computer freezes when idle

June 22, 2011 at 09:47:58
Specs: Windows XP
My computer frezezes when idle and I sometimes I have to turn it on and of a number of times before it gets going. This computer is not on the internet.

Thank for your help.


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#1
June 22, 2011 at 10:11:24
Some computers use what is called "Smart CPU". Smart CPU reduces the CPU speed when you are not running applications, so that your computer can cool off and save power. If your computer is freezing at idle, Smart CPU may be corrupted in your computer's BIOS and needs to be disabled. If this is happening with a laptop, I would not recommend to do what is listed below. If it is a desktop, do this:

1. Turn off your computer.
2. Turn it on and on the first screen you see press F2 or whatever key combination says it will get you into "Setup".
3. Try to find the Smart CPU setting. Once found, if it is enabled, try disabling it. If not, I don't know how I can help you.
4. Exit the BIOS.
5. Restart.

Does the above work?

If it is a laptop:
I would recommend installing the latest BIOS update. Download from the computer's manufacturer's website.

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#2
June 22, 2011 at 13:20:22
Look in event logs. It may be that it is simply going into sleep mode but it could be locking up.

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#3
June 24, 2011 at 16:02:13
I would advise you to not use any reg tools.

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#4
July 2, 2011 at 11:59:31
Thank you for all your replies, unfortunatly I am still having the same problem and I am now thinking it may be a hardware problem but since I can find nowhere to put the spark plugs I may just have to buy a new computer.
Thank you again for all your help.

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#5
July 27, 2011 at 10:20:30
You should check to see if your PC is set to go to sleep or start scans when Idle. It could be cause the freeze up

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