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Computer locks up at bios

Q: Computer locks up at bios

A few days ago, my computer stopped booting up. It would get to the Asus bios screen, where it would sway press del to enter setup, and then it would freeze. I tried booting it for a while, then I gave up and decided to come back to it the next day, and it worked fine. It continued to boot fine for a few days, until yesterday, when thew same problem started again. This time letting it sit didn't seem to work, not sure what to try next. Is a new motherboard in my future? Or could it be something else?

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A: Computer locks up at bios

Sometimes it's the HardDrive trying to be recognized.
Trying removing all internal Dust
And/or reseat the HardDrive and cabling

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My computer locks up while using internet explorer. It also locks up during shutdown. It seems to run fine if I am doing anything else.

So far, I have tried:
Clean up
Ad Aware
Avast virus scan

Here is my HijackThis log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 3:05:44 PM, on 4/9/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16640)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam\Steam.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft ActiveSync\Wcescomm.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
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I turn the computer on and start pressing F10 every second. The screen remains blank. After 4 minutes or so, I stop pressing  F10. The screen remains blank, nothing happens and I turn the computer off after a half hour. I purchased this computer with Windows Vista installed and a free upgrade to Windows 7 that I installed immediately in 2009. I am certain that after the upgrade I was able to invoke the BIOS program, but it has been several years since I used the BIOS. The BIOS Version/Date on my computer is Phoenix Technologies, LTD 5.43, 6/3/2009. I downloaded an update from HP, sp43096.exe, version 5.49 for WIndows Vista so it would not update the BIOS on my Windows 7 system. Perhaps if I could update the BIOS it would resolve my problem. Is there a BIOS update for WIndows 7 and motherboard, M2N68-LA? Many thanks for help.Loren Hall

A:System locks up when I use F10 to go to BIOS

@lorenhall, welcome to the forum. You should try tapping the Esc key while the computer is booting to see if it helps.  There is no BIOS update for Win 7 available.  Here is another thread that may help you install the Vista BIOS in Win 7.  Read it carefully to see if there is a solution that you are comfortable trying.

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I've downloaded BIOS version P01.B1 for my gateway dx4831-07 from the official site and installed following the instructions.
Installation was successful but now windows locks up at the "starting windows" screen. I can only access on safe mode. I've tried putting the Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Installation disk. Once booted from the DVD it started loading the windows files, and then it locks up again at the windows logo screen.

I did the SF_Diagnostic_Tool I uploaded the rar archive like in the instructions: http://www.sevenforums.com/joinseven...p?do=addmember

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Hi JohnyDale, Welcome to Sevenforums.

1. Well since you're getting to the Windows boot menu, your BIOS is recognizing and reading the drive. I think its possible that the BIOS change could require new Windows driver(s) to use, but safe mode should overlook that. Have you tried booting off any other devices and see if you can still access/read the drive?

2. It can be a issue with the BIOS update. The workaround is to change the Boot speed setting in Bios to "normal" instead of the default "fast"
Press and hold the F2 button, then power on the Unit. That should bring up the BIOS, from there you should see a setting under the Advanced tab called boot speed, just set it to normal and you should be able to load windows normaly

3. Try to boot from DVD and do system repair.

If all fails. Do a Clean Install Windows 7, install all the drivers again. That will fix the issue.

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here lately my new dell insprion 1501 notebook will sometimes lock up in at bios i shut it down hard ( i really hate doing that) and take the battery out and press the power button to reset the notebook, after doing so it works fine, it is still under warranty, but before sending it back to dell id like to see if i can fix it myself, i use this notebook for my everyday work life so i can really bear without it. heres my specs:

Dell Inspiron 1501
AMD Turion 64 x2 2.0GHZ (800MHZ FSB)
2GB DDR2 Ram
15.4" Widescreen Glossy screen
ATI Xpress 1150 Video Card
53wrh battery (6 cell)
windows vista home premium

anyone comes up with anything to save me lost time, let me know

A:brand new dell locks up sometimes at bios screen

Return it while you can thats what the warranty is for. Or at least give Dell a call and see what they can recommend.

I've also removed your email address, posting it in an open forum is just asking for Spam.

