windows xp freezes up

December 29, 2013 at 08:43:34
Specs: Windows XP
windows xp - freezes for seemingly no reason - all the lights still work but mouse and keyboard are unresponsive. AS SOON as I hit the power button it turns itself off or restarts( NO DELAY ). I have sleep and hibernate turned off. pleez help

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#1
December 29, 2013 at 22:25:47
Are these USB devices? If so you can rule out a problem with the USB ports by trying a PS/2 keyboard and mouse, if your computer has PS/2 ports.

You can also shut off the feature that allows windows to power down the USB ports:

http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

Of course it might be something else. I occasionally had that problem online until I upgraded IE from 7 to 8.


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#2
December 29, 2013 at 22:31:10
It seems to me that my computer is overheating. Cause when I crank my AC down in my APT to like 60. I don't have that problem. If that is the case, I'm wondering if it's my motherboard or my video card that keeps overheating. It's extremely frustrating, cause I'll leave something to download for the night and when I get up in the morning, maybe 1% of it downloaded before the computer froze. FML..
- Jason

Sorry, in answer to your question, Yes, they are both USB. One is plugged into one of the rear ports and one is plugged into one of the front ports. I'm about to take some Tannerite to this POS...
- Jason

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#3
December 29, 2013 at 23:25:50
One way to test for overheating is to remove the computer side panel and point a box fan inside it. It's not a permanent fix of course but if you don't have the problem when doing that then overheating is the likely cause.

Also blow out dust with compressed air, especially the cpu heatsink. If possible use a compressor as the canned air you get in office and computer supply stores uses CO2 which comes out cold and can cause some condensation on the motherboard.

Do you have any temperature monitoring software or bios options?

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#4
December 30, 2013 at 01:24:24
I have a 1200cfm( like the kind you use to dry floors with ) fan that I use. Like I said. I turned my a/c on 60 today and ever since then haven't had a problem( haven't used the fan either ). Before turning my a/c down( even with the fan 6 inches from an open case ) it sometimes would take 20 minutes sometimes would take 12 hours before it would "lockup." I thought it was a virus at first, but I downloaded tons of malware/spyware and anti-virus software and ran through the gammit and nada, nothing, zero, zilch. Right now with it being winter, it's ok, but when summer hits, my electric bill is gonna be through the roof. I checked the bios and there isn't anything for temperature. There was one thing for power saver and I made sure that crap was off. I removed everything that can be removed and "dusted/blew" it all out including the heat sink on the cpu & graphics card. I think my graphics card keep overheating and drawing more power and my power supply just can't keep up so it tells me to go and pound sand. So I think the next thing I'm gonna do is get a bigger power supply and try that with a normal a/c temp, if that doesn't work then I'm gonna try a new mother board and try with normal temp, if that doesn't work... Tannerite.. Cause I'm not putting a new video card - already upgraded to an NVIDIA something from the crappy stock graphics card that was in it. Maybe if I just sit there and blow on it, that'll fix it... :(
- Jason

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#5
December 30, 2013 at 12:49:11
A better method to determine if your computer is overheating is to install a monitoring program.

I suggest you install and run HWMonitor in real time. View both the temperatures and 3.3v, 5v, & +12v numbers. Post all back here.

Get HWMonitor from the link below.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmo...

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#6
December 30, 2013 at 12:55:38
I uninstalled my P2P program( utorrent ) and I haven't had any problems since. Even with my A/C off. I guess that is GOD's way of telling me to stop file-sharing..
- Jason

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#7
December 30, 2013 at 13:43:43
I would still install HWMonitor.

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#8
December 30, 2013 at 14:46:08
I would except that I fixed the problem. So there is no need to keep messing with it. Thanx anyway!
- Jason

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#9
December 30, 2013 at 14:57:52
You stated that when your room was cooler you didn't have the problem. Therefore, I don't think torrents are the issue. Suit yourself though.

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#10
December 30, 2013 at 22:04:46
Even if it seems cured now it's probably still close to the working/non-working line.

You mentioned the video card previously. Keep an eye on that. They get really hot and sometimes have cheap fans.

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