computer freezes when i open programs

By iversonai3
Mar 1, 2004
  1. i just fixed a sound card problem that i've had for a long time..i installed a new card and reinstalled windows but now when i try to open 2 programs my computer freezes and there is noway to close the programs. I cant even sign on to aim if its the only program running. anyone one have any ideas what could be wrong?
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    Welcome to TechSpot it would help if you posted your system spec's

    was your previous sound onboard sound or a sound card? and was this a clean install after formatting or just reinstalling windows over an existing install?

    do any devices in device manager have yellow question marks or yellow triangles beside them?
  3. InsaneMonkeyBoy

    InsaneMonkeyBoy TS Rookie Posts: 163

    have you checked your RAM? I suspect that because youi have better sound, it takes up more ram, thus your current ram would need upgrading or adding another stick.
  4. iversonai3

    iversonai3 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i just reinstalled XP over an existing install. I dont have any question marks or triangles anymore...that was my problem before i got my sound card installed. my comp is an pentium 3 733 mhz, sound blaster sound card, 32 ram anything else u need to know just ask me
  5. InsaneMonkeyBoy

    InsaneMonkeyBoy TS Rookie Posts: 163

    32 megs of RAM? surely not? And your've overclocked? If so, your PC might be getting to hot and freezes. Mine's good though so depending on your mobo, it will either work or it wont.
  6. iversonai3

    iversonai3 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    my bad...its 128
  7. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    If you only have 32MB of RAM, you would be wise to either a)buy more RAM, or b)get SoulHarvester to give you tips on trimming XP down(He's installed a trimmed down XP on a Pentium 75 iirc)

    Seriously though, XP requires 64MB RAM and 128 recommended, which if you have all updates and a TYPICAL install, its almost impossible to run stable on less than 128. Adding all your apps and games to this will just make this minimum requirement grow.
  8. iversonai3

    iversonai3 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i have 128MB Ram
  9. lowman

    lowman TS Rookie Posts: 380

    Freezing PC

    Are there any error messages in the event viewer?
  10. iversonai3

    iversonai3 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yeah there are lots
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