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Vista upgrade locks up

Q: Vista upgrade locks up

I am using an Inspiron 1525 made by DELL and running Vista (Home Prem). I'm posting this request for help from another machine because mine booted into a screen that says

"Do not power off or unplug your machine. Installing upgrade 1 of 1".

But no upgrades are taking place (since the modem is idle) and I cannot get past this screen. Using cntrl+alt+delete does not work because the keyboard is locked out. I have tried to power off and then reboot while tapping or pressing F8 but I cannot get into SAFE mode. Instead the display is "restoring Windows" then it loads the message "Do not power off... etc".

This is so frustrating. I would appreciate some help please.

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A: Vista upgrade locks up

do you have the vista disc to repair installation/boot ?


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I just ran the Remove Vista Internet Security 2012 (Uninstall Guide) tutorial and it seems to taken car of the malware in safe-mode. But now an issue is happening when I get to the end of tutorial after rebooting from Malwarebytes and booting back to the normal boot mode. And the system seems to give give the following error then lock up not allowing other programs to run. A dialog box titled MalwareBytes, with the following message:"[Open Event] failed to perform desired action. Error Code : 2"A search on the error points to basically reinstalling Malwarebytes, but that does not solve it, even just removing malwarebytes all together doesn't solve it. After normal startup then the error the system gets lock up.Is there something else going on here that needs to be looked at, I was trying to find registry entries tied to malwarebytes or Run Once that might be causing it to run and error, but no luck yet? HiJackThis does not show any weird programs in the Run keys either?Any Further Ideas?

A:Vista System Locks Up After Malware Reboot - Remove Vista Internet Security 2012 (Uninstall Guide)

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I've been trying to install a Windows XP upgrade on my system for at least a month, and I haven't been able to figure out what the problem is. I've tried formatting using FAT32, FAT32 (LBA), and NTFS filesystems, I've tried uninstalling incompatible hardware drivers, I've tried changing myriad BIOS options, and I can't seem to get it to install properly. It always seems to lock up during the part of the installation process where it detects devices. I've gone through just about all of Microsoft's support site for XP and haven't found anything that has helped me yet.

Anyone have any experience with similar situations?

Here are my system specs:

Operating System: Windows Millennium Edition [Me] (4.90.3000)
Processor: 2083 MHz AMD AthlonXP
Memory: 1024 MB
Screen Resolution: 640 by 480
Web Browser: MSIE 6.0.2800.1106
Graphics card: MSI Geforce3 Ti4800 SE
Motherboard: ASUS A7V8X
Sound: AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller (WDM)

No peripherals connected
No other software installed

A:XP upgrade locks up during install

Pull the sound card and modem (if installed) and any Network card as well. Then remove them in Device Manager as well if they don't disappear on their own after booting. Then give it another try.
To go to extremes, uninstall the printer driver as well. You say all peripherals are unplugged so that's about all you can do other than try a different video card. Have you checked that your video card is XP compatible?

Good luck.

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I have a dell XPS l{ess then 1 year old} quad core Intel processor plenty of memory and all. I am trying to upgrade to win 7. The compability manager says I am fine for the upgrade. During the installation the computer seems to be locked up about 3 quarters of the way through. The progress bar is simply stopped. I started the install about 11:00pm and it's now 5:25am. Should it take this long? This is the 2nd time I have tried this and the same thing has happened both times. The only way to abort it to restart the machine and then of course I will have lost all the vista files and updates. any suggestions? Should I just let it keep going? Calling Dell is a joke of course. Thanks in advance!

A:Windows 7 upgrade locks up-help please


So surprised that you are having this problem. I have a Dell XPS 420 and I installed Windows 7 without any problems whatsoever. In any event, hopefully this link will provide some information
Common Installation Problems and Their Solutions

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Hi, I'm not sure where else to go but if you have a forum that you think would be able to answer this better, please redirect me.

My computer is about 2-3 years old. I tend to take good care of it but I'm having a locking up issue.

Problem: I use my computer mostly for Solidworks and some pretty heavy games. It typically does not freeze while in use. However, some times when it is not in use, it freezes and automatically resets itself.
Other times, I'll be doing some light work and it will freeze like it was 1995, mouse wont move, audio stuck on repeat, and the only option I have, is to do a hard restart.

Confusing parts: When the computer boots back up, I cannot hit enter or anything to get the computer to select "Start windows in normal mode" as opposed to safe mode. The only keyboard I can get to work with that is my Logitech rubber dome keyboard. My mech keyboards don't register. Even my wired Logitech keyboard G510s doesn't register. ONLY my cheapy one (I'll see if I can find you a model number if you need it) . Even more confusing is that my wired mouse won't respond either. The only peripherals that do respond use wireless (not all from one brand, the only commonality is that they're all wireless and work in the bios screens)

Going further down the rabbit hole: When I removed 2 of the 4 memory sticks upon my last boot up. My mech keyboard was recognized in the bios and I was able to select "start windows in normal mode." I don't know if this w... Read more

A:Computer locks/freezes up when not in use after a memory upgrade,

If you think its your memory slots just use 1 stick, try the 4 slots one at a time.

Also see your OCing reset to default see if it still happens...


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System booting to Windows 8.1 just fine. After upgrading to Windows 10, the boot process stops and locks on the HP logo screen. A keyboard key must be depressed before it will begin loading the OS into memory and displaying the Windows Logon screen. Through no fault of the user, this symptom occurs and HP wants to charge to have it fixed. Why? The user followed the instructions from Microsoft for upgrading. Then the HP causes this symptom. Please help. Thank you.

