggestions? specs are as followsits got a new video card:  saphire X1950 ProProduct name        alienware                      Board model         Genuine Intel(R) D875PBZ system boardOS version          Windows* XP version 5.1 Service Pack 2 build 2600OS memory           1,047,236 KB RAM ***************************************************************************                                 Processor***************************************************************************Processor           Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHzBus speed           800 MHzL1 cache            Data Cache 8KB, Execution Trace Cache 12K Micro-opsL2 cache            Advanced Transfer Cache 512 KBForm factor         Socket 478Stepping            9 *************************************************************************** ... Read more

Answer:System lock up

Is this buzz sound coming from the system itself or out of the speakers?

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Question: System lock up

Any ideas why my system periodcally locks up/crashes either at night or while I am at away at work? This might happen 2 nights in a row then not again for a week - no pattern at all. I have power options set to 'balanced' . 'Put computer to sleep'>'Never' (on main page), 'allow hybrid sleep'> 'On' (advanced settings), 'turn hard drives off' > 'never'. I have automatic back up set to run each night at 10:00 to an internal HDD, but other than that the only things that should be running are the defaulted Win7 settings such as updates, etc.

Answer:System lock up


Run the Driver Verifier - Driver Verifier -

If Driver Verifier flags a 3rd party driver, it will BSOD your system. If so, please provide system information -

Regards. . .



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On a regular basis, my screen locks and the mouse icons moves independently around the screen. This occurs if I leave the PC idle for maybe 15 minutes. At this point the mouse or keyboard does not work. Cntl Alt del does not work. My only option is to power down and reboot.
When I reboot, a message comes up asking to connect to TPM, I cancel this and continue to reboot.
This does not happen every day but on the days it does, I can lose everything that was open 4 or 5 times a day unless I go on Standby when not actively working the PC.
Any one any idea how to stop this. Incredibly frustrating.

Answer:TPM causes system lock

Is this the Dell Trusted Platform Module BIOS setting which enables encryption? If so you can turn it off in BIOS setup.

If not, Let's start by getting a clean boot so nothing is running except the OS and your AV.

Enter msconfig>Startup and uncheck everything except your AV listing.

Next enter msconfig>Services, select Hide all MS services, then uncheck all except AV.

After several reboots check back in both places to make sure nothing wrote itself back in. If so, turn it off in it's Program preferences or Uninstall it. You can learn what program is involved by googling the listing.

If problem persists, google the exact error message verbatim to learn how others have solved it.

Run a full scan with Malwarebytes.
Install recommended MSE or Avast 6, run full scan.
If you have one of the bloatware AV's MucAfee or Norton, uninstall using their special tool.

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The volume is set to 10/10 and I get a lock sound when I lock it using the power button. Does this mean that Touch Lock does not actually lock the phone?

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Hello code gurus,

I am running a W7 machine. I am finding that it runs to 100% CPU usage for no obvious reason.

Mouse movement happens but any attempt at open, closing or switching between screen becomes cumbersome. If it moves at all it might be 5 or 6 minutes. I am finding this even on local connections to my external hard drives. Sometimes I just have to do a hard re-boot as nothing responds at all.

Thinking it might be some goofy string, I have run CCleaner and Malwarebytes in the past. Neither seem to make a difference. Ran SuperAntiSpyware and found a few little trackers, got rid of them. Still having trouble.

I use FFox and IE browsers. I usually do have about 5 Skype windows open as that is part of my connection with my company. My video card has 1gig processor on board. So I don't think its the graphics.

I look at the various tabs of Task Manager and can see that FFox and Skype are at the top usage, followed by Thunderbird.

Is this an issue with a recent MSoft update maybe?

I ran the anti malware gambit to give you something to look at. Malwarebytes turned up nothing. Attaching the SuperAntiSpyware report from a few days ago. Not much there either. But maybe it will give you more clues.

Thanks to all of you for your tireless help.

Answer:excessive cpu use and system lock up

Didn't look like my reports attached. Trying again.

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Hello all,

I have a custom built PC that seems to have quite a unique issue. (Or so google thinks)

I am unable to load anything other than the bios. When i attempt to boot into windows the computer locks up. When i attempt to choose the repair computer in boot options it shows the windows logo, then the spinning dots and locks up. I attempt to load into the windows setup and the same follows. Spinning dots and locks up. I am currently attempting to format the usb with windows 10 i used to install windows in the first place however i fear more of the same will follow.

