PC crashes, but stuff happens first - any ideas ?

  Maiden. 20:40 07 Feb 08
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I have an 18 month old Compaq PC that keeps freezing up - usually happens a couple of times each day, and I've been trying to find a solution for ages.

I've noticed something odd though - about 5 seconds before the freeze occurs, some functions stop whilst others continue. For example, I was editing some artist info on a bunch of MP3's, when suddenly I could no longer get into the field I wanted - I could move the curser and select other files, then sure enough after about 5 seconds the whole PC froze.

Anyone have any experience of such a issue before / any suggestions what may be causing it? All suggestions very much appreciated. Thanks

  MAT ALAN 20:43 07 Feb 08

O/S and amount of memory would help!!

Spy/malware and general clutter i suspect, do you housekeep your PC regularly...

  Maiden. 20:51 07 Feb 08

Vista Premium and 2GB RAM / >160GB HD space.

I run just about everything going to make sure I'm virus / malware / spyware free - fairly confident it is not those things.

  brundle 21:59 07 Feb 08

Have you checked the Event log? start orb/search box, type

eventvwr.msc

Look in the Application and System logs for errors

  Maiden. 21:02 09 Feb 08

Thanks brundle - checked the event log, and it records the 'freeze' but there's no consistent other event to cause it.

Any others ideas very much welcome !

Thanks

original ram or upgrade?
faulty ram
memtest

  p;3 21:09 09 Feb 08

you fail to mention exactly what scans you have run and what your antivirus program is ; some detail would be helpful

when did you last run a defrag on it? and are all your windows updates up to date?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:35 10 Feb 08

FReeezing PC

1. Overheat due to faulty / blocked fans

2. PSU voltages

3. Household power surges fridge etc switching on/off

4. faulty memory stick try memtest click here

5. virus or spyware scan for both especially if shutting down with in a few minutes of switch on or internet use

6. driver conflicts especially grahics cards get the latest drivers for your equipment

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