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I recently upgrade my OS from 8.0 to wind 10 in hoping that this will fix the issues of my computer freezes and locks up which requires me to reboot a few times before the computer gets to a point it get stable to function for awhile. I had the same issues before under win 8 when I built my machine. Recently I had to rebuilt my pc because the mb died on me. I purchased a new mb, ram, cpu, one nee hd, and video card and blu ray burner.

It took me hours to load win 8 from my OEM disk until my need hd, often would locks up during installation before i could finishing installing win 8. Now download win 10 upgrade and install it over win 8. The installation was a snap! But I still have problems as before. Recently I install win 10 clean and remove win 8 to see if that could help the issues still there. I ran a MEMtest to see if I had a memory issues nothing. I bought a new psu too the issues are there.

I had this constant issue since win 8 OEM and I can't figure out what the problems. Are there any free diagnosis programs to run to find out the issue is? My gut feeling is the OS itself from win 8 before I install win 10 over it.

PC spec
blu ray burner from LG
Gygabite MB 970A-UD3P
AMD FX Black Ed 6300 AM3+
Crucial 8GB 1600 Dimm
EVGA GT730 1 GB D3 video card
3 WD Blue 1 TB ea HD
1 WD Green 1 TB HD
TP LInk wifi card model TL-WN881ND
OS win 8 64 bit then download win 10 ISO
PSU 600w

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I attemted an upgrade from win98 to XP on a 333 mhz computer with 64 megs ram and everything went fine at first. There was no error message about the computer being too slow.

Here is what happened:
I started upgrading, everything was very straight forward. Then it finished what it called "preparing comptuer for setup" and wanted to reboot.

Now, at reboot it goes to a blank screen after I choose either "continue with xp setup" or "cancel xp setup". I tried just about everything I knew, but no matter what, it goes to the blank screen.

Was the computer too slow to handle it, or did something just go wrong?

A:Attemp upgrade to XP on slow computer. Now locks at startup.

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vista will lock me out if left alone for 5 min or so, just like if i hit the padlock icon in the start menu. turned off hibornate and it still happens, how do i get it to stop doing this?? thanks for any help

A:vista locks me out

Hi.. .

Do you have a laptop or a desktop? I know that my laptop (I don't have a Vista desktop) has a setting for for power and power savings where you can instruct the computer what to do when certsain events occur such as the lid closing, idle time, battery at a critical level, etc. . .

> Start > Control Panel > Power Options > Edit Plan Settings

Good Luck. . .


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I have been using Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 to edit photographs under Vista Home Premium for a year or so with great success.

Suddenly yesterday a problem arose. I transferred some .NEF (Nikon camera raw format) to my hard disk, like I always do, then fired up PSE to edit them. As soon as I selected the folder into which the files had been copied, Windows reported that Photoshop Elements "has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available"

I did everything I know how to do, with the following results:

1) Vista will not open the directory, not even in Explorer, without the same message appearing (Explorer has stopped working....).
2) The command prompt (C:\) sees the files fine. They can be copied in this manner, deleted, etc. No problem. But any attempt to open a folder containing even one .NEF file, even .NEF files which have bee on the hard disk for months and have been opened repeatedly, edited, updated, saved again, etc., etc., produces the same result.
3) The Adobe Photo Downloader can see the files (show thumbnails, etc.) in the camera and copy them into any directory. However, copying any one of them into an existing or newly created folder renders that folder Verboten, and attempts to see into it with Explorer or PSE will produce the error message noted above.

Any Clues?


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Hello All..
I'm new to the board, so please ignore my apparent lack of hardware/system knowledge.
Computer: HP Media Center PC
OS: Vista x64 Home Premium Edition

As of recent, my Desktop PC just locks up. What I mean by that is after a random number of minutes of inactivity, the screen will be blank and any/all my lights on the keyboard will be off. I have tried pushing down on keys or moving the mouse as if the machine was "asleep", but to no avail. I have to hold the on/off button for the typical 5 seconds to turn off the CPU.

Any forward guidance on troubleshooting or maintenance would be greatly appreciated and please be patient with me..

Now, if you have any questions on classic Mopars/Dodges, I'm your man..

A:Vista just locks up - Help

We will find the cause. Start with a complete antivirus scan
Download and make a fulls scan with malwarebytes.
If both are negative try a clean boot to diagnose.

If none of these options help, try in safe mode. If safe mode still has the problem a good bet would be a hardware problem and we can go from there

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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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When trying to enter sleep mode vista locks the computer and goes to the welcome screen. Event views shows "preparing for Away mode"

I have had this problem once before so I restored the computer and it fixed it. But at this point I simply want to know what is causing it to happen. Bios is configured. Hibernation is off. no scheduled tasks. Bios is properly configured.

If anyone can help let me know.


-vista 64 ultimate -4gb -AMD

A:Vista locks instead of sleeping

If you're pressing the sleep button, go to advanced power options, and see what it says under "Sleep button action".

If this doesn't help, press Win+R, type cmd and press enter. There, type powercfg -a. What does it say?

