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my PC periodically freezes for a few seconds; hard drive?

by akalsha / March 14, 2008 10:56 PM PDT

Hi all,
I've been having a little annoying problem with my PC for a while now. The whole thing is only a little over a year old, and this has been happening for at least 6 months. I was just thinking that it's about time to do something about it because it's really getting on my nerves and slowing me down.

Periodically (10 times an hour maybe) while I'm using my PC, it will just completely freeze up for around 10 seconds. It will start making a progressively louder whirring noise that sounds kind of like a plane taking off, then it will click and everything will be back to normal.
It seems to do it more often when I'm working with files, like moving them, opening the "save as" box....

It seems like the issue is probably the hard drive, but I wanted to run it by you all. I think it's the hard drive because there's obviously a moving part that stops, clicks and starts again (not sure about the whirring).
What do you think? Would appreciate any suggestions, as my PC is likely to "take off" out the window by my desk shortly if I don't fix this lol.

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"10 times an hour maybe" is a fine clue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 14, 2008 11:24 PM PDT

The Windows networking components have a timer at 600 seconds or 10 minutes.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297684 notes this KeepConn entry and how to change it's timing. What you need to know is this can happen on machines that have a share connected and the share is offline. Fix? Bring that share online or just right click on Network Neighbor and disconnect from all shares.
Bob

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by akalsha / March 14, 2008 11:39 PM PDT

Thanks for your response. I don't think it's happening at exactly every 10 minutes, I just came up with the number out of my head. Would that keepconn cause my PC to freeze though? Also, I'm running Vista.

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Why?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 14, 2008 11:44 PM PDT
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It's a very old issue with Windows. Your post reminded me of it. Sadly you didn't share if you were on a network connected to other machine shares or printers which this issue is seen on. The lack of details in your post hinders me from dismissing.

As to why, that's easy. It's a bug.
Bob

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why what?
by akalsha / March 15, 2008 12:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Why?

"As to why, that's easy. It's a bug."- I'm sorry; what are you answering here? I didn't ask why about anything....

I have 4 PC's that share wireless internet, and some file sharing options are on.

Thank you

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You're welcome.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 15, 2008 3:44 AM PDT
In reply to: why what?

I reread your post and I do see you wanted to know how this would cause the machine to freeze once in a while. I'm not going to write the cause here because it's been done too many times. I think it suffices that I share the issue and what to do to stop it.

If you feel Windows should be bug free, get in line.

Bob

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