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Running 3d Locks Computer

Q: Running 3d Locks Computer

About 3 months ago my computer just started randomly locking when I was running 3d games. I wasn't having any problem in the world running 2d games so I was thinking maybe the GPU or video card memory was overheating. So I pulled a fan and heatsink off an old 386 processor I had and fixed it to the GPU and still the same problem.

Since then I've tried using a TNT2 and swapped out or replaced all hardware except for the motherboard and processor. Even tried changing the power supply. All drivers are up to date. I've tried 3 different BIOS revisions. I've tried using at least 5 versions of the Nvidia detonator drivers (I keep them archived in case of problems like this.) It locks up if there's sound being used or sound completely off and if the sound card isn't even in the computer. I'm running DX8.1 and nothing changed, software or hardware, when the problem occurred.

Video card is not overclocked. AGP aperture set in BIOS to 64 meg. I've defragged the HDD recently. Happens with any 3d game no matter how low the settings for the game are set.

Common games being played: CounterStrike, Monkey Island 3, WC3, Ultima Online (3d Client) Q3

System Specs:

Athlon 1.4Ghz
768 meg RAM
GeForce 2 GTS 32meg / TNT2 32meg (TNT2 for testing if it was the vid card)
34.6 Maxtor HDD
Asus A7V133 (not using the onboard RAID at the moment)
Win2k Pro

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Preferred Solution: Running 3d Locks Computer

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)


Have a Windows XP machine that locks up and runs slow. I must manually turn off computer power and restart........help. I defrag often, use PC Tools and Uniblue Power Suite. Do I have a virus? Did Check Disk and all is well. Please send instructions..........

A:Computer locks up, running slow

Welcome aboard Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop. * Double-click SecurityCheck.exe * Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. * A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.=============================================================================Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result.=============================================================================Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free to your desktop. * Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program. * At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish. * If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version. * Once the program has loaded, select Perform quick scan, then click Scan. * When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results. * Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected. * When completed, a log will open in Notepad. * Post the log back here.Be sure to restart the computer.The log c... Read more

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My computer, a HP Pavilionzv6000 laptop with Win XP, runs slower that it used to. I don't know how many programs are running that don't need to be running. I may have a virus because every time the AVG program runs, it finds a virus. Sometimes it can't fix the problem so I put it in the vault. I have the Zone Alarm firewall set on High. Also, often the computer just locks up and ai have to disconnect the power cord, and remove the battery to reboot it when no keystroke functions.

Please help!

A:Solved: Computer Running Slow - Sometimes It Just Locks Up

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i tried a suggestion of clearing my cache of applications and applets and trace and log files to no avail. when running this scan it locks the computer up to the point where i have to hold down the power button to shut the computer off.any help would be appreciated.Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:running GMER scan locks up my computer

Try running GMER in safe mode. If GMER crashes or keeps resulting in a BSODs, uncheck Devices on the right side before scanning.

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Hi All,
I setup the screensaver to run after 3 mins of idle. 
On Power Management, Display will dim after 10mins, off the display after 15 mins and sleep to never.
What happen is, after 3mins the screensaver did not run but it locks the screen instead.
Can anyone explain or give an idea why it is happening?

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Computer has been running extremely slow. Also Any web browser I use (IE, Safari, Firefox) It has been popping up the "encountered a problem" pop up where it gives you "Debug" "Send Error Report" or "Don't Send" I have Tried them all and it still keeps popping up.
Also, I have been having the Can not diplay page ALL the time, Other computers in the house can display them but it wont come up on the first try. It takes a couple times. Its not all the pages it does it on but some pages it does it constantly.

Hijack This Log is below, if someone could review it and see if there are any problems or something i could fix would be great.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:55:55 AM, on 11/17/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16544)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVMVFM\LVPrcSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avgnt.exe
C:\Program Files\AirPort\APAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LComMgr\Communications_Helper.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\QuickCam\Quickcam.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe... Read more

A:computer running extremely slow, web brower locks up (hijack log inside)

can anyone help?

