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By jbellusci ·
I know this is a tough thing to troubleshoot, but when running Windows NT 4.0 and you got a complete lock up on a PC and it happens fairly frequently, is it generally a lack of resources?

Now I'm not talking about the kind of lockup where you go to Task Manager and kill the app that is causing a problem, I'm talking about the kind of lockup where you can't do anything. No mouse or keyboard functionality. So I can't even check Task Manager to try to determine what is causing the problem. Theonly thing to do is power the PC off and then turn it back on.

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by jimjennings In reply to PC Lock Ups

It could be a resource issue, what is your equipment and what are you running (how many open apps and files)? Did this just begin all at once, or were there a few lock ups in the past, just not as frequent? If it just started all at once I would look at what was changed when this began. It could be a problem with new software (NT has a real problem with 16Bit applications) or new hardware drivers could be causing problems, or it could be problems from deleted or uninstalled software. Any further info on these items will help with troubleshooting.

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by jbellusci In reply to PC Lock Ups

Gateway GP6350 PC. 350mhz processor with 128MB RAM. Apps and open files varies, but always at least 3-4 open apps. It started about 2 months ago with frequent lockups and I removed some applications that weren't needed and things got better, now it's happning again. No hardware has changed and no drivers have been installed since then except for an upgrade to the version of AccPac that my user is running. (that in itself could be the problem I suppose).

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by guidos In reply to PC Lock Ups

What service pack are you running...? Also take a look at Virtual Memory...NT by default doesn't really assign enough, especially if you run what I refer to as "hog" programs...usually I find that if I jack up virtual memory, a lot of problems (like lockups for no apparent reason) go away. Hope this helps you some...

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by jbellusci In reply to PC Lock Ups

Thanks for your comments. I'm running SP5. The virtual memory is set to the amount of RAM in the machine 128 which is what I've read to be the proper amount for NT Workstation.

Should I set it higher?

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by guidos In reply to PC Lock Ups

I set it to approx. 400 meg, but then I'm dealing with 13 Gig and up HDDs...I'd give it a try; it won't hurt anything.

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by jbellusci In reply to PC Lock Ups

I definitley don't have that much space, but I can certainly bump it up a little.

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