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April 8, 2013 8:08:08 AM

Hi everyone!
Suddenly yesterday my computer started to act weird, It Started to freeze like for 2 - 3 seconds every minute or less, Can't even move the mouse cursor and then it goes back to normal and then freeze again. It even freezes without any application running!, It's really sucks. I ran some tests on the HD using HD Tune Pro(without getting any errors or drops), Checked the CPU temp with RealTemp 3.70(47C in idle) and GPU(72C in idle). I noticed that this problem occurred after a few hours of installing office 2013 professional (dunno if this have anything to do with it) I uninstalled it, thought it might fix it or something but it was the same. Also this issue happened to me when i first bought my new hard disk(WDC WD1002FAEX) a few months ago, Every time i used firefox with 10 tabs+ opened but i haven't been facing this issue for a long time after i moved to chrome (it's kinda weird yeah)

My PC Specifications:

Hardware:
CPU: Intel Core I5 2400.
MOBO: Gigabyte P61A-D3.
RAM: Kingston 4GB DDR3 1333.
GPU: PNY GeForce 9600 GT (Lame yeah)
HD: Western Digital WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0 (Connected through SATAIII, AHCI Controller).
PSU: XFX PRO 550W Core Edition (Full Wired).

Software:
Microsoft Windows 7 x64 SP1 (Updates enabled)
ESET Smart Security x64 (Updated daily).

I hope that anyone would help me figuring this out cuze it's really drivin me crazy, thx.

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April 8, 2013 8:14:01 AM

Check for processes that are running using task manager. What looks out of place, and what is using 10,000kb+ of ram.
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April 8, 2013 8:40:54 AM

Surreal_X said:
Hi everyone!
Suddenly yesterday my computer started to act weird, It Started to freeze like for 2 - 3 seconds every minute or less, Can't even move the mouse cursor and then it goes back to normal and then freeze again. It even freezes without any application running!, It's really sucks. I ran some tests on the HD using HD Tune Pro(without getting any errors or drops), Checked the CPU temp with RealTemp 3.70(47C in idle) and GPU(72C in idle). I noticed that this problem occurred after a few hours of installing office 2013 professional (dunno if this have anything to do with it) I uninstalled it, thought it might fix it or something but it was the same. Also this issue happened to me when i first bought my new hard disk(WDC WD1002FAEX) a few months ago, Every time i used firefox with 10 tabs+ opened but i haven't been facing this issue for a long time after i moved to chrome (it's kinda weird yeah)

My PC Specifications:

Hardware:
CPU: Intel Core I5 2400.
MOBO: Gigabyte P61A-D3.
RAM: Kingston 4GB DDR3 1333.
GPU: PNY GeForce 9600 GT (Lame yeah)
HD: Western Digital WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0 (Connected through SATAIII, AHCI Controller).
PSU: XFX PRO 550W Core Edition (Full Wired).

Software:
Microsoft Windows 7 x64 SP1 (Updates enabled)
ESET Smart Security x64 (Updated daily).

I hope that anyone would help me figuring this out cuze it's really drivin me crazy, thx.


Hi Surreal_X,

Try to boot into safe mode and then see whether you're getting the same problem or not.

Regards,
SmartGeek
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April 8, 2013 8:42:10 AM

Hi Sam, I check the processes in my task manager, And the the highest applications using 98,532K (for SRWare Iron, A Browser based on chromium source code) and deluge 91,500, In the peformance tab only1.81GB of ram (out of 4GB) is being used.
Performance tab screenshot:
http://www.pictureshack.us/images/87162_qw.png
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April 8, 2013 8:48:40 AM

Normally when computers lock up its normally some sort of virus, trojan or some badly programmed piece of software causing it, the safe mode idea is defiantly a good one.
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April 8, 2013 8:53:42 AM

