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Computer freezes, probably cause of sound, PLEASE help

By boysangur ยท 10 replies
Dec 22, 2004
  1. Hi, I would appreciate any help, I have been trying to resolve this problem for sooooooo long. My computer freezes all the time, I believe it has something to do with the audio setup but I don't know. This started as soon as I replaced my motherboard and installed XP on my computer. When I turn some program on that uses sound, my computer freezes, especially if it's a an audio/video file. I can't say what causes it to freeze because it can freeze as soon as I turn it on or not freeze for an hour no matter what I do. Before, audio used to sound kinda funny (it froze then too) but then I installed a new sound card and the audio sounds fine but the computer still freezes. When it freezes, the audio starts quickly repeating some small part over and over again and the mouse stops working, it just freezes in one spot but u can highlight and click on stuff with an invisible cursor for a couple of seconds before it completely freezes. Please help, it's driving me crazy and it's been going on for months, nobody know why.
    My specs are:
    Pentium 3, 1.2GHz
    512MB ram
    Creative AudioPCI Card
  2. bakertime361

    bakertime361 TS Rookie Posts: 34

    Honestly I'm not sure, but if you dont't find a solution, you can always do a reformat....that should help. Sorry I don't have a better answer... :-/

  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    do a, alt control delete, and check your processes
    sounds like somethings hogging memory or cpu time
    pull the sound card out and try playing your games with no sound
    if it doesnt lock up
    try diff pci slot if it's a pci card if not check for conflicts with the AGP
    slot may be sharing IRQ with the USB or network port
    and as always make sure you have a good power supply
    seems like all these upgrades to faster MB's faster memory and loaded vid cards suck up power everything seems OK till you hammer the machine a little
  4. boysangur

    boysangur TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your replies guys. I tried formatting many times before and nothing changed.
    My problem is that i know little about which processes should be going and which shouldnt so ctrl+alt+dlt does not tell me much.

    "check for conflicts with the AGP
    slot may be sharing IRQ with the USB or network port"
    Im a noob so I completely dont understand what that means.. :blush:

    I am thinking i got too much hardware on my computer. Among other things, I got two hard disks, a dvdrom and a cdburner. I tried disconnecting my dvdrom but then the computer does not turn on. I have changed boot settings to only look for a boot record on the C drive but it still won't go on. My computer won't even go past the first boot screen that says "SMART is capable but disabled" when i disconnect the dvdrom so I just keep it plugged...
  5. boysangur

    boysangur TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Help Anyone?
  6. bluetracker

    bluetracker TS Rookie Posts: 21

    The clues are there....;)
    #1 replaced mobo......Sure you used all the spacers and insulators all in the right places?....Thinking shorting here.
    #2 Mobo got onboard sound? Could be a fault/conflict/driver problem there.....If so spend a couple of bucks on an XP compatible cheapo soundcard install it and disable on board sound in the BIOS...never trusted o/b sound anyway takes up too much sys resources... best have a dedicated card IMHO.
  7. boysangur

    boysangur TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Actually it does have an onboard sound, that could very well be the problem. Can you tell me how to completely disable it?
  8. boysangur

    boysangur TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I entered BIOS setup but could not find the option to disable onboard sound. Do you think you could help me out? Im a noob like i said, sorry
  9. C0d3Warr10r

    C0d3Warr10r TS Rookie Posts: 33

    Make/Model of Motherboard?


    If you post the exact model of your motherboard, I'll check the documentation for it and reply with the method to disable your onboard sound.


    Big Blue:
    Asus P4P800 I865PE
    P4 2.8GHz 800MHz
    2048MB KingMax PC-3200
    Maxtor DiamondMax 9 /160GB /7200RPM /8MB Cache
    ATI Radeon X800 Pro
    Enermax 420W PSU
    Aspire X-Dreamer II
    Lite-On 12X DVD+/-RW
    Sony 48X CD-RW
    Samsung SyncMaster 997DF 19" CRT
    3DMark03 Score: 10,035
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    Does your motherboard have onboard sound? If so, you need to turn it off in BIOS if you are using a sound card. You could be getting conflicts.
  11. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    If you are not sure which mobo you have, you can download and run the free Everest programme. It will give you lots of info about your system.


    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
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