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computer locking up

Discussion in 'Reality Check' started by drose, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. drose

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    Pentium intel 2.4 with 512 ram running XP

    Anytime I run a program that continues to run for more than 10 mins ( ex: full system virus scan with norton , any movie ) , the computer locks up solid. If I'm not running any executable files continuously though, it works fine ( ex: I can surf the internet all day long without a problem )

    I don't know what to do :cry:
     
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    CPU overheating????
     
  3. drose

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    is it that much of an extra strain on the cpu to watch a movie over playing music and surfing? And wouldn't it be more common say... after being online for a while if it was a matter of over heating?? this happens no matter if the computer has been on all day or just turned on in the morning
     
  4. JBI

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    It very well could be overheating,or it could be some kind of conflict between two pieces of software.It really couldn't hurt to open the case up and check the fan and see if you have alot of buildup on the heatsink.

    Also,take a look at the motherboard and check all the capacitors to see that none are swollen or leaking (it does happen). Are you running XP? If you are you could also check the events log in the administrative tools and look for problems there.
     
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    You also could have a bad piece of ram.
     
  6. Boots

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    Dead fan or ram sound like likely problems.
     

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