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After changing the boot sequence in the bios and exiting and saving the changes, a black screen appeared reading "Default BIOS settings have been loaded." the computer freezes each time at this point. Since then I have tried to fix the problem by resetting the bios by removing the CMOS battery and using the jumper rest on the board. This has not fixed my problem. How may I fix this problem?

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I just bought a new athlon Xp and motherboard I have it all together and I hit the power and entering bios it locks up and won't allow me to change the settings what would be causing this? It is showing the correct frequency the cpu should run at and the RAM is testing correct at post. So what is the deal?

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I used to be able to get to the BIOS setup utility, and at that time the keyboard worked fine.

Phoenix BIOS 4.0 Release 6.0 copyright 1995-1998 Phoenix Tech. Pentium II - I'M.

When I press F1 for setup, the BIOS setup utility comes up. My problem is when it comes up it locks out the keyboard. I then have no choise but to reboot to use the computer.

The computer works fine in every other aspect. I am running WIN98.

Can you help me solve the keyboard lockout problem?
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A:Keyboard locks @ BIOS setup utility.

First thing you should do is try another keyboard on that computer and try your keyboard on another computer.

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This is my dad's machine, and it locks at the Dell logo before the progress bar even starts. I don't even have the chance to get into the BIOS or boot options, nor into diagnostics by holding down Fn while starting. I've even tried with a USB keyboard.
It starts super fast, so I discharged the stored power with a paper clip in the hole on the bottom, but that did nothing. I tore the whole thing apart, reseated the RAM and tried each stick by itself, reseated the battery, unplugged the CMOS battery for a few minutes, and I'm out of options here.
The funny thing is, he had this for 4 years before this problem occurred.
Is there anything left? If there was even a way to sideload a BIOS on this board, it would need to be one with Secure Boot off., and I can't imagine where I'd find that. 

A:14z 5423 locks at Dell Logo - cannot get into BIOS

 "reseated the battery, unplugged the CMOS battery for a few minutes "

Just making sure, you're doing it correctly.....
1. Remove or disconnect the coin cell battery ( You can buy a new battery at your local Walmart or dollar store for about $2.00 - $5.00)
2. Press the power button for at least 15 seconds to drain all residual power from the system
3. Assemble the unit, hopefully your computer starts normally

Instead of holding down the Fn key, you tried tapping the F2 key(BIOS) or the F12 key(Diagnostic) at boot up? If no, then I like to suggest you follow the steps below:
1. Power off the computer
2. Power on computer, quickly start tapping the F2 key continuously. Hopefully, you'll be able to see the BIOS screen.

Note: If your system is windows 7, you can also try tapping the F8 key - Advance Boot Options)

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Got a sony vaio pcg-801a laptop to work on (its not my birthday, trust me!)
its being its usual pain in the neck. On my last 'fix' i managed to break the hard drive connector to the motherboard .

Now after putting in a new connector, the computer performs the animated sony vaio logo, and while doing so, the POST tests, recognizing the hard drive, CD-ROM, etc then the logo goes, and while it should be identifying valid boot drives, it just hangs, blank screen, not even a cursor.

I have tried booting off all types of media, (HD, CD, USB-HD, USB-memstick) to no avail. the hard drive is blank, and just after the cable broke, it would say 'no available boot device' or words to that effect. now with the new cable and without, it still won't boot.

I found a similar article at: http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/35003/

Any ideas?

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Hi. After upgrading BIOS to 2.12 the CPU frequency is locked to the lowest possible (disregarding BIOS settings). Plugging in the battery makes it work again.For the sake of prolonging my battery life I ususally run without it when safely docked at home.Anyone else experiencing this? I assume it's a bug?

A:Bios upgrade to 2.12 on T460p locks cpu frequency to lowest when running without battery

It sounds like a bug might have been fixed.  I would expect it to slow down if you had just a battery (no A/C) or just A/C (no battery).  The charhing circuity won't "cook" the battery.  It will stop charging when it is fully charged.

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Hey guys,
First off, great forum, I've learned alot from this place.

Now, I have a problem I cant seem to solve or find in the archives.

My computer will just randomly lock up after being on the internet. Sometimes it happens after a few minutes, somtimes after 20. It can be really frustrating because it's so random. There doesn't seem to be a method to what's happeneing. I'll go to load a page or something and my computer will just freeze and have the hourglass turning constantly. When I go down to the taskbar it will turn back into the arrow, but I can't click anything. And I can't Ctl-alt-delete to get to the task manager, so I just have to unplug the computer.

