Computer freezes for 2-3 seconds every 3 min.

Microsoft Windows 7 professional - upgra...
June 29, 2010 at 16:43:00
Specs: Windows 7
This posting is more of a solution instead of a question. Long story short, my desktop PC kept freezing every 3 minutes for about 2 to 3 seconds. I found my problem was with my hard drive's configuration. I set my system BIOS up to run a AHCI hard drive configuration for the additional speed in data organization on both my 500Gb SATA hard drives. In doing this my system would freeze every 3 minutes for a few seconds like clockwork. I noticed this behavior started during the boot-up process which told me it couldn't be a software issue because it started before the windows sign in screen finished loading. I did all the standard trouble shooting. Like scanning for viruses, trojans, spyware etc. I used registry cleaners the whole 9 yards. Nothing resolved the problem until I re-configured my hard drive configuration in the BIOS from AHCI to the eIDE configuration. This resolved the problem immediately. Some of you may be running a RAID hard drive configuration and have this problem. If so try reconfiguring to IDE/eIDE mode in the BIOS to see if the problem disappears. This also leads me to beleive that this problem may also be resolved through a BIOS upgrade with better hard drive configurations. This solution may not work for every situation but it's at least a positive start. Specs on my system.
OS - Windows 7 Pro.
Mem - 4Gb OZC
HD - Western Digital 500Gb
HD - Seagate Barracuda 500Gb
BIOS - Award v.2102

I hope this information helps some if not all of you out there still strugling with this problem.

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June 29, 2010 at 17:47:31
By running IDE mode, you're losing performance. Try reinstalling your SATA drivers, then re-enable AHCI.

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