View Full Version : freezing pc newbie

09-24-2002, 06:24 AM
hey guys im some problems.........with my pc ....here is the deal i just installed a master 40 gig 7200 hd and a slave 20 gig 5200 hd, and i have 256 ddr ram with a Geforce 3 ti200 64 mb video card and im running windows Xp profesional. for some reason after i reinstalled everything and added in the new hd and installed xp and got everything going the pc started locking up and would just freeze. It started to say that i was low on virtual memory but how can that be since im not running mass programs in the back ground.............and anytime i run media or play any sort of pc game it just freezes .................. u guys have any idea what might be going on or what i could try?
here some more info also im soposed to be at 1.7 ghz but heres the info
System Info Version: 2.2
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP
Processor: AMD AMD Athlon(tm) XP 1700+ @ 1.47 GHz
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200
Total Physical Memory: 256 MB
Free Physical Memory: 120.21 MB
Motherboard Manufacturer: ABIT
Motherboard Model: 761-686B(KG7)

ps i hope this is the right place for this post if not im very sorry

09-24-2002, 06:39 AM
What are your CPU temperatures? One of the more frequent caused of such hangups is overheating, ensure that your HS/fan is proberly mounted. d/l something like Motherboard monitor to easily view your temps. Do a web search to find it at somethinglike Livewiredev.com

Good luck

09-25-2002, 10:05 AM
Hello TRS

You certainly COULD be running out of virtual memory!

1. Under normal circumstances [when Windows is in control of your virtual memory] Windows allocates space on the C: drive for "Win386.swp" [the swap file which provides Win98 (& your?) virtual memory].
2. If you run out of space on the C: drive then there's no room available for the size of Win386.swp calculated by Windows to be required.
3. This could happen if:
a. You partitioned your primary master drive and the C: partition is rather too small for your needs.
b. You've been filling your 40 GB C: drive with so much software and data files it's almost full to capacity.
c. Some viruses start to take the HDD out of use bit by bit so the C: drive gets smaller and smaller.

If you specified that you wish to set the location and size of your swap file yourself and you made it of a fixed size which is too small for the needs of your running programmes, Windows would warn you when it was close to full.

Get to know "System Monitor" [if Windows XP has it] and study the operation of your PC and the use of it's resources. In windows 98 it's at "Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Monitor". Maybe XP is the same.