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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I've got an HP Pavillion w/XP Home SP2 (NOT SP3) that keeps randomly locking up for the last three months.
There are absolutely no indicators that it is going to do so, it just freezes up with no pattern. What I mean is, there isn't a particular set of things I'm doing when it happens. Sometimes it stays up for three days at a time, sometimes it locks up three minutes after I turn it off and back on, sometimes it does that two times in a row, and then I turn it off and back on and then it will stay on for six hours and then freeze up again, and then turn off and back on and stay up for two days.... and on and on. Completely random. One of the fans (not sure if it's the power supply fan or the chip fan) stays on when it freezes up.
No BSOD's or other errors, the keyboard does not respond when it freezes, (capslock won't light up even when I hit the key) it isn't a program crashing (that I know of) it even sometimes locks up overnight when it isn't even being used. It's not a virus (that I know of), I haven't changed any hardware for about four years, it's all factory except for a video card that has had no issues. It ran just fine, and now suddenly it's going bonkers. Pressing the power button for eight seconds will power the machine down. It always turns back on normally, no "Windows did not shut down properly" errors on start up.
There are no other problems with the machine, just random freezing.
That all leads me to believe that it's more likely a hardware failure than software issue. The thing is, I dunno where to look first. How to I narrow down what the problem is? Where do I look for error codes or something?? I've looked in the Event viewer but it's just random "Warnings" and TCP/IP errors about my wireless network doing it's wonkey thing.

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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Oh Heh DUH. Sorry I was at my wits end yesterday.
lets see:

HP Pavilion a445c

Base processor and speed
AMD Athlon(T) XP 3000+ 2.167 GHz
Advanced 333 MHz Front side bus
Socket A

Via KM400

Motherboard manufacturer

Installed RAM 512 MB (1x512)
Maximum Allowed 2 GB (1 x 512MB)
Speed Supported PC2700 MB/sec
Type 184 pin, DDR1-333 SDRAM
DIMM Slots Two
DIMM Available One
Level 1: 128KB
Level 2: 512KB

Hard drive
160 GB Ultra DMA
7200 rpm

DVD drive
16X maximum speed
Mutimedia drive
4x DVD+R/+RW Type Attributes
DVD+R Write Once 4X
DVD+RW Rewritable 2.4X
CDR Write Once 16X
CDRW Rewritable 10X
CDROM Read 40X
Power DC5V, DC12V
Video Standards PAL, NTSC
Interface IDE
Data Buffer Memory 2 MB
Diskette drive *DISABLED*
1.44 MB (3.5-inch)
ItU V.92 K56flex
Video graphics
Integrated graphics with up to 64 MB shared memory for video *Disabled and Replaced with EVGA nVidia FX5200*
Integrated AC97 audio
Six channel audio configurable

Network (LAN)
Integrated 10/100Base-T networking interface
MPEG2 for full-motion digital video
7-in-1 digital media card reader supports the following cards:

* Compact Flash I/II
* SmartMedia
* Memory Stick
* Memory Stick Pro
* MultiMediaCard
* Secure Digital (SD)
* IBM Micro Drive

External I/O ports
I/O ports on the front panel

USB (2.0) One
IEEE 1394 One
7-in-1 media card reader One, four slots
Headphone One
Line-in One
Microphone One

I/O ports on the back panel
USB (2.0) Four
IEEE 1394 One
Audio One each (line-in, line-out, microphone)
Serial One
Parallel One
VGA (monitor) One
PS/2 (keyboard, mouse) Two
Expansion slots (total)
PCI Three (two available)
DIMM Two (one available)
AGP2 One (available)

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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I was just about to come in and say that I realized it isn't a fan that stays on, but rather the HDD sort of spinning, kind like it's reading but at a *really* low speed (no clicking sounds though). Time to back up my files!

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Here is the support and software site for that HP Pavilion a445c desktop. You should save it in your browser favorites list for reference when needed.

That desktop supports up to 2048 MB of RAM. You should max it out. 512 MB doesn't do it anymore.

If you're leaving that desktop on 24/7, you should restart it at least once a day.

It would be nice to see a HijackThis log of that desktop so we can see what's loading during startup and running in the background and if any obvious infection is present.


By the way, you need to update your computer specs. The icon next to your username shows a HP Pavilion a1310n desktop.


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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
I know, that's where I got all of my specs from. I'm VERY well aquainted with the HP site, believe you me :D
My profile computer was the computer i used a couple of years ago. It died after six months! This one has been going strong for 5. I'll update that.
Also, buying anything for my computer is completely un-doable right now. $25,000 in debt and no job....