Could there be a fix for such an issue?

If more information required just ask.

Answer:Total system lock up

I attempt to load into the windows setup

Hi, do you mean you have tried to boot from a Win 10 bootable medium and this fails too?

If you haven't tried that, please do so.
If you have, please try removing your drive and booting from an external medium (e.g. DVD or flash drive).

What happened prior to this? e.g. my PC was working normally and suddenly the power cut out... there was an update... etc

Also please complete your system specs- we don't even know if this is a laptop or a desktop.
System Specs - Fill in at Ten Forums - Windows 10 Forums

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I have a Gigabyte GA-71XE board,Athlon 700 o/c to 735,128 MB RAM, running Win98SE. A Creative CD5233E and a Creative CD-RW RW8438E both on the secondary IDE with the CDROM set as master.

When I insert a audio cd into the CDROM , the system frezes - the processor maxes out, CAD does no good, the mouse cursor is moveable but nothing happens when I click anywhere. If I push the button to eject the cd,the drive light stays on.The only recourse is to hit reset.Scandisk finds no errors.Audio CDs play fine in the CDRW.Data and games play fine in the CDROM.

No duplicates or erors in device manager.Disableing all background programs via EnditAll and StartUpCop helps none.Swapped slave/master -disconnected CDRW,no go.Scanned for virus (Norton and Trend Housecalls),clean booted,turned graphics and audio playback hardware acceleration to none.
Same lockup.During clean boot - CAD shows MSGSRV32.EXE not responding.Ran SFC,Norton System Check,Disk Doctor,Speed Disk,Scanreg,Regclean. I'm running out of ideas - if the CDROM itself were croaking,one would think the data and games wouldn't work(?)TIA for all suggestions.

Answer:Audio cds lock system

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some time before yesterday morning one of my children downloaded something and now my total system has locked up under all profiles
they only way i can do anything is under safe mode with networking
also wont let me even open up system restore

also whne i try and do search i get redirects to various websites whie in safemode with networking

also i cant run any antivirus,highjackthis/or malware removal tools

Answer:total system lock-up

See if you can follow this tutorialPost back with any problems

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Running Windows 98se and the screen saver locks up, whole system freezes up. I have ran scan disk, defrag and everything in Norton Utilities, by the way, Windows Scan Disk will never complete, always get 10 restart message, no programs are running when I try it. I did however have the JS Seeker virus get in the system but I removed it. The systen worked fine after until a few days ago. Think maybe I should reinstalling windows over itself or just go ahead and format the thing.

Answer:{Closed} System Lock Up

I'm going to move this to the OS forum, as there doesn't appear to be anything hardware related in your question.

Please go there to look for replies.

Get free stuff and help out a poor computer tech:
LarryCore begs for money

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Ok, I have done everything I know how to do and am completely at a loss now. My pc consist of the following parts:

MB Asus Z170PRO
RAM 16gb DDR4
SSD/HDD: Samsung 840 Pro 512 - WD Black Edition 2TB.

Temps on the pc are amazing they idle around 20-25 and load is about 39-44 on cpu and gpu is around 29-33 Idle and load about 60-70c. I have run SFC Scans I have reinstalled I have run mem test and am clueless on what else to do...Sometimes it will go all week without locking up and others its 2-3x in a day all the parts was bought earlier this year and assembled. The system is NOT over clocked.
I will be playing a game and I will sometimes hear a short quick static sound like ssszzht and bam entire system frozen. I have to hard shut down to get it to come back. I have checked the SSD and HDD health both showing 100% and strong running. I have checked for any driver updates and I am fully up2date. Any ideas?

Could this be from a USB hub maybe? I just thought of this idk if it is possible or not, Normally I can track down just about any problem but when I pull the event viewer or reliability log up it just simply says Windows has shut down unexpectedly... This due to I have to hard shut down cause it locked up.

Answer:System lock ups randomly.

I have also run the PC diagnostics tool from Asus for my board and everything has passed.

