I have a window’s free up problem which manifests its self most often when there is some input like a mouse click or data typing. My bench mark is playing Free Cell – the freeze can occur anything from 5 seconds to 20 minutes after booting up. It has never happened whilst the PC is just been left turned on.
PC is running 98SE, Sygate firewall, AVG anti virus plus ad aware
I have operated in safe mode and it does not freeze. I have done a clean install with no change I have down loaded latest drivers for all my hardware with no change I have run msconfig, gone to start up and de selected all but sys tray scan reg with no change I have run Stinger, AVG and A squared in safe mode and normal mode with no change.
Couple of interesting points when running defrag it takes hours as it appears to get constantly interrupted. when running A Squared in normnal mode it never manages to get throught the scan - usally gets 2/3rds but freezes in differnt places
Any ideas what I could try next? I’m so frustrated that I’m beginning to feel like just throwing money at it i.e. considering updating to XP and/or buying a new graphics card.
It sounds like the Graphics driver needs updating, but try this first. Right click empty desktop/Properties/Advanced/Adapter cannot remember the path as I am on my XP laptop at the moment. But in there you should find on one of the Pages, Hardware Acceleration move the slider to the left one notch at a time and try
I have moved to position 2 of 4 (it was on 4 of 4) and after five games of free cell it appears to have solved it. I'd like to pass you a digital pint for that!
On resetting to the lower hardware accel level I was informed that my Ati 9000 Radeon graphics card was no longer active (or something to that effect). I had down loaded the latest drivers from the Ati site. Do you think this could be a hardware issue rather than a software one?