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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
C:\PROGR... Read more

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I have a Vista laptop and the cpu % is running very high and IE 8 locks up alot. I've run various virus/spyware scans that found some instances but it hasn't fully done the trick. I've attached the HighJackThis log. Any help would be great.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 3:52:16 PM, on 10/2/2011
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.19120)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Sunbelt Software\VIPRE\SBAMTray.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\ScanSoft\PaperPort\pptd40nt.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Brother\ControlCenter3\brccMCtl.exe
C:\Program Files\Camera Assistant Software for Gateway\traybar.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Brother\Brmfcmon\BrMfcWnd.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Brother\Brmfcmon\BrMfcmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Camera Assistant Software for Gateway\CEC_MAIN.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqSTE08.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqbam08.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqgpc01.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HighJackThis\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.yahoo.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Exp... Read more

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certain software from different online poker sites. I play at one all the time and never had any problem but when I downloaded a couple of others my system occasionaly locks up. I have to unplug it and then take the battery out.

This problem has happened before. It happens when online sometimes and with an older game program that I run.

My Os is Windows 2000 w service pack 4. I have an IBM thinkpad with a 1.6GHz P4 w/ 261,040 kb ram. I have over 30 gig memory left on my HD.

A:My compute locks up when running

generally on all lockups it is usually caused by corrupt video drivers. update the drivers or reinstall them.

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The last time this program would run to completion was last April.Now the screen freezes half way thru second test.
I formatted the hard drive last week--but still freezes.Using a GF6600gt with latest driver--also have had a "sync out of range " error.

A:Screen Locks while running 3dMark05

Have you overclocked anything?

Try running MemTest, if the RAM is in the least bit dodgy it'll lock up every time.

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I've got a problem with my Win XP system. A few days ago after a program conflict and system crash I had to reinstall my DSL utility program/drivers/modem etc...

The installation went well except that something seems to be running now in the background. I can log onto the Web, communicate and run all programs, but there is a regular tone annunciating (sounds like when a USB device connects) a bonging sound which occurs regularly.

Because I thought that there was some sort of conflict I clicked on "Add Hardware Wizard" and got the following message.

"Cannot run two device installations.
You can install only one device at a time, another device installation is underway, when it is finished you can try the Wizard again."

This seems to be the problem....the system apparently is hung up trying to install a device and never can complete that task.

Is there some simple way to stop this process? and in turn turn off the constant tone.

Thank you

Fred Gendler

A:Add Hardware Wizard locks up running in Win XP

Boot to safe mode and see if issue is still present. If the other device is not USB, then it should eventually install.

Also look in device manager and see if there are any bangs (? or !)

Post results.

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My PC has a problem when running any kind of scan. (anti virus, spybot, super anti spyware...) When I have task manager open, I can see the cpu clog up at 100%. It also happens when I try to install programs. I have a Celeron processor with 2GB of Ram and tons of storage. I have attached a Hijack this log file if anyone can decypher it. Thanks in advance.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 3:16:53 PM, on 1/30/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\iTouch\iTouch.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Ghost\Agent\GhostTray.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\MouseWare\system\em_exec.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
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A:PC locks up when running any kind of scan

Hi scw and welcome to TSF

Download Combofix from any of the links below, and save it to your desktop.

Link 1
Link 2
Link 3

**Note: It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop**


1. Close any open browsers.

2. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.

If your not sure how to disable them then double-check against the list found >>>HERE<<< This list is not all inclusive, if your programs are not listed and you are unsure then please ask before continuing.


Double click on combofix.exe & follow the prompts.When finished, it will produce a report for you.
Please post the "C:\ComboFix.txt" along with a new HijackThis log for further review.
Do not mouseclick combofix's window while it's running. That may cause it to stall

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Dell 8250
Intel 3.06 GHz
1 Gb RAM
Windows XP SP3
NVidia GeForce 7600 GT
I do have a Windows XP Home Edition Reinstall disk

Over the last few weeks, my PC has been having fits running slow, locking up, 1 BSOD (KERNEL.STACK_INPAGE_ERROR), stuttering sound, windows getting locked, mouse pausing and freezing, etc. It frequently requires hard boots as it won't respond to Ctrl-Alt-Delete. This happens in safe mode as well.

