XP freezes 5 seconds every 5 seconds

By paulc_dj ·
Hi there

Have just upgraded my comp to an Intel Q6600 and an Asus P5K MB and am now running 6GB of DDR2 800 RAM. I have also just installed another Seagate 500GB SATA 2 HDD and am experiencing this major problem.

Has anybody else had this specific problem? I had a thought that could it be not enough power from PSU which is 400W. Do I need to go buy a 550 or a 650 for this spec?

I have checked in task manager for processes that might be doing this and nothing changes in terms of % of CPU, before during or after each freeze.

Help! I have googled it, but am totally stuck. It doesn't happen all the time, but seems to be once it has been on for a while, so maybe overheating issues, possibly.

Any help would be most gratefully appreciated.

Many thanks.


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What on Earth are you doing with all that RAM ??!! ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to XP freezes 5 seconds ever ...

The only thing you can possibly achieve with that amount of RAM is to be able to boast to anyone you meet that knows nothing at all about computers.

Unless you are running Windows XP 64-Bit Edition, XP runs out of RAM addresses at 3.3GB MAXIMUM.

Also, you haven't supplied sufficient information for a serious system appraisal....
What is the spec of your other hardware?
What graphics card(s) do you have?
What optical drives?
How many hard drives in addition to your new 500GB drive?
What configuration are the hard drives/optical drives?

If, as I assume, you are running XP 32-Bit -try taking 4GB out and running it with 2GB.

If the freeze disappears you are closer to solving the problem.

If my further assumptions of your system are correct, you are way-underpowered too.

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Digital Audio Workstation

by paulc_dj In reply to What on Earth are you doi ...

Hi Old Mycroft

I run 6GB of RAM for Music Production purposes. I do run XP Pro 64, so can have up to 8GB of RAM (I believe).

My spec is as follows:

Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q660095W Energy Efficient 2.4GHz SLACR G0 Stepping

Asus Motherboard P5K Intel P35LGA775 Core2 Quad / Core2 Extreme / Core2 Duo PCI-E Heat Pipe ATX

Corsair 4096MB TwinX XMS2 6400DDR2 Memory Kit (2 x 2048MB)

2 x ADATA 1GB DDR2 800 240pin Unbuffered-DIMM Non-ECC Memory

Seagate 500GB Barracuda SATA II 3007200rpm 32MB cache Hard Drive

Western Digital 250GB Caviar SE16 SATA II 300 7200rpm 16MB cache Hard Disk Drive

Samsung 250GB SP2504C SATA II300 7200rpm 8MB cache HDD Hard Disk Drive

INNO3D GeForce 7300LE 256MB DDR2 PCI-E Graphics Adaptor

Belkin 54MB Wireless DesktopPCI Network Card

Pioneer DVD DVR-115DBK Silver 20X +/-R/RW DL IDE Drive

M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI Sound Card.

All hard drives are SATA II and the WD Caviar is the boot drive and the other two are slaves. There are 4 SATA ports on my board, so this is easily done.

I am running Memtest on the machine right now, so will see if that pulls something up.


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One very important thing to remember.......

When you deal with memory always have the same make and speed, the memory has to be identical whether it is two or more. On your list you have two makes of memory chips with different speeds, "(Corsair 4096MB TwinX XMS2 6400DDR2 Memory Kit (2 x 2048MB) (2 x ADATA 1GB DDR2 800 240pin Unbuffered-DIMM Non-ECC Memory)", this will be your first port of call to check for your trouble. Take out either two of the same make of memory and see if the trouble still exists. Also make sure that you have your bios up to date.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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I agree. You are running in DDR ? ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to One very important thing ...

Matched pairs occupying memory ports 1&3, 2&4, I assume.

If the 2x 2048MB is the recent addition, remove them and just run with the 2x 1024MB sticks. That should put you back where you were before the problem started.

THEN remove the 2x 1024MB stick and use the 2x 2048MB sticks. If each individual pairing on their own is OK, PT's point of mis-matched pairs comes into play.

From your detailed spec I still reckon you are a bit short on wattage for your PSU - you didn't detail what make it is.

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Power supply details

by paulc_dj In reply to I agree. You are running ...

PSU is a Colorsit 400W standard PSU. Also just ran memtest and all came back fine. Am just gonna try the memory swap and will let you know how it goes.

Thanks for the advice!

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XP Max Memory...

by Senrats In reply to Power supply details

Would the 4gig max memory be an issue, or would it just not use the extra gigs? Memory swap is a great place to start.

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It's XP Pro 64-Bit ~ Try reading the entire thread first <NT>

by OldER Mycroft In reply to XP Max Memory...
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Run these tests

by Jacky Howe In reply to XP freezes 5 seconds ever ...

but I would be inclined to upgrade the Power Supply. Don't go cheap as they are often inferior. Look for something along the lines of Antec.

Test the Power Supply Unit.

Download Prime95.

Prime95 is used to put your system at full load. You want your system at full load when checking your voltages to ensure your PSU is up to spec. The whole point is to make sure your PSU can handle what your system asks of it. When it is installed run it and go to Options and run the Torture Test. Run the Inplace FFTs (Max Power, Heat and some Ram).
If your PC restarts during this test you have a faulty Power Supply (PSU) and it will need replacing.

Download SpeedFan and check the Voltages and Temps while Prime95 is running.

You will want your 12-volt rail to be within 11.52 to 12.48 during load. This means when you are running your cpu at 100% you do not want to drop below 11.52 or you may experience stability problems including but not limited to system restarts and Windows crashes. For the 5-volt rail, you want it to be within 4.8 to 5.2 to be within the 4% range. As for the 3.3 volt rail, you want it to be within 3.17 to 3.43

Video Memory Stress Test 1.4

Note: A damaged or insufficiently charged internal battery can corrupt CMOS or BIOS settings. It can also cause all sorts of wierd things to happen.

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Its to do with my Wireless Network adaptor

by paulc_dj In reply to Run these tests

When the fault happens, If I right click my Belkin WNA in the system tray and disable it, it stops.


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Time to

by Jacky Howe In reply to Its to do with my Wireles ...

update your Device Drivers.

If that doesn't work it maybe that the Adaptor isn't getting enough power from the Motherboard.

I would be upgrading the PSU if it was my investment.

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