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PC Freezes for short bursts, then returns to normal

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February 26, 2006 2:11:57 PM

Hey guys,

ive had a recurring problem of my pc freezing for short periods then returning to normal, on a frequent basis, for a while now.

ive reinstalled windows numerous times (even trying out different versions of XP), but still no change.

It is only really noticable when i play mp3 or watch videos. The music/video stops, and creates a kind GRRGGH noise (like the matrix).

Here is a link to a file; i recorded the noise that it makes during songs:

the pc freezes when im not playin mp3 or video too.

iv tried running minimal programmes at a time, but this makes no difference.

Any ideas how to fix this?

February 26, 2006 2:45:05 PM

If you would, provide us complete specs on your system. Makes it a little easier to determine what the problem could be. Also, do you know what temps the CPU and graphics card are at when this happens?
February 26, 2006 2:49:31 PM

Whats the most efficient way of getting temp information and all other specs in one?

is there something that i can download?
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February 26, 2006 2:52:48 PM

i just had this exact same problem on my computer. turns out i needed a new power supply - the one i had was insufficient. i had just added a new PCI card to the system and that pushed it over the edge. you don't list your specs but your symptoms sound just like mine.
February 26, 2006 3:16:14 PM

I just disabled Hibernate on my pc and rebooted the pc...i just played a whole dream theater song without any freezing. broke a personal record hahaa

here are my specs:

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name UNIMATRIX007
System Manufacturer VIA Technologies, Inc.
System Model KM400-8235
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 10 Stepping 0 AuthenticAMD ~1659 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 1004, 31/07/2003
SMBIOS Version 2.2
Windows Directory C:WINDOWS
System Directory C:WINDOWSsystem32
Boot Device DeviceHarddiskVolume1
Locale Canada
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name UNIMATRIX007Administrator
Time Zone GMT Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 1,152.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 743.63 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 2.69 GB
Page File C:p agefile.sys

sound card:
Name Creative EMU10K1 Audio Processor (WDM)
Manufacturer Creative Technology, Ltd.
Status OK
PNP Device ID PCIVEN_1102&DEV_0002&SUBSYS_80271102&REV_083&61AAA01&0&40
I/O Port 0x0000C000-0x0000C01F
IRQ Channel IRQ 16
Driver c:windowssystem32driversctaud2k.sys (, 817.92 KB (837,548 bytes), 12/02/2006 1:18 PM)

Gfx card:
Name NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 420
PNP Device ID PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0172&SUBSYS_87811462&REV_A34&1FEB96E4&0&0008
Adapter Type GeForce4 MX 420, NVIDIA compatible
Adapter Description NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 420
Adapter RAM 64.00 MB (67,108,864 bytes)
Installed Drivers nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version
INF File oem5.inf (nv4 section)
Color Planes 1
Color Table Entries 4294967296
Resolution 1152 x 864 x 60 hertz
Bits/Pixel 32
Memory Address 0xE0000000-0xE1FFFFFF
Memory Address 0xD8000000-0xDFFFFFFF
Memory Address 0xDC000000-0xDC07FFFF
IRQ Channel IRQ 16
I/O Port 0x000003B0-0x000003BB
I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF
Memory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF
Driver c:windowssystem32driversnv4_mini.sys (, 3.37 MB (3,536,768 bytes), 12/02/2006 12:33 PM)
February 26, 2006 3:18:06 PM

Being short on ram and using disk cache can cause this.
February 26, 2006 4:43:48 PM

thanks, but unfortunately, i have 1.12gb of RAM...

by the way my cpu specs are:

AMD Athlon XP 2000+ @ 1.66 GHz
ASUS A7V8M-MX Motherboard
February 26, 2006 5:27:25 PM

It can still happen if you are running a bounch of tsr. I have seen this on computes with more ram than yours. If you have a brower, email, and lets say MS office.

Another source for those is antivirus software, particular Symantic. It is a Huge memory hog.
February 26, 2006 5:47:50 PM

is that HDD access? check for spyware could be a malicious piece of software using up all your RAM, other possibilities is bad RAM try running Memtest.
February 26, 2006 7:44:01 PM

yeah i know what you mean about symantec etc, i uninstalled that antivirus because it killed my memory lol

i did a memory test but it didnt show any errors or anything. Memory is A okay.

Anyone else who knows of this problem fix it through changing power supply?

Im going to try taking out one of my PCI cards tomorrow, just to see if my motherboard performs better minus one card.

il report back tomorrow with any news.

thanks to everyone whos helped so far!
February 28, 2006 4:55:33 PM

latest update = nothing new

i've tried running the pc in safe mode (hahaa) but even then it lags and freezes.

Is it possible that i have too many pci cards? Ive got a 4.1sound card and a 64mb gfx card and a TVcard.

Any possible problems with having this combination of cards?

please help!!
February 28, 2006 5:06:11 PM

Could be that oh so lovely bug that still seems to pop up with VIA chipsets and Sound Blaster sound cards.

Make sure your drivers are all updated. Make sure your motherboard is running the latest BIOS. If there is an option for V-Link 8x in your BIOS setup, disable it. I had to do that to fix sound stuttering issues with AOE III... I have an Asus A8V motherboard with a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 sound card.