It seems to come and go. There's no parrellel I can see in the sites or what I'm doing, they're not heavy pages or intense flash/video or anything. Just checking email and googling stuff and it just happens.

I've ran a norton virus check multiple times and turned up nothing... and I'm lost. Please help!

Here's my tech specs, if they'll help:
- Windows xp
- multiple browsers (tried out with explorer, firefox, opera)
- pentium 4 2.52ghz, 1gb ram, 120gb hd
- Adelphia cable internet through a cisco wireless cable router (I have another computer that I've plugged into the cable internet and never ran into the problem.. so I think it's gotta be something software or hardware related.)

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A:XP computer locks up, hourglass just keeps turning, have to unplug computer

forgot to mention it's Internet explorer 6.0 where the problem occurrs most (but it's happened in all browers, mozilla and opera too)

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I own a Compaq Presario 5000. It uses an AMD athalon processor and an NVIDIA TNT2 Ultra video card. whenever i run a game, especificly games with better graphics, the computer crashes. when i contact compaq, they tell me the same thing "we don't support third party software blah blah". jerks. i'm pretty sure it has something to do with the hardware. please help me!

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I am experiencing my computer locking up quite frequently. Any suggestions?

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Going nuts here, computer locks up after awhile of running with a long beep sound. I have an AMD 1.3 with a Biostar M7VIG board running 512 DIMM for ram, SB live sound card, Nvidia G4 440 vid card. Here is what I have tried already.
* Took sound card out of system and removed it from showing up in devices, also made sure drivers where all current. I only have 1 sound card to try but it worked fine in my old system.
* Tried a different HD, loaded win98, prob was there, then formated and loaded win2000 prob still there.
*Tried different memory, prob still there
*tried a different video card, prob still there, running G4-440 and tried a G2 that was working in my older system, prob still there.
* I have also downloaded the most current patches for all the hardware (sound card, vid card, HD) with win2000 have the most recent SP.
I hope you can give me some other option or things to check on, before I go out and buy something I dont need. I am to the point now that I am thinkin of running it into a tech shop. Plz help

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After cleaning up the computer a bit (a few viruses), i decided to go ahead and defrag the computer using perfect disk.
After a reboot, the computer would load up, but freeze. I accessed safe mode, and did a chkdsk /f and a chkdsk /b to fix the bad sectors and what not, but the computer still locks up.

I was wondering what I could do, but know i cannot do a fresh install on the computer.


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Was the computer locking up before the viruses were removed? What software did you use to clean up the infections?

The good thing about XP, is that you can perform a "Repair Install", to fix any system problems, registry issues and more. Have you attempted that?

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I like to play games on facebook and my computer recently started freezing or locking up when I play games like frontierville or zombie lane. Nothing gets it going except rebooting it. I even tried control alt delete and that wouldnt get it going. Any ideas what the problem is or what I can do to fix it???

A:Computer locks up

Hi and welcome.
Check and post
TSG System Information Utility - found here.

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hi how do i stop my computer locking when its left not used, i want to leave my computer running wile im doing something and when i leave it it locks after a wile and then i lose what im doing because its locked i just want it to stay on when i just move the mouse and it comes on the screen that im on and everything is still as it was

thanks for any help

A:computer locks when not used

Quote: Originally Posted by peire

hi how do i stop my computer locking when its left not used, i want to leave my computer running wile im doing something and when i leave it it locks after a wile and then i lose what im doing because its locked i just want it to stay on when i just move the mouse and it comes on the screen that im on and everything is still as it was

thanks for any help

Perhaps this will help..

Right click desktop, left clik on personalize.
Click screen saver bottom right corner.
If there is a tick in the "On resume display login screen" remove it.

And another thought;

You can do start, run netplwiz and remove the tick from "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer"


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I'm having problems with computer freezing when I multi task. Hitting the ctrl alt delete will bring it back. I have a compaq 64 bit with 512 mb. This only seems to happen when I'm using internet explorer. Any help will be appreciated. Could it be a bad ethernet causing lockups?
Thanks in advance,


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My XP home computer will lock up for what appears to be NO apparent reason. I was suspecting my video card for certain reasons while I was gaming but then it would freeze while I was not gaming. So I decided to have a look at the event logs under system and found this at precisely the same time as my freeze and I was hoping someone would be able to help me resolve this issue or shed some light on what is going on. Not too mention I have several of these errors.

