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Windows 7: Seven locks up after idle/overnight

18 Mar 2009   #1

Seven locks up after idle/overnight

Hello, All, I downloaded my copy of seven from Microsoft when it was open to the public, just started using it now, I know I am slow ;-) It's Build 7000

Anyway here is how my test rig is setup Dell Optiplex 170L 2.8GHz Celron 512MB RAM 80GB HDD and a 20GB HDD to act as ram until I get more!

So here's my problem, I leave my PC's on 24/7 the newer ones at least, If I leave this rig on over night it will totally lock up no keyboard no mouse and the time is frozen. Only way around is turning it off. It's not setup to sleep or power off HDD's and displays. Just the screen saver that's it. It's a new install so northing is runing on it but just firefox and the normal stuff, I turned indexer off.

Any Ideals?


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18 Mar 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

Not sure what your problem is but you could try setting your power options to performance or upgrade to a newer build, 7048 has been the most stable so far for most people and seems to have the least amount of bugs.
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18 Mar 2009   #3


Where do I get the newer build from?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post
Not sure what your problem is but you could try setting your power options to performance or upgrade to a newer build, 7048 has been the most stable so far for most people and seems to have the least amount of bugs.
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18 Mar 2009   #4

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit

The newer builds are not found in official M$ location. You will have to find torrent or other links. Google it.

My guess is that your graphics card hangs. Have you tried testing the screensaver (Preview) and see if it hangs then too?
I also guess your display adapter was not detected correctly , but as Standard VGA Adapter. Another guess of mine :P is that during the first screen of your installation, the colors were garbled, like 16 colors setting.
(I had the same on an identical machine)

I suggest you download an XP driver for you VGA card, extract it with WinRar or 7zip and update your VGA driver by manually pointing to the extracted location. That's what I did in an old Dell Optiplex and solved graphics hanging problems.

Hope it helps.
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18 Mar 2009   #5


I had a problem like this only on 7057, not on the builds before.
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18 Mar 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Do you need to update any drivers? You might want to follow through with limneos's excellent advice.
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18 Mar 2009   #7


I had a problem, I do not have it now :) but thx.
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18 Mar 2009   #8
black dog

7068 64 bit + XP Pro

I had the same problem with 7000 and fixed it by enabling "wake by mouse"
(or something like that :) in my Bios.
When i wake it now, it opens straight to my desktop and not a log on screen.
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03 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Linux
hibernate lockup

I've had the same problem with multiple versions and on multiple machines. Also many friends who have been using 7 for a while now have the same thing. I haven't found a way to fix it but you can prevent it from happening by disabling hibernate/sleep in your power management settings.
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04 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7 Pro

I'm using an OEM Edition of Winows 7 Pro and I've also experienced this problem. And I had this problem after 1 month of using my new computer.

This problem also occurred when I was using Windows XP back when I was using my previous system.

I believe it is some hardware glitch. My solution for the past 5 years has been to turn off hibernate, screensavers and anything that makes your desktop unviewable when you turn on your monitor.
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