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I have managed to configure the bios to boot from USB. Although, when I try to boot from usb which is configured to use WINPE the system locks and both the keyoboard and mouse does not respond. . I have mounted the usb 3 drivers and also network drivers via the USB. Although, I am still getting the same issue. Do you know what I need to do in order to get this to work. thanks.

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I am having a strange problem that has been occuring now on a regular basis. I am running windows ME and using zone alarm as my fire wall. I also use antivar, DR. Spyware, along with spyblaster ccleaner to clean up spyware and malware on aty regular intervoles. I have run HJT and had major geeks review the log. All was good with my system.I am also up to date with all the micro soft windows updates to ME. However when I power down I get a blue screen (not the blue screen of death with an error message) but a pale blue screen. At that point the system hangs. I have to reboot to safe mode, run disk scan and then power down. The other think that will sometimes happen when I go though this process, is the next time I power up. Sometimes I get a message that my last power down of window was incorrect and I have to hit the radio bar on my screen to get back my desk top. Any ideas. I can supply any othere info you may need. I would like to thank anyone in advance for ant help.

Answer:system lock up at shutdown

See if any of the steps in the link below help.


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I'm new so not sure if this is in the correct section.

System is:
Mainboard: EVGA nforce 780i SLI Motherboard - A1 Version
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Processor EU80580PJ0606M
CPU Fan: MASSCOOL 8WA741 92mm Ball CPU Cooler
Memory: OCZ SLI-Ready Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (4x2048MB)
OS: Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit DSP OEM DVD with Service Pack 1
DVD/Burner: Lite-On LH-20A1S SuperAllwrite SATA DVD Burner
PSU: Ultra X-Pro ULT40029 750-Watt Power Supply
Video: EVGA GeForce 8800 GT Video Card
Case: Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3250310NS 250GB

I built two of these systems around may2008, one for me and one for my wife. The only difference between the two is she has 2 sticks of ram (I have 4 but same memory) and her video card is different (EVGA 640-P2-N829-CR GeForce 8800 GTS SSC Edition 640MB).

From the get go we both had problems with usb devices not waking up after sleep mode. That was fixed by using a usb to ps2 adapter.

Over the course of the past few weeks both of the systems were freezing (locking up might be a better word since everything stops working mouse, keyboard etc etc) and a hard boot was the only way out of it. This seemed to occur around the same time as the latest vista security update (possibly a coincedance).

This week the problem persisted for both pc's and then wednesday night when my wife's went dow... Read more

Answer:Vista 64 System lock up


If I remember correctly, I heard of issues with the 780i that was causing all sorts of issues like this. Check out the Nvidia (or EVGA) forums for similar issues for one thing.
I know I remember reading about similar issues as this at Nvidia forums...
I know the 780i chipset was having issues...
I just can't be certain this is what you're experiencing, but I'd scan those forums and also keep us posted here as well. Between us we can hopefully get this sorted out, but I KNOW I remember reading about issues with the 780i based boards similar to this...

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I can access the internet after boot.....When I get out of internet explorer, I can't get back on. I can't do anything....turn off the computer, bring up task manager, nada. I have to do a hard shutdown every time. Not sure what caused it. The first signs of trouble I (having too much wine) bought regCure. It worked, but now nothing helps. I was going thru some old programs and decided to run FxMyDoom for some reason. After that I've had to do the hard shutdown thing. Suggestions? (I've done several restorations.)

compaq presario
amd xp 1600+
1.4 ghz, 736mb ram
windows Home xp sp2

Answer:[SOLVED] system lock.....

hello ,

this is a sure sign that your core registry has been corrupted

follow this link

you will not loose any data or programs / but make sure all your protection is working correctly ( you might have to reistall it / normally not )

now you will have to redo all of the updates from microsoft

but i would do this first after the repair link

performing a (sfc) system file checker

It is a scan that checks the core files & dlls of the (os) operating system and replaces them if they are corrupt or missing with the correct original version


#1 then select (run) , then press enter
a window will open
#2 type in ( cmd ) then press enter
another window will open
#3 type in ( sfc )then press enter
another window will open
#4 type in (sfc /purgecache) then enter / your pc will work like crazy / this helps in rebuiding the cache file (notice the space between (sfc & /)
#5 type in (sfc /scannow ) then press enter ( notice the space between the (sfc & / )

now a scan will start , have your (Windows XP software disk ready ) your pc may ask for this disc when it starts or during the scan( so you must sit with the pc while this scan functions ) , if it does then incert the cd into one of your cd/rom/player's , your pc will then reconnize it and continue , you will then have to minimize the splash screen for the cd to see the scan , when the scan is finished y... Read more

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I have managed to configure the bios to boot from USB. Although, when I try to boot from usb which is configured to use WINPE the system locks and both the keyoboard and mouse does not respond. . I have mounted the usb 3 drivers and also network drivers via the USB. Although, I am still getting the same issue. Do you know what I need to do in order to get this to work. thanks.

