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Comp keeps freezing/pausing

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  • Windows Vista
  • Hard Drives
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June 18, 2008 5:04:53 AM

Alright, so I've had my computer for about 1 1/2 years, build it myself with parts off newegg and never have had any issues until now. I ordered Vista and the day after I ordered it it started acting up on my XP Pro. My computer starts freezing/pausing every few minutes while I'm navigating around almost anything (hard drive folders, internet pages, etc). Now my first thought was RAM or my hard drive (which is actually older than this current system, WD Raptor 74gb). So I tried swapping some sticks around, and that did nothing. So I get Vista and upgrade it, hoping to fix it, and again, it starts doing the same thing after I get it up and running.

Well I was planning on buying a large 2nd hard drive (WD Caviar 500gb 16mb cache) for storing stuff and so I just decided to order it now and put Vista on that and see if that solves the problem. Well that didn't seem to help one bit.

So I take it to Best Buy, giving them my extra sticks of ram, just having them install Vista on my raptor drive and leaving my 2nd one empty for storage. I get it back on Monday and they said that 2 of my sticks were malfunctioning so I just said forget the 4gigs and leave the 2 in. Its seemed to work great (except they left the vista copy on the 2nd hard drive anyway, but I removed that all fine), and then this afternoon it starts up again with the intermittent pausing/freezing. I can't play Age of Conan (just the only game I have on the comp atm anyway) or navigate smoothing around anywhere on the comp. In fact, if I play AoC it will completely freeze up

Any thoughts on to what could be causing this? I'm going to be calling Best Buy tomorrow to let them know this needs to be fixed, as I paid them good money and they didn't do a thing to fix it.

Specs are:
Core 2 Duo e6600 at 2.4ghz
2x1gb Corsair XMS2 pci6400 ram, 4-4-4-12
WD Raptor 74gb hd (main)
WD Caviar 500gb hd (storage)
eVGA 8800 GTS
OCZ Gamexstream 600w PSU
Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 mobo

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June 18, 2008 5:53:11 AM

I would run memtest on the ram sticks. But I think its your video card, either that or your psu is not pumping enough power, I doubt it. Probably the video card.
June 18, 2008 3:03:27 PM

Lol damn, I really hope its not the video card, that's an expensive fix :( 

Any way to check the video card?
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June 18, 2008 3:54:24 PM

Alright so I just booted it up today and it didn't pause for about 20 minutes or so, but started doing it semi-frequently. Did it twice in 2-3 minutes and then didn't for about 10-15 minutes.

Also, I can move my mouse around while its frozen/paused....which seems odd to me.
June 18, 2008 4:48:28 PM

I switched out my 8800 gts with my younger brothers, and its doing the same exact thing.

Help please! heh.
June 18, 2008 6:06:03 PM

I went through all 4 sticks of ram I have, all Corairs XMS2 pc6400 800mhz 1gb sticks, and putting them in one at a time they all act the same. Best Buy sent two of them back marked "Dead" but the other two do the same thing when put in solo.
June 18, 2008 6:09:03 PM

You swapped your card with your brothers but did you do a clean install of the latest drivers? uninstall the nvidia drivers and use something like ccleaner to clean the registry, Reboot and see if this works. It sounds like your graphics drivers are the problem.

May 26, 2009 11:56:10 PM

So that's it? no fix? Well almost a year later and the problem hit me too. Drivers are updated, nearly same system as OP, lowered settings in-game, not my connection either. I tried posting on AoC forums but not any solutions yet and cant post on AoC mainsite because Im still on trial status.
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May 29, 2009 8:58:38 PM

Have you touched your processor voltages/clocks at all?