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PC hags when idle

By shaw166 ·
My pc hangs/freezes when left idle for a couple of hours, mouse cant move, ctrl,alt,delete doesnt do anything,
ive done the memory tester with the bootup disk and no errors, it has on occasion just restarted without warning but i unticked auto resart in hope that i would recieve an error message, but nothing, it just hangs.
i really dont have any clue, any help would be great.
my set up is,

P4 3.2
Asus P5VDC-MX mobo
200gb ide drive
1gb ram(2x512mb)
XFX 7800GS Extreme 256mb

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by shaw166 In reply to PC hags when idle

Point value changed by question poster.

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by zlitocook In reply to PC hags when idle

Cool an interesting problem, first go into control panel and look at power options. Make sure it is set up as a desktop and look around you can specify when and how things do what you want.
But you should not get a reboot from them, the memory may have checked out but that dose not mean that may not mean any thing.
I know most people do not have extra parts lying around but can you replace the memory to see if that fixes your problem.
Have you checked the event viewer to see if there is anything there?
Has this just started happening or has it done it from the start? Do you have an antivirus and do you use any type of spy ware/malware checker?
When was the last time you cleaned, defragged and ran scan disk?
It sounds like some thing is using all your resources or is just stopped on your computer.
Try start up cop to see what starts when your computer runs and try promon from MS to see what programs run when you boot up.
Let me know what you find!

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by wcp In reply to PC hags when idle

This is going to be tedious and long to find the cause.

1. Screen saver - If screen saver is enabled try a different one or disable it. Also, set System standby to Never.

2. Service or startup program - Disable all non-Microsoft Services and Startup programs from MSCONFIG. If freezing disappears, one of the Services or Startup programs was the cause. Disable/enable half of them at a time to identify the culprit. Event Viewer is a good source that might give you a clue.

3. Video driver - Uninstall the video driver and reinstall with the latest one.

4. System restore ? Try to go back to a date when there was no freezing.

5. Windows File System ? Do CHKDSK

6. HD ? Do a HD diagnostic test and replace it if failed.

7. Video card ? Try a different video card.

8. Windows ? Clean install Windows in a different HD.

9. CPU ? Try a known good comparable CPU.

10. Motherboard ? If the problem is still there, it?s go to be the Motherboard.

If you do not have a known good CPU or motherboard, take your system to a service place.

If you need more help or info, please add a comment.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to PC hags when idle

Disable any screen savers that you may have running some adversely affect the operation of the system.

Knowing the OS involved wouldn't hurt at this stage either so if you would like to click on the Add Comment button and list the OS and it's patch level as well as any running programs when this happens that will be a start.


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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

When you reinstalled XP how did you do this as an In-place Install or did you wipe the drive and install from a Blank HDD?

If you did an Inplace install you could have carried over problems that where already incorporated into the software load and allowed the problem to continue.

The next thing that you need to look at is does this happen with another type of OS Loaded so you can either Run a Live Linux available free from here

These run off a CD and do not make any changes to your system, my personal favourite is Knoppix but really any one will do the necessary job and see if the system hangs up on this OS. If it does you have a hardware problem that you need to find and the best choice to do this is to use a diagnostic tool called The Ultimate Boot Cd available for download here

Once you have downloaded this all you need do is make a CD from the files and boot from the CD and run the various Diagnostic Tests till you find your problem. As most of these are open ended they can run nonstop for a very long period of time and put load on the system so they are Dynamic Tests rather than the static Tests that are so often performed.


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by shaw166 In reply to PC hags when idle

thanks for the ideas.
first off im running xp pro sp2 all updates up to date,its a clean install within the last week to try and solve the issue, but didnt help. got etrust EZ anti virus running with adawatch as well, ive ran spybot and reg cleanerso all invalid refs are either blocked or deleted.

have done a checkdisk, defrag and defraged the memory. my video card is updated with the latest nvidia drivers. got the power settings to always on, with no screens saver, done most checks mentioned but cant try swapping components as i dont have any spares

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by Sue T In reply to PC hags when idle

Do you have hibernate turned on? Sounds strange but I have seen it do this. Have you tried pressing the power button on the computer briefly to see if that helps?

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by shaw166 In reply to PC hags when idle

just in from work and the pc had restarted, sigh!!
i was trying to convert to dvd so it wasnt idle this time, i checked the event log and it reported this event:-
TCP/IP has reached the security limit imposed on the number of concurrent TCP connect attempts.

then on start up it logged this event:-
The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was: 0x1000007f (0x00000008, 0x80042000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000). A dump was saved in: C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini081506-01.dmp.

any ideas what the bug check was or how i can open the dmp file?

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have the same problem...

by pnikoulin In reply to

hello, I discovered the same problem as yours:
AMD 64 X2 4800+ - GA-K8N Pro-SLI - Nvidia Geforce 7900GTX - WIN XP SP2 "updated"

I got the same error message TCP/IP has reached the security limit imposed on the number of concurrent TCP connect attempts

I can do some rendering of images, but the computer will HANG and have to push the reset button, no keyboard no mouse no life no response. It will restart, and do the same thing again.
My case the PC freeze only with 3D renders, I can play BF 2142 and no problems.

Did you find any solution?
My system each reboot don't report any special errors, just what you reported and some other minor messages.

I did reinstal my system with norton ghost, from a fresh bckup I did with no softwares just upgrades drivers and XP2

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by zlitocook In reply to PC hags when idle

Ok it is a new install, back up your stuff. Do a fresh install, boot to the XP, CD delete partitions format with ntfs. Do a clean install and if the problem still happens check the hard drive and main board.

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