Random Vista freezes

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Talk' started by Mike, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest


    I recently purchased a HP a6200n which works relatively well. The only
    complaint is that frequently (at least once daily) the system will lock
    up. When this occurs the only way out is to hold the power button down
    and reboot.

    When the system locks, the screen will actually freeze the contents and
    make it appear somewhat 'snowy'. This happened on a factory system OUT
    OF THE BOX. So I know this wasn't due to application software I loaded
    on top and I doubt very much it was a virus the system picked up.

    Since this started I have done a full virus scan and also have reviewed
    the event logs after each fail and nothing in there is obvious. There's
    an 'unexpected reboot' message there from my forced power down.

    I've gone to nVidia to download the latest nForce 430 drivers which has
    not helped. It seems ahead of what MS is pushing as the version I have
    is dated 12/07 and the auto updates are telling me to pick up a 7/07

    I've also loaded SP1 and all of the HP/MS updates a person can handle.
    Has anyone experienced this or have any suggestions on what might be the
    next thing to look at?

    Mike, Mar 23, 2008
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    The hardware. A new system that freezes "out of the box" should be returned
    as defective to the manufacturer. It could the memory, the motherboard, the
    power supply, the processor, or anything else, but that's immaterial - it
    needs to be sent back for warranty replacement.
    Rick Rogers, Mar 23, 2008
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  3. Mike

    Canuck57 Guest

    It is unlikely hardware if it freezes, then continuers with warning or a
    "blue" screen, but yes, return it. If the OS isn't matched to the hardware,
    it is defective.
    Canuck57, Mar 23, 2008
  4. What makes you say that?
    the wharf rat, Mar 23, 2008
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    MLD Guest

    Too new to fool around with--send it back for a replacement. Let the vendor
    have the headache of finding out what's wrong. I got a replacement Dell
    when the on-line rep couldn't come up with a fix for the problem I was
    experiencing. His comment "too new to start replacing parts, we'll send put
    an exchange." Had it within 2 days--no more problems.
    MLD, Mar 23, 2008
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    Sam Guest

    Apparently one of the things that Vista does after it is installed is to
    index all of the files on all of the hard drives. It does this without
    telling you its doing it. I've had Ultimate x64 installed for about 4
    days and have been having terrible hangs and waits when starting Media
    Center. So finally I let it sit in a hung state. After a coupleof hours
    everything started working again and Media Center now comes up without
    the wait time. When I go back to XP I can see all the index files that
    Vista created in my media folders.
    Sam, Mar 24, 2008
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    Clark... Guest

    I just shut off the indexing right off, it's useless to me
    Clark..., Mar 25, 2008
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