Just noticed that my video card has an update for it's drivers I am going to install those in the meantime

Thank you

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ok now that I have UNinstalled my old video card drivers and TRIED to download the new ones, I am getting an error while I try to install.

Error number 0X80040707 I even tried the older drivers I had saved and I get the same error with that. So it must be a computer issue now which I have NO clue. I did a google search and looked into the registry for what thye said should be there and what should be there is there so now I am STUMPED !

UPDATE: Ok I got past the error with something that sounds REALLY stupid but it worked as far as gettingpast that error, lol. All I did is this and I have NO idea why it works.

I Created the folder Desktop in c:\documents and settings\all users\. After you do that install and it should work. I know it sounds really dumb but it works. Good Luck.

I will use these new drivers and see if the freeze issue is still there

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After I use the internet my computer locks up on me.

A:computer locks up

what do you mean locks up on you? are you talking about freezing or it entirely kicks you out of the operating system?

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I am looking for a little advice on a Dell Studio 1440 that will start up normally then proceed to slow way down, free up, then eventually lock up for good.

I ran Malwarebytes, spybot S&D, SuperAnti-Spyware to remove whatever bugs it could find. (They did find some but did not fix the problem)

I pulled one stick of memory (2Gig) and left the other stick (1Gig) and that seemed to allow me to work for a longer period but eventually locked up.

Any thoughts as to what I should do next would be much appreciated.

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I forgot to mention that I cannot get on the internet in normal mode but can in safe mode.

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i can connect to the internet ok and ie6 will open but then computer locks up

computer gateway
window xp

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My PC recently developed this annoying habit of locking up, especially when I leave it idle. I can't even move my cursor, and I have to hit the reset button to get it running again. I decided to reformat my PC, but I ran into yet another problem: it locks up when I try to copy my files to my external hard drive or flash drive, even if the file is only 700 mb. I have over 100 GB worth of data that I need to back up, and I can't get any of it done because of the lock-up problem.

Does anyone know of a good way to back-up large files or to get rid of the lock up problem?

Here's what I've done so far:

Tried system restore. It won't even open.

Tried Windows' backup utility. Again, it doesn't want to work.

Cleaned up my registry with ccleaner and eusing

I uninstalled all programs that I installed in the past week.

I tried copying my files in safe mode. Didn't work.

I reset the registry permissions to their defaults

Checked event viewer:
In the application event viewer, I'm getting a lot of errors relating to AVG7 (event 100),though I already uninstalled it, Application Error (event 1000), Application Hang (event 1002) and MsiInstaller (11334). In the system event viewer, I got SideBySide errors (events 59 and 32). I honestly don't know what these mean, and the only things I'm vaguely familiar with are events 59 and 32 which apparently have something to do with c++ runtime libraries.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

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Scan for malware first...if system is clean, try to run chkdsk /r on the drive in question.FWIW: Loss of routine key system functions is often a sign of malware problems.http://www.symantec.com/security_response/...-070514-5200-99Check for overheating?Louis

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For some strange reason, my laptop keeps locking up randomly. I've swept out all programs I no longer use, cleaned the registry several times, and still to no avail. I'm constantly at risk of my laptop freezing up.

When it's locked, I can't do anything other than taking out the battery and rebooting; naturally that's very frustrating.

Any help is appreciated.

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Wow. Thanks guys.

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Just stumbled onto this thread as I've been going through the same problems. It's been a major headache too for the last 3 months trying to work out what's causing the problems.

So far I replaced the graphics card from ATI Radeon 9600 pro to the Radeon 9800XT and installed the latest Catalyst drivers 8.8.

Purchased an additional cooling fan for the graphics card and used silver compound to help cool the CPU (overall everything dropped by 10 degrees).

I've disabled the onboard sound card and replaced it with the Creative Audigy 2 ZS. Updated the drivers for this too.

Had 3 modules of ram and although vista only lets me use 2GB I've gone through using 1 module at a time and then using two, rotating between different ones (all the same brand).

