Computer Help forum


PC freezes for 2 seconds and makes buzzing noise

Recently, my computer started freezing for 2 seconds while making a buzzing noise. It's happened about a dozen times in the last 3 days and it's worrying me. It started while I was playing a game, but then it happened a few times while watching youtube videos. The computer is fairly new. I've never experienced this before with any computer, though this is my first desktop.

The game crashes a lot because it's modded and I'm terrible at doing that type of thing. I recently started getting a runtime error occasionally when loading my saves. Despite these issues, I continued to play and now I'm wondering if that's the reason why this is happening - because I played a poorly modded game that triggered an error that goes beyond the game itself. This is my theory. But can I fix it? I am not going to play the game anymore at this time but I know that isn't going to make the problem go away. (it's Oblivion if that means anything)

I have a Dell XPS PC with Windows 10, 16 gb RAM, 256 SSD, Intel core i7 8th gen, some kind of NVIDIA card, not sure the model. Any advice, even the simplest most "for dummies" help is appreciated, thank you!

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: PC freezes for 2 seconds and makes buzzing noise
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: PC freezes for 2 seconds and makes buzzing noise
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.

All Answers

Collapse -
Gameplay, well you may not agree

In reply to: PC freezes for 2 seconds and makes buzzing noise

Is heavy work and lockups are not uncommon. But the YouTube is actually a more common issue and the trick I use is to disable hardware acceleration for the browser in use. So google like this:
Disable Hardware Acceleration Chrome.

Replace with which browser you want to stop lockups in playing videos.

The runtime error is more likely a bug in the game. For example, last year I worked one like that and tracked it down to the game would fault when anti aliasing was set to specific values in the game.

I was thinking of sharing a google on that but decided not to. Such things are game specific and need to be hunted down in the forum for that game.

Collapse -
I'll try it, thanks!

In reply to: Gameplay, well you may not agree

Thanks, I'll give it a shot!

EDIT: It didn't help. I think the problem might be my graphics card overheating or something.

Post was last edited on December 22, 2018 7:55 PM PST

Collapse -
the actual solution

In reply to: I'll try it, thanks!

If anyone has this problem and comes across this thread, the problem is fixed and here is the super weird solution:

1. find Power & Sleep Settings in the control panel under System Settings
2. scroll down and click on "Additional power settings"
3. click on "change plan settings" for whichever one you use (i use high performance)
4. click on "change advanced power settings"
5. click the plus sign next to Hard Disk, then the plus sign next to "turn off hard disk after" and change the number to 9999

don't ask me why the heck this works, or why it was even set up that way in the first place, but there you go lol.

Collapse -
other solution

In reply to: PC freezes for 2 seconds and makes buzzing noise

most of the time this freezing sign depicts GPU overheating but that not always the issue. You must check if it's the rouge driver update you have made. or you can also check whether your GPU drivers or other device drivers are fully up yo date.
If you are certain that your GPU is overheating then first download temp monitor and see it's result. If it's showing beyond normal GPU temp or CPU temp. then it may be due to old GPU card. If you have other GPU try to replace it and run game. See it the same freezing happens.

Post was last edited on December 27, 2018 8:47 AM PST

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Here's Everything to Know About the 2019 Grammys

Find out how to watch the Grammy Awards if you don't have cable and more.