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Windows 7: Computer Acting Funny

24 May 2011   #11

Debian Squeeze Stable 64-bit

Download the Memtest .iso here: Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool burn it to disc, then reboot and let it run for 3 or 4 hrs. If it throws any errors your RAM Is likely at fault.

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25 May 2011   #12

Windows 7

Okay, it happened again, only this time it came with a message: it was done on purpose; the windows turning blue is the Windows 7 Basic Color Scheme. My brother is using WinAVI and it did that, so there's the answer, but the freezeing when I've been using Windows Movie Maker for a while, or the color change that happens sometimes out of nowhere (with no message), isn't answered.

So the color scheme is Windows 7 Basic; is there a way to stop this?
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02 Jun 2011   #13

Windows 7

New info: the internet freezing up was done to my brother as well, and he said that it was caused by the sound card. Would that do this? Why?
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03 Jun 2011   #14

7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BinkerNate View Post
New info: the internet freezing up was done to my brother as well, and he said that it was caused by the sound card. Would that do this? Why?
The internet is the internet; your sound card is your sound card. One has nothing to do with the other... what your brother said was false. Having said that, there could be a problem with your sound card, and there could be a problem with your internet, but one would not effect the other.

How many people share the connection? When was the last time you rebooted the router?

As for your machine, does all this happen while you're doing videos? Does the machine otherwise run fine, or does it ever run fine? You really should hurry up and download cpu-z so we can find out what parts we're dealing with.

We don't have to wait until tomorrow, you can click this link right now: CPUID - System & hardware benchmark, monitoring, reporting. It takes seconds to download and seconds to extract. It doesn't install itself to Windows, you just run it from the folder where you extracted it. It'll take you longer to read this paragraph than it will to find out your systems specs.
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03 Jun 2011   #15

Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fumz View Post
How many people share the connection? When was the last time you rebooted the router?
Me and my brother. We don't change or log off; one sits and does his thing, then when its my turn, he gets up and leaves, and I sit down and do my thing.

As for your machine, does all this happen while you're doing videos? Does the machine otherwise run fine, or does it ever run fine?
When I use Windows Movie Maker, it runs fine when I start. Once I get working at it, after dragging, editing clips and such 15 mintues in, more or less, it'll start to slow (WMM), and then give or take after that, if it does it though, it'll freeze. If I can't get out, I'll have to reset it. Now, I should point this out: my computer is fine when WMM does this. If I leave WMM alone after I get it up, it doesn't do anything no matter how long it's been up. It's only when I actually use it that it happens. That's why unless I forget, I save my stuff once it starts to slow, close, and reopen it, and it's fast like nothing happened or was going to happen.

It's similar to the internet; it just does it. If I open several tabs in one window, it won't do anything. But then, I do it again, and it'll maybe freeze. Do it again, it doesn't. Screen flicking happens once in a while, and nothing is being done for it to be whatever cause to it.

Anyway, I have done the CPUID thing, but I did do it again, this time printing the screens and making a picture of all the tabs from it (except for "About") so you can see from itself what it has to say about my machine:

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03 Jun 2011   #16

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

BinkerNate, Just to keep you from posting shots of cpuz, at the bottom left of the screen where you posted is my system specs. click that and click update specs and put all the information in. That way people don't keep asking abput your hardware and it makes it easier to answer questions if we know what hardware we are dealing with.
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03 Jun 2011   #17

7 Ultimate x64

Nobody else in the house uses that internet connection? What kind is it? DSL, cable... and what's your speed? Have you checked the line?

Editing video is very cpu intense. With only a dual core, I can see why things would get slow... and by your description, it sounds like you're writing to the swap file, which would explain the machine slowing down to a crawl; however, you have 6GB's of RAM... so you should not really be experiencing this.

I do notice though that you've got three 2GB sticks. Cpu-z is reporting this as "symmetrical". It's actually asymmetrical; a dual channel board would use 4GB's or 8GB's... 6GB's is usually seen on triple channel boards. I'm not sure how your board is handling that, but just as a test, I would see how the machine runs with 4GB's in true symmetric dual channel mode.

What anti virus program do you have? Update it and run it... a full/detailed scan and not just a quick one. Also, it would not hurt to run Malwarebytes to see if you have anything your AV doesn't catch. Malwarebytes : Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a free download that removes viruses and malware from your computer


I almost forgot to ask... what do you have loaded at startup? OEM's are notorious for bloating up their systems and loading everything at startup, including the kitchen sink. Hit the Windows Logo key, type msconfig. Hit enter, click the startup tab... list everything that's loaded... or take a screen shot and post it.
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04 Jun 2011   #18


My money is on temperatures if he is getting the color scheme set to basic...
If the PC is in warranty, send it it and ask them to clean it
If it is not, go get some compressed air. Open your case and blow the air in. Not too close, though. Let the Pc cool first before blowing. Make sure to hold the fan blades with a unused pencil (wooden end) or chopstick so as to not create back voltage. Don't hold the air for too long.
PS: Always hold the air upright. NEVER INVERT.
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05 Jun 2011   #19
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Cornholio I agree it would be the first place to start. It appears that Windows is backing things off when the temps are going up.
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05 Jun 2011   #20


I thought that it is WIndows throttling the CPU and graphics due to heat. Those OEM PCs are true dust magnets. No filters, nothing about cleaning in the manual. It's just a way so that they can get you to send it to the shop, hopefully after your warranty is over :S
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