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Hello, for the past day my system has been locking up and crashing. Unlike a normal lock up, there is no "hour glass" or CPU usage spike. I hear a click sound from the tower (similar to the sound when a CD ROM closes) than everything freezes completely. Cannot move mouse, ctrl-alt-del, nothing. When this happens, the HDD light on my tower stays on, but I don't hear the HDD spinning. This has happened with various applications open, so I can't pin it on any application failing. The only way to recover from this is to do a hard shut down and restart. I have tried running my system in both Knoppix and XP (dual boot) and the problem occurs in both, so I am inclined to think that it is a hardware problem, but I cannot figure out what hardware is causing the problem.

I am running:
Athlon XP 2500 clocked at 1.833
Assus k7n8x Delux m/b
512 MB generic RAM
Maxtor 80 GB Master IDE HDD (IDE 0)
Maxtor 120 GB Slave IDE HDD (IDE 1)
LG 4081 DVD burner (IDE 2)
LG CD Burner (IDE 3)
350 watt generic power supply

I usually work in XP but occasionally boot into Knoppix. The problem has happend in both at varying times of operation. (eg, 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes after boot)

CPU temp is good, 39c, case temp is good, 30c, and the SMART info for both HDD's shows 100% fitness / performance

I am inclined to think it is a power supply problem but I want to make sure before buying a new power supply.

Any help is mucho apreciated!

Answer:System lock / crash

very likely that It might be your psu.

check this link out:

also,when was the last time you have defragged/scanned for viruses/trojans/used ad-aware type programs?

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Hey everyone. Starting about a week ago my system started locking up at random times.

I started at my event viewer and found a few errors and and resolved nearly all of them could have caused this. however the problem still persists.

My display drivers are up to date

I dont believe anything else has updated around the time of the crashes.

I am at a loss as to what it could be. It locks up when its just idling and when its being used IE gaming,youtube,web browsing
Any help would be great! thanks

Answer:Total system lock up

Edit. Here is my DM log collector

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I'm trying to find some help in the best way to troubleshoot this problem. I have made a post already but I think I made it in the wrong section of the forum so I wanted to try here. I play an MMORGP called Lineage II. Just like any other server based game I access their servers to play. I pay for two seperate accounts. What I do is open one client, log onto the server, enter game with a character in windowed mode. I then go to start and open another client, log onto the server with my other account info and onto another character and play them both. We call it two boxing. I alt-tab back and forth with I need something from my other character. A huge number of people play this way and I haven't found anyone that has this problem and some of them have lower end hardware than I.
What will happen is every once in a while, I'll hit al-tab and everything just freezes. cursor, no keyboard funtion, nothing. I have to reset to fix. Sometimes it will work fine for hours, and then sometimes, it will happen every ten minutes. I am assuming it is a hardware issue but I have no idea how best to trouble shoot it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. What can I do to find the problem?
Here is my general system info.

Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2000+, MMX, 3DNow, ~1.7GHz
Memory: 1536MB RAM
RADEON 9600 Series Secondary (Omega 3.8.252)
Monitor: Dell 2405FPW (Digital) Res: 1920,1200

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

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink DVD Solution\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCD.exe
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I've trawled through the forums here and found similar problems but nothing thats quite the same, or that has the answers which I think I need! I'm very PC literate although a bit foggy sometimes when it comes to hardware...

My system generally runs without a problem but in the past month or so it's developed a lock-up. The freeze only occurs whilst I am running a game, although it has occurred once whilst using a level editing program.
The picture freezes and the sound enters a repetitive loop, mouse and keyboard are unresponsive and the only way to break free is to manually restart the pc by holding the power switch for 5 seconds... However this problem doesn't occur with all games, the main culprits are WH40K: Dawn Of War and C&C Generals. My specification as you can see below should easily run both games, AND has done perfectly in the past.