Installed XP and then clean install of vista and vice versa many times.

Currently unplugged DVD and DVD writer to help with power consumption.

Overall I've run DOS based memory tests (ran for 4 hours straight) and no problems. Run full scan disk with no errors. It's been such a struggle to keep this stable and get exactly the same problems reported here. One thing I've just tried was changing the memory settings via the BIOS as I found on another forum, which is supposed to help things.

I will be trying some of the other software and tips mentioned here in order to help find the problems.

It is a very weird problem and I'm glad to find someone else is going through the same thing although If you're like me you wi... Read more

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can you tell me what's going on with my hijack this?

R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ScanRegistry] C:\WINDOWS\scanregw.exe /autorun
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TaskMonitor] C:\WINDOWS\taskmon.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SystemTray] SysTray.Exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LoadPowerProfile] Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,Load... Read more

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Windows XP, SP3
Computer locks up in following situations:
1. Direct copy of CD to CD. Process runs for about 2 minutes, then freezes.
2. Running any virus scan. After about 5 minutes, PC freezes.
3. When running Norton Ghost 9 to backup hard drive, program will run for 5 - 10 minutes, then lock up.
Only way out of this is to manually shut down and restart the PC.


A:Computer locks up

Hi LeeandLinda and welcome to TSF

Computers can freeze up from either hardware or software issues.

First, reboot in the Safe Mode and see if the porblem is still there.
If that clears it up, then it is an application that is loading at boot time.
In that case, reboot in the normal mode and open Task Manager and see if any applications are increasingly using more cpu time. Also see if one is growing in memory usage size. Some will go up then back down, but if they continue to increase, it will lock up the computer. If you find an offending application, go to Start>Run and type in msconfig then push the enter key. At the msconfig screen, pick the startup tab and uncheck the offending application if it is there. Normally, unchecking all applications except your virus and malware programs is OK. You can always recheck any that you find you need.

Overheating can cause freezing as will a bad powersupply. Download and run SpeedFan and post the voltages and temperatures. You can get it at this link:


Hope this helps

Best regards,

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Interet explorer has started locking up my PC requiring me to turn it off and on again.

It usually happens when Ive been on the same page for a long period of time.

I have noticed something small that happens as a result that might be worth mentioning. When ZoneAlarm loads at startup it the program actually opens instead of just sitting in the system tray next to the clock, this only happens after IE locks up.

This has been happening since i previewed a video in Kazaa and it tried to open a web page in WMP9, causing WMP9 to crash and lock up my PC when I enter its properties/devices options. See this Thread: http://www.slyck.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5707

This also caused the ZoneAlarm oddity, not that its a real problem but it is unusal and a result of the crash.

I have scanned my computer for viruses and nothing was found.

About Internet Explorer:

Version: 6.0.2800.1106.xpsp2.030422 -1633
Cipher Strength: 128 bit*
Product ID:55274 -644 -6214456 -23345
Update Versions:; SP1; Q832894; Q831167; Q867801;

McAfee VirusScan:

Version: *8.0

Engine Version: *4.3.20
DAT Version: *4.0.4382
DAT File Created: **28/07/2004

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I just installed the Microsoft security updates(including sp2) and put in a graphics card(Radeon 9200 i know it's old but for $15 it wasn't a bad deal). Went to the HP website got the updates(they said to install before sp2) now here i am. The comp now periodically locks up, twice when i was opening up a game and today when i was using mozilla. It never happened before but now i'm a little worried since this computer needs to be reliable. When it locks up the cursor moves but Alt+tabbing doesn't work and neither does ctrl+alt+del i have to manually shutdown the comp with the power button. Any suggestions would be appreciated. If you need more info just ask.


P.S. i also get an error whenever i start up about directcd causing windows to become unstable but windows keeps it from starting.

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I try to run superantispyware or malwarebytes and computer locks up. Have to turn computer off and try again and locks up. Please help solve this problem, I am verry computer illiterate.

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A few weeks ago, I was having problems with lsass.exe errors locking up my computer. I thought I had solved the problem, but a few days later it started happening again. Also now my computer just seems to lock up at random times (even without the lsass.ese error message). I don't know if this matters, but I have seen that a sysfader application runs on my computer sometimes as well as a mshta.exe application. These may be OK applications, but maybe not. Any help would be appreciated.

