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Windows 7: Mouse randomly freezes for no reason

08 Dec 2011   #1
obidon

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Mouse randomly freezes for no reason

Sometimes for apparently no reason at all my mouse cursor will just freeze for a couple seconds and I won't be able to move it. When this happens (I have Process Explorer minimized to tray) I can see that just about no CPU is being taken up either. So I know that this freeze isn't because my processor is being overworked. Also, it's not because I'm opening a program or anything, hence it is seemingly very random.

Is there any reason why the mouse should randomly freeze from time to time when nothing that major is happening on the system? Thanks for any replies.


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08 Dec 2011   #2
dsk04

windows 7 premium 64 bit
 
 

could be you hard drive test it for errors with chkdsk
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10 Mar 2012   #3
obidon

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I have tested it with chkdsk and sometimes it completes fine and other times it doesn't complete for some reason. I currently have a 298.08 GB Seagate HDD that has about 23 GB of free space left.

I've been thinking that this might be the piece of hardware that's giving me problems with my system.

Is there anything else you can recommend that I could use to check the life and current status of my hard drive?

Thanks.
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11 Mar 2012   #4
pscowboy

W7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Download the latest DOS iso version of Seatools.
Burn it to cd disc (Imgburn is an excellent free burner), then boot up your pc with it in the cd/dvd drive.

Go up into your BIOS at the beginning of the boot and make sure the cd/dvd drive is listed first in boot order.

When you get into the diagnostic, run the extended tests.
It will tell you the status of your hd.

If Seatools passes the hd, your next project is to unload at least 125g from that drive. You can't have that little free space left. System will be unstable.
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11 Mar 2012   #5
sreedhav

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by obidon View Post
I have tested it with chkdsk and sometimes it completes fine and other times it doesn't complete for some reason. I currently have a 298.08 GB Seagate HDD that has about 23 GB of free space left.

I've been thinking that this might be the piece of hardware that's giving me problems with my system.

Is there anything else you can recommend that I could use to check the life and current status of my hard drive?

Thanks.
Hello obidon,
Instead of the manufacturer specific HDD testing tools, there is a fairly reliable,universal HDD monitor from Acronis. It's known as the Acronis Disk Monitor and you can download it from :Download disk imaging utilities, data backup and recovery tools, HDD managers and multibooting software for home PCs
regards,
sreedhav
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11 Mar 2012   #6
pscowboy

W7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

ADM is a very good monitor, but it is just that; reiterating the SMART output.

In this gentleman's case, I feel he would be better served with an extended test of his hd by its' manufacturer's diagnostic.
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11 Mar 2012   #7
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Generally speaking, the consensus seems to be that you need to have at least 10% of your hard drive as free space or performance can suffer.

Time to invest in a bigger hard drive I feel or unloading anything you don't need or use from your current hard drive may help.

You might want also to consider running disk cleanup and reducing the amount of disk space given to system restore.
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12 Mar 2012   #8
obidon

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for the input. I think I will download both HDD diagnostic tools and try them out.

But while we're on the topic of hard drives, I was actually thinking about investing in a 1 TB drive for my system. Then I would free up some more space from my Seagate drive (maybe 125 GB or 10%) and move some data to my new drive. This way hopefully I'll get some increased system performance.

I have a couple questions before I purchase one though. What do you think the best drive for me at the moment would be?

I know I want at least 1 TB with no less than 7200 RPM. I was thinking of going with Western Digital for the manufacturer but I'm kind of stuck between the Cavier Blue and Black series. I just want something that will be the most reliable because the high failure rates in the reviews on NewEgg kinda scare me.

I appreciate all of your suggestions and words of wisdom. Thanks.
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12 Mar 2012   #9
pscowboy

W7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Caviars have 5 year warrantees. I would stop there at the best price you can find, blue or black.

After you get everything setup, PLEASE DO FULL IMAGE BACKUPS (with verify) after patch Tuesday, every month. Create an Image folder on the 1tb, and throw them in there. ALSO, it would be prudent to do a hard copy image backup every three months on dvd discs.
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12 Mar 2012   #10
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by obidon View Post
Thanks for the input. I think I will download both HDD diagnostic tools and try them out.

But while we're on the topic of hard drives, I was actually thinking about investing in a 1 TB drive for my system. Then I would free up some more space from my Seagate drive (maybe 125 GB or 10%) and move some data to my new drive. This way hopefully I'll get some increased system performance.

I have a couple questions before I purchase one though. What do you think the best drive for me at the moment would be?

I know I want at least 1 TB with no less than 7200 RPM. I was thinking of going with Western Digital for the manufacturer but I'm kind of stuck between the Cavier Blue and Black series. I just want something that will be the most reliable because the high failure rates in the reviews on NewEgg kinda scare me.

I appreciate all of your suggestions and words of wisdom. Thanks.
If you want a real performance boost, you might want to consider an SSD to run Windows and applications, and then a 7200 RPM 1TB spinner for your personal data.
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