Skype freezes computer

Posted on 2011-05-05
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Every time that I try to sign into Skype, my computer completely locks up. As soon as I enter my user name and password, and push the Sign In button, my mouse stops working, my keyboard stops working and I have to power down my computer to be able to use it again. Even Control/Alt/Delete does nothing.

I complained to Skype about this problem and they suggested that it was a problem with my operationg system (Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit). Since then, I have reinstalled the operating system. All updates have been installed. I have set exceptions for Skype in my Firewall.

The program loads OK, it is just when I sign in that it locks up.

Google Talk works perfectly on my machine.

No other programs cause this error.

I found one other EE question about this, but there was no accepted answer (forced close), so I am not alone.

I'd appreciate any help that you can give me.

Question by:birwin
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cjrmail2k earned 336 total points
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Can you try and disable your firewall altogether as well as any av to see if this allows it to launch/login
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by:Tony Giangreco
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I would check to see if there are any updates to your chipset, audio, network and video drivers. Also check the Windows logs through event view. There should be an event logged with an error message. Use that message to track down possible problems.
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by:Jackie Man
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What is the anti-virus / internet security / third-party firewall products installed?
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ded9 earned 664 total points
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I think you need to update you graphics card driver. Try it . Restart the computer after updating the driver.Try login skype and then check.

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ded9 earned 664 total points
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Okay pl ignore my post i did not see that video part has been covered by TG-TIS:. So please discard my posts.

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by:greg ward
greg ward earned 336 total points
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Can you  paste your skype settings. which video camera/sound card is being used.
What hardware sound+ video do you have installed.


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