PC Freezing reboot is the only remady

  hgrock 08:03 11 Sep 2005
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When I leave the computer for an hour or sometimes less, I find that it freezes, only a reboot can get out of it, I think there is a driver conflict, but how can I find out which, as I do not get an error message.
in previous windows there were a log file showing you what windows were loading and what failed, is there any such in xp
thanks in advance folks, any help or suggestion will be appreciated

  Diodorus Siculus 08:06 11 Sep 2005

click here

Event Viewer
In Windows XP, an event is any significant occurrence in the system or in a program that requires users to be notified, or an entry added to a log. The Event Log Service records application, security, and system events in Event Viewer. With the event logs in Event Viewer, you can obtain information about your hardware, software, and system components, and monitor security events on a local or remote computer. Event logs can help you identify and diagnose the source of current system problems, or help you predict potential system problems.



Event Log Types


A Windows XP-based computer records events in the following three logs:


• Application log



The application log contains events logged by programs. For example, a database program may record a file error in the application log. Events that are written to the application log are determined by the developers of the software program.


• Security log



The security log records events such as valid and invalid logon attempts, as well as events related to resource use, such as the creating, opening, or deleting of files. For example, when logon auditing is enabled, an event is recorded in the security log each time a user attempts to log on to the computer. You must be logged on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group in order to turn on, use, and specify which events are recorded in the security log.



• System log


The system log contains events logged by Windows XP system components. For example, if a driver fails to load during startup, an event is recorded in the system log. Windows XP predetermines the events that are logged by system components.




How to View Event Logs



To open Event Viewer, follow these steps:


1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance, then click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management. Or, open the MMC containing the Event Viewer snap-in.



2. In the console tree, click Event Viewer.



The Application, Security, and System logs are displayed in the Event Viewer window.



How to View Event Details


To view the details of an event, follow these steps:


1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance, then click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management. Or, open the MMC containing the Event Viewer snap-in.



2. In the console tree, expand Event Viewer, and then click the log that contains the event that you want to view.



3. In the details pane, double-click the event that you want to view.




The Event Properties dialog box containing header information and a description of the event is displayed.




To copy the details of the event, click the Copy button, then open a new document in the program in which you want to paste the event (for example, Microsoft Word), and then click Paste on the Edit menu.



To view the description of the previous or next event, click the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW.

  Rogerfredo 09:27 11 Sep 2005

When I had a similar problem it was due to a faulty graphics board. Could the graphics driver if not the hardware be the problem?

  hgrock 09:31 11 Sep 2005

i thought of that i have an NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 card about 3-4 years old now

  Diodorus Siculus 09:37 11 Sep 2005

What does the event viewer say?

  johnnyrocker 09:54 11 Sep 2005

have you tried updating graphics drivers?


johnny.

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