Windows XP hanging

By vassil3427
Jun 6, 2003
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  1. A friend of mine has had this problem for awhile, in Windows XP Pro now matter what you're doing the system hangs ALOT..sometimes as you move the mouse, it hangs for a second, when you're listening to music, it will pause and hang some, in some games especially GTA3 its almost impossible to play. My friend would really lke to gewt this fixed, he's had problems for over 4 months now, and it's his main machine.

    Here's his specs:
    AMD Athlon XP +1900
    80GB HDD
    Geforce 4 Ti 4200
    Windows XP Professional
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,424   +281

    Watch the Task Manager, see if there is anything bumping the processor usage up to 100% when the hanging occurs.
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    On some systems, PIO mode is so haneously slow that it can cause what you are experiencing. You may want to check your drives and CDROM to ensure they are operating in DMA mode. You find more information on this forum or the web if you do not know how to do this.

    There could be a "bad" program running the background.. Perhaps some messed up software. You should open task manager and click on the "Performance" tab.. Check your CPU usage? Whild idling, it should be only a few percent or less.

    How about your HDD light? Is it off.. Is it constantly on? This is a good indication of something chugging away at the HDD, which can cause simliar problems in conjunction with low memory. Perhaps a program is chewing up all of your memory and causing your computer to swap uncontrollably. Once again, check Task Manager and see how much free memory you have available.

    Many things are possible, but I would probably check these out first. If you are using a PS/2 mouse, then try USB. If you are using USB, then try PS/2... Just some ideas.

    As far as GTA3 being unplayable - Don't worry! - It isn't on most systems! LoL. Almost EVERYONE has problems with it.. It is simply a badly ported game. How do other games run?

    Something else that can make XP unbearable to use is the absence of DX8 or better compatability.. Every time you click on a menu or drag a Window, it can pause and be painfully slow. If you buddy is using some half-assed, old drivers - Try the new ones. You should also install DirectX 9 with the new drivers, as that is what they are designed for.
  4. vassil3427

    vassil3427 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 822

    Thanks for the quick replies, I'll be at his house tomorrow, I'll post more info about his system, and I'll try and check some of the things you recommended..till then thanks
  5. Vassal24352

    Vassal24352 Newcomer, in training Posts: 49

    Ok we know what the problem is, the hard drive and cdrom are both in PIO mode, I cannot for the life of me figure out how to enable DMA, his mainboard is the ECS K7VTA3, it has raid on it, but he's just using the regular IDE's for his drives. PLease help me enable DMA, I think it will solve all the problems!
  6. Vassal24352

    Vassal24352 Newcomer, in training Posts: 49

    Ok we figured it out. All we had to do was switch the cables. Thanks
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