Programs keep freezing please help

January 20, 2010 at 11:58:35
Specs: Windows XP
This weekend my computer started making a clicky
noise, so i restarted my computer. Ever since then if i
run more than two programs the programs stop
responding. It takes about 10min to an hour of working
before it freezes. The mouse moves so its not
completely frozen however the windows dont respond
even though i can change which one im looking at and
CTRLALTDEL doesnt work. From what I've googled i
guess my RAM might be the problem? I dont really
know much.

So far i've system restored to a month ago,
uninstalled a lot of programs, run spybot, and have
checked the harddrive. I don't really know what else to
do and i'd rather not resort to reformatting. I don't
know much about computers. So please help me fix
my comp or at the very least help me find out what's

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January 20, 2010 at 12:44:03
Sounds like the cooling fan on your CPU is failing. If it starts to run slow your computer will overheat and cause the symptoms you have described. If this is a desktop computer, try opening the case and blowing out the dust.

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January 20, 2010 at 12:48:11
Tell us the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic desktop system, the make and model of the mboard.
The specific model of a brand name system is often shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can often be determined by going to the brand name's web site.
The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots.

"This weekend my computer started making a clicky

That may be coming from the hard drive, and may indicate it's starting to fail, but some hard drive models do that automatically once in a while.
If this is a laptop computer, it's probably coming from the hard drive.
If this is adesktop computer, it could be coming from the hard drive or from something else.

If it clicks only once or only a few times, then does not click for a long time, then the clicks may be normal.
It it clicks over and over again for a while, in aseemingly random pattern, the hard drive may be failing.
However, lots of things can make a computer stop responding, and most of them are not caused by harware problems.

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

(thanks to Dan Penny for this link:)
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibilty, on another computer if you need to.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.

The model and sometimes the make of your hard drive is shown in Device Manager.
(RIGHT click on My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Disk Drives.)
If the make is not shown, use the model number to search with on the web to find it's make (manufacturer).

If you have more than one hard drive, confirm which model it is that has Windows on it.
E.g. Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Mangement.
RIGHT click on the drive title - Disk 0 etc. - that has the Windows partition on it - it's usually C - Properties - the model is displayed there.

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