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Computer has been locking up after in use for 10 - 15 minutes... Actually, it seems to be doing it quicker and quicker. It locks up & is unresponsive to the point that the only thing I can do is unplug the power cord and remove the battery to make it turn off.... This time, it's worse.. Turned it back on and for the last 30 minutes it shows a blank, black screen with the exception of the words Microsoft corporation near the bottom of the screen with a rectangular box above it and inside he box there's the standard little green bars (5-6) moving left to right.. The same image I see briefly each time I start up the computer... I'm considering trying to fix it with a few carefully placed swings of my sons baseball bat... Anyway, I'm hoping to buy a new apple laptop after the first of january but in the meantime I'm basically without a computer. Thank God and Steve Jobs for my iPhone. If anyone has any ideas on what my issue might be &/or how to fix it, you have my undivided eternally grateful attention. Just downloaded this app to my iPhone so just pretend that you're dealing with a computer "dumby" if you respond.
Thanks and merry christmas!!!

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Just purchased an HP with Vista (32 bit) home version. Doesn't matter what I'm doing or not doing, randomly locks up and I have to reboot several times per day. HP won't downgrade me. Microsoft won't talk to me. Please suggest something, I really HATE using my computer with these problems. I used to have XP and NEVER experienced anything like this. I've been reading other threads - so at least I know I need to get my drivers. Anything else before I go back to XP?


A:Vista Locks Up My Computer

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When my laptop is sitting idle and or I'm streaming video to my TV the windows login screen cuts in and locks me out so I have to renter my password, Its only be doing this over the last couple of days since in downloaded and installed SP2. I'm running windows Vista on a Sony Vaio laptop VGN-AR41E, with SP's 1&2, 1 gig of ram (not enough), Intel Duo Core T7100..

Any one got any ideas please ?

A:Vista locks me out when is idle

Welcome to TSF!

Right click the Desktop, click Personalize
Click ScreenSaver
Set it to none, or increase the time, or uncheck the On resume, display logon screen box.



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Hp Pavillion A6337c running vista home premium with 4gb of ram locks up at the same time every day. Any suggestion would be appreciated. If Ugrade to 7 is advisable, can I upgrade without losing my programs?

A:Vista locks up same time every day

See this thread in our forums: Machine freezes at the same time everyday

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I've had Vista Ultimate x64 installed for a day now. And about 20 minutes ago I went to install LOTRO from a DVD-ROM and Vista locked up. So I reset the system and tried again, still locked up. Tried installing a different game from a DVD and it still locked up. This was after an update from beloved Microsoft. I checked the installed updates and it was a bunch of security updates, DreamScene and Secure Online Key Backup.

Any help would be much appreciated. I hope this is a common issue and can be fixed.


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Hi i just installed windows vista home premium on my pc and everytime the screensaver comes on it is fine but i notice when it shuts off the screen (LCD) when i move the mouse to bring it back on i just get lines on the screen and the only way to get it back is to turn it off by pressing the power button. I have turned off the screen by the button and it does not do it that way. I am not even sure if that is the cause, i changed the power options to just turn the screensaver on and not turn any other options off to see if it still does it but im sure it will because it has done this while using it aswell just not sure what im doing to cause this. It does not seem to be locked up because when i press CTRL AlT DEL the green lines will change yellow but still cant see anything but lines and am forced to shut down. I have downloaded new nvidia drivers and that did not seem to help either. Does anyone have any ideas or should i perhapes try a fresh install again. Thanks

A:Vista locks up every time

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Recently I did a massive hardware upgrade on my desktop and as part of this decided to move to Vista Business x64 at the same time. However, I am struggling to get it to work reliably. Every time I leave the computer alone for a few hours I come back and find the machine has locked up.

The machine locks up in the following way...

1. The keyboard is unresponsive. Normally the 'numlock' light is still on but if I press 'Caps Lock' the LED does not light up.
2. The mouse LED/detector is no longer on.
3. There is still a signal to the screen but the screen saver image is not moving.

My machine comprises of...
Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 "Energy Efficient 95W Edition" 2.40GHz (1066FSB)
Gigabyte GA_P35C_DS3R (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 & DDR3 Motherboard
OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-8500 1066MHz SLI-Ready DDR2 (OCZ2N1066SR2GK)
Leadtek GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express)

I have applied all of the latest drivers from Nvidia, Gigabyte, Microsoft and I have upgraded the BIOS to the latest version.

I have checked the Event Viewer and there doesn't seem to be anything here relevant to this problem. I'm not sure which way to go to try and diagnose this problem. Does anyone have any ideas what could be causing this, or alternatively any way I can obtain more information to help resolve it.



A:Vista Locks Up When Idle...

My guess would be some type of hardware problem unless you've already achieved stability with some other operating system. Have you tried Vista32 or even XP on the new hardware? Are you overclocking the memory or processor?

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Need Help.

Vista Home Premium x64 Locks up/Freezes after any wireless connection to the internet is made. The time seemed random at 1st but after some bios/hardware tweaking I can get connected for approx 10 sec before Vista locks up/freezes. It is not like it is becoming "non responsive" - All operations cease - the mouse pointer will not move nor any keyboard command registering (alt+ctrl+del, ctr+shift+backspace, alt+f4, etc.).....nothing. I have to cut the power to restart the computer.

This used to happen while I was playing Assassin's Creed but after adjusting the settings in the bios that has gone to a minimum. I spoke w/ both EVGA and D-Link tech support but they were unable to pinpoint the problem. EVGA suggested that lock ups/freezes are generally caused by the graphics card and/or RAM. I built this rig and all of the most recent drivers/bios versions were used in the installation of the hardware.

This is the only thing hindering me from completing my gaming rig. Vista performance rating 5.7 (due to processor - all other ratings at 5.9)
Can smoothly run Crysis at 1600x1200, No Anti-A, and all other settings on Very High w/ DX10.