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today I was on the net(youtube.com to be exact) All of the suddon IE8 locked up. It wouldent respond and I couldent close it. . Then NOTHING worked and I had to do hard shutdown. Im on IE8 in Vista premium. I got IE8 from windows update. Is there a problem here? everything works fine now, but why would thgat happen?

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Hello Nate,

It may have been a IE8 add-on that acted up on you. If it continues, then resetting IE8 may help.

Hope this helps,

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I just upgraded my mobo, ram, and processor.
AMD Athlon XP Barton 3200+ 2.1GHz
Asus (forgot the model)
Kingston 512MB RAM
120GB Maxtor
30GB Western Digital
ATI Radeon 9600 SE 128MB

My computer locks up every once in a while, so I downloaded Motherboard Monitor, it said my CPU was getting up to 140f so I bought a new heatsink and fan, now it runs at 90f idle, 100-105f in-game. Though my computer still locks up once in a while. So, I was installing Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault and as I was about to play it, it had to configure itself and it did and I went through it's settings seeing what I got and I clicked the SYSTEM tab in it's settings. It said my Video Card was a 256MB card.. could this be why my computer is locking up? The Asus board I have is said to have a auto-lockup/shutdown feature to protect the cpu and stuff from over-heating... so could this be why my computer is locking up? I went through the bios and the AGP Aperture Size was 128MB, I lowered it to 64MB and checked the MOHPA settings and it said my video card was a 192MB card.. should I lower it down to 32MB? (also is that the reason why my computer locked up, because my bios was overclocking my video card, then turned around and tried to protect itself)

A:Computer locks up..

Take a step backwards,

1.CPU and FAN are they correct match?
2. Memory are they the same type, brand and speed? If you have two 256?
3. Put the 30GB as the master primary
4. Put the 12GB as the master secodary

1. How many case fans do you have?
2. Where did you place this case near?

You should have air coming into the case and then air blowing out of the case. Two or more fans here even go has big as 92mm as 80mm isn't enough. But for the front fan 80mm is okay. Since you running hot you have to keep it cool. Download a free program called Speedfan, that's what I use to keep an eye on things.

MOBO Phase 3
1. Clean the CMOS
2. Don't Overclock anything
3. Make sure that any onboard Video is disabled since you have a ATI AGP Card
4. Same for audio and network if it's onboard and your using cards instead.

Again don't do any overclocking until you have a stable running system within 48 hours as we use to call it burn-in test.

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I've noticed the other day while watching a DVD on my pc that my computer locked up (no blue screens or shutdowns) and the sound stuttered. I thought it was a fluke. Then it happened again. Everything locked up. I told my friend the problem, he said to clean my case and replace the CPU fan. Which I did. I brought it home and after a few hours the same lock up happened. How do I fix this problem????

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Is this only when watching a DVD? Does it happen at any other time? Are there some more symptoms you can give?

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Hello, ive got a strange problem where my computer locks up, ive runned memtest86, Hot CPU Tester Pro, Seatools

none of theese programs found any errors

what happends is everytime i play a game like Half Life 2 or Silent Hunter 4 the pc locks up after some gameplay and i have to hard boot it, this came up recently the grafik fails completly, im playing on lowest settings but that doesnt seem to help
i recently bought a new Mobo, CPU, PSU, HDD, GFXCard,

System Specs:
Manufacturer: Biostar GF8100 M2+ TE
Power Supply: Rasurbo BP-XII 550W
Processor: AMD Athlon 7750 BE 2.7Ghz
Memory: 4080MB DDR2 667Mhz RAM
Hard Drive: Barracuda 7200 16MB 500GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9400GT
Monitor: Fujitsu Siemens Amilo LSL 3260W
Sound Card: Realtek HD Audio output
Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP3

All drivers are up to date except the Bios driver but thats not something major enough to cause the computer to freeze,
and its not a overheat problem, CPU never exceeds 70F GPU gets up to 130F

Please help, ive spent so much money on this tincan and its not working wich is very frustrating


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A:Computer Locks up

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Hi, I recently noticed my computer to be locking up quite often at random intervals. It has happened when windows first loads up, while it's sitting idle, or under any program use. I am running an Compaq AMD Athalon 1.1Ghz, Windows ME, 128MB RAM, which is a fairly old system but still good for what I need.

