How/Why Do Computers Freeze?

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How/Why Do Computers Freeze?

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Post by imported_Andrew » Fri Oct 15, 2004 3:07 am

Every computer I own, after a year or two of use inherits an annoying freezing problem. Without any pattern or anything, it decides to freeze in the middle of an important CS match or conversation. It only freezes when I am playing a game or on AIM or the internet, it never freezes if I'm just in Word or anything.

I'd never thought much of it, until recently it's been extremely ticking me off... so why do they freeze and how do I fix it (PC antifreeze)? And why does it seem like I'm the only one who's PC does it?

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Post by Beam Yosho the Drunkard » Fri Oct 15, 2004 4:33 am

Mine freezes too. Alot. Mainly because I think it over heats, which further supports I'm not meant to live here in Hawaii.

But anyways, it might be spyware and/or adware. Ever since I've reconnected to the Internet, my computer had been freezing up ALOT and most of the programs on my computer refused to even work. So, the Internet is no longer a safe place. Unless, of course, you have spent money on $300 programs that WILL fix problems and block against Adware/Spyware/Viruses.

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Post by imported_Andrew » Fri Oct 15, 2004 11:34 am

I have and use spybot, adaware and spysweeper. And I remember my old PC freezing a lot, long before the days of pop up madness and such. So is there other possiblities? Thanks though.

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Post by ZIPPYDIPPY19 » Fri Oct 15, 2004 1:13 pm

Four Words:

Evil Mischievious Computer Gnome
Yeah.

Still don\'t care.

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Post by Ace Mercury » Fri Oct 15, 2004 2:57 pm

From what I know, it's probably because you have a lot of junk in your system. It freezes during games and when on the internet because those apps usually are very hardware intensive, at least compared to using Notepad or something. If you check your Task Manager, you may've so many foreign entities running away that one may decide "Hey, let's hog all of the resources so that nothing can run. That sounds like fun." Some of that may be spyware and malware, but it's just as likely that it's stuff you intended to install but is screwing up anyways.

Or, perhaps because of all the stuff that happens to a computer between harddisk formats, some files may be corrupted, missing, moved, MIA, whatever; the best cure for all of the above is to format the hard drive, backing the data files of course. You can try running some diagnostic and repair tools, installing new device drivers, but I find that too troublesome for just a 'maybe' solution.

'Course, it could be a hardware problem too. Maybe your RAM, CPU, motherboard, video card, hard drive, USB controller... heck anything physical could be the problem. I did a work term doing PC repair for Hewlett-Packard, and if a hard drive re-image didn't work, sometimes it was hell trying to pinpoint the source of the freezing. I had a dial-up modem that was killing the system somehow; took me a while to figure that one out. A common problem is the CPU overheating; just check the BIOS (or whatever fancy diagnostics you have) after your computer's been running for a while. If the CPU temperature is significantly above 50 C, you've got a problem.

But, as it sounds, since it's been running for at least a year without problem, it's likely to be just poor upkeep of your computer and it's various programs. I've been running Win XP for a while now and it rarely freezes (and if it does, it's because I did something stupid, like accidentally execute Winamp 137 times). If you're running Win 95, 98, or (the much derided) Win ME, I recall those have weird a memory pool where apps could take memory; it was really easy for apps to use memory that other apps were already using, resulting in much hilarity.

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Post by Link2000 » Fri Oct 15, 2004 6:22 pm

It varies by the exact cause, but quite often boosting your system with more RAM will help the problem.
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Post by Parrakarry » Fri Oct 15, 2004 10:13 pm

Generally because your computer has all of its computing power being used by something "behind the scenes".
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Post by F-ZERO_X » Tue Oct 19, 2004 6:49 am

Computers freeze to sell more, of course. Damn Microsoft! :mad:

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Post by Link2000 » Fri Oct 22, 2004 10:38 am

^That is probably the most idiotic comment I've heard this month...
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Post by ZIPPYDIPPY19 » Fri Oct 22, 2004 10:39 pm

^ It can't even compete with my Computer Gnomes one [img]tongue.gif[/img]
Yeah.

Still don\'t care.

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Post by F-ZERO_X » Sat Oct 23, 2004 1:08 pm

Originally posted by Link2000:
^That is probably the most idiotic comment I've heard this month...
Is it my comment you're talking aobut? If it is, why do you think it's idiotic? :confused:

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Post by е и ժ е я » Mon Oct 25, 2004 10:41 am

Because he hates you. Nearly as much as I hate you.

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Post by Evil Kirby » Tue Oct 26, 2004 12:26 pm

Your computer freezes because it sucks.

No, really. Mine hasn't frozen since the day I bought it last year.

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Post by F-ZERO_X » Tue Oct 26, 2004 4:28 pm

HEY! WHAT DID I DO? Why do you hate me? I don't even know you! People say that mods and amins must be respected by the other members; BUT They must respect us first! I refuse to respect a mod or an admin who treats me like garbesh! Just because they're mods or admins doesn't mean that hey have the right to insult us just because they have a higher rank than us!

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Post by е и ժ е я » Tue Oct 26, 2004 4:37 pm

Well I'm afraid that's just too bad. Everyone hates you, and nothing's about to change.

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Post by Phenom » Tue Oct 26, 2004 5:37 pm

^^ If it helps...I hate you like poison too.

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Post by Link2000 » Tue Oct 26, 2004 5:50 pm

That's a least three mods against you... 5 and you'll get banned. A simple topic in the mod forum could easily do it.
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Post by Bowser314 » Tue Oct 26, 2004 5:59 pm

If that's the case, chalk me up as number 4.
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Post by heh » Tue Oct 26, 2004 6:28 pm

^^^^^You have been pwned.

I don't like him either, But I'm not a mod. Sorry.

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Post by Parrakarry » Tue Oct 26, 2004 11:22 pm

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