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Computer Hangs If Kept Idle for more than 5 minutes

by firya87 / December 20, 2008 6:21 PM PST

Dear CNET Members and Moderators,

My computer works fine if I do not keep it idle for more than 2 to 3
minutes. If I leave the computer idle i.e. do not perform any action or move the mouse for more than 5 minutes, it gets hanged and I need to restart the computer. I am experiencing this since a week.

Since past few months if I used to keep the computer idle for more than 5 minutes, it would take time to operate the mouse and then everything would work fine. But now, if I perform any action, say just a right click on the desktop, it will show a "busy" sign and will then hang. In this situation, my "Caps lock", "num lock" and "scroll lock" works. None other key on the keyboard works.

I work on my computer for 6 to 9 hours a day.

What should I do? I cannot figure out the cause of this problem.

My computer Configuration is as follows.
Windows XP Service Pack 2
Intel Pentium D 3.00 GHz

Thanks a lot

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by Bob__B / December 20, 2008 11:04 PM PST

Using power management....sleep...hibernate...other?

Using a screen saver?

If so....try turning these things off...test.

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Ideas only.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 20, 2008 11:11 PM PST

There is no cure being offered here. The suspects are far too many.

1. No malware. Read a post from Grif at http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6122_102-0.html?forumID=44&threadID=311989&messageID=2880351&tag=forums06;posts#2880351

2. No screensavers. Uninstall any that are not stock as well as set it to NONE.

3. No sleep please. Head to Power in the Control Panel and change it to never sleep or hibernate until this issue is resolved.

4. A recent nugget was found at http://slicksolutions.eu/
Use that to set the options to ease the issues of sleep, etc. We still want to disable sleep until the machine works.

5. Old hardware issues. Another post ended with a motherboard replacement. Be sure your backups are current as this symptom was the only warning they got the machine had a problem.

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Thank you
by firya87 / December 20, 2008 11:39 PM PST
In reply to: Ideas only.

Dear CNET Members and Moderators,

Thanks a lot for replying. I have implemeted on the suggessions. I hope it works.

Best Regards

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