Computer freezing when left

  Dannyb 20:02 19 Oct 05

My PC had Windows 200 and developed a problem where it kept freezing. Not being able to resolve the problem, and assuming it to be a software cause I tried various ways to sort it and ended up doing a reformat and then installing Windows XP. Annoyingly, it still occurs. Can happen any time, but, almost guaranteed that if the PC is left for a length of time, it will freeze up and have to be re-booted. It must be hardware, I've had new fans installed and taken it from the cupboard it was kept in under the desk so that it is now in the open. Still freezing. Getting to my wits end now and thinking of just buying a new PC unless somebody out there can help me out. Oh, just remembered, I also had a new graphics card installed to try and sort it.

  woodchip 20:11 19 Oct 05

it just may be you hard drive going to sleep and will not wake up. go to control panel, power management, check hard drive is set to never switch off

  Dannyb 20:26 19 Oct 05

I've just checked that and all the boxes show "never" switch off.

  woodchip 20:46 19 Oct 05

Try updating Graphics driver, In Device Manager it the Display Adapter

  weemacs 21:32 19 Oct 05

go to power options in Control Panel. Set power schemes to always on and set monitor, hard disk and sytem stand bye to never. In the hibernate tap disable hibernation

  DieSse 21:38 19 Oct 05

And disable the screensaver if you have one. Quite a number of systems from a few years back had problems with certain chipsets when using power saving and/or screen saver options - most commonly when both used together.

  Dannyb 21:56 19 Oct 05

I changed the settings as suggested and will let you know. Thanks

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