Windows Vista "freeze" issue

Hi all,

I have a very strange problem that I am hoping someone has ideas about how to fix.

When I start my computer up at the beginning of the day, as soon as I start doing something broadband intensive (World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2, remote desktop software, etc...eventually my computer will completely lock up and require me to push the power button to reboot. This will usually happen within 30 mins of a session of gaming, etc.

I can see that it is about to happen because the game or application will start to "lag". There will be stuttering and mouse lag as I move it around the screen. Usually within 10-15s of this "lag" starting the computer will lock up. If I end the application quickly and reboot the computer as soon as I see the "lag" starting, the computer will be fine.

The stranger thing is if I start the computer up and then reboot it I can leave it on and play or use applications for the rest of the day. The problem only happens when it is first turned on (if not rebooted).

I have reformatted the HD, updated network and graphics card drivers and installed all Windows updates as of yesterday. I tested it out today and it locked up again after all of this.

Any ideas?

System Information
Time of this report: 8/13/2010, 11:12:32
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.100608-0458)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: BIOS Date: 12/04/08 16:26:41 Ver: 08.00.15
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
Memory: 6134MB RAM
Page File: 1813MB used, 10648MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 64bit Unicode

Display Devices
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTX 285
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_05E3&SUBSYS_12813842&REV_A1
Display Memory: 3812 MB
Dedicated Memory: 1001 MB
Shared Memory: 2811 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor
Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
Driver Version: 8.17.0012.5896 (English)
DDI Version: 10
BGRA Supported: Yes
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 7/9/2010 15:38:00, 12471400 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
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  1. lol, its Vista :p but seriously.

    go to and download the FREE verison of their Advanced System Care 3 and run the "Care" function. Afterwards, run the registry tool found under the "utilities" tab. Then run the Disc Doctor.

    Afterwards, restart the computer and try again. Let us know what happens.
  2. i have a similar problem and followed this step, but the problem still exist
  3. What are the temperatures on that card?
    Also, are you using the latest version of NVIDIA's drivers?
  4. You may want to change your OS as well. Vista is really a RAM hungry one, and it's best you switch to Win7.
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