I downloaded a memory diagnostic test, ran it for 3 passes, and there were no errors. I found that even when windows first boots up there is only about 10MB physical memory (RAM) free. I thought that could be causing the problem until 5 minutes ago when it locked up on me as I was typing this thread. I still had 10+MB free memory when it happened. Now I am really at a loss for what could be causing this. My mobo doesn't seem to have any thermo sensors on it so I can't check actual temp readings but the air blowing out seems fairly cool. System info says my core Voltage is 1.74 which is ok (I heard weird voltage readings could cause lock ups).

I have run adaware, spybot, and hijack this which fixed a few problems but nothing serious. I have also run Norton AV which reported no viruses. I have had Norton AV and Internet security installed for at least 4 months now but these problems only started this past week. I have not installed any new hardware or software recently either. I used "msconfig" to disable all startup programs and the computer still locked up.

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A:Help, computer locks up

Make sure to update Windows and Internet Explorer at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.

Please print out or copy this page to Notepad. You should not have any open browsers when you are following the procedures below.

Go to My Computer->Tools->Folder Options->View tab and make sure that Show hidden files and folders is enabled. Also make sure that the System Files and Folders are showing/visible also.

Go to Start->Settings->Control Panel and double-click on the System icon. On the Performance tab click File System. Click the Troubleshooting tab, and then check Disable System Restore. Click OK. Click Yes, when you are prompted to restart Windows. When we have confirmed that your log file is clean, you may enable System Restore again by following the same steps as above except you should uncheck Disable System Restore .

Reboot into Safe Mode (hit F8 key until menu shows up).

Make sure to close any open browsers. Go into HijackThis->Config->Misc. Tools->Open process manager. Select the following and click Kill process for each one if they are still listed (they shouldn't be - but double check it):


Uninstall the following via the Add/Remove Panel (Start->(Settings)->Control Panel->Add/Remove Programs) if they exist:

GetRight - Adware (possible spyware)

Check and fix the following in HijackThis if they still exist (make sure not to miss any):

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\... Read more

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whenever I try to view a .wmv file my computer locks up. I can hear the audio from the file but the video doesnt move and I cant do anything. ctrl alt del doest even work.
I am running
win 2000 pro
amd 1.4
1024 ddr

A:WMV locks up my computer

What version of Windows Media Player are you running? And have you updated BOTH your audio and video drivers?

If by chance you are using WMP 9 AND you are using multiple monitors, there is a "fix" available.


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I have Windows Vista Business SP1 loaded on on a Lenovo laptop. The computer often locks up, requiring a cold boot. Actions that precipitate this include opening a document, saving a document, and save as a document. This occurs in MS Office 2007 programs and pdf documents. Has anyone else experienced this problem?

A:computer locks up

hi and welcome first can you go to the eventviewer and find the log for around the time of these issues that would be from start control panel and in classic view administrative tools event viewer applications and services logs there should be some on microsoft office copy and paste into word or note pad cant recall which zip and upload through the tools on the page you use to post someone should be able to read them and offer some ideas

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A:Computer Locks Up

Is the machine overheating? Please use lower case type... useing all upper case is perceived as being rude.

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Every so often my computer will completely lock up, so that the only way I can get it back is to hold the power button in for 10 seconds and reboot. Sometimes this will happen several times a day, even almost within minutes of each other, and sometimes it will go days without happening at all. It is very aggravating. How do I go about troubleshooting this problem? I am using Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. This problem seems to happen more when I'm using Firefox with a lot of tabs open, or on websites that heavily use Flash. However, it also randomly happens at other times that don't seen to have any correlation with each other. Any thoughts or ideas are welcome as I am at a total loss on this one. The machine is custom built. I can post the specs, but this problem didn't show up until after the machine had been built and in use for at least a month.


Computer Specs
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHz
RAM: 4GB Patriot Viper Extreme (2x2GB)
H/D: Intel 120GB SSD (Read: 450 MB/s, Write: 210 MB/s)
GPU: Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
Optical: Samsung Blue-ray Drive (12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM)
PSU: 700W
O/S: Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-bit

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My computer works fine if I keep typing or playing with the touchpad, but if I leave it go for longer than a few minutes without touching anything it locks up. It won't allow me to access programs, the start menu or anything and I am stuck with doing a forced shutdown. I originally thought it was a battery issue, but replacing that didn't help. I disabled the screen saver and the sleep/hibernation mode and it didn't help either. Any suggestions that you have would be appreciated. 

