Windows XP forum: Windows XP system just randomly freezes, whats causing this?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) November 21, 2008 1:59 PM PST

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Windows XP system just randomly freezes, whats causing this?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 11/21/08 1:59 PM

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I have a question: Why does my laptop suddenly stop? I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 running Windows XP with 2GB ram memory and 80GB hard disc and 40 percent free space. Without notice, while running programs or simply surfing the Internet, it sometimes just stops, it doesnt turn off, it just freezes and becomes motionless, and there is no way I can do any thing until I manually turn it off. I have McAfee virus scan installed and PC Tools, and they both tell me the computer is free of viruses. What can I do? Is my hard drive too small? Should I buy an external hard drive? What could it be? Please help me with down to earth English. Thank you in advance!

--Submitted by Jose A.

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Windows XP randomly freezes or locks up --Submitted by waytron
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=317245&messageID=2917612#2917612

Windows XP freezing --Submitted by darrenforster99
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=317245&messageID=2912443#2912443

Chances are you have hardware failure --Submitted by caskater4
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=317245&messageID=2912985#2912985

Dell has some online resources that might help --Submitted by rlessmue
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=317245&messageID=2914202#2914202

When XP randomly freezes --Submitted by giaimo13
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=317245&messageID=2912391#2912391


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