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Computer Freezes / Locks Up


Just recently my pc totally froze while unattended with the internet logged on, by this i mean the mouse/keyboard would not operate and the clock in the system tray had frozen. I had to unplug my pc to turn it off, while trying to subsequently reboot the pc it would not run windows, i noticed windows files had been deleted. I was forced to format the hard drive and reinstall xp, i figured it may have been a virus. However the problem is that even after the reinstall of windows it freezes the same as before any time at all. Last night i switched it on watched it boot into windows and went downstairs, after returning to the pc 30 minutes later it had frozen! No software was installed except the os. Surely this must be a hardware issue, which being a multimedia developer i have little expertise! Can anyone please please please help me!

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Posted On: 08-28-2005, 09:52 AM . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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