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System "freezes" for 5-6 minutes

by New_guy / September 8, 2006 7:24 AM PDT

Since about a month ago, I've had to deal with my system freezing for about 5-6 minutes shortly after start up. I can move the mouse pointer but cannot access the Start Menu or any of the icons in the system tray. When I try to do that, I get the hourglass next to the pointer. I've pressed CTRL+ALT+DEL but even that won't bring up the Task Manager until the "freeze" is over. When the Task Manager finally comes up, it'll show the CPU usage at 100% very briefly before it drops off.
I've checked the logs on Norton Firewall and it seems to be related to updates.microsoft.com.
Can anyone shed some more light on this?

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(NT) (NT) How About Some FULL sytem Specs????
by Trance_Zac / September 8, 2006 7:59 PM PDT
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What for?
by New_guy / September 9, 2006 3:50 PM PDT

Why would I need to provide FULL "sytem" specs when what I asked was about a potential problem caused by Windows Update?
The system, if you must know, is 1.7 GHz Celeron, 512 MB RAM.
Would you like to also know the date of purchase and how many bookmarks I have on Firefox?
I don't mean to come off as rude but you fired the first volley. You could have said "Can you provide information on x?"
How about asking a specific question next time?

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For example...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 9, 2006 11:34 PM PDT
In reply to: What for?

I ran across this issue and it was an ethernet port that had no cable in it. Rather than list the other dozen items you help dismiss possibilities by telling as much as possible.

This is a free service so help others help you. If you show that you don't want to help others help you then you may not get the best of help.

While you suspect an update, tell why and which ones you suspect. Microsoft has a few hundred so that needs to be narrowed down. I'll share that I've yet to find a machine with an issue with Microsoft updates but then again our office runs a tight ship with current drivers and more.

Bob

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Sorry to offend you........
by Trance_Zac / September 10, 2006 4:45 AM PDT
In reply to: What for?

I asked for full system specs because depending on your CPU speed , Installed RAM, & free RAM, running certain resource hungy programs like Norton can cause these freezes.
A failing ir inadequate Power Supply can also be an issue.
I didn't meen to throw a punch - Sorry I didn't word it more politely.

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startup items
by linkit / September 9, 2006 5:01 PM PDT

Boot into SAFE MODE.
Clean your computer of viruses AND spyware.

What type of Internet service do you use (dial-up, Cable/DSL, other)?

What programs are in your Sart > Programs > Startup Items folder?

In NORMAL MODE, run MSCONFIG to learn what your startup items are. There are many websites that can tell you which items are safe to disable.

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in reference to computer freezes
by william551 / September 9, 2006 5:40 PM PDT

I've had the same problem, and I've narrowed it down to 2 things. The first one was my video card software which seemed to take a long time to load even though its a high performance video card. There was a lot of extra software that that company wanted to run everytime I started my computer, but I stopped running it. Uninstalling everything but the drivers.

The other thing was (or should say still is) my internet connection. I use a high speed DSL with an ethernet connection, and whenever I temporarily lose my internet connection (either because of bandwidth or whatever) the whole computer will freeze up.

I even bought a program called ''system mechanic'' to try and fix it, with little luck.

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