I have checked all of the obvious drivers are up to date and re-installed them, plus I have tried both original and updated versions of the games but this hasn't helped...

I did however notice something very odd, im detecting 2 CPUs and I only have ONE installed... Also under the device manager > Computer is 'Multiprocessor PC'..... My pc only has ONE processor, how on earth do I change that and could it be part of the problem?

OS: Windows Xp Pro - Service Pack 2
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
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Answer:HELP! Unusual Repetative System Lock-up

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Hey all!

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

I would appreciate any and all responses.



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

It is the Drives for sure if everything is fine with them removed.
I would install them one at a time (after testing extensively )
You should have enough power,But it may be close (Lot of Fans ,3 Drives,???)
I am sure you checked to make sure Jumpers are set correctly.
Also Make the Writer the Master( I had that problem before with DVD drives)
Are there any error messages from Authoring Software in Event Log,Turn Windows XP writing Software off if you are using Third party.Do you have more than 1 Software?
Let us know.

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I wish to know if there is a way to prevent unauthorised access to computer system if it's been stolen?

The unauthorised access includes getting your computer formatted. So I wonder if there's a software that can do that?

So far I know the thieves are not able to access to the programs and folders if they do not have the password. I'm concern if there is a way as well to prevent them from formatting my computer as well? That includes prevent format system via USB (Press F10 thingy if not mistaken) before entering window log-on.


Answer:Full computer system lock?

Personally I always use a standard user account without a password and UAC at max. My admin account is password protected of course. When my computer boots up it automatically logs in to my standard account making it difficult and annoying to try to mess around with it. Also my AV is password protected too so its settings and shields cannot be disabled (uses a different pass from my admin)

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Over the last couple of months I have seen in Windows 10 the User Lock Screen become the Default Lock Screen. I have not found any way to restore the Default Lock Screen to its default (sea cave) image. I have checked in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\SystemData\S-1-5-18\ReadOnly\LockScreen_Z and the sea cave image is the only one there. I have tried sfc /scannow and DISM restorehealth and neither have worked. Has anyone else experienced this issue and if so have you found a way to restore the Default Lock Screen to its default? It may a registry entry that has become corrupt or that is set incorrectly. I simply do not know what causes this to happen or how to fix it once it does.

Answer:Restore the System Lock Screen

Hi, I believe you will find that image here:

Explanation of some aspects of the difference between the default lock screen (seen after booting the PC) and the lock screen seen otherwise:
How to change default lock screen image in Windows 10

Easy way to change the default lock screen using a reliable free tweaker by an expert:

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Everytime I try to install Windows 98 or Windows98SE onto my harddrive, it always locks up during the copying files portion of the install. I can sometimes get by this part by changing some of the settings in the bios. In these cases I reboot and it hangs after the "Loading Windows for the first time" screen, and before it actually loads windows. I am running a 1.2Ghz Athlon Thunderbird on a ASUS A7A266 Rev. 1.10 motherboard. I am using the Annihaltor 2 AGP card (GeForce) and have tried a diamond PCI card. I have a 6.2 Gig WD harddrive hooked up, but have tried a 20 Gig. I have tried setting the CPU/SDRAM ratio to different settings and the multiplier to different settings. I have tried the harddrive on both the primary and secondary ide controllers. I am running 256M of PC100 and have switched in another stick of 256M of PC100. I thought I had a bad board the first time and got a new board, but had the same results. I have updated to the latest bios. I have tried different cables. I know that the Windows cds are good because I could still load windows on my old system. I have tried safe mode, and loading step by step. It always locks up. I have tried several different bios settings. I thought it might be a heat problem, but I ran it in a very cold environment and had a bios reading of 36 degrees celsius. I would appreciate any help.