The CPU usage is often stuck at 100%, even with no applications running. I can't see any pattern to it. It can run fine for a few hours, then suddenly get stutter and lock up.

The only thing has changed recently is that a week or two before this started happening, the CMOS battery was giving error messages on reboots, so I replaced it. I have not been able to see anything wrong in the BIOS settings. Device Manager gives no errors.

I haven't seen any signs of malware, but just in case, I have attached the normal logs. I run ZoneAlarm Free and Microsoft Security Essentials. Virus scans have been negative. I also ran Lavasoft Ad-Aware, but it found nothing other than harmless cookies.

I have cleaned/vacuumed out the system (which I do regularly anyway). I removed and reseated all the cards and memory. I checked that all the fans were working.

I have run CleanUp! (also a normal thing on my routine maintenance). The disk is not fragmented. I removed what programs and autoruns I was sure about.

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A:PC running very slow, locks up, crashes


I think I put this in the wrong forum since it's looking more and more like a hard drive failure. I get several BSODs a day now, and the PC sometimes takes several attempts to reboot.

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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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Would it be a RAM or CPU issue causing an application lockup? When I run two online applications, one of them locks up. One uses 348 meg of memory [java Platform SE Binary] and the other uses 419 meg of memory [java].

The pc has 4gb of ram and 3 GHz cpu. Please advise.


A:Applications running java locks up.

A question about missing information, which version of JAVA are you running? You can go to java.com: Java + You and check if you have the latest. Also, what are the applications? Maybe someone else had the same problem.

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My laptop became infected with a virus that hid all my programs and causes many redirect problems while using the internet.I have Vipre security and Malwarebytes but while preforming scans my machine freezes.I ran the unhide and rescue procedures suggested by Vipre technicians and restored most of my programs however I still am having redirect problems and other little things that drive me nuts.How can I fix this????

A:my laptop locks up when running virus scans

Hello, can you run this and post the log?How to remove Google Redirects A log file named TDSSKiller_version_date_time_log.txt (i.e. TDSSKiller. will be created and saved to the root directory (usually Local Disk C:).Copy and paste the contents of that file in your next reply.Rerun MBAM (MalwareBytes) like this:Open MBAM in normal mode and click Update tab, select Check for Updates,when doneclick Scanner tab,select Quick scan and scan (normal mode).After scan click Remove Selected, Post new scan log and Reboot into normal mode.Please ask any needed questions,post logs and Let us know how the PC is running now.

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Recently IE8 keeps freezing up on my computer. When I go to processes in the task manager, I have multiple instances of "iexplore.exe" running. Most of the instances appear to be trying to connect to "a96-6-188-20.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com". The specific IP Address is:

Is this a virus, malware, etc.? I tried running malwarebytes and that came up empty.

Any thoughts?


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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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I have miserably slow performance and notice that the cursor flashes upon typing (as if some kind of keystroke capturing is going on). Spybot Search and Destroy seems to be corrupt and malwarebytes hangs (even the clock hangs). I have followed the instructions in the Prep Guide and run ccleaner. I can't run the cd emulation disabler because this is a corp issued laptop, and I don't have the admin password. Here is the DDS Log. I have saved and zipped the attach.txt in case you request it. I notice that it shows Spyware Doc + AV which I thought had become corrupt as well. McAfee VirusScan is installed by my company. DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86 Run by awilliam at 11:26:04.51 on Thu 09/30/2010Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_19Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.3572.2455 [GMT -4:00]AV: Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {D3C23B96-C9DC-477F-8EF1-69AF17A6EFF6}AV: VirusScan Enterprise + AntiSpyware Enterprise *On-access scanning enabled* (Outdated) {918A2B0B-2C60-4016-A4AB-E868DEABF7F0}============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroupC:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\S24EvMon.exesvc... Read more

A:PC sluggish, locks up when running Spybot S&D or Malware Bytes

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:CODEmsconfigsafebootminimalactivexdrivers32netsvcs%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.exe/md5st... Read more

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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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Hi all,

As for my problem, title speaks for itself. Has anyone encounter this from the antivirus 2009 family? If so, how/did you get around it? Id like to get the computer in question fixed, as that nasty side effect filters internet search (like this site, for example). Although, that last symptom there is circumventable by using one of the many proxy sites around.

