Computer freezes every few seconds

By elvorft ·
I just got a new computer, and it seems to be working well, but sometimes it will just freeze for a few seconds (mouse doesn't move, music skips), before working again for another few seconds, and then freezing again. Rebooting the computer normally fixes it. I am almost certain it has something to do with my wireless internet adapter, as this never happens when I have disabled the conncection, and happens most often when I am downloading a file. Also, last time it happened I disabled the wireless connection to see if that would stop the problem, and the computer cut to a blue screen with text for a second before restarting. Does anyone know what the problem could be or how to fix it?

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How many things are you trying to do while downloading?...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Computer freezes every fe ...

If the freeze occurs while you are downloading, what are you doing (including playing music) while downloading a file?

If your music is on the same hard drive partition (in fact, even on the same hard drive) as the destination of the file beoing downloaded, WHICH do you want to take priority - the download or the music file?

If you've only got one hard drive you can't have both the music and the download. Something is going to have to give way for the other thing - and that is based on the assumption that you are only doing 2 things - if the number increases, so will the interruptions during the download.

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by elvorft In reply to How many things are you t ...

Generally, I'm listening to music and downloading, but it freezes even when I'm not actaully downloading and just going online, without anything else going. Watching videos seems especially prone to causing it.

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How much RAM does your system have?

by jdclyde In reply to Computer freezes every fe ...

disabling the wireless shuts down one more program, freeing up space.

First question, how much total ram do you have installed on your system?

Second question, after you start up the wireless, music and your browser, how much memory is in use vs free?

Third question, how much free disk space do you have? If under 2 gigs, that can cause issues with your paging file.

Fourth, clear out your temp folder. Shut down all application, go to the run option and type %temp% and then delete everything there. Reboot.

If you have any other issues, post back with more information and we will see what we can come up with.

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by elvorft In reply to How much RAM does your sy ...

I have 3.5 GB of RAM according to the System window.

Not sure how to find out the second answer, but my CPU usage is at 50%

I have 300GB of free space.

I'll try the fourth one.

I'm pretty sure it is the wireless thing though, as it happened again, and disabling the wireless stopped it freezing. It's probably not a permanent fix though.

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Could be a conflict

by jdclyde In reply to Answers

Try to uninstall the wireless and then reinstall it.

A lot of times it is just the temp folder being full. Installs will also fail. I always clear that before trying to install anything, and at least once a week.

Can also try the windows clean up to clear all temp files, including from your browser.

To see how much ram is in use, hit the crtl+alt+del to get to the windows task manager, and go to the performance tab.

next, go to SYSTEM and look at the devices. Look to see if you have any conflicts.

Have you done a good scan for virus/malware? They can cause a lot of issues like this.

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Video drivers

by Jellimonsta In reply to Computer freezes every fe ...

Have you tried looking into video drivers? When did this issue start occurring? Were any updates performed around the same time frame? It may be that you need to update, or roll back your video drivers.

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