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Computer keeps freezing?

By TMS
Jul 1, 2010
  1. Every time I start my computer up, it will get stuck on the hourglass when I click anything such as any desktop icons, shortcuts, objects pinned to my start menu, etc., and my cursor will disappear shortly afterwards. It will stay like this until I restart my computer, and doesn't happen when I'm in safe mode. Comp has windows xp. Anyone know what's causing this and how to fix it?
     
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Being able to boot into Safe Mode is usually a sign of a driver issue.

    Also, have you scanned for infections?
     
  3. TMS

    TMS TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I've scanned, didn't find anything. If it's a driver issue, what can I do? I just managed to open a few things up before it froze on my last try, so it seems to only start freezing up some while after start up.
     
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Go to Device Manager and look for Yellow Triangles with exclamation marks and especially for Red Xs. Do you find any and what processes have been flagged?
     
  5. TMS

    TMS TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I saw no yellow triangles or red Xs, even while it was frozen.
     
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Does Windows supply any warnings at all?
     
  7. TMS

    TMS TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No, just freezes up without warning. Forgot to mention that my computer will occasionally make an odd beeping noise, quite often when starting it up, and sometimes while it's frozen up.
     
  8. TMS

    TMS TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Just tried it again. In addition to what it was doing before, I'm now getting an error as soon as I get past the welcome screen. It says that Windows cannot find 'C:\WINDOWS\is-SIT52.exe'.
     
  9. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    I cannot find anything on the net concerning is-SIT52.exe, isSIT52.exe, or SIT52.exe

    Out of curiosity do you have Easy Share software installed?

    Those beeping noises are most likly BIOS beep codes that point to where the issues lies. What BIOS does your system have? It is in the motherboard manual. Once you find the name of the BIOS you can look up the error codes for the beeps.
     
  10. TMS

    TMS TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Dell Inc. 1.0.13, 5/5/2009, I know dell is terrible, got this computer from them because I didn't know how bad they are. I don't have easy share software.
     
  11. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Contact Dell and ask them about the beep codes and what it means. make sure you have correct pattern like short-long-short, or short-short -long, etc. The correct pattern is essential. Tell them also your sypmtoms.

    By the way TMS if you ever decide that you want to build your system the next time just ask in the General Hardware forum and you'll get excellent help.
     
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