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By exponentialfit ·
My computer freezes intermittently while typing , from 1- 3 x per day. I have a newer P-3 500 clone, 128 mb ram, connected to a NT Network.
It happens when I am typing and usually when I press and hold down the space or arrow key for 1-2 seconds, but sometimes while just typing. It doesn't happen all of the time, and I can't replicate the problem at will. It happens in WordPerfect 8, Quattro Pro 8, MS Outlook. Usually it just locks up. Today when I held down space, it went to a re- boot.
I've tried to eliminate hardware problems. I've switched keyboards and switched keyboard extension cables. I've tried to unplug and re plug the keyboard and mouse cable after the freeze, but this does not help. The computer beeps when I unplug the keyboard cable.
When I first got the computer, it would happen only when using the mouse. Then it changed to only when using the keyboard.
Help!!!

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by ccsbz In reply to Intermittent Freeze

remenber these guys is at war for a long time. if your system was running fine and you updated your system lately. reinstall the programs you use the most. or it may be a simple problem as a cross link.

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by exponentialfit In reply to Intermittent Freeze

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by azdavid99 In reply to Intermittent Freeze

The first thing you need to know is to NEVER unplug your keyboard while the system is still on. Secondly, if you're running Win9.x, you need to check your system resources. If they're below 80% you become a good candidate for lockups. All you really need running in the background is "systray" and "explorer". Go to Start/Run and type in "msconfig". Click on the "startup" tab and then uncheck everything accept for the files mentioned above. Then check your system resources. You'll find that they're much higher and also that your problem of freezing up will be solved.

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by hypersoniq MCSE In reply to Intermittent Freeze

I agree totally with answer #5, but also keep this in mind... radio shack sells a silicon "grease" heat sink compound that should be placed where the fan contacts the processor. Air is a poor insulator, and if u just have a heat soak, spend the 10 bucks and buy a fan. i'd never run a pentium chip without a fan, let alone the newer ones. also open the case and clean out all the dust, especially any dust coating the chips. (use an anti-static wrist wrap tho). if this doesn't help, check the source of voltage (110vac) and be sure something like an air conditioner or laser copier isn't on the same line.
good luck ;-)

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by jmollett In reply to Intermittent Freeze

if you open that case like the last post recommended
reseat the memory modules and the vid and
sound card
assuming that they aren't intergraded in to the board
the heat of the computer could be working the memory or cards loose to the point that they are hanging the system
had a problem like it
Jerry M
B.S.I.S
tech support

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by gray Ce WORKS In reply to Intermittent Freeze

all proposed answers are great. if they don't solve it though try turning down graphics acceleration to basic or none. if windows NT??? sends commands faster than they get processed you lock up or get page faults etc... this can happen regardless ofhow much ram.

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