Computer Help forum


Please help: Computer stops suddenly with no reason

by TopCnetFan / November 2, 2012 7:40 PM PDT

Hi guys, I've been having this problem for the past ~3 weeks. I'm just doing stuff on my PC and the mouse or keyboard stop responding at all. Videos on youtube also freeze as well. Apart from that, there's no apparent connection with the software or peripheral used at the time this happens; it could be any office software, or Firefox, multimedia player, etc. The screen doesn't show any action either except for Alpha Clock, a small application that's always on one corner and keeps going after everything else froze. Sometimes Alpha Clock also stops after a few minutes, some other times I just reset the PC right away and can't tell what could happen later. Windows' Toolbar does freeze along with all other activity though. As I said, online videos also stop playing.

Please help. I've been thinking it could be a RAM problem, what are your thoughts? The fans are all good. The PC is a 3+ year old Athlon Dual Core 2.61 GHz, 2GB RAM, Windows XP Home Edition w/Service Pack 3. Thank you very much for any hint that helps me solve this problem.

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Please help: Computer stops suddenly with no reason
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Please help: Computer stops suddenly with no reason
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Clarification Request
Why is Alpha Clock (and other apps)?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 3, 2012 2:24 AM PDT

All Answers

Collapse -
by pgc3 / November 3, 2012 12:02 AM PDT

And what happens when you boot into Safe Mode?

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


Big screens for the big game

Still looking for the best TV deals ahead of Sunday's game? Here are our top three big screen picks.