Answer:System lock up-not sure if its hardware or software

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Hi, I would like to start out with my problem. I have a HP pavillion a747c computer with an integrated grapics media accelerator. I recently puchased a Evga geforce 6800xt pci-e card. At first things were ok. I was having a little bit of problems with it resuming from hibernation, but not that big. Now the computer wont even boot up. It boots to the windows loading screen but then turns black with a cursor that changes into an hourglass, and thats where it stops. I messed with the whole drivers thing downloading everything I could for the computer, monitor, and graphics card, but that hasn't worked. I disabled the onboard video in the device manager and in the bios, but that didnt help either. I have removed and tried just about everything. I'm a little new to all this stuff, but I am eager to learn. Please could someone help me get my video card to work. my system specs are as follows....pentium 4 htp, 512 mb ddr sdram, and 160 gb hd. This system is stock with the exception of the video card. It is not in my machine right now. please help. My computer is set up for pci express.

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I have as trange problem here. Some of you will be familiar with this one from my other post.
This is what I have narrowed it down to.

Evert time I install (or have installed) any nVidia drivers for my Geforce3, my system locks after about 30 seconds within Windows. If I dont have any drivers installed (like now) I can get through windows and carry on like normal.

This is a major pain becuase my system is primarily used for games!!! What would be causeing this?
Youcan see in my sig that there is a 9700PRO, well that has gone back to the store I bought it as it has a faulty power connection. Im using a Geforce3 Ti200. I have tried all versions of drivers..

This is my MOBO - GA-8SG667. I have the latest AGP drivers, and I have tried all versions of these; ever without them installed.
IDE drivers.....are the same story as the AGP. I have the latest BIOS, and this error was happening before the flash.


Answer:nVidia drivers cause system lock

Did you properly uninstall the previous display drivers before adding new ones?

Was the faulty card tested to make sure it wasn't the AGP slot that was the cause of that problem?

How many different versions of nVidia drivers have you tried?
The 28.32 Detonators seem to be the best I've found for GF3 and older cards.

How much Overclocking have you done?
Try setting everything to the default settings.

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Please forgive my limited IT knowledge and skills.

2 days ago, my computer crashes when load/Play an online game (I have played this online game for 4 years on this very machine). It firest seems to jam up, followed by pixels smearing on screen and few seconds later my screen goes black and to an off position although I can still here my hard drive and fan ticking.

I dont think the issue is with my screen, i think its either a Motherboard or Graphics Card overload or burn out.

I have tried loads of things so far i.e. re-update drivers, run virus checkers but nothing helps, so i am sure its a hardware issue.

Here is my spec

Operating System
MS Windows XP Home 32-bit SP3

Intel Pentium 4 630
Cores 1
Threads 2
Name Intel Pentium 4 630
Code Name Prescott
Package Socket 775 LGA
Technology 90nm
Specification Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
Family F
Extended Family F
Model 4
Extended Model 4
Stepping 3
Revision N0
Instructions MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, EM64
Bus Speed 199.5 MHz
Rated Bus Speed 798.0 MHz
Stock Core Speed 3000 MHz
Stock Bus Speed 200 MHz

L1 Data Cache Size 16 KBytes
L1 trace cache 12 Kuops
L2 Unified Cache Size 2048 KBytes
Core 0
Core Speed 2793.1 MHz
Multiplier x 14.0
Bus Speed 199.5 MHz
Rated Bus Speed 798.0 MHz
Thread 1
Thread 2

2.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 266MHz (4-4-4-12)

Dell Inc. 0YC523 (Microprocessor)
Manufacturer Dell Inc.
Model 0YC523
Chipset Vendor Intel
Chipset Model i945P
Chipset Revision 00
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Answer:Black screen, then system lock

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well im completely stumped

i just put together a new system, specs are as follows:
mobile ath xp 2500
an7 motherboard
geforce 6600 GT agp
SATA seagate 80 gig
1 gig corsair 3200 ram
commandos is the only game that ive insstalled thats not 3d intensive and it runs fine....

however doom 3, and world of warcraft (the entire point of the system) crash within 2 minutes every time.

Its not the heat on the processor, ive got the alarm set to 50c, and everything is now set at stock and ran prime 95 for 10 hours at 40 C.

i ran memtest for a few cycles and it ran sucessfully

i put a brand new 500W power supply in
ive updated all the drivers from the bios, to the nforce, to direct x
everything runs flawlessly, except video it seems

3dmark crashes, so im almost positive its the video card
the cards fan is still running and rather strong as i have it open when i test...

