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Why does Windows 7 64-bit stop responding?

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Why does Windows 7 64-bit stop responding?

ejames6342
I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 T4200 at 200 Ghz with 3 GB RAM as well as a 2 GB USB key using Ready Boost. I also have 1.3 terrabytes of space in two external hard drives.

After doing a clean install of Windows 7 64-bit I've noticed an annoying problem. About five or more times an hour my PC will stop responding for a few seconds and then it works fine. I just wait 5 or 10 seconds and it is okay. I've noticed that if I don't want to wait I can start task manager and everything immediately unfreezes. It is like a pregnant pause which is kind of annoying.

On a daily basis I scan for viruses, defrag my hard drive and run Glary utilities. I have upgraded to all 64-bit applications where available and I don't run any applications that are not compatible with Windows 7. I've checked the memory for seven passes and it is okay. I have 150 MB left on my c: drive so disk cache space is not a problem. I also ran the windows system file checker and all is fine. All of my drivers are native Windows 7 64-bit drivers and Windows update is run daily.

I can't figure out what is causing this problem. I had no problem with this computer running Vista 32-bit. I would greatly appreciate some ideas here, even if they are only suggestions and not THE solution.

Thanks!

Elizabeth
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OldER Mycroft
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Firstly, is this Ready Boost being provided by a thumb drive that is designed for use as Ready Boost? Does it actually have a legend on it to say it is suitable? Thumb drives that are suitable for Ready Boost generally have a closer-packed format and are slightly faster within themselves (they'll never be as fast as internal RAM due to the limitations of USB 2.0 but they're faster than standard thumb drives).

Second - This "help file for changing the size of virtual memory" - is this the Windows help file or are you getting this from your TuneUp program? Either way, I don't agree with what it is telling you. Any Pagefile that has a variance between the Minimum and the Maximum means that the size of the Pagefile varies throughout each session, expanding and contracting as required. This can result in the Pagefile getting broken up and becoming fragmented.

For maximum stability I always set the 'Minimum' and the 'Maximum' to the same figure (2x total RAM). That way there is a permanent area on the hard drive that is allocated for the Pagefile and it tends to prevent the Pagefile from becoming fragmented. The problem with a fragmented Pagefile is that you cannot defragment it while the system is running, because the system is using it (and you can't defragment a file while it is in use). This requires that you defrag it at BOOT, before it has become occupied and not all defragmentation programs are capable of this procedure.

I'd go into the Pagefile and set the Minimum and the Maximum to the same figure of 6144MB clicking out of the set-up screen THEN REBOOT.

I'm just wondering - WHEN did this slowdown begin? Is there anything that you did to the system just BEFORE you noticed the stuttering happening?

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OldER Mycroft
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Well, not completely solved but at least it's not stuttering quite as much.

Now that you've adjusted the Pagefile to a constant (realistic) size, perhaps the occasional stutter might subside by itself.

As I replied to your email, this is what you do when you've reached the 'maximum message level'. Just move back up the thread and continue from a higher point, so further replies can once again be indented to the right.

Glad you're running smoother again. :)

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I'm using a Lenovo ThinkPad T410 with a Pentium i7, 4 gb ram, plenty of space on my 500 gb 7200 rpm HDD and Win 7 x64. Every few minutes my system just freezes up for a couple of seconds (I can't even move my mouse!), even if I'm barely running anything. At first I thought it might be my USB hub, but after removing it the problem continues. It happens regardless of whether I'm plugged in or on battery, regardless of whether im online or not, my system doesn't feel too hot, and every scan (viruses, adware, memory check, disk errors, etc) seems to be ok.

Since this is really bothering me, I'd like to figure out what's going on! I was thinking maybe it has to do with an anti-theft program (like LoJack) I installed that I can't seem to find on my comp for the life of me. It was supposed to scan every few minutes for break in attempts or for a signal from a signal from the server if I ever reported the laptop stolen. Since installing it, I wiped my comp and now can't remember if I reinstalled it, as I continue having this problem. It's a shot in the dark, but did you by any chance install something like this program?

If not, did you ever figure out what was the cause?

Thank you!

