Toshiba laptop freezes

Toshiba Mini nb205-n210 netbook
November 30, 2009 at 06:34:57
Specs: Windows XP
My laptop is a toshiba (not the one listed in the product category). Whenever I try to watch a movie on my laptop recently, the screen and the mouse freeze. All I can do is turn it off, and restart it again, and usually it will still freeze about a dozen times before I can use it again. It only started about a month ago, but now it does even without a movie, and I lost data that I did save before the computer froze again. Is that a virus?

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#1
November 30, 2009 at 09:17:13
Who knows? One way to find out, run a virus scan on it. Do you have an up to date scanner on the machine?

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#2
December 18, 2009 at 16:26:12

There may be several reasons why your computer is freezing. First question is when was the last time you cleaned your registry. Having a corrupted registry can cause a whole host of errors and problems. Freezing up is one of them. If you have a lot of unnecessary registry keys that are hogging up your computer resources. Your computer is bound to choke. Scan your registry with a good registry cleaner. If you pull up more than 20 errors or duplication, clean your registry.

2. Depending on your RAM specs and your computer usage. This could also be a the issue. Having an insufficient amount of free space does not allow your RAM to function properly. If you are using a lot of RAM by net surfing or other activities without enough empty space your will get freezes. You don't need to buy new RAM but you should increase your free space by removing unnecessary data and perhaps increasing your virtual memory.

3. Spyware could be the culprit, so do a scan and see if your computer is infected.

4. Another area is a hardware drivers. This could be the problem if new hardware has been added to the system. So, the drivers should still be up to date. So try the first two suggestion and see if you can get your computer to stop freezing.
Check your drivers.

5. Lastly, check the dust buildup on the fan to make sure you system is cooling properly

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#3
December 18, 2009 at 16:35:23
"5. Lastly, check the dust buildup on the fan to make sure you system is cooling properly"

That would be the first thing to check not the last since the OP has said "All I can do is turn it off, and restart it again, and usually it will still freeze about a dozen times before I can use it again."

That's a sure sign of overheating.

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#4
February 14, 2010 at 19:53:06
A few questions here if anyone reads this and can help.

#1: My computer just recently started freezing as well, it gets warm, but it doesn't freeze all the time, mainly when I'm downloading. My laptop is fairly new, maybe not even 6 months old and I have tons of free space(127 gb!) I have also done a scan with 2 different programs and neither bring any spyware or viruses up. Dumb question, how do I check the dust buildup on the fan, without probably ruining my computer since I'm not a computer expert?

#2: Recently when booting up my computer, it will open up a toshiba folder. Any idea why and how to get it to stop opening when I boot up?

Thanks in advance.


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