Windows 7 Constantly freezes

#1
So first of all I'm running build 7100 (32-bit). Have an intel E6750 2.6Ghz processor and 2GB of RAM. Today I installed Windows 7 and for some reason, everytime I put my pc under minimal stress, for example opening a tab in IE and then opening another one before the first one finishes loading, or holding down backspace, will freeze the computer for roughly about 3 minutes. Anyone experience anything similar or can input anything? Thanks in advance.
 


#2
RC 1 - Freeze

Hi,

I have exactly the same problem with RC build 7100. So far I have found out that it is due to very heavy disk activity beeing trigged for some reason. As you can see from the attached pictures you can in the disk-queue1.jpg picture see the disk queue gradualy builds itself up until the pc freezes for a coupple of minutes. Disk-queue2.jpg shows when the pc unfreeze.

Any good tips on how to troubleshoot further is appreciated.

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T60. Can this be driver related?

Regards,
Asbjorn
 


#3
exactly the same as my problem, heavy disk activity and then crash.
 


#4
Freeze

I have removed Virtual Clone Drive and so far I have not had any new freezes. 12 hours and counting....:razz:
After reinstall I hade to reboot to avoid freezes

Do you have VCD installed?
 


#5
does it come with windows? if not then i dont have it. only things i installed were windows live messenger
 


#6
i havent had it freeze up yet (knock on wood), since i changed my monitor refresh from 59Hz to 60Hz. For some reason it was set to 59 default. Changing it to 60 made it smoother and hasnt locked up yet.
 


#7
how do you do that,might give it a shot
 


#8
Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Display\Screen Resolution in there click Advanced Settings, then click the tab at bottom that says List All Modes.

It would depend on your monitor though, but what i am thinking was on Vista it has always been at 60 Hz for me, i dont know why it would default to 59 Hz. But i def noticed a difference.
 


jeradw

Senior Member
#9
Strange. My monitor was set to 59 as well. I did notice a small difference once I changed it to 60. Thanks! :)
 


#10
well my monitor was on 60 by default, changed it to 75 and is still freezing.
 


#11
I have not had an issue with freezing since! knock on wood!
 


dam89

Honorable Member
#12
Turn off windows indexing services, always killed my computer now i have no problems
 


#13
I am having similar problems. Since I installed Windows 7 yesterday I haven't been able to work on it for more than 15 minutes. It just freezes. I ran Windows Update and it said I had some driver updates for my monitor (Syncmaster 940BW) and an update for my video driver (Nvidia 7900GT). I installed them but after a reboot, the freezing got worse.
Now I could only use the pc for less than 2 minutes and it freezes. So I rolled back the driver for my Nvidia card and the problem was reduced again to 15 minutes after reboot freezing.

If I reboot in safe mode, then I have no freezing problems. So I'm guessing my videocard is creating the problems. I disabled hardware acceleration, but that didn't help.

I also tried an older Vista driver for the 7900GT (182,50 instead of the 185,85 designed for W7) but no improvements there.

The only things I was running were firefox, Msn messenger and sometimes an installation program (I installed Java DK and Shockwave, that's it), nothing intensive.

My setup is as follows: Core2Duo E6600, 2GB RAM, 100GB WD NTFS partition (this is where Windows 7 is installed), Nvidia 7900GT and the motherboard is an Abit AB6.
I updated the drivers for my Realtek LAN and Realtek high definition audio device and for my motherboard. But this didn't do any changes. It's just when I modify the video driver that something happens (With the newest driver my pc freezes after 2 minutes, with an older driver it freezes after 15 minutes)

The installation was a clean install and I have no other OS installed. My last OS on this machine was XP but I did run Vista on it for a couple of months without any problems.

I'd really appreciate your help because I haven't got a clue what else I can do and I really don't want to downgrade again to XP/Vista.

Edit: Forgot to mention I'm running the 7100 32bit build.

Edit2: I'm pretty sure it's the 7900GT that's causing the freezing.
I went to device manager and display adapters. I right-clicked on Nvidia 7900GT/GTO and selected uninstall. When prompted if I was sure I also confirmed the option to delete the drivers.

After a reboot (not in safe mode), Windows told me that the driver (7900GT/GTO prerelease - WDDM 1,0) was succesfully installed and I needed a reboot to let the changes take effect. I didn't reboot and I haven't had a crash since 40 minutes ago.

Everything is running fine, except for the Nvidia driver which still needs a reboot.

I looked it up and some people suggest to install a older driver in compatibility mode. Does that mean to right-click on the installation file (for example, a driver designed for Vista), Properties > Compatibility > Run this program in compatibility mode for > Windows Vista? Won't this just run the installation program in Vista-mode, but still run the driver itself in W7-mode?


Edit 3: After 3 hours my pc froze, without the Nvidia driver working. So I don't know what's causing it.
Anyone have any ideas what could be causing this?
 


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#14
could it just be a faulty build? i mean i've tried everything anyone's suggested, including changin monitor refresh rate, installing older vga drivers in compatibility mode, turning off windows indexing, etc. This is getting very irritating now as I am working on a program due monday and I can't even test it, because windows will crash :mad: Windows 7 looks good but its a big disappointment in my (and many others) case :(
 


#15
I found it!
I read on a forum created for tabletPC's that someone had the same problem as I had. The solution was very simple:
Go to Control Panel > Power Option > Change the Power Plan to High Performance.
That's it, no more freezing. Even though I have a Desktop that doesn't really need a power plan...

I hope I was able to help some of you because I know it's a very frustrating problem.
 


#16
Hope this works, thanks

Edit: I just switched to high performance and as soon as I tried to install dreamweaver, windows crashed
 


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miket82

Senior Member
#17
Win 7 x64 freeze

I run both x32 and x64 Win 7. Machine is Abit AN78GS, 4Gb ram, Athlon x64 Dual core 5600Mhz with SATA 500Gb HD and 2 other HD's of smaller capacities and a Radeon HD4350 graphics card. PSU is a Seasonic 430W S12II running less than 150W. No overheat problems anywhere. Main cooling Arctic Freezer plus 2 x 120mm extract fans. My main OS is XP Pro x64. I multi boot XP, Server 2003, Ubuntu 9.04 and Win 7 x32 and x64. Apart from Win 7 x64 everything works fine. Games are not played. The machine is used for software testing and emailing.

After installing every upgrade ATI release as it appears, Win 7 x32 with ATI v 9.7 now seems to be stable. However, Win x64 (which will, if I can get it working, be my preferred OS) still freezes at random intervals. ATI v 9.7 x64 is installed. The only clue seems to be with IE which accelerates the time between crashes. Beyond that it does seem to be associated with any attempt to do a disk search or a simple view of folders. However it can crash for no apparent reason at all. Switch on , login, wait and within minutes it can/will crash. Event viewers and diagnosis logs give no indication of problem. Any ideas?

XP Pro only crashes when I force it too during software testing. In other words I know when XP will crash because it is me that has created the conditions, often deliberately.
 


dam89

Honorable Member
#18
Hope this works, thanks

Edit: I just switched to high performance and as soon as I tried to install dreamweaver, windows crashed
Have you checked that all you mobo drivers are installed and up to date?
 


miket82

Senior Member
#19
Win 7 freeze

Al updates installed
 


dam89

Honorable Member
#20
What anti-virus do you, use if any. I had a problem avg free - the resident sheild would suck up all my cpu time and stall the computer when opening larger programmes and installers.

have you tried to crash in safe mode? - if could be a running service or driver that is causing the problem

EDIT: got to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Performance Information and Tools\Advanced Tools and generate a system health report it can tell you a lot about bad services ect
 


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