-Oren

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2.5 GB's RAM Terminology Correction: This answers a whole lot of problems listed on this page: http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/questions/101-325021/why-does-windows-7-64-bit-stop-responding Here's the short of it: DELL should NEVER have put together & sold computers/Lap Tops with Windows 7, running x64 based, with only 2.5GB's RAM available memory! It doesn't work if your a true professional is running several software items -- even with Terra GB's! It's like selling a Bus that runs on a Golf Cart engine! It's like getting stuck in the mud with a Ford 350 Diesel Engine that can pull 20,000 pounds, but doesn't have 4 wheel drive! We've been dooped! Get your money back! or ( if you have terra GB's Storage) Get a free 18 + GB RAM Chip installed at one of there stores/repair stores!

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Hi,
Usually new systems are packed with lots of software that might not be useful for the user. These often include trial versions and limited edition versions of software that you can upgrade to full version later on. When you don???t want or use such software, just delete them as they might slow down or result in non-responding of your Windows 7 system. They might also occupy large space in your system memory, disk space and processing power.

get more information to fix windows 7 stopped responding :

http://supportformicrosoft.iyogi.com/windows-7/windows-7-stopped-responding.html

Hope this information helps you.

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This answers a whole lot of problems listed on this page: http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/questions/101-325021/why-does-windows-7-64-bit-stop-responding Here's the short of it: DELL should NEVER have put together & sold computers/Lap Tops with Windows 7, running x64 based, with only 2.5GB's available memory! It doesn't work if your a true professional running several software items -- even with Terra GB's! It's like selling a Bus that runs on a Golf Cart engine! It's like getting stuck in the mud with Ford 350 Diesel Engine that can pull 20,000 pounds, but doesn't have 4 wheel drive! We've been dooped!

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2.5 GB's RAM Terminology Correction: This answers a whole lot of problems listed on this page: http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/questions/101-325021/why-does-windows-7-64-bit-stop-responding Here's the short of it: DELL should NEVER have put together & sold computers/Lap Tops with Windows 7, running x64 based, with only 2.5GB's RAM available memory! It doesn't work if your a true professional is running several software items -- even with Terra GB's! It's like selling a Bus that runs on a Golf Cart engine! It's like getting stuck in the mud with a Ford 350 Diesel Engine that can pull 20,000 pounds, but doesn't have 4 wheel drive! We've been dooped! Get your money back! or ( if you have terra GB's Storage) Get a free 18 + GB RAM Chip installed at one of there stores/repair stores!

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2.5 GB's RAM Terminology Correction: This answers a whole lot of problems listed on this page (including Why does Windows 7 64-bit stop responding?): http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/questions/101-325021/why-does-windows-7-64-bit-stop-responding Here's the short of it: DELL should NEVER have put together & sold computers/Lap Tops with Windows 7, running x64 based, with only 2.5GB's RAM available memory! It doesn't work if your a true professional is running several software items -- even with Terra GB's! It's like selling a Bus that runs on a Golf Cart engine! It's like getting stuck in the mud with a Ford 350 Diesel Engine that can pull 20,000 pounds, but doesn't have 4 wheel drive! We've been dooped! Get your money back! or (if you have terra GB's Storage) Get a free 18 + GB RAM Chip installed at one of there stores/repair stores!

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2.5 GB's RAM Terminology Correction: This answers a whole lot of problems listed on this page: http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/questions/101-325021/why-does-windows-7-64-bit-stop-responding Here's the short of it: DELL should NEVER have put together & sold computers/Lap Tops with Windows 7, running x64 based, with only 2.5GB's RAM available memory! It doesn't work if your a true professional running several software items -- especially with Terra GB's storage! It's like selling a Bus that runs on a Golf Cart engine! It's like getting stuck in the mud with a Ford 350 Diesel Engine that can pull 20,000 pounds, but doesn't have 4 wheel drive! We've been dooped! Get your money back! or ( if you have terra GB's Storage) Get a free 18 + GB RAM Chip installed at one of there stores/repair stores!

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Gisabun
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First a T4200 is a Pentium processor. It ain't fast. It's probably quite low on the CPU ranks for past few years.
Second, most say that ReadyBoost does very little to help unless you have limited RAM. At 3GB, the system will never use it.
Third, laptop HDD are slower than desktops and considerably slower than a SSD. Pull out the HDD and put in a SSD. You will see the laptop run better.
Just because you bought it with Vista doesn't mean it even runs with Vista well.
PS - What ever Microsoft says about minimum requirements are generally laughable because you can't run Vista [or later] on 1GB of RAM on a Pentium processor properly without getting fustrated.
3GB is sufficient for standard usage.