PLease pc freezes for no reason!

  The Operating System King 20:08 24 Jan 2004


My dads PC just freezes for no reason at all. The mouse just stops moving and the HDD light is solid on, I have to turn it off at the plug. Its VERY annoying as its my networks internet gateway and all the PCs in the house loose the net till it reboots. It runs XP Pro, 1.3Ghz Duron. It does have a really old (1998) PC66 32Mb RAM Module, do you think thats whats locking it up?



  bremner 20:11 24 Jan 2004

If it only has 32MB of 66Mhz Ram then yes I do think that is likely to be the problem.

XP Pro needs a minimum of 64MB and in reality 128MB isn't sufficient.

  The Operating System King 20:12 24 Jan 2004

Sorry! It has 128Mb and a 512Mb modules aswell! I am not that stupid to run XP with only the 32!

  Handy Spinner 20:12 24 Jan 2004've done the obvious things like virus checking, defragging, etc?

  The Operating System King 20:13 24 Jan 2004

Its been happening for about a month, I installed norton 2004 pro the other day and a full scan returned nothing, and I defrag it daily.

  bremner 20:15 24 Jan 2004

With your moniker I thought it might be a silly question - but it had to be asked :)))

  Handy Spinner 20:19 24 Jan 2004

...take out the 32Mb module and see if it works better?

  The Operating System King 20:20 24 Jan 2004

I cant predict when its going to freeze though, I could take it out, and not realise that it had no effect. I'll try it.

  bremner 20:24 24 Jan 2004

Is it not the case that installing different types of RAM results in all the modules running at the speed of the slowest.

What type and speed of RAM are the 128MB and 512MB modules?

  The Operating System King 20:26 24 Jan 2004

128Mb is PC100 and the 512 is PC133, but I've had this system for a year or two and its only just started happening.

  bremner 20:27 24 Jan 2004

...and as your processor has a FSB of 200Mhz it is running at 100MHz and the memory is running at 66Mhz therefore there is a bottle neck.

The memory should always run at the same or a faster speed than the processor.

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