XP hangs

By rocks911
Mar 12, 2010
  1. I have an older machine running XP sp3. It hangs every once in a while but is becoming more frequent.
    While working on the computer, or more accurately mostly while surfing the internet the screen will freeze, I'll hear an audible beep from the computer and my screen goes black and nothing but a hard reboot is possible.
    As a matter of fact it just did it to me while writing this. The event viewer has zero information about the event. I initially thought that it might be my display but I dont think so because for a second or two before the screen goes blank the cursor id non responsive then whamo the screen goes blank.
    Not sure how to proceed.
  2. gunabut

    gunabut TS Rookie

    Have you checked for malware, viruses?
    If you are sure no malware is running it could be a number of other issues. RAM or hard drive failure is possible.
    Is it clear if dust in the vents fans and inside the case?
    Boot up with a linux live cd and see if you get the same problem. Linux live cd uses the ram but does not write to the hdd at all.
    Do a complete CHKDISK in windows and if any errors are found or if it freezes during the test it is likely this is causing the problem.
  3. rocks911

    rocks911 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    So I was listening to some MP3's on the puter and I selected a song to send to my playlist, moved the cursor to the song, right clicked and nothing. Usually a list of choices comes up when I right click but nothing, no response from right clicking. I think to my self "what the?" and right click again, nothing. Then the cursor freezes and a second later the screen goes blank. But the media player was still working, still playing music but I'm lloking at a black screen.

    What the?
  4. rocks911

    rocks911 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    By the way I have a clean machine no bugs. I ran CHKDISK, no problems. Blew out any dust. Still behaving badly. Haven't had the opportunity to run Linux yet.
  5. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 51,051   +319

    Possible video card overheating?
    Desktop, or laptop?

    Download, and install SpeedFan:
    Post your computer temperatures:


    Provide processor info (hold Windows logo key, and hit Pause/Break key to find out).
  6. rocks911

    rocks911 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    Heres the results

    HP Desktop a1132n
    Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 2.19GHz 3GB RAM

  7. rocks911

    rocks911 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    I'll have to keep an eye on the temp, that never occurred to me.
  8. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 51,051   +319

  9. rocks911

    rocks911 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    Here ya go:

  10. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 51,051   +319

Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.

Similar Topics

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...

Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.