PC Freezing

Posted on 2011-10-08
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
My PC is every few seconds is freezing then continues. I have tested all my hard disks with Seagate Tools and everything seems ok. I think it is the motherboard.

Question by:David Camilleri
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torimar earned 500 total points
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To check that it is actually hardware, not OS related, I suggest to download one of the following Linux live CDs, boot the system off them, and run for a while:

Mint: http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php
Fedora: http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora.html
Suse: ftp://ftp3.gwdg.de/pub/opensuse/distribution/11.4/iso/openSUSE-11.4-KDE-LiveCD-i686.iso
PCLinuxOS: http://na.mirror.garr.it/mirrors/pclinuxos/live-cd/pclinuxos-kde-2011.09.iso

Most of these live CDs will also contain Memtest+ as a boot option, so you can use that to test your memory.

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by:David Camilleri
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Will do. Keep you posted.

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Are you running linux on the box?

Perhaps you have some cron stuff running like "automatic updates" or have power manager enable...
Check the proceess with #top or #iftop, also check the logs

On Windows check the services, taskmanager and antivirus logs.

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hvillanu earned 500 total points
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I almost forget... on windows try run ccleaner is a nice tool to fix windows registry & misconfigurations

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If Windows do you see the same behavior in Safe Mode?
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did you also test your ram with memtest86+?  www.memtest.org
you cna also disable programs at startup to test :
in the run box, type msconfig
in startup tab - click disable all - now reboot and test
post results

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The biggest computer slow down is normally spyware/adware. Download the free adaware and malwarebytes. If it comes up not finding anything them run motherboard and memory tests.
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It may be very useful to note what is happening when it freezes.  I'd suggest running task manager (I'm assuming Windows here) and watch CPU utilization when the freeze occurs.  I'd also suggest watching the hard drive LED to see if there is heavy activity (LED steadily on) when the freeze occurs.

Neither of these will solve anything but will give you some direction to start looking for the culprit.

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by:David Camilleri
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After running CC Cleaner the system has stabilized. Last time when I formatted  my HDD and installed my OS again, the system was fine.

The memory test takes at least 6 hours to run and it is not worth it.

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BoomerBob earned 500 total points
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I would still run adaware and malwarebytes. I have run cc cleaner but all products attack the problem different.

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