EVGA 780i SLI Mobo
Intel E8400 3.0GHz 1333 FSB Wolfdale
Patriot Viper DDR2 800MHz 4GB (2x2GB) 4-4-4-12 2.2V
XFX 8800GT Alpha Dog Edition (Core: 640MHz RAM:1900MHz)
Corsair 1000W Modular Power Supply
WD Velociraptor 300GB Sata 3.0GB/s 10,000RPM Hard Drive
D-Link DWA 552 Extreme N Wireless Card

A:Vista Locks Up/Freezes


There are a few things that you can try. Do you have problems if you connect directly using an Ethernet cable? Try using another slot for your wireless card. Are your wireless card and router compatible with each other, and are they set up correctly? Refer to the relevant instruction manuals. Generally speaking, for best compatibility you need to use the same manufacturer. Have you installed SP1 yet? There is a driver available, version, which, according to D-Link, is included in SP1.

D-Link DWA-552 Xtreme N Desktop Adapter

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Hey y'all
I have a problem with my PC. Sometimes when I leave my computer on and leave it idle for a while and then come back to it the whole thing will be locked up. I can move the mouse around but as soon as I click something it will lock up and the time will be locked to the time when it had locked up. The whole thing basically locks up causing the green vista loading mouse circle to replace the pointer. The only way to shut it off is to hold down the power button for about 5seconds. Is this a hardware issue or a software issue? I'm boggled by this.

Specs are as follows:
Intel Core 2 quad Q6600 (2.4Ghz)
4Gb Ram
640 GB hard drive
Nvidia 9500GS
Windows Vista Premium 64 bit.

A:HP Pavilion running Vista locks up

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I have a Hi-Grade VA250d (well, it's a friends really) that seems to freeze up all i/o ports including keyboard, mousepad, usb, etc, at random intervals. For example, when it freezes, I can't get a response from the integrated buttons for WIFI on/off, etc, if I plug a USB device in there's no response (my kensignton key blinks it's light for 1/2 a second then nothing). I can only power down the machine by holding the power button.

I have checked through event viewer, system logs, etc, etc, but none show any error immediately before the 'unexpected shutdown' event.

I've read the massive thread on TechNet, and the only thing I see that may be relevant is installing the latest Intel Matrix Storage Driver, but I have no idea if that's relevant for the machine as the forum seems mainly to do with Dell desktops.

Someone with a laptop mentions disabling superfetch, again as I run XP I'm not familiar with this and how to disable/what it does.

If anyone can suggest any ideas for resolving this, I'd be greatful.


Processor: Intel Celeron Mobile 1.73 Ghz
Mem: 512Mb
Chipset: VIA VN896
HDD: 80Gb 5400rpm SATA


Dan T

A:Hi-Grade Vista Basic locks up

OMG this sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. A Celeron processor with 512 meg ram and a Via chipset. Sorry that is "computer Hell". Cpu with no cache, under powered for memory and the worst chipset in existance. I would bet bet on Vista bootup is a struggle alone.
They need to max the ram, 4 gb if possible and then kill Uac (Users in Control panel), notification of same to "don't" in Security Center Control Panel, disable Windows Defender in Control Panel, Admin Tools, Services and then uninstall any Norton, MacAfee or Pc Cillan software onboard and use Avira free antivirus and Superantispyware or Malwarebuytes for spyware control.

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Greetings all,
I really need your help, about three days ago I installed Vista Ultimate Upgrade, and I have had problems ever since with constant Lock-ups (Not Responding) which results in having to reboot my computer.
I made sure that my computer passed the upgrade test and the the installation went without any problems.
my computer spec.........
Intel p4 3.42Ghz
2Ghz DDr Ram
Nvidia Ge-force 6600V+ 512MB/DDR2 with latest vista driver
Audigy Live 24 bit
OS Windows Vista Ultimate 32bit
The Lock-ups are common and as I don't now that much about computers or the terminology could someone please guide me in fixing this extremely annoying problem.
Thank you.

BTW I have a DVD/CD-RW this appears but it won't recognise any CD's let alone burn any CD,s I have configured Auto-play in the control panel but still the message is "place a CD in the drive" or "No CD in drive E"

A:Windows Vista Ultra LOCKS-UP

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This problem is not limited to Windows Update installations. Anytime I try to update my version of Vista 32bit Home edition, it gets to 0% Installed and stays there. Then Vista begins to lock up. Can't open other programs, can't use Windows Explorer to do anything. Can't even right click on the desktop to open a menu. Task Manager refuses to open as well. As I said, this isn't limited to Windows Update installations and the exact same symptoms occur when I try to install any other program (tried to install a antivirus program to see if malware was to blame but got the lock-up again).

I have just installed Vista and was in the process of getting it completely up to date. Made it just past SP1 and now this is happening. I'm not even sure where to start looking for fixes or diagnosis as I am entirely unfamiliar with Vista, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.

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I am running Vista x64 Ultimate and when I open up my networks and Vista searches for other PCs Vista locks up. It's sort of hard to describe because the way it locks up is very weird.

Usually, when I open up networks it starts to search for computers. The green bar at the top slowly progresses to the end. If I try to click the X to stop searching, or the X to close, my cursor turns into the Vista loading symbol. I can still move the mouse around, but explorer does not respond. I cannot shift focus to any other windows but if I try to alt+tab I get a response for a second, after which it locks up as well. Alt+control+delete does nothing. After 30-60 seconds, it unlocks, and every key press and mouse click I've made during the lock, has it's effect. Basically, it stores up all of my input actions and acts on them 30 seconds later, all at once.

Anyone know what's going on?

