i have been experiencing a very frustrating problem, if i leave my comp idle for a few hours i find that none of my programs start, and sometimes i cannot even open olders on my desktop, double clicking any shortcut or even the .exe in the root program folder results in nothing happening. the start menu still opens but i cant select restart or log off as they do not appear, i can still shutdown but it takes about 30 seconds before acually responding and shutting down.
Also should mention that if i open any program eg: photoshop or nero and leave the computer idle, when i return and try to continue using the program it will stop responding most of the time, any either ctrl-alt-delete or shutdown is required to quit.
my power management setting are all off, hybrid sleep is off....my comp is set to never sleep in any way.
i am running windows 7 pro x64, i3 processor, 4gb ram
please help, i have been pulling my hair out for a couple of months with this.
I don't know what would cause that, but I think I'd start by checking the event viewer for anything unusual. I'd also use memtest86+ to test my ram. You can also check the device manager and see if any device has a yellow exclamation mark next to it. If it does, it needs a driver installed for it.
thanks for the replies,
i only have one hdd and my power setting are all maxed, so nothing sleeps or turns off. event viewer didn't show anything of note, everything is fine in device manager.
i guess i can try memtest....the comp is only a few months old and has been having this problem since the beginning, and if i sit at it for 8 hours working i have no problems, its only when i leave it for a few hours that this occurs, so i'm not convinced it could be the ram, but will test anywys.
thanks again....if you have any other thoughts please reply.