Jamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 5 Posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 780 times:
Hey guys and girls,
Got a problem with my computer. Basically every so often something on the computer will freeze, could be anything and its totally random.. sometimes its explore.exe, firefox etc etc.. so I do the normal control alt delete and click end task and go through the normal method there and nothing happens - the programme wont close. So I click processes and try to terminate it that way and again nothing will happen.
Ive had this problem since last night, I've tried a system restore and the problem has come back. Any ideas?
You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 771 times:
If you're running Windows, I'd guess that ultimately the easiest way to clear this is to do an operating system reinstall. Rather than struggling with trying to troubleshoot an obscure problem, this may save you some time. Load your important files onto some CDs and off you go.
On the other hand, one thing about Windows is that if you, James, are having a particular problem, a bajillion other people have had that one too and are talking about it in newsgroups and chatboards. It makes troubleshooting a lot easier. Google your way home, what?
AverageUser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 738 times:
So you have a one particular programme each time that will not close and the others will? You could have a malware infection, especially if that programme is a browser. I'd start by downloading Spybot and Ad-aware Free (remember to update the definitions after installation) and see how far the get and with what results.
BHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 722 times:
Given the random nature of the problems you are having, the best bet is that you have defective or sub-standard memory in the machine. If you have more than one DIMM, remove all but one, run for a day or two, change DIMMs, etc. to see if you can isolate the problem. You can also find a memory tester program, that you can boot the computer to and it will check all of the memory at one time.
This could be a Windows installation problem, bad processor, or any of several other things as well but it really screams memory problem.
Before you do anything, check to make sure all of your firmware is up to date, that's another possibility.
AverageUser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 20 hours ago) and read 688 times:
Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 4): like I said it could be any programme at any time.. its completely random.
Then it'll be your video card or subsystem, I'd say 80% of the time. The rest will be mainboard issues, bad memory is a very unlikely (but not quite impossible) since you do not receive any "segment fault" type of errors ever. Having said that, the best memory testing software I know with the least footprint is http://www.memtest86.com/ . You need to boot from a device, which you choose by downloading a particular version of the software, but then you'll have practically no interference from your OS.