xp computer freezes

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colino
xp computer freezes

hi all i have a pc approx 15mths old running xp and basically had a power outage ,when i went to start it up you couldnt get off start widows normal /safe mode page ,in the end i decided to re-install xp
this i did totally clean when all was done switched on great but after a couple of minutes everything freezes and you have to re-boot then the same will happen again
ive run a few diagnostic tools but they say nothing is incorret any ideas folks its absolutley doing my brain some damage

colino

   

   

Jayson Krause
Re: xp computer freezes

Not sure if you have anything hooked up to it extra? Like Printer, Camera or anything sound devices? If so unplug everything except keyboard, mouse and monitor ! Try booting up again if that is the case and explain what it does ! If that is not the case see below :

 

First thing to ask when you boot the computer up does the it stay loaded if you don't touch anything ( Even if it's frozen for a bit is the power and monitor have picture?)

 

Also does it come up jittery when it loads up? and/or ?

Does it reboot itself ?

also to reboot do you have to turn the power off? Or can you Ctrl+Alt+Delete to get it to reboot?

 

I'm not the best at explaining this kind of stuff so bear with me , but if i had the PC in front of me it would be fixed :)
 

 

 

ArchiAngel
Re: xp computer freezes

colino wrote:
hi all i have a pc approx 15mths old running xp and basically had a power outage ,when i went to start it up you couldnt get off start widows normal /safe mode page ,in the end i decided to re-install xp this i did totally clean when all was done switched on great but after a couple of minutes everything freezes and you have to re-boot then the same will happen again ive run a few diagnostic tools but they say nothing is incorret any ideas folks its absolutley doing my brain some damage colino

Well, with any power outage there is a risk of hardware damage...espicially to the hard drive if it was writing during the time of the power outage.

Another chance for damage is forgeting to turn the computer off for when power suddenly comes back on and surges or the power outage is immediately followed by power coming back in a surge almost imediately  which can also damage computer hardware or "Scratch" the hardrive.

It's how I lost my last computer...a Brown/out surge fried the drive and here and there in the computer but was able to salvage some parts to build this "Frankenstien" I am on now.

Anyway, you XP is Freezing?

Hmm

You are hooked to the internet? Did you use the Windows update?

Problem with the XP CDs that comes with the computer is that it rarely includes the update packages you must then download to bring your XP  up to date with bug fixes,stability fixes,and Service package updates.(My XP cd's don't even have Service Pack 1 for example cause it is so old)

Also make sure your OEM stuff like drivers for video,sound card,processor,etc are updated as a older version might not be compatible with the newest version of XP or even the one the computer came with.

And depending on what you are running you need to make sure the applications are likewise updated to current version...espcially Directx, Flash, and Java, and your browser whether IE,Firefox,or Netscape

The last 3 paragraphs is why any tech will tell you that reformating and reinstalling a OS should be the last resort....cause it is a nightmare in itself if the OS and software provided is majorly outdated (in as little as 3 months nowadays)

If you do all this and the computer still freezes then part of the OS might be in a "Scratched" part of the Hard drive damaged by the power surge in which case you can try to move the OS off that damaged area. May be as simple as updating the OS and the computer sensing the damaged area will re-write the files around the damaged sector

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