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Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2001 - 7:29 pm:   

Greetingings, I have a p3 450 (Dell) that is some 2 years old now w/ original hardware.

In the past month I have noticed my system locks up Every (like clock work) 8minutes for 6seconds.

I have ran virus utilities and system checks from Nortons, cleaned out undeeded .tmp files and still no luck.

Whether I am online or just hard/soft booted to windows, the system lock up will happen.

I am unsure if I need to reinstall Windows, reformat my HD, or still be conerned w/ background programs. I'm leaning towards the latter. However, I cannot seem to find the magical back ground program causing the problem.

By doing a ctrl-alt-del, are there certain files I should watch out for?
Any other ideas?

Thanks Much.
Brent Hughes (Brenthughes)
Posted on Monday, July 9, 2001 - 10:59 am:   

Using MSCONFIG (start/run/msconfig) start with the most recently added program and uncheck it's box. Reboot and see if the hang still occurs. Repeat with all programs under listing until the hang up stops. Time ocnsuming, yes. Worth it?, Yes. This utility gives the best trouble shooting for TSR's and can usually get you out of a fix.
Posted on Monday, July 9, 2001 - 2:54 pm:   

Good idea to leave systray checked, anything that pertains to your registry.
Uncheck the rest. If still hanging you have another problem somewhere else.
If not hanging, start to recheck, but only do 1 at a time. Programs starting at startup are only a
convenience anyway. What is your performance %.
(R click My Computer, Properties, Performance.)
Brent Hughes (Brenthughes)
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001 - 12:17 pm:   

Another fix is to aquire a memory manager which can be had at

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