Answer:3d games lock on new 6600GT/system

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I would like to "lock down" the system restore settings after I set it up on my main hd. For some reason it gets changed by either my setup of "daily disk cleaner" or Ccleaner or some other program.

Any tips would be greatly apreciated
Thank You

Answer:Lock Down System Restore Settings

Hello Rockit,

Usually these settings will not change after set unless you go back and change them again. What specific setting is being changed from what to what?

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Hey guys. I'm coming by here because I'm at my wits end right about now. I've been having this problem ever since I've had this computer. Originally, out of the box, my Gateway laptop was blue screening on me. I took it for servicing, turned out to be a corrupted video card. Had it replaced, stopped blue screening. But it would still lock up on me. I've taken it in for a few repairs since then (fixing the charger port, replacing the internal fan), but the tech guys haven't found a problem with the freezing that they can fix. Here's what I'm dealing with:

Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit - Service Pack 2
Memory: 4 GB
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU t5750 @ 2.00 GHz
Hard Drive: 282 GB (about 100 GB free on average)
Anti-Virus: Norton (provided through comcast, currently not working because comcast is having technical problems with it. But that's a recent problem and doesn't have anything to do with this)

Also use Spybot & RAM Booster. I use AusLogics Disk Defrag and Resitry Cleaner on occassion. I also back up my system onto an external hard drive every couple of weeks or so incase this sucker ever just flat out crashes on me.

Anybody have any possible solutions? I'm willing to give just about anything a shot. I'm having to reboot my computer due to freezes several times a day, and I know it's doing it's damage. Please help one and all.

PS - Things I've learned:

1) Gateway makes crappy laptops
2) Comcast are not just incompetent idiots, they are ... Read more

Answer:Persisting (not responding) and system lock up

please follow these instructions- BSOD posting instructions
Yes i know you do not have BSOD, but the info could be helpful. (i can't analyze the outputs of these dang things, but someone else will)

Also, DO NOT use registry cleaners, they do more harm than good.

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How can i make a own System Lock Pre installation myself ? anyone can advise ? as my english not very proficient therefore is there anyone can guide me through image how can i do this ? I try search online can't seems to find any article that guide me through. Please advise thanks. Appreciate much.

Answer:How can i make a own System Lock Pre installation myself ?


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None of us here are really well versed in OSX and we need a way to lock out the system preferences application for users - this is on a (windows run..) domain. Thanks

Answer:OSX 10.4 - Lock out system preferences for users

This is probably not the best way, but it's the easiest. First, change permissions of the folder to allow only read/write/execute by the admin group, then change the owner:group. Open up terminal, type:

cd /Applications
sudo chmod -R 770 "System"
sudo chown -R administrator:admin "System"
NOTE: The "administrator" name should be your login name that you use to administer OS X with, which should also be part of the admin group. If this screws up things too much (it shouldn't), then you can change back by using the commands above and substituting 777 for the 770 and root:wheel for administrator:admin.

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Having a T61PI had a deffected Planner, I claimed the planner,and Lenovo changed the Mboardafter 2 days , I found my laptop staked when playing gamesI checked lenovo supportand found this website, which stating 100% my problem refering to the website above, the solution to my problem is :Contact the help center and reference this tip to get your planar replaced The issue is that : even the New one they changed(FRU 44C3931) , is giving the same problem(System may lock up when playing games)What do you adviceThanks 

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I use a M30X-130 model and in the past already experienced some system lock up/freezing-up problems under certain undetermined conditions.
Nothing goes when trying to unlock/unfreeze; disconnecting/reconnecting power supply and/or battery is the only way to get it restarted.

Now however, things got much worse.
At home I have broadband, travelling however I use a dial-up connection.
When disconnecting the dial-up connection after an e-mail session, 9 out of 10 the system locks up/freezes up. The only way to get it working again consists of disconnecting/reconnecting the power supply and restart the system.

Any ideas?
I am working under Windows XP SP2 and using Outlook as e-mail client.


Hello Jozef

As far as I know if the notebook freezes you can press power button and hold it down for about 5 seconds. On this way the notebook will be forced to switch off.

Believe me on this way it is not easy to say why this happen. Try to remove created dial-up connection and create the new one. You can also try to reinstall the modem but I don?t believe that this can help.

