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Topic # 30229 2-Feb-2009 13:33
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I have a problem and have no idea what its cause may be.

Since Friday, I've had problems with my computer.  At first it seemed like something was wrong with my Internet connection, because things were going much slower than usual...and I'm on Telecom Broadband.

However, it was probably around Saturday night when the system started to freeze after so long.  It began to look more like a hardware problem.  I was playing a round of a rather large PC game (Civilization IV), which is already a bit sluggish due to its size, but it was much slower this time around.  It must've taken more than 10 minutes for the AI player to do what it does, which normally (on my system) takes close to 5 on a bad day.

I used to be able to freely browse (on Firefox) with multiple tabs open without a hitch.  Not so much now...

Last night I had a couple friends over, and we were looking at stuff online.  In the space of maybe 2 hours, I rebooted at least 3 times! Yell

Can somebody tell me what the problem may be?  I've tried updating AVG, Ad Aware (which failed to update, by the way), Spybot S&D.  Things seemed fine at one point (between 2 & 4am...not good), but today it's back to being a pain in the jacksie.

Help! Frown

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  Reply # 193415 2-Feb-2009 14:45
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perhaps your PC is overheating, and/or you have a lot of dust in your case.

try downloading coretemp or somethting smilar.

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  Reply # 193440 2-Feb-2009 15:56
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I agree it could be overheating. I had similar problems with a desktop I use as a server, and after a good cleanup it never happened again...


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  Reply # 193454 2-Feb-2009 16:44
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It could be overheating as has been stated. However from what youve said I would be looking into a possible ram problem (likely) or possible hard drive problem (not quite as likely).
Are you running vista by chance? vista has a built in memory tester. If not you really need to get memtest+ on there, get it from here download and burn the ISO (using nero or your cd burning app). Restart your computer and choose to boot from the cd, from there it should be simple, it will run through and probably take an hour, basicaly you dont want to see red errors down the bottom, if so your memory is faulty (or possibly the memory controller on your motherboard). This is a simple test.. An alternative is to swap out your current ram with knowen good ram, run the pc for a day or so using the good ram and see how things go (i would only do this if you are familar with pc hardware and static electricity precautions.. you don't want to static your board and other pc parts Tongue out) Try that and get back to us, if it comes back fine we will look into hard drive faults

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  Reply # 193531 2-Feb-2009 21:35
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I currently use XP.  If it helps, I'll share some (relevant) system details:

AMD Sempron Processor 2800+
1.60 GHz, 448 MB RAM

VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter

Local Disk

File System: NTFS
Free Space: 15.7 GB
Total Size: 74.5 GB

Not sure if any of this is relevant enough, but yeah.  I'll definitely look into the dust issue though...

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