My 7 year old XP PC freezes a lot

December 12, 2010 at 09:06:52
Specs: Windows xp, Intel 4 2 GB
The light on the mouse goes out and the cursor stays fixed.
I have Win. XP. Will a reinstall or upgrade to Windows 7 fix the problem.

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#1
December 12, 2010 at 10:45:59
have you ever opened the case and blown all the dust out with compressed air?
Have you tried another mouse?

larry


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#2
December 12, 2010 at 14:00:05
If it's a wireless mouse have you checked the batteries?

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#3
December 12, 2010 at 15:09:17
I don't have a wireless mouse and I had the computer for repair to get rid of a virus. The problem with the freezing happened occasionally before I had this done, but now it happens once or twice or 4 times a day. I am sure the repair man would have noticed whether dust might be the problem.
He is suggesting a reinstall of XP and I am favoring an upgrade to Windows 7, but I would be unhappy if this would not solve the problem. That would be about $ 200.-- thrown away.
Any advice in this regard. Is it well spent money or should I just get a new computer?

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#4
December 12, 2010 at 15:42:35
if you can download this and create a bootable cd:
http://distrowatch.com/index.php?di...

boot from the cd and run it for a few hours. If the mouse problem goes away, reinstall xp. Do you have the xp cd that came with the computer? A repair install could be an option and if you have the cd, it won't cost you a dime. you never answered the question, did you try another mouse? Is the mouse 7 years old? are kids using the computer?

larry


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#5
December 12, 2010 at 16:16:42
The mouse is not as old and I tried another one when I first had the problem. My grand kids are using the computer.
I don't have a repair cd.

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#6
December 12, 2010 at 16:48:20
It isn't likely your repairman would have opened the case to get rid of a virus problem so he might not have seen the state of cleanliness or otherwise of your system.
It might be overheating & locking up. On a 7 yr old system you may also be seeing early signs of hard drive failure. Installing an upgraded operating system onto older & possibly faulty hardware won't solve your problem. Whether the Puppy Linux advocated in response 4 will prove anything is unknown. I would start with giving the internals a clean out using canned compressed air and a small brush to dislodge any stubborn buildup from heatsink & fans. Do this outdoors .
Then I would download a hard drive diagnostic which you use to create a bootable CD or floppy. Then boot this up and run the non-destructive diagnostic tests.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#7
December 13, 2010 at 06:42:09
Thanks, I will do the dusting, but I don't know enough about creating the bootable CD. What do you mean by "download a hard drive diagnostic". Any link?

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#8
December 14, 2010 at 05:55:54
Which hard drive diagnostic, depends on the manufacturer of the drive. If you open the case to blow it out you may vbe able to read the manufacturer & model number on the drive. Here is what a HD look like

http://asia.cnet.com/i/r/2007/hav/6...

this one was manufactured by seagate

larry


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