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freezing computer after 10 minutes

April 27, 2009 at 17:31:51
Specs: Windows Me, 633 Mhz/191Mb

The last two days I can only use my computer for maybe 10 minutes before it freezes up. I used the search on this sight and tried to find some solutions,Anyone know the best thread no, to try. I wasn't having any trouble with it till about a week or so ago when it would freeze after about a half hour. What could have happened? I have 633 Mhz processor and 191 Mb memory. I don't think I downloaded anything bad. I have firefox, IE6, and now opera but I rarely have more than 1 on at a time. We've been having a heat spell here for 3 days (upper 80's) I should be able to use my com[uter in those tem[s. right? It's been working longer in the night hours.and the fans inside the com[uter are running . Thank you. Also ,I'm afraid to try the recovery disc and end up with the same problem.

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#1
April 27, 2009 at 18:14:37

Sounds like it may be an overheating issue. Do you have a hardware monitoring program to check the CPU temp? If not, try SpeedFan. I'm not sure if it work with HP's though....

http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

When in doubt, open the case & blow the dust out of it.


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#2
April 27, 2009 at 20:24:55

When was the last time have you cleaned your tower?

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#3
April 28, 2009 at 07:17:48

I run a free registry cleaner (Eusing), ccleaner, spybot,defrag, and scan disc often. Between 5:00 and 7:00 A.M. this morning it didn't freez up then I turned it off to go to rest. Now at 10:10 A.M. I have been able to send this message without it freezing yet. While it was on earlier I ran the standard scan disc and free AVG anti-virus (which found no virus). I'll see how it works later when the temperature gets hotter. I think they want it hot today. Thank you

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#4
April 28, 2009 at 13:42:18

You didn't answer our questions. Do you have software installed to monitor the CPU temperature? And when is the last time you opened the case & blew the dust out of it?

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#5
April 28, 2009 at 15:33:15

I just looked in the case and saw the mother board has a thin layer of somewhat sticky dust on it. How can I get that dust off? The CPU fan doesn't appear very dusty but the sides are hot to the touch. I have an intel celeron processor and a Trigram Computer, Inc. Cognac mother board. When I tried to download a monitor it said it could continue no further because the download is only for an intel. Where can I download a monitor for my computer? HP Pavilion running ME.

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#6
April 28, 2009 at 19:23:46

Well you need a general cleaning in your computer. Buy some air cans to blow away those dust in your computer. Dust may also causes some over heat on the mother board so it's better to clean it up. Also try answering JAM's questions he might also help you out.

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#7
April 29, 2009 at 14:22:39

If you open up the computer , get a grounding strap and reseat the ram chips inside too while you are cleaning it .

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#8
April 29, 2009 at 19:55:44

What is a grounding strap and where do I get one. Also I just found out about silver oxide thermal compound. Says it good for maximum heat transfer for overclocked CPU's and GPU's. My friend said that when he took out my CPU and its heat sink to see if a better one would fit ( about 2 months ago) he thinks the coating on the CPU might have been weakened and putting more on might transfer more heat to the heat sink. What do you think?

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#9
April 29, 2009 at 20:17:25

"What do you think?"

I think you should stop listening to your friend & stop letting him work on your PC.

Whenever the heatsink is removed from the CPU, both the top of the CPU & bottom of the heatsink must be thoroughly cleaned of all traces of the old thermal transfer compound (aka "paste" or "grease"), then new paste must be applied. NEVER reuse old thermal paste. And when you apply it, all that's needed is a tiny dab about the size of a grain of rice.

Although silver based paste is commonly used by enthusiasts, it's not recommended. In fact, AMD states that the use of silver based paste will void the CPU warranty. The reason given is that silver in the paste conducts electricity & could possibly short out the CPU.

http://www.xtremetek.com/info/index...

Silicone based paste works just as well as silver based paste, it's non-conductive, plus it's cheaper. Radio Shack brand sells for $3 a tube.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/i...

The instructions for applying Arctic Silver compound are excellent...apply silicone based paste exactly the same way. Find your CPU on the list & read the instructions:

http://www.arcticsilver.com/ins_rou...


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#10
April 29, 2009 at 20:26:24

Thank you. Do you think that is why the freezing occurs on the hot days but is much better at night when it is cooler?

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#11
April 29, 2009 at 21:01:03

I have no idea how dirty the inside of your case is, how many case cooling fans you have, where you have your tower positioned in your room, what the average room temp is, etc. All I can tell you is what I do.

I clean the inside of my tower several times a year...that means blasting the inside (especially the heatsinks) with compressed air & occasionally using a soft brush when necessary. NEVER use a vacuum! I have my tower out in the open, not in an enclosure, & it's on a stand approx one foot above the floor, not sitting on the floor/carpet where it can easily suck in dirt/dust. In fact, the stand I use is actually a closet shoe rack similar to this one (except mine is black):

http://images.netshops.com/mgen/mas...

They sell for about $10. I use the shelf to store printer paper.

It regularly gets up to 85F (30C) in my house during the summer months & I've never had a heat related problem. You should also have some sort of software that you can use to monitor your CPU temp. For instance, with a couple of mouse clicks I can tell you that my current CPU temp is 29C (approx 84F).


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#12
April 29, 2009 at 21:13:54

I downloaded speedfan 4.38 but when I try to run it I have to use ctrl/ alt/delete because it does not respond.I tried un then re installing it with the same result. Maybe I need an older version? The computer hasn't frozen yet and I have been using it for an hour. Its not hot now outside.

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#13
April 29, 2009 at 21:22:46

Just start the clean and everything on your computer will be operating back to it's top condition.

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#14
April 29, 2009 at 23:56:52

I'd agree with jam on not letting your friend work on your machine. The key with any thermal compound is to use just enough to do the job. Too much will render it in to a heat-insulating substance instead of a heat-conducting one.

And one more thing. Never, put a machine (tower/desktop) on the floor. You've just made it into an expensive vacuum cleaner if you do so.


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#15
April 30, 2009 at 07:38:09

It appears your board uses an IT8702F sensor which is supported by SpeedFan.

http://www.motherboards.org/files/m...

http://www.almico.com/forumsensors.php


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#16
April 30, 2009 at 07:42:42

Here's something I just ran across...old hardware but the price is right & it's better than what you have:

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?in...


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#17
April 30, 2009 at 23:42:23

Well just tell us now if there is any improvement on the computer.

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#18
May 3, 2009 at 09:10:19

Perhaps this is a little late, but go to:

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download....

Download AIDA32, has a sensor to check the case and CPU temperature,
and it's free. . .


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#19
May 5, 2009 at 18:14:15

Thanks for your help guys. Since those 3 hot days in the upper 80's I haven't had any trouble. I didn't get that paste yet but I think that might be what the problem is. I wasn't able to download any speedfan software yet. I gave up trying since its been working again ever since those hot days left. If I have this problem again I'll get back to yooze guys. Probly won't know until it gets hot again.

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#20
May 6, 2009 at 01:09:36

Well you can star saving up for new Casing that has water cooling system. So that you won't have to worry on the heating tower. Also try signing up at site below. If you do they can give you reviews in latest computer gadgets. You might see something that can help to cool your system.

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#21
January 25, 2011 at 12:12:41

Yeah cleaning your computer will solve all your problems, that is just stupid. Do any of you people know how computers work. If there was an overheating problem the computer would shut down not freeze you morons. Check newly installed hardware including peripherals. Check for driver updates. If the problem is gone your drivers probably got updated automatically

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