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I have been having a problem for quite some time now... my system will freeze up for a few seconds, the monitor will turn off for a second, then the system un-freezes. Most of the time, it will repeat this process 2 - 5 times repeatedly, sometimes more than that.

First, the pertinent info on my system:

OS: WinXP Home Edition, fully updated
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2100+
M/B: Gigabyte K7 Triton (GA-7N400 Pro)
Power: Antec 500W
RAM: Centon PC3200 DDR, 2 each 512 MB sticks
(bought in a kit for Dual channel purposes)
Video: Pixelview GeForce FX 5900, 256MB RAM
(using driver version 44.03 since it seems to be the most stable)
Audio: Soundblaster Audigy Gamer
DirectX: Version 9.0b

All drivers, other than video, are up to date.

The problem is this, if I run a full screen game on my system (IE Unreal Tournament 2004), my system is fine. Once I exit the game, or if I try running other programs instead (IE Solitaire, Adobe Photoshop 7, etc) my system will freeze up for a few seconds, the monitor goes off for a second or two, then I get the desktop again. This doesn't seem to happen in Safe Mode, and I did run a selective start up with MSConfig.exe (as directed by a Microsoft Technician). I bypassed SYSTEM.INI, WIN.INI, and all 3rd party services, which seemed to help. I recently did a complete format and reinstall, since Microsoft said it was probably a virus, yet Norton didn't find anything.

After reading another post concerning freezing systems, I have run Housecall (system passed with no viruses), Ad-Aware, Spybot S&D, CW Shredder, and Hijackthis (I attached a copy of that log). I also looked at Device Manager >> View all hidden devices, which showed no devices having warnings or errors, and I looked in the Event Viewer. Though, I just had a freeze, and nothing was listed in regards to it (looked in Application and in System).

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.... hopefully, I am just missing something easy here hehe.


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I have posted your log for you.....
Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 9:23:43 AM, on 4/5/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Iomega\AutoDisk\ADUserMon.exe
C:\Creative\SBAudigy2\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe
C:\Program Files\Iomega\AutoDisk\ADService.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - d:\Adobe\acrobat\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ADUserMon] C:\Program Files\Iomega\AutoDisk\ADUserMon.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Iomega Drive Icons] C:\Iomega\DriveIcons\ImgIcon.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Deskup] C:\Iomega\DriveIcons\deskup.exe /IMGSTART
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CTSysVol] C:\Creative\SBAudigy2\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CTDVDDet] C:\Creative\SBAudigy2\DVDAudio\CTDVDDet.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CTHelper] CTHELPER.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AsioReg] REGSVR32.EXE /S CTASIO.DLL
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SBDrvDet] C:\Program Files\Creative\SB Drive Det\SBDrvDet.exe /r
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UpdReg] C:\WINDOWS\UpdReg.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CTStartup] "C:\Program Files\Creative\Splash Screen\CTEaxSpl.EXE" /run
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NVMCTRAY.DLL,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O9 - Extra button: Messenger (HKLM)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Messenger (HKLM)
O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
O16 - DPF: {74D05D43-3236-11D4-BDCD-00C04F9A3B61} (HouseCall Control) -
O16 - DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} (Update Class) -

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thanks for posting and viewing the log for me... figured my post was long enough already lol. After this last reinstall, I only loaded Unreal Tournament 2004, Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop, device drivers and support hardware, and I'm downloading all the "helpful" programs I have seen suggested on this site (Hijackthis, etc). I am wondering if it's not a heat issue. I have 3 case fans already, plus 2 fans on the power supply (one on the back and one on the bottom).... Though, why would the system work in Safe Mode, and in Selective Start Up without freezing, if it was due to heat?

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I would not think that it is a heat issue..Sounds more like memory issues. I see you have 2 x 512 sticks if possible change them out or try only one at a time to see if you have a bad stick........just a chance
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