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For a while now my computer running Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2; when I run some games, or occasionally while viewing full screen videos the computer will freeze up. It starts with the mouse cursor turning to the waiting/processing spinning circle, then the mouse freezes up, sometimes the screen goes black and I get the message that it has lost video input. If I hit Ctl/Alt/Del to go to task list nothing happens or the screen goes black. I updated my video driver when this started with no change. I have once again updated my video card driver and the problem of freezing up continues. This problem has been going on for so long that I do not have a Restore point I can go to. I have tried doing a Vista clean boot but the computer still has problems. Can someone help me, I am about ready to format my C disk and reinstall everything.

A:Windows Vista locks up onvideo

What are the specs of your computer? Processor, RAM, graphics card, etc...

Have you noticed any dead pixels or lines on the screen? That would indicate a failing graphics card.

But just general freezing with up to date drivers indicates an OS issue (assuming it's not the graphics card) or just poor performance. It's possible a reinstall would fix your problems, but you won't know until you do (if your specs are not up to par, a reinstall won't make a difference).

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I'm running a small network with an MS Small Business Server 2003 and 5 XP clients.

I upgraded one of the clients, a Dell XPS M2010, to Vista Ultimate.
Since the upgrade, the account of the user is locked out every couple of days. With XP on the M2010, we never had this problem.

Any idea what could be causing this problem?

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Hi. I've had almost nothing but problems with this computer since I bought it two years ago, but things have really gotten bad lately.Until recently, it would occasionally lock up, nothing would happen, but after about 60 seconds, it would unlock and go about its business.Now it locks and won't unlock. Everything freezes. Then I get the blue screen of death telling me about a kernel error. Then it reboots. And EVERY time I turn it on now, I get "diskette drive 0 seek failure" and I have to hit F1 to boot, then it gives me the options to start Windows in safe mode or normally. I start it normally at that point and it seems to go fine....until the next time it freezes up, which happens, easily, four times a day just to me and at least a couple times a session to others in my household who use it.It's Windows Vista Home Premium (it says), bought it in November 2007. Running on a Dell. My e-z bake solution would be to get the important stuff I need off the hard drive and onto an external, then reformat and re-install the OS. Would that be a fix?Anybody else ever see this problem before? This has never been a good computer/OS but it's gotten much worse lately. Thanks.

A:Vista locks up, won't boot correctly

Yours is a good idea but I would go one better
Go to the support site of the hard drive manufacturer and download their diagnostic utility and see what shows up

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This is my first post on the forums - I thought I'd come to you guys as I'm a bit stumped.

I am currently using a Vista Ultimate x64 machine as a file server, with other machines (both XP and Vista x64) connected to it via Ethernet, one XP laptop wirelessly. It is a simple set up, with everyone accessing one shared folder on the file server.

The problem is this: the file server will randomly seem to crash (hang) the network when the other machines are accessing it. This is more noticable with the XP machines, where the hang will cause explorer to crash, whereas the Vista machines accessing it will simply not connect. Occasionally the file server appears to reconnect after an hour or so, but mostly it will require a restart to get it back on the network and functioning correctly.

I have had a look around at various forums, including this one, but have not seen this exact problem. I have tried solutions for other related problems, such as disabling IPv6, but this does still not seem to have solved the problem.

Any ideas would be most welcome - obviously having to restart all the machines in the office a couple of times a day can be a bit of a pain!

Thanks to all in advance.


A:Vista 'locks out' other computers on network

Hi novacon

What permissions are set up for 'everyone' accessing the shared folder? 'Everyone' got read/write access, or what?

And, is the sharing password protected or not?

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Is any one else having a problem where Vista locks up (stops responding completely no bsod) While surfing the internet. I have tried using both fire fox and the IE and while surfing the computer just stops. I guess it could be a device problem but vista reports no conflicts or errors. There is no set amount of time just random. ant help would be appreciated!!

Amd athlon 3800+ 2.4 ghz
2 gig memory
running 32 bit windows vista media center
Nvidia Geforce 7300 GS
160 gig ata hard drive
gigabyte ga-k6n51 mother board

also dxdiag reads more memory than my video card has.

A:Vista Locks up no BSOD just stops responding.

I have the same problem atm, but I sometimes get BSOD as well, can you check how much memory your graphic cards has according to Dxdiag and what you really have? mine reports I have double then what I have which I suspect is the problem but I have no clue how to fix

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link to my thread in Windows Vista forum, they told me to start one here.... hope someone has an idea that works...http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/300711/vista-locking-up-cold-boot-only-option/Windows Vista home premium 64b SP24gb ramAV is norton and is a fresh install and up to date...recent scan (2 days ago), showed no infections uninstalled avg, and decided to go with norton instead... these problems were present before the switch.Laptop freezes.... completely... then, after holding power button down, it sometimes starts, sometimes it freezes at login screen, sometimes before i even get to login screen. It started with mouse just getting stuck on the vista 'working circle' and nothing else worked, couldn't click anything, ctrl-alt-del did nothing, could wait overnight for a response and still nothing...more recently, NOTHING works... you sit down at laptop and its frozen, mouse won't move, no keys have any affect, etc. I'm at a total loss, so here is a HJT log that i just ran, i had to retype all of this info because lappy just froze... and had to cold boot, i'm now in safe mode with networking to get on here, and haven't had any issues (yet). thank you in advance for the help, i apologize if i've left out any required info...dunno if it's worth anything since i'm in safe mode, but here it is.... awaiting instructions from the bleeping computer gods. ;)Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.3 (BETA)Scan saved at 6:48:17 PM, on 3/11/2010Platform: Windows Vist... Read more

A:vista locks up, cold boot only option

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.We need to create an OTL ReportPlease download OTL from one of the following mirrors:This is THE MirrorSave it to your desktop.Double click on the icon on your desktop.Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.In the custom scan box paste the following:CODEnetsvcsmsconfigsafebootminimalsafebootnetworkactivexdrivers32%systemroot%�... Read more

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Hi all... I'm asking for your recommendation on a problem I'm having:

Vista keeps freezing, usually when playing games or watching flash videos, but also sometimes just at random. By freezing, I mean completely unresponsive, so I have to turn off the computer with the power button.