It is also possible that some ?virus? or ?self installed dialer? try to make connection and it can be reason for some conflict and result is freezing operating system.

Sorry but that is all what I can tell you at the moment.

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Hello all,
I have a custom PC running Windows 7, and it is just a little over one year old. I have never really had any issues with it, however, last night, it had a hard lock-up. I was browsing through Ebay listings on Firefox, when I noticed it suddenly froze. After about a minute, I hit control-alt-delete to attempt to bring up the task manager to try to close Firefox manually. After about 10-15 seconds, it responded, and when I hit "task manager," it froze once more, and would not bring it up. On the screen, the "task manager" button appeared pushed down as it does when it is clicked on, if that makes sense. I let it sit there for about one minute, and then did a soft power-off.
I restarted the system, and of course got the old "Windows did not shut down normally" message and opted to start the system in normal mode. It started normally. Suspecting it might have been malware, I ran scans with Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, and Hitman Pro. They all came up clean. I am also running Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. There are no other symptoms of malware, either.
Does anybody have any ideas what may have caused this, and if it might be indictive of a larger issue, or if it may just be a one-time glitch? I am planning to do a complete back-up of both drives just in case. I know systems tend to have minds of their own, but I'm not quite sure how to diagnose something like this and to determine if it's cause for worry or not.
Here are the specs of the system:
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Answer:Hard lock-up on custom system

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.

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OK, my perfect little world is about to take shape I've got everything ready to fix my foul-ups from the past week and a half but one thing I hadn't really thought of. The physical drive that is my system drive--the one onto which Windows will be installed--has several partitions at the moment. During the install process, the two hidden partitions will be deleted as will the partition that was and will be C. Onto that unallocated space, Windows will do it's magic and create the recovery partition and the C partition and the Milk'n'Cookies partition. Familiar with the process, cool with it, woo hoo. There is an additional partition on this physical drive. We'll call it....uhmmmm.....the XXX drive on which resides a media collection which is quite dear to me.

In previous builds a whole boat load of crap has been installed onto that partition and it was anything but easy undoing Windows's dirty work (pun intended). last question is this:
Can I somehow LOCK this partition during the install process (or prior to the install process), insuring that it is not accessible to SYSTEM or anyone else for that matter?? At my disposal is Paragon 15, Disk Manager (duh) and a few other nifty tools--none of which I'm all that familiar with. Paragon is the one package I'm most experienced in and comfortable using--however I am not sure what path to take. Hints? Suggestions? Help?
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Answer:System HDD (Drive 0) Partitioned. Can I lock it??

The absolute certain way is to copy partition to USB external hard drive and then unplug the USB hard drive.

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XP home with SP2.

m2n32-sli mobo with amd x2 6000+
WD 8mg buffer/7200 rpm 80gig drives in Sata Raid 0.

After I put the computer into standby, when it comes out it will lock up within 10 seconds. The hard drive led lights up solid and thats all she wrote.

It does have successful times coming out of standby, ONLY when I leave a program running and change the acpi to "pos". This is only a few let me remind you. Most times it will lock up.

any ideas? fresh install?
I've searched the forums and the web. It seems no one has a problem immediatley out of stand by.

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Already removed Antivirus Antispyware 2011 scam with Malwarebytes, but the issues in the subject remain, with both IE and firefox. Couldn't get the GMER log, it locked my computer up 4 straight times despite following the special instructions.

Thanks very much guys!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 10:11:23 AM, on 3/8/2011
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.17095)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\sched.exe
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avguard.exe
C:\Program Files\Juniper Networks\Common Files\dsNcService.exe
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avshadow.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\Utilities\TpKmapMn.exe
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Answer:Google hijack, ad pop-ups, system lock-up

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Hi! I am using one of my application which use to play audio using waveoutaudio functions i.e. (waveoutprepareheader, waveoutwrite). Audio ceases at lock-up of System(i.e. PC). Following is my system confiugration:

Windows Edition : Windows Vista Ultimate - 32 bit
Processor : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 4400 @2.00GHz
Memory : 1525 MB
Audio Driver : Realtek High Definition Audio Driver
Audio Driver Version :

I have also tried by updating Audio driver(i.e. by updating Realtek Audio driver to High Definition Audio Device driver). But the result was same.

Please help me to solve this issue

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