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markb
12-05-2000, 11:28 PM
I have a pentium mmx 128mb, the system will freeze for approx. 3 seconds every 20 to 30 minutes. I originally had 32mb ram, and system would freeze for 5 seconds every 10 minutes so I upgraded to 128, I also reinstalled 95, with no luck. This is a very annoying problem, should I try and load new os?

BigBlue66
12-05-2000, 11:54 PM
Hey Mark,

My system does the same thing. When I installed more memory, the time-out was shorter. Sounds like that is your case as well.

I am thinking that it may have something to do with power management.

Maybe some other guys can shed some more light. If not, may as well get used to it and work around it.

Big Blue 66

Paleo Pete
12-06-2000, 08:27 AM
Might help to check into your BIOS settings, and check out the Optimization links at Trish's...for that one go to my site below, it's the top link.

PC Guide Optimization Chapter (http://www.pcguide.com/opt/opt/os.htm)

BIOS:

BIOS Survival Guide (http://www.manawatu.gen.nz/pages/bios_survival/bios_sg.htm)

Definitive BIOS Optimization Guide (http://www.adriansrojakpot.com/Speed_Demonz/BIOS_Guide/BIOS_Guide_Index.htm)

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jcift
12-06-2000, 04:59 PM
BigBlue66, Paleo Pete, maybe a possible CPU problem, or as BigBluee said, a power management problem???..................... That's the best that I can do for now.

Paleo Pete
12-07-2000, 07:29 AM
jcift I wouldn't think so, I suspect memory or video issues. Try setting video resolution back a notch or three. If you're running 32 bit True Color, try 16 bit True Color.

If that does it, try updating video drivers.

Have virtual memory settings been tinkered with or is Windows handling it?

Also could be related to something running in the background periodically accessing the drive and hogging resources for a few seconds.

I'm leaning toward video issues. If you have backgrounds and wallpaper, get rid of them. If you have 3 zillion icons on the desktop, get rid of most and use the start button. Active Desktop might be part of it too, disable it if enabled.

The video card has to refresh all those pictures 60-72 times a second. Having a great big wallpaper to refresh hogs resources, same as dozens of icons...I just made a neighbor's 486 run twice as fast by simply removing background and wallpaper, and going to a plain color-she-likes background.

Higher video resolution will make things freeze too, the system has tons more dots to refresh...

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BigBlue66
12-08-2000, 01:00 AM
You're absolutely right Mr. Pete, you Grand Master, you. I happened to run a diagnostic report in SiSoft Sandra the other day, which cautioned me that my video resolution was set too high for optimal performance.

Soon as I backed off from 32bit to 16bit, the problem has all but gone away. Only occasionally do I ever get the cursor freeze, and even then, not for more than half of a split-second.

That's good advice about the icons, too. Makes me think that maybe I don't need the eighteen icons I have on my desktop. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/eek.gif Although I must say that I am very pleased with my new Voodoo 4500 PCI card. Awesome quality.

Cheers,

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Paleo Pete
12-08-2000, 07:23 AM
Blue Glad you got it fixed!

I don't understand it, I'm running 200MMX, 32MB RAM and Matrox Mystique 2MB video, set at 32 bit True Color with black background and only 9 icons on the desktop, and this thing never freezes at all, except once every few days if I run Descent after it's been running for 3 or 4 days without being rebooted. Then it will freeze once or twice for half a second until memory gets "reset" for the game...

So here's someone with 4 times the memory, and probably more video memory, and the system freezes...go figure...Seems I should be the one with performance issues...

I found out about the background/wallpaper/icon issue when running a 486 with win95 and 16MB memory. Had some great pictures I took and scanned that I would use for backgrounds, and it was like running a 286. Removed them and was amazed at the difference. Never used a background or wallpaper again...and started to use the Start Menu instead of icons, after all, what use is an icon if you already have a word processor or 3 web browser windows on the screen? You have to shrink them to get to the icons...so you use the start button anyway...

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markb
12-08-2000, 12:36 PM
BigBlu/Pete, thanks for the input, I haven't had a chance to check my pc, but I do believe I'm running 32 bit, and I know I have way too many icons, I'll let you know how it goes, thanks again.

BigBlue66
12-08-2000, 02:43 PM
Me Again,

I should also mention that once I upgraded to WIN98SE, the freeze problem was barely noticeable. Of course, I upgraded a whole bunch of hardware and memory at the same time. No doubt the adjustment of the resolution helped the most though.

Big Blue 66