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I see my computer is shitty...

SarimnadaeiusSarimnadaeius Registered User regular
edited September 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
I dunno what on earth is going on here, the best guess I can give myself to answer is that I have a spyware or a virus problem.

Which is odd, at least I think so, because it's not like I download porn every hour of the day.


Ok so what's going on is that it's like my computer is just suddenly stopping everything that it's doing and freezing for like 10 seconds every 30 seconds. Everything is unresponsive, and sound skips like 1-2 notes for the entirely that it's frozen.
It makes it very difficult to even just read shit online. And all I usually do when I'm on the computer is listen to music, chat on MSN and read and post in forum sites.

I tried to restart in safe mode so I can get going on those anti-virus and anti-spyware programs that I have but it wouldn't work. I hit F8 every time before the window's logo screen shows up and I end up starting at an almost blank, black computer screen with a gray cursor flashing in the upper-left corner.

On the third try I was able to select what OS to operate in, but after selecting what I normally use it just restarted like normal.

I dunno if my computer specs would help or not, so I'll list what I can. Computers aren't something I'm a huge expert in.

Uh I have 256 MB RAM, I run a Pentium 4 processor and Windows XP.

Oh one last thing, restarting the computer seems to have made it go away but I find it a little concerning that I couldn't log into safe mode, and that my computer froze up like that without warning.

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    FibretipFibretip Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    in this day and age running with 256mb of ram is like driving a car with one wheel.

    the stuttering etc does point towards low memory, you've probably got a very low virtual memory setting, accompanied by small ram... which isn't giving you the space you need to work in. If you're strapped for cash...even another stick of 256 could make a difference.

    that said... i've had the same probelms with viruses, and with a dying power supply... so it might be worth seeking out a computer savvy friend to take a look at it.

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    SarimnadaeiusSarimnadaeius Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I'm going to have to look into it eventually, I've been considering just outright getting a whole new machine but I'd really like to learn how to upgrade computers myself.

    I do have some friends that I can ask for some advice though.

    But, this stuttering is new, and I'm not running anything different than I was earlier.

    I do get virtual memory errors while playing D2 online, but the paging file is big if I can recall, but I'd need to check.

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    FibretipFibretip Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    how much free hard drive space do you have? and across how many hard drives?

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    SarimnadaeiusSarimnadaeius Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Uh, well I got 15% in C: drive, but honestly I dunno how to check anywhere else other than opening up disk defragmentor.

    I don't have like a separate drive like C: to store things though, I know that.

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    FibretipFibretip Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    depending on the size of your drive 15% free could be very little for the page file to work with. Especially when you factor in the ungodly amount of space windows needs to for thinking space. These kind of things change wildly from setup to setp, but if you've got some large games installed that you don't play much, or that you could keep the saves from and install again later... it might be worth freeing up some more HDD space and see if that makes a difference

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    ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Step 1: Defragment.

    Step 2: Download and install Spybot Search & Destroy and Lavasoft's Ad-Aware. Update them, scan with both of them, and immunize with Spybot.

    Step 3: If the above didn't help, reformat.

    Step 4: If the above didn't help, upgrade.

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    Uncle LongUncle Long Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    What Thanatos said.

    Also, check your processes and see if you have anything running in the background that is using up your resources, especially around the time of the freeze up; chances are you'll see one process suddenly taking 99% of the CPU resources; that one's most likely going to be the problem.

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    TiemlerTiemler Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I just did a defrag on my drive the other day, and the next time I booted, System32 was corrupt.

    A system restore only partially fixed the problem, so I ended up wiping everything and reinstalling Windows. Yeah, that sucked.

    On the bright side, my PC is cleaned up rather nicely now. Think I'll dust off some old games.

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