SmartGeek said:
Surreal_X said:
Hi everyone!
Suddenly yesterday my computer started to act weird, It Started to freeze like for 2 - 3 seconds every minute or less, Can't even move the mouse cursor and then it goes back to normal and then freeze again. It even freezes without any application running!, It's really sucks. I ran some tests on the HD using HD Tune Pro(without getting any errors or drops), Checked the CPU temp with RealTemp 3.70(47C in idle) and GPU(72C in idle). I noticed that this problem occurred after a few hours of installing office 2013 professional (dunno if this have anything to do with it) I uninstalled it, thought it might fix it or something but it was the same. Also this issue happened to me when i first bought my new hard disk(WDC WD1002FAEX) a few months ago, Every time i used firefox with 10 tabs+ opened but i haven't been facing this issue for a long time after i moved to chrome (it's kinda weird yeah)

My PC Specifications:

Hardware:
CPU: Intel Core I5 2400.
MOBO: Gigabyte P61A-D3.
RAM: Kingston 4GB DDR3 1333.
GPU: PNY GeForce 9600 GT (Lame yeah)
HD: Western Digital WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0 (Connected through SATAIII, AHCI Controller).
PSU: XFX PRO 550W Core Edition (Full Wired).

Software:
Microsoft Windows 7 x64 SP1 (Updates enabled)
ESET Smart Security x64 (Updated daily).

I hope that anyone would help me figuring this out cuze it's really drivin me crazy, thx.


Hi Surreal_X,

Try to boot into safe mode and then see whether you're getting the same problem or not.

Regards,
SmartGeek


Hey SmartGeek, I booted into safe mode and unfortunately it's still happening.
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April 8, 2013 8:54:23 AM

I wonder if that hdd is dying. My ssd just died and it was doing something very similar right before it completely quit. Try running chkdsk to see if it is working right or not.
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April 8, 2013 10:01:10 AM

I hope that the hdd isn't dying, I just bought it a few months ago :( , I ran the check desk on both drives (C: and D: ) and got no errors, Also ran some tests again with HD Tune Pro:

Benchmark Test:
http://www.pictureshack.us/images/98400_1_.png

Error Scan:
http://www.pictureshack.us/images/21395_2_.png

Health:
http://www.pictureshack.us/images/15024_3_.png

I got this error since day 1 even after changing the SATAIII cable that error still persistent.
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April 16, 2013 3:54:05 AM

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Hey SmartGeek, I booted into safe mode and unfortunately it's still happening.


If the freezing problem is happening in Safe Mode too then I think maybe you've a hardware issue.

I recommend you to backup your essential files and format your whole HDD and re-install Windows. This will fix the freezes if software-conflicts are causing them.

Before formatting you should---
1. Remove ESET Smart Security completely and check if the problem still persists.
2. Use the In-built Intel graphics instead of your Nvidia GT 9600.

Regards,
SmartGeek

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April 27, 2013 1:13:58 PM

I managed to fix this by removing a fan (not a computer fan, It's just the kind of a fan u use when it's hot) that was plugged in the "multi plugging power thing" once i unplugged it everything went back to normal, It's weird yeah!. Also I've been noticing that when i plug any device (mobile charger, etc) in the power i hear the windows sound of Device connected/Disconnected, Also when i turn on the light outside my room (neon light) the computer freezes like for 2 seconds till the light becomes fully turned on.. Dunno what does this even have to do with anything.. But anyway everything working gr8 now (Except the neon light thing i mentioned, But it's no big deal.. Or is it!?).
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February 14, 2014 6:43:38 PM

i have had the same problem, without warning, all my windows will freeze for a while. And sometimes, my C: drive will actually disconnect. i thought it was my hard drive dying, but i'm not certain yet.
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March 3, 2014 4:34:13 PM

No idea if it may help, but I may have a fix.
For Windows 7 users, didn't try with anything else.

Click Start. Click Computer. Right click your main drive. Click Properties. Click the Tools tab. Click the Check Now button. Tick the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors option.

Note: This will take 12 HOURS OR MORE, depending on your computer and hard drive.

Hopefully, this will fix the issue.
By the way, this is my first post on Tom's Hardware, so sorry if I'm doing it wrong.

Good luck!
jbondguy007
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