PC Freezes for short bursts, then returns to normal

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?

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  1. 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?
  2. Whats the most efficient way of getting temp information and all other specs in one?

    is there something that i can download?
  3. 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.
  4. 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:pagefile.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)
  5. Being short on ram and using disk cache can cause this.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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!!
  11. 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.
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