Windows 7 - Random Freezes

  dansos12 14:19 09 Jul 2012

For the past 5 months I've been experiencing my windows 7 to randomly freeze at least once a day. It will become unresponsive, the waiting icon (the little circle) will replace the mouse pointer and the only way out will be hard restart. Initially I thought it was either corrupted windows files or damaged hdd. Last week I bought myself a new hdd - 120gb SSD drive. I made a clean install on the ssd drive and I formatted my old hdd to use as storage. After few hours of using my newly installed windows copy I experience the same problem. It seems to happen a lot when uploading - for example it happens every time I try to upload a YouTube video. But not just that, sometimes it will randomly freeze upon launching chrome etc. I'm starting to think this might be a problem with my wireless network card. Any ideas? It's very annoying having to hard restart my pc at least once a day. Thanks for the help.

  KRONOS the First 14:28 09 Jul 2012

Can you try uploading,or whatever you think is causing the problem whilst connected to the internet via an Ethernet cable?

I might well be a RAM problem also. What make/model of PC have you?

  dansos12 14:48 09 Jul 2012

I will try that tomorrow. PC specs: MSI P31 Neo v2 Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q8200 4 GB ddr2 ram (not sure about fequencies or make - bought it from a friend) Evga Gtx 560 Ti 448 cores classified OCZ 120gb ssd WD caviar black 1tb hdd

  xania 15:15 09 Jul 2012

There are all sorts of reasons why the software might freeze, many of them caused by badly written software, but also including your PC being busy doing other things (like downloading software updates), or even downloading a file video file from YouTube or a more dubious server. However, you should not need to close down your entire system to free up the problem. Pressing will bring up a list of all the processes you are currently running and all you need do is close the frozen process (it may even show 'not responding' as a guide, and you can carry on from there. What would be useful is to see if its always the same process that is causing the problem. You can then come back to us to see if we can help further. However, I notice that you have a quad processor and just 4 Gb RAM. This is the minimum for a multi-core processor if your Windows 7 is 64-bit, so you might want to consider another pair of 2GB RAM of the same speed as your current memory.

  KRONOS the First 15:30 09 Jul 2012


You have typed this? Pressing will bring up a list of all the processes you are currently running. You have failed to mention pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete if that is what you meant. I agree with the RAM issue also he does not mention 32 or 64 BIT Windows 7.

  xania 20:37 09 Jul 2012


Thanks Chronus.

  dansos12 21:29 09 Jul 2012

I am running Windows 7 64 bit. When pc freezes it does not respond to ANYTHING. Not even ctrl+alt+delete. Nothing works. I can leave it there for hours and it won't unfreeze either. The ONLY way out is to reboot it.

  KRONOS the First 10:05 10 Jul 2012

Did you try what I said in my 02:28 post?

  happyhotspur 20:09 18 Jul 2012

I too am having the same problems, Ctrl/alt/del does not have any effect all I can do is manually switch off my laptop and restart. I have carried out a restore back to before I had the problem but still I get this problem. The only think I have changed lately is uninstalling Avast and going with Microsoft Essentials

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