HELP!!! my pc crashes when idle???

By ari666 ยท 6 replies
Sep 1, 2005
  1. hi hi hi

    i have just put together a new pc from bits and pieces, but the problem is that when the computer has nothing to do it freezes.... its really annoying. if i leave it for about twenty minutes...BAM....its frozen.

    the weird thing is that you can play counter strike source in 1024x768 getting over 100 frames per second, for as long as you like.... i was playing it for most of the day yesterday, the only breaks to eat and pee, and it didnt even flinch. but when i shut all apllications down, and leave it on desktop. it freezes and needs a restart.

    something like this:
    asus P4800-se mainboard
    intel pentium 4 2.8 gig (no hyper threading)
    500 meg ram (2 256 sticks of matched samsung ram 3200)
    maxtor 80 gig sata hdd
    sound blaster audigy (internal rack mounting fits in the 5 1/4 bay)
    at the moment in has a radeon 6800 pro hercules in it, but it has had various graphice cards and it has made no difference.
    granted, that my psu is a bit crap, it is a 350w jobbie that is p4 ready, running 18a on the 12v rail. so should be ok. (i am gonna change it soonish anyway)

    any ideas guys?
    please help.
  2. Eleventeen

    Eleventeen TS Rookie Posts: 55

    My computer was doing that too, but it had to do with my modem for dialup. I could play games as much as I wanted and when i let it idle it froze. I replaced the modem, and everything worked fine. Your not on dialup, are you?
  3. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    Try disabling your screensaver and see if that fixes you up.
  4. ari666

    ari666 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no to the dial up question, but i think i might look into the software of the lan card... it had a few issues when i built it, and you just reminded me.

    screen saver is disabled already, i hate screen savers.

    cheers guys
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,170   +989

    check HD free space and don't let the machine go into HIBERNATION
  6. ari666

    ari666 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thats a good point. i put a stupidly small partition on the hard disk purely for xp, but 10 gig is too small because it is telling me to free up disk space.

    cheers dude, i will try a format to get rid of the tiny partition and let you guys know.
  7. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966


    This makes the most sense.

    They hide the feartures for Hyber on the screen saver page.
    Also check sys restore for how much HDD space it's stealing.
    A second hdd could help here too. Putting the pagefile on a drive
    other than the one windows is installed to, not just a partition
    on the same drive as windows.
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