My first suspect was a faulty hard drive, but I've run extensive scans on both hard drives in my PC, and all of them report that nothing is wrong.

So then I disabled my sound card, but that has no issue.

I ran memtest86+, but that affirmed that the RAM is working fine.

The only remaining culprits are:

- Graphics card
- Motherboard?
- The OS itself

Sometimes I can play games for hours on end and the system is absolutely fine, so I'm not sure that it's the graphics card. Before you ask, yes I am running the latest drivers.

I have nothing like a multimeter so I can't test the PSU, but seeing as I can deliberately stress the computer sometimes with no adverse effect, I doubt that that's the issue... Though I can't be sure. I have opened the case and rigoursly de-dusted as much as I can, however.

The computer has started making a strange noise when I first turn it on, like a rattling noise... It's only for the first 60 seconds or so; but it's odd... Maybe I just never noticed it before, or perhaps I slightly dislodged something when de-dusting it.

As for the operating system; in the past few months it's been getting quite unstable... The desktop has been crashing,... Read more

A:Vista Freezes/Locks Up Seemingly At Random

what are you running
video card
power supply

check the listings in the bios for voltages and temperatures and post them

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I'm having trouble with my computer locking up, when it does, the only fix is to do a cold boot. At first, the mouse wouldn't move... and i'd have to use the touchpad... *usb optical mouse, then internet explorer or mozilla firefox started locking up too... more recently, everything locks up and nothing works, can't even ctrl-alt-del to task manager. I posted here, and it got moved to a diff forum, because i posted a HJT log, and they said it wasn't malware.... and to repost here to seek help... .so here i am.

Windows Vista SP2
4gb ram
antivirus up to date (norton)

I'm scared to use msconfig without someone smarter than me helping me understand what i'm looking at.... but ive been told that i need to go in there and delete stuff i guess, cuz my computer is weak on resources... i'm not sure i understand that... but thought i'd mention it.

open to suggestions. thanks!

A:vista locks up, cold boot only option

Is this a laptop?

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In past week on my PC (Vista Home Premium 32 bit SP2), during boot up process I get to Account login window. As soon as I click on any of 3 accounts, the computer locks up and stays on that screen. I never get to enter my account password.

I can boot up successfully in "Safe Mode with Networking". I ran System Restore twice using restore points prior to problem, but this did not fix it.

I can think of no changes (no apps or files downloaded, etc.) within last week that might have caused this.

Any advice?

A:Vista locks up at Account Login window

Try bootin with the Vista DVD and choose Repair > Startup Repair.

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I just bought a new HP PC (AMD 4x processor, 750 GB HDD and 8GB of RAM) with 64-bit Vista. My wife has hundreds of Wordperfect files and she'd like to continue to use Wordperfect if possible.

Just for grins, I tried loading Wordperfect 10 on Vista, from my original Wordperfect Office Suite 2002 disks. I don't need any of the other Suite 2002 apps, so I only loaded Wordperfect 10. It loaded perfectly. There were no complaints or errors from Vista about the old software. When I launch the Wordperfect 10 application, it comes up just fine and will open the Wordperfect files. However, that's as far as things will go. Once the file is open, Wordperfect locks up. I can't save the file and I can't shut down Wordperfect. I have to go into Task Manager in order to shut it down.

Any suggestions on how to get Wordperfect to save the files and then close normally?

A:Wordperfect 10 on Vista - Opens files then locks up...

Just got a new lap top with vista last week, loaded my old WP2002, exact same problem. Please let me know if you found a way to fix your problem.

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I have been having this very frustrating problem with Vista 64. The machine seems to be find and I can run anything I want, but then it will just lock up. The screen shows what ever graphics was there but its all scrambled. This can happen at an time after the desktop show, 2 minutes or 2 hours. I can run in safe mode all day and night so I'm thinking graphics or some other driver. I have run tests using Everest Ultimate and everything seems fine, except it will lockup like everything else. I have had this issue since the beginning, when I had 1 video card. I have gotten Crossfire enabled and SP1 installed. I am using the latest Catalyst driver 8.3. One note, when I installed the newest driver, it changed how the screen looks when it locks up, but its still the same issue. Any ideas or settings that I should look at, I have tinkered with them all with no results. I hope someone has the answer!

A:Vista Locks up with strange video displayed

I am having the same issue with an ATI Radeon 3650 on Vista X64. The problem started fairly recently. For no apparent reason the syem freezes and the display scrambles. I have not been able to isolate the issue. But I think that the video card is a prime suspect.

