Laptop Freezing

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by bmorrissey51, Mar 26, 2003.

  1. bmorrissey51

    bmorrissey51 Guest

    Ok, I asked a question earlier today about my PC having an error, but this problem is on my laptop. It constantly freezes. When I am downloading something (for example, Windows Updates), it freezes. I installed Norton Anti-Virus today, to see if there was a virus, and in the middle of checking, it froze. It is so frusterating.

    I recently formatted too, as recent as a week and a half ago. Prior to format, it would freeze, but not nearly as much as now. I am thinking this is a major problem that another format wont fix. I have hardware warrenty still, so I dont know what to do. The thing is that I need my laptop for school, so I can't very well send it away right now.

    Is there anything you guys reccomend me doing?
  2. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

    well i use a laptop for school too, but anyways i would check the drivers and the event log to see if that is anything, also, i noticed that if i leave my laptop running for a log time and it gets hot it will freez. and yea, if worse comes to worse then it would be a good idea to send it in for them to look at it, other than that i dont know, too bad this didnt happen on march break that is when i take mine in for servicing
  3. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

    Fort Worth, TX
    Divx roused an idea.

    Laptops cool through their bottoms. Try leaving it on a metal table or propping it up on some pencils so air can get underneath. Don't let it sit on a couch or bed. The fabric and padding will act like an insulator. If it's a heat problem that may help.

    PS If its a high speed laptop remember, laptop is a style, not a description. There are some amusing posts around about a guy who fried his pecker with his laptop and then sued the manufacturer. They also recommend you not leave the laptop on a good quality wood table either, it can damage the finish. Wish still I had the pecker link around...

    And get it in for repair while you still have the warantee. Anything running XP and doing something other than gaming should not lock up.
  4. bmorrissey51

    bmorrissey51 Guest

    Its not the heating, I actually had to get that fixed once, but this freezing happens when it is totally cooled off as well. I do have build in legs for my laptop that work to circulate air better.

    I also put some more RAM in my laptop not long ago, but it seems the freezing started to happen well after that was installed, so I don't know. Maybe I should take that out for a while and see what happens.
  5. jdn

    jdn I'm trying

    Victoria, B.C. CANADA
    What type of laptop are you using?
    Operating system? Ram?
    I had a compaq presario that would never work right no matter how many driver or compaq service updates were installed
    I now have a Tosh Satellite 5100 which is rock solid no matter what you throw at it.
  6. XP Abuser

    XP Abuser Guest

    your cpu is over heating its blatantly obvious. the fan and heatsink could be clogged with dust. which even if you left a ventilation gap would not help. either open it up your self and clean it or take it to an authorised dealer who will clean it up. without voiding your warranty.:)
  7. bmorrissey51

    bmorrissey51 Guest

    Well I dont think it is overheating because like I said, it does this when totally cooled off.

    I am using a Compaq Presario 725CA, Windows XP Pro, 1.29Ghz, I am not sure of the RAM type exactly, but whatever I bought, I made sure it works with this laptop. I did buy the right kind, however, I guess its possible that it isn't working properly.

    I can't remember when I started having the problems, but it was sometime after the RAM was installed, and it has gotten much worse since I formatted.
  8. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

    the year 2525
    can you take the new stick of ram out and see if the problem stops ?
  9. bmorrissey51

    bmorrissey51 Guest

    Yeah, I am gonna do that tonight, as I am at school right now. I haven't noticed a huge difference in performace anyways, so whatever. I might be able to send it back still.
  10. Krux

    Krux Nissan Powered


    it says right when you install norton if u are installing it because you suspect there is a virus DO NOT INSTALL NORTON your sposed to run the cd from dos and do it there because a virus will just infect norton and it won't work right from the get go.
  11. Krux

    Krux Nissan Powered


    what about a rock? :p
  12. Krux

    Krux Nissan Powered

    I closed my laptop the other night and it turned off, I guess because it go to hot. also the way my laptop is built It pulls air dirctly from outside and that lets me use a can of compressed air to blow the HSF clean of all dust.