A:Computer Locks Up When Not Being Used

Please post the computer model next time. Have you tried safemode if the computer locks during the same duration or longer?Try downloading Speccy and then install the program.  To post and publish a snapshot of your PC.. In the Menu bar, click File -> Publish Snapshot. Click Yes > then Copy to Clipboard. On your next reply, right-click on a empty space and click Paste on reply box then click Post. Download MiniToolBox and run the program. SelectList Last 10 Event Viewers, List Installed Programs and List Users, Partitions and Memory Size then click Go.A notepad will open then copy-paste the report on your next reply.

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i was given an old windows xp desktop and every time i try to close anything my computer will lock up and ill have to restart for it to work again but even if i try to close something as simple as my browser my whole computer freezes and everything says not responding untill i restart again. when i press ctrl+alt+delete to bring up task manager it wont bring it up, the little icon shows in the system tray but nothing comes up on the screen i have to manually press the button for it to restart, going to start>restart wont work and simple things like add/remove programs will not open. ive tryed to restore it 4 different dates and each time it does the same thing.

A:my computer locks up really bad

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My computer locks up at random times. I am not sure what is causing it. It has just started occurring. I tried to restore to an earlier date and it still locks up.

It seems like a process turns on and causes it to lock up.

Below is the information about my system.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T7250 @ 2.00GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 979 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 76206 MB, Free - 50719 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0DW634
Antivirus: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:Computer Locks Up - Please Help

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When I start my computer everything starts as normal, then after 5 minutes or so it locks up. The unusual thing is that I can run in safe mode without issue until any program or I try to access one particular folder which happens to be a specific music folder. If I run McAfee, Malwarebytes or AVG the scan goes as normal until it gets to that folder and then locks up. I have tried deleting the folder, but as soon as it starts to delete the computer locks up. I can play music in itunes as long as I don't try and play the songs in that particular folder.
I have tried deleting the folder in DOS, but can't complete the delete. I can get to the directory and see the individual song files, but when I try to delete get the message cannot find file. Same thing if I try to delete the folder.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Computer locks up

Start with a full anti virus scan
Download and make a full scan with malwarebytes.

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Ok this issue has been persistent for some time and I haven't made much headway.  Several months ago I decided to reinstall Star wars empires at way.  I had it saved on the computer as a image.  I downloaded Damon tools to mount it with.  After doing that when playing the game the computer would lockup, then I noticed that the computer would lockup when browsing the internet or even sitting idle.  I uninstalled both the game and damon tools, I did a quick restore which didn't help and then did a window repair which didn't help.  Now it hasn't locked up when idle for some time but locks up after 10-15 minutes of playing hero's of the storm.  I have updated all drivers and ruled out a overheating issue.  I ran stress tests on memory cpu and gpu and was not able to recreate the issue.   Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Computer specs
windows 8.1
8gb ram
mobo alienware aurora-r4
Radeon r9 200 series

A:Computer locks up

Make sure that you've done all these steps when uninstalling Daemon Tools.Please un-install the program, then use the following free tool to ensure that the troublesome sptd.sys driver is removed from your system (pick the 32 or 64 bit system depending on your system's configuration):  New link (15 Aug 2012):  http://www.duplexsecure.com/downloads (pick the appropriate version for your system and select "Un-install" when you run it).Alternate link:  http://www.disc-tools.com/download/sptdManual procedure here:  http://daemonpro-help.com/en/problems_and_solutions/registry_and_sptd_problems.htmlIf that doesn't help, then let the game lock up one more time. Then please do the following:- open Event Viewer (run eventvwr.msc from the "Run" dialog)- expand the Custom Views category (left click on the > next to the words "Custom Views")- right click on Administrative Events- select "Save all Events in Custom View as..."- save the file as Admin.evtx- zip up the file (right click on it, select "Send to", select "Compressed (zipped) folder")- upload it with your next post (if it's too big, then upload it to a free file-hosting service and post a link here). 

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