pc freezes for a brief period & monitor blink

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/sp2
February 28, 2010 at 05:45:28
Specs: Windows XP pro sp2
The PC starts normally without any problem.
The problem is that it freezes for 1-6 seconds
and while in freezed state for that brief moment
the monitor turns on and off (most of the time
after turning off- it turns on immediately, but
sometimes it stays off for few seconds and
then turns on) and as soon as the monitor
turns on the pc resumes from where it hanged.
This happens randomly but frequently. Like
sometimes when i click on 'start' it happens
but sometimes it doesn't i.e. it doesn't happen
after a specific set of actions. I checked device
manager but no problems were displayed in it.
I also reconnected the internal parts of pc to
check the possibility of loose connections. I
scanned my PC with Microsoft Security
Essentials as well. Also formatted the PC but
problem still persists post-formatting. As of
now only Nero, Alcohol 120%, KLC codec
pack, Firefox and Chrome are installed.
Thought it appears that the problem is not
related to softwares installed because after
formatting and prior to any software installation
the problem still occurred. Kindly guide me in
this matter.

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#1
March 1, 2010 at 01:43:44
scavanger007, my guess (and it's just a guess) is memory. Most machines are manufactured pretty borderline to keep costs down. As memory is consumed by one thing or another, things get buffered. During buffering, things come to a standstill as the machine 'catches up'.
Now, what to do about it. The simplest solution is add more memory. Visit Crucial.com and they can tell you which type and how much.
Something else you might try (maybe it'll work?) is to delete 'index.dat". A common ailment is a file called 'index.dat'. It gets read every time and can take quite a while if it’s too bloated. It's like a log file and keeps a record of every site you visit on the web. Empty, it's 32K, but it can grow HUGE. It's a protected file and can't be deleted by normal methods. CCleaner (free @: http://www.ccleaner.com/) can get rid of it when it’s ticked (not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.). May not be your deal at all, but won’t cause any harm to try. I run it often.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#2
March 2, 2010 at 04:49:52
I will try and see your suggestion. My question is that if memory
is falling short then why this problem now suddenly? I have been
using this memory stick since 3 years. And I dont use any
memory demanding software. Are these signs of any hardware
failing? Like HDD, Ram, or Video Card?

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#3
March 2, 2010 at 11:20:45
"Are these signs of any hardware failing? Like HDD, Ram, or Video Card?"

Since it fails immediately after a re-format, I would say yes. If you hear a
click(s) from the hard drive, that would tend to indicate a failing drive.


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#4
March 2, 2010 at 22:08:57
scavanger007, hardware failure is certainly possible, but I wouldn't be too quick to conclude that. Index.dat consumes memory very gradually and isn't a problem until all of a sudden it is. I'd do that first just 'cuz.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#5
March 3, 2010 at 07:24:29
I tried that Index.dat thing but didnt work. Btw I just thought of
checking BIOS and found three things.
First of all my bios is "Award".
I just checked the 'PC Health Status' and found few defects
there.
Under the 'Case Open' section the following was shown:
Vcore Fail
DDR18V Fail
+12V Fail
Can u relate any of these to my problem?
And if this one is altogether different please help with it as
well.

And yes, no weird sound from my HDD as well.


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#6
March 6, 2010 at 05:10:49
No ideas about the possibility?

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