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This is long because I wanted to let you know the steps I have seen and tried. My Windows 7 starting locking up while using the mouse. I removed the USB wireless receiver, set aside the wireless mouse and keyboard and went to the hard wired unts, same problem. Mouse works on Safe mode. I did a memory check that came out good. Tried a factory bios reset, no joy. I then tried a System restore and it came back that it could not restore at the date that was picked and suggested a earlier date, tried a earlier saved restore date, appeared to work until rebooting, came back starting Windows, when it came to the black screen it hung up. Removed the hard drive and placed in another computer with a working Windows 7 as a secondary drive, when computer was turned on, Windows 7 did a scan on the hard drive and found a error and repaired it (should have tried a scandisk earlier). Placed drive back in the original computer and reloaded with Vista, mouse works and the partitioned drive was back with its files. Ran it for several days, worked okay. installed Service pack one and reloaded Windows 7, problem returns, mouse locking up. Installed a new hard drive and reloaded the drive with a Windows 7 installation disk, same problem, mouse locks up but will work in safe mode. In reply to another member about the mouse, it is the original HP mouse P/N 5188-7239, the hardwired mouse is MS mouse, also tried anothe wireles, sameo, sameo

A:Mouse locks up on 7, okay on Vista and safe mode

Well I'm no expert but it sure would help if you filled in your specs completely and inform us what mouse you are using.
Use this little free program for specs.
Speccy - System Information - Free Download
At the top of the page use User CP to install the specs.
Look on the bottom of the mouse for information which one it is.

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I am running Vista Ultimate 64 on a Sony Vaio. Starting yesterday, my system (after logon) would run then the screen would scramble (not legible) and the system would lock. I can run it in safe mode. I have tried the following:

- Reset BIOS
- Restore to Earlier Version (Twice) - First didn't work, so I went back farther.
- MSCONFIG (Deactivated Unnecessary Programs)
- Startup (Removed Unnecessary Programs)
- Removed anything HP printer related (since I've heard of so many issues with 64 and HP)

When the lock occurs, I'm not getting anything written to the Event log. I've been running virus and malware protection religiously.

I'll take any more ideas. I had to do a total restore to the phanton partition about 6 months ago, but nothing since then. This laptop with Vista 64 has been a constent thorn. I'm trying to decide if I should invest in Windows 7, but not sure if that is the fix I need.

A:Vista Ultimate 64 - Screen Scrambles and System Locks

Originally Posted by sleiding

I am running Vista Ultimate 64 on a Sony Vaio. Starting yesterday, my system (after logon) would run then the screen would scramble (not legible) and the system would lock. I can run it in safe mode. I have tried the following:

- Reset BIOS
- Restore to Earlier Version (Twice) - First didn't work, so I went back farther.
- MSCONFIG (Deactivated Unnecessary Programs)
- Startup (Removed Unnecessary Programs)
- Removed anything HP printer related (since I've heard of so many issues with 64 and HP)

When the lock occurs, I'm not getting anything written to the Event log. I've been running virus and malware protection religiously.

I'll take any more ideas. I had to do a total restore to the phanton partition about 6 months ago, but nothing since then. This laptop with Vista 64 has been a constent thorn. I'm trying to decide if I should invest in Windows 7, but not sure if that is the fix I need.

Have you tried doing a repair install?


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I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop that came with Windows Vista Premium. At random, unexpected times when I am on it, the whole computer locks up and the screen freezes. The mouse pointer doesn't move. The keyboard locks up. Like I said, it happens unexpectedly and I have no idea why. But here are some things I noticed when this has happened and hopefully you can analyze what I should do to fix this problem. First off, I notice, and I'm not sure the technical name for it, that the outlined cylinder icon that is in line with the power icon and battery icon in the bottom right hand corner of the physical, monitor boarder, does not flash green in spurts like it normally does (which I'm guessing the reason it does is because programs are running in the background). In does not highlight at all, although the power icon is still outlined green. So it is like the lights are on but nobody's home. The second thing I notice is that many times after this happens, the internal fan kicks on to high speed. This I feel is because the internal components are overheated. Is this true? If so, how do I fix this problem or the overall problem of this lockup, if you have any idea what might be it's cause. Thanks very much.


A:Dell Laptop with Vista freezes/locks up randomly

how much ram do you have?

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Been trying to help friend fix computer. has been running very slow constant lock up ands not respondings.this is a dell inspiron 1545 running vista 32 bit- SP2Speccy snapshot--- http://speccy.piriform.com/results/wx8ZkjyFHgKIvswhVHRqqtiWHAT I DID SO FAR:Got rid of a lot of unneeded startup processes on msconfig, clean off any noticeable junk. tweaked performance settings (such as adjusting visual effects).ran avg free in safe mode. found nothing infected. ran malwarebytes in safe mode, found nothing infected.ran spybot search and destroy in safe mode, found a few things, deleted all of them.ran defrag/optimize with Auslogics Disk Defrag, completed.ran hijack. saved log. did not do anything else with that.ran DDS saved logs.ran rkunhooker saved log.Thanks much, i'll be looking for your replyBob

A:My laptop running Vista freezes, locks up, and a lot of Not responding

hi,,,, am i lead to believe that you now think this is not a security issue hence you posted here, (if you do think its a security issue you need to post in the correct forum.) take a look in event viewer for more info related to the crashes,, also post back any info or error codes, also take a look in task manager to see if there are any processes that are using up all the CPU, post those back too, also look in device manager for any yellow triangles and red X's and lastly look in reliability monitor for info,,, click on any red X's in there and post back the info. hopefully its just a dodgy driver. to find all these just type in to search box in start menu.
good luck.

