Program lock up every few seconds.

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by Rydian, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    I've had this issue on this computer for a long time.
    • Specs
    • Problem
      Programs lock up every few seconds or so. The time until they lock up, the time they lock up for, and what exactly happens during that moment varies. Here's a video (MPEG-4, 533KB) of the system time dialog box in windows as an example. Notice that it locks up every few seconds.
      • Example scenarios
        • Notepad
          If I hold down a key and watch the growing line very carefully, there's a very slight hiccup every few seconds.
        • Subspace/Continuum
          In this 2D sprite-based little MMO from the 90's, during a "freeze" the game's framerate simply goes down to about 1-5 for a few seconds.
        • Firefox
          Sometimes when I'm clicking and dragging tabs to rearrange them, the system will think I held my click longer than I actually did (because it'll freeze at that moment), and it ends up thinking I dragged a tab out of the tab bar (thus launching it in a new window).
        • Quake 2
          In this 90's 3D game, whenever a "freeze" happens the game keeps going graphically, but does not respond to any input (meaning for that second or two it keeps me moving in the direction I was headed in).
        • Runescape
          In this modern MMO, whenever a "freeze" happens the game is unresponsive (and does not upgrade graphically at all) for up to a few seconds.
      • Doesn't happen here...
        Mouse movement.
        Audio (haven't tried an unbuffered source, suggestions on one?)
        Anywhere in Linux (even runescape runs without a hiccup).
    • Troubleshooting steps and results.
      • Check the task manager?
        No discernible CPU usage or differences during a "freeze".
      • Safe mode?
        Happens in safe mode as well.
      • Switch AVs?
        Changed from Avast to MSE, no fix.
      • LOL FORMAT???
        This happened on my old installation of windows on this machine as well, and this installation was done with a clean XP install disc.
      • Check the performance monitor for any values that peak during a freeze?
        I've narrowed down a few things that spike at a freeze, but don't know what to make of it.
        Sync Data Maps/Sec (hits 100%)
        Page Faults/Sec (hits 100%)
        Transition Faults/Sec (hits 100%)
        Avg. Disk Bytes/Write (hits 100%)
        Disk Writes/Sec (goes from 0% to 8-12%)
      • Disable write caching?
        Disabled it on both drives and restarted, still have the issue.
      • Checked for buldging caps?
      • SMART status?
        Healthy on both.
      • Uninstall VMWare?
        Still happens.
  2. cobleman

    cobleman GBAtemp Maniac

    Jun 23, 2009
    AMD Socket A has allways had heat issues look around the CPU and North Bridge for bulging caps anything worse than that isnt worth the time to try and hunt down and fix
  3. Originality

    Originality Chibi-neko

    Apr 21, 2008
    London, UK
    I've seen it before, but I can't remember the specifics of how I fixed it. Something about a software (system) component and a hardware component that don't quite mix. I just can't remember if the hardware component was the CPU cache, the RAM, or the primary HDD.

    As an extra diagnostic step, try reading the SMART report for the primary HDD.
  4. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    No bulging caps I can see (they killed my geforce 6200, though).

    SMART says both are healthy.
  5. Rafinesque

    Rafinesque GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    United States
    Do you have VMWare Desktop on there? Those VMWare processes will cause lots of problems like this, even when VMWare isn't running. We used to use it at work, but stopped because it makes your machine almost unusable. We use VirtualBox now.
  6. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Yes, yes I do (and did before)...

    I'll try uninstalling it and see if that helps.