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Win XP Freezing

by lions / March 26, 2005 12:41 AM PST

I have a PIII, 1GIG Intel CPU, 256RAM, 60GIG Hard drive with aprox.40 Gig free,running win xp home with sp2 installed.The problem I have is started to freez anywhere with no exeption and gives no error.I understand that could be a hardware or software problem.I would like to hear some experts opinions.
Thank you.

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How long has it been since..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 26, 2005 12:48 AM PST
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You powered off, pulled that case cover to dust it out, check the fans and heatsinks?

Bob

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Win XP Freezing
by lions / March 26, 2005 1:02 AM PST

2 months ago I cleaned the inside, removed the cpu fan and clean and also the power supply.Both fans work fine with no noise, I don't here any strange noise coming from the hard drive.
Thank you.

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Next up...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 26, 2005 1:09 AM PST
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1. Spyware and pests. My choice is none.

I suggest all your find with Spybot, Adaware, Cwshredder, Stinger and Housecall be removed. All free tools.

2. An inventory of the machine be shared. Some P3's are a bit tired as to the power supply and many added RAM, DVD or other items, but never refreshed the power supply.

Bob

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Win XP Freezing
by lions / March 26, 2005 1:38 AM PST
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Bob, the hardware configuration is the same since day 1, though down on the road(almost 5 years)I added a printer, scanner,logitech camera and a NIC card.With the present configuration is running for about 2.5 years with no problems.
Thank you.

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While unchanged was the configuration...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 26, 2005 1:45 AM PST
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The power supply for example uses Electrolytic capacitors which lose capacity over time. At some point this becomes an issue. These parts are also on the motherboard, cards and other devices. Some find it hard to accept that the devices (the PC or parts inside) will just simply go unstable or fail without any changes by the owner.

To sniff out power and heat issues I leave the cover off and unplug any spare device such as a CDROM drive to see if it's heat or power issues.

Bob

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How long has it been
by R.A.M / March 26, 2005 4:41 AM PST

Since you cleaned your hard drive, junk files, old registry files, defragged drive, etc. may just be cluddered up

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Freezes
by Stan Chambers / March 26, 2005 12:55 AM PST
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My experience says to check your motherboard for bulging, leaking, domed top, capacitors. I have experienced exactly the same symptoms with bad capacitors. The fix for most is simply to replace the board, since any other requires some expertise in soldering and knowledge of how the board is made.
Do a good visusal inspection of the capacitors on the motherboard to see if the tops are starting to pop.
Best of luck.

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This may help for your, Win XP Freezing problem
by smokeykids / March 26, 2005 6:50 AM PST
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Hi,
Try this one for size, I have work on a couple of comp's, that where freezing 1. was win98se & the other was xp pro.
They both a had FAULTY MOUSE, which was causing this problem of freezing, In both cases, It was with in 5. minutes or there abouts after boot up, they would just freeze. Both cases where solved by replacing the mouse.

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