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Windows 7: Computer freezes, unfreezes with single beep, only happens with IE10

24 Jun 2013   #1

Computer freezes, unfreezes with single beep, only happens with IE10

I searched Google and found that this issue can mean anything from too much memory use to a nuclear bomb is about to go off inside the motherboard.

I've replicated the problem (unwillingly) a few times and been able to narrow it down to Internet Explorer 10.

About two months ago, I had my whole computer wiped and OS reinstalled by someone else. Internet Explorer 10 was installed in it, too. Ever since then, I've had at least 3-4 instances of this happening:

- When opening a new tab or new window, if I've had IE windows open for a long time, or if other programs are all up and going at the same time, Explorer.exe will freeze, for about 4-5 seconds. I can still move the mouse. Then the mouse will freeze, for another 3-4 seconds, then a single short BOOP will sound, and everything will go back to normal, no error messages, no further problems with any program, no changes in any internal temperature.

This ONLY ever happens with Internet Explorer 10, and I've seen plenty of threads mentioning tab freezing with IE10 (but no beeps), and every piece of hardware in my comp is less than 1 year old (except for my secondary hard drive and power supply unit), and I replaced the motherboard last month. I had taken the computer to Geek Squad (they were the ones who did the wipe and OS reinstall the first time around) and they ran hardware tests when my original motherboard failed and said that all my components were fine except for either the Motherboard or CPU (which I narrowed down to the motherboard and replaced and it's been fine since).

This issue is extremely rare and causes no apparent lasting damage; this latest time around, I had a game open in another window, and when the computer froze, the game's music and sounds kept playing, uninterrupted, with no skipping or glitching. And this ONLY ever happens with Internet Explorer 10.

My specs are:

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601)
AsRock Z-77 Extreme 4-M
Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM (four sticks, 4 GB each)
Intel Core i7-3770 CPUT 3.4 GHz (8 CPUs)
Page file of about 27980 MB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 570
Corsair CMPSU-620HX

Is this just an IE10 memory overload problem? (IE has always, as long as I can remember, hoarded up memory from constant browsing to the point where a single open window can be hogging a full gigabyte of virtual memory in the Task Manager) Or should I be thinking/worrying it's a hardware concern?

EDIT: Also, if it helps:

These are my add-ons on IE10

Shockwave Flash Object - Enabled - 32 bit
Adobe PDF Link Helper - Disabled - 32 bit
Logitech SetPoint - Disabled - 32 bit and 64 bit
XML DOM Document - Enabled - 32 bit and 64 bit
XML DOM Document 3.0 - Enabled - 32 bit and 64 bit
Groove GFS Browser Helper - Disabled - 32 bit
Send to OneNote - Enabled - 32 bit
Research - Enabled - 32 bit
Java(tm) Plus-In SSV Helper - Disabled - 32 bit and 64 bit
Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - Disabled - 32 bit and 64 bit

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