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Please help with my computer problem. I am running windows vista on a laptop. Over the past few weeks our computer started having some issues with freezing up or locking up. There are a lot of not respondings too. I ran a hijack this if any of you guys can see any issues that I need to take care of. Thanks SOOO much for your help.CurtLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Windows\System32\igfxtray.exeC:\Windows\System32\hkcmd.exeC:\Windows\System32\igfxpers.exeC:\Program Files\Apoint2K\Apoint.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exeC:\Program Files\HP\QuickPlay\QPService.exeC:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch Buttons\QLBCTRL.exeC:\Windows\system32\igfxsrvc.exeC:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\HpqSRmon.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\HPWAMain.exeC:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuSchd2.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exeC:\... Read more

A:My laptop running Vista freezes, locks up, and a lot of Not responding

Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.In the upper right hand corner of the topic you will see a button called Options. If you click on this in the drop-down menu you can choose Track this topic. By doing this and then choosing Immediate E-Mail notification and then clicking on Proceed you will be advised when we respond to your topic and facilitate the cleaning of your machine.Note** If you are having problems posting the complete log into this thread upload them here http://www.rapidshare.com/ and post the links in this thread We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.I order for me to see the status of the infection I will need a new set of logs to start with.Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is ... Read more

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This is my new system:

Core 2 Duo E6750
Asus P5N-D (nForce 750i)
2X2 GB Kingston KVR800D2N5K2/2G
Asus EN8800GT

It works perfectly in Vista x64, however in XP SP2 32-bit, as well as XP SP2 64-bit, the system freezes randomly (often with graphical corruption in the last frame(s)) despite the fact that I've installed the latest BIOS from ASus, latest drivers from Nvidia, and all available XP updates from Microsoft. These freezes started occuring right after I installed Windows XP, without any other drivers or outside programs present.

I should also mention both XP versions run fine (well, they don't lock up) while in safe mode.

Does anybody have any idea what the problem is?

A:Vista runs fine, XP freezes (and locks up) randomly

sometimes this problem is due to conflict of drivers(hardware, software)or programms
and rarely to malware
in your case, as you said they work fine in safe mode,
ok, then we can suppose that either program or service would cause this
if that's right, try to disable one after one by doing this:
start ==> run ==>type "msconfig" without quotes
choose (selective startup) option and try to unckeck one by one and restart to see
for now, I have no other solution.....when I get anything new, I'll tell you

are your versions unattended?? I mean aren't they original, downloaded from microsoft or not?
and you are using Professional or Home Edition Version?

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My PC only sleeps when I have the
Put the computer to sleep: "x" turned from never to a number.

Yet when I hit sleep button it simply locks it, or when I hit power button it turns off displays only.
But under Power button and lid, Power button & start menu power button at set to sleep. Still no sleep other then waiting for it to go to sleep automatically from the specified time.
other settings:
High performance(Active)
require password: yes
turn off Hard disk after: never
wireless adaptor Power saving Mode: max performance
Sleep after: never
usb selective suspend setting: disabled
power button & start menu power button: sleep
PCI express-link state power managment: off
processor power managment: mix & max both 100%
search&indexing-power savings mode: High perfomance
turn off display after: never
adaptive display: off
multimedia setttings-when sharing allow: allow computer to sleep
Can you see any reason why it wont sleep?
i7 870
4gb ram
single HDD
dual monitors

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop that came with Windows Vista Premium. At random, unexpected times when I am on it, the whole computer locks up and the screen freezes. The mouse pointer doesn't move. The keyboard locks up. Like I said, it happens unexpectedly and I have no idea why. But here are some things I noticed when this has happened and hopefully you can analyze what I should do to fix this problem. First off, I notice, and I'm not sure the technical name for it, that the outlined cylinder icon that is in line with the power icon and battery icon in the bottom right hand corner of the physical, monitor boarder, does not flash green in spurts like it normally does (which I'm guessing the reason it does is because programs are running in the background). In does not highlight at all, although the power icon is still outlined green. So it is like the lights are on but nobody's home. The second thing I notice is that many times after this happens, the internal fan kicks on to high speed. This I feel is because the internal components are overheated. Is this true? If so, how do I fix this problem or the overall problem of this lockup, if you have any idea what might be it's cause. Thanks very much.


A:Dell Laptop with Vista freezes/locks up randomly

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Hello all, this is my first post on this forum, and I am not 100% sure what information I need to include in the post so that the information I get back will be accurate and helpful.

My main problem occurs when I am playing games, mainly MMORPG's. I get the same error (7f code) whether I am playing World of Warcraft, Warhammer Online, or Tabula Rasa. I recently built my computer and I originally used a pirated Windows XP, but I soon went to Vista, 32-bit. I figured that the 64-bit version might be better for me, so I installed that, but I have the same problems.

My hardware/software configuration is as follows:
*750W Ultra SLI-Ready PSU
*4GB (I have 6GB but only 4 will work in my mobo for some reason) OCZ PC2 6400 SLI-Ready RAM
*EVGA nForce 680i SLI Motherboard
*Pentium Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4gHz
*Memorex 20X IDE DVD-RAM Drive (sorry I don't remember model)
*Western Digital Caviar GP 1TB SATA HDD
*Dual GeForce 9500 GT's
*Windows Vista Home Premium w/SP1 - I am 95% sure I have updated all drivers to current x64 Vista Drivers

My BIOS tells me to reset the CPU and/or memory speed in the CMOS, but when I go to reset my RAM timing (RAM is 4-4-4-15-1T @2.1V), the computer tries to find an A: drive and restarts, and the settings won't stay.

I have 1 crash-dump file at the moment, but I'm sure I will get more within the next few days. Any information I did not include that is required by the responding person, feel free to ask and if I know how to do it I will... Read more

A:First Post - Vista Blue Screen Errors/Hard Locks

post the mini dumps

chkdsk /r

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