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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
It would be nice to see a HijackThis log of that desktop so we can see what's loading during startup and running in the background and if any obvious infection is present.
yanno what's funny? I just uninstalled HJT about a week ago. It's like donating things to a thrift shop. You always find you need it a week later.
Will do, after I install HJT again :)

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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
i would run a memory tester like "memtest" and check it for errors
i don't see how maxing out to 2 gigs of ram is that impotant since u have xp
This was a thought too, the memtest thing.
I ran the woefully silly PC Doctor, and it didn't come up with any errors (hey, it was already installed...) but I will try memtest.
I can think of a few reasons (namely games and photo editing) that I could use 2 Gigs of RAM for, but I can't afford it ATM :(

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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Alrighty, I ran memtest and it was clear
Here is my HJT log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 6:50:58 PM, on 9/3/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\sched.exe
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avguard.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Multimedia Card Reader\shwicon2k.exe
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avgnt.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\isuspm.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\WkCalRem.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\D-Link\D-Link Wireless N USB Adapter DWA-130\wirelesscm.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar =*
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) =*
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = localhost
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: IESiteBlocker.NavFilter - {3CA2F312-6F6E-4B53-A66E-4E65E497C8C0} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {7E853D72-626A-48EC-A868-BA8D5E23E045} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl - {E7E6F031-17CE-4C07-BC86-EABFE594F69C} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie\jqs_plugin.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {FDD3B846-8D59-4ffb-8758-209B6AD74ACC} - (no file)
O3 - Toolbar: HP View - {B2847E28-5D7D-4DEB-8B67-05D28BCF79F5} - C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\HPDTLK02.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hpsysdrv] c:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Sunkist2k] "C:\Program Files\Multimedia Card Reader\shwicon2k.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [avgnt] "C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avgnt.exe" /min
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinampAgent] "C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ISUSPM] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\isuspm.exe" -scheduler
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [EA Core] "C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\EADM\Core.exe" -silent
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Google Update] "C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c
O4 - Startup: Adobe Gamma.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O4 - Startup: WKCALREM.LNK = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\WkCalRem.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Wireless Connection Manager.lnk = C:\Program Files\D-Link\D-Link Wireless N USB Adapter DWA-130\wirelesscm.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: Copy to Semagic - C:\Program Files\Semagic\copy.htm
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MI1933~1\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O8 - Extra context menu item: Semagic - C:\Program Files\Semagic\link.htm
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MI1933~1\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: Yahoo! Messenger - {E5D12C4E-7B4F-11D3-B5C9-0050045C3C96} - C:\PROGRA~1\Yahoo!\MESSEN~1\YPager.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Yahoo! Messenger - {E5D12C4E-7B4F-11D3-B5C9-0050045C3C96} - C:\PROGRA~1\Yahoo!\MESSEN~1\YPager.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O16 - DPF: {4ED9DDF0-7479-4BBE-9335-5A1EDB1D8A21} -
O16 - DPF: {4F1E5B1A-2A80-42CA-8532-2D05CB959537} (MSN Photo Upload Tool) -
O16 - DPF: {5D6F45B3-9043-443D-A792-115447494D24} (UnoCtrl Class) -
O16 - DPF: {B8BE5E93-A60C-4D26-A2DC-220313175592} (MSN Games - Installer) -
O16 - DPF: {BCC0FF27-31D9-4614-A68E-C18E1ADA4389} -,0,0,26/
O16 - DPF: {BD393C14-72AD-4790-A095-76522973D6B8} (CBreakshotControl Class) -
O16 - DPF: {C3F79A2B-B9B4-4A66-B012-3EE46475B072} (MessengerStatsClient Class) -
O16 - DPF: {D0C0F75C-683A-4390-A791-1ACFD5599AB8} (Oberon Flash Game Host) -
O16 - DPF: {D410AFBD-4E26-4D5F-840F-0412D6F6BB8D} (CPlayFirstSandScriptControl Object) -
O16 - DPF: {FDD6CEF8-3C6E-42E0-BC7B-D730085CFABC} (Jaxtr Outlook Importer) -
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{B1221C3B-C84D-415B-8DFC-B8BCD1C8B6F4}: NameServer =
O23 - Service: Adobe LM Service - Adobe Systems - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe Systems Shared\Service\Adobelmsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Avira AntiVir Scheduler (AntiVirSchedulerService) - Avira GmbH - C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\sched.exe
O23 - Service: Avira AntiVir Guard (AntiVirService) - Avira GmbH - C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avguard.exe
O23 - Service: Canon Camera Access Library 8 (CCALib8) - Canon Inc. - C:\Program Files\Canon\CAL\CALMAIN.exe
O23 - Service: GameConsoleService - WildTangent, Inc. - C:\Program Files\HP Games\HP Game Console\GameConsoleService.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: Java Quick Starter (JavaQuickStarterService) - Sun Microsystems, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
O23 - Service: Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service - Lavasoft - C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: Pml Driver HPZ12 - HP - C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe
O23 - Service: Viewpoint Manager Service - Viewpoint Corporation - C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Common\ViewpointService.exe

End of file - 8394 bytes

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HijackThis 2.0.2 is one of those utilities that you want to keep in your computer because you'll have need of it from time to time. I personally run a scan with it once or twice a month to see if it's listed something new that I'm not aware of.


The startup load can use some trimming down. I see at least 8 entries in the O4 list and at least 8 entries in the O23 list that don't need to automatically load during startup and run in the background.


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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
I actually have use for most of those on a daily basis, so no need to take them out of my start up. I like them to start up on their own, I don't want to load them manually.
This computer starts up *faster* than my parents 1 year old Vista machine :D
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