On that system, my progress is:

Managed to install malwarebytes anti-malware, although this was originally hampered by the problem im asking about!

Program when run locks up at 2200k mem usage. (spybot does the same thing)

Anyone have 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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Ok got a problem that I think I knwo what is wrong, but I'm not sure. Looking for some confirmation on what I think. Or suggestions on what else if you disagree with my diagnosis.

Computer in question:
1 Ghz Duron
256 of some ddr ram
TNT 2 32 meg vid card

I get a call from this lady and she says her computer locks up while on the internet and then the screen goes blank. When she turns it off and back on nothing happens. If she tries it later it will turn on but when she's on the internet it happens again.
So thats the diagnosis she gave me.

Today after work I stopped by her house and used the computer for a bit. She is running WinXP Pro SP1. I checked her antivirus, it needed updating but the defs weren't real old. I then looked in the event viewer, it was clean, no warnings or anything, only the information messages.

So right now I'm thinking wtf? everything seems ok to me that would cause black screens. So I decide to fire up adaware (because I'm about to head out and thinking I might as well clean up the crap she's gotten from using IE while I'm here).

So while AdAware is dling its thing I decide to go to Windowsupdate.com and get some crap dling before I leave (she's on dialup). As those pages are loading up I decide to check her monitor connection just incase thats loose. As I reach back behind I touched her usb cable going to her printer.

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A:Video locks (with artifacts)/Monitor shuts off/System still running. Whats wrong?

One place to look for a shorting against the chassis, would be that thin metal plate that surrounds all the PS2/sound/USB/parallel etc. ports on the pack of the PC. This has some very small 'lips' that fit around each individual port. They could easily make a false contact.

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

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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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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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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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I have a HP 524C 1.80gig processor, 40 gig harddrive, 512 mb memory. running 2000 pro,I purchased this computer used. The previous owner replaced xp with 2000 before he sold it to me. The computer started to lock up on the internet after I had it for two months. Neither the mouse or the keyboard would work so I would have to pull the plug to shut it off. It also locks up when I tried a spybot scan even in safe mode. I ran Belarc Advisor it says the hard drive is healthy, it's missing several microsoft security hotfixes. I download updates for 2000 but they won't install.I tried running a PC Rescue Toolkit disc but it won't run because the system is missing rundll32 exe file is the operating system no good or do I have a hardware problem?

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You may have to wipe everything clean and reinstall the OS. If you have done it before, it is no big deal. Make sure to back up all the important files before doing this. There could be some bad sectors on the hard drive that could cause the lockup. Run a more comprehensive hard drive test to see if all the sectiors are good.

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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.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. I'm scared to think this could be a B... Read more

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

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

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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.

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

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Computer Specs:

EVGA NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
2GB Corsair Dominator
Seagate 160GB Harddrive

Every time I seem to load up Call of Duty 2 or sometimes even CS:Source my computer locks up in game. I am still able to do "ALT+CTRL+DELETE" to bring up the menu where I can do Shut Down, Log Off, Task Manager, etc. but when I press Task Manager the computer completely freezes. Though, before I do ALT CTRL DELETE the background of my computer is still working, the game itself is just locked up. (I know this beacuse I have a logitech g15 keyboard and the clock and controls on the LCD screen still work, and they wouldnt work if the computer is frozen completely)
In A nutshell -> my game freezes every 10-15 seconds and it freezes for approximately the same amount of time. Then it resumes gameplay (sound loops as well) and repeats a lot.
Any suggestions?

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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.


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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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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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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

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

computer gateway
window xp

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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 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)

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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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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

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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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