Happy Friday! The crazy holiday shopping season is once again upon us. Just the thought of making my shopping list is mind numbing. But luckily for me and you, my co-workers have done another fine job of rounding up some great gift ideas in this year's CNET holiday gift guide--making it one less headache to endure. So if you are in need of some top-rated gift ideas, check out these gadgets here. Good luck out there, folks! Now let's get started on giving Jose some ideas on why his laptop with XP just randomly freezes.
As many of you probably are aware, Jose's issue with his laptop freezing at random times is difficult to troubleshoot. With so many possible factors that can cause system freezes, member submissions brought on a full spectrum of solutions/ideas, ranging from virus/spyware as being culprits, drivers that need updating, RAM failure, to the CPU overheating. All in all, many folks broke down the differences between hardware or software failures that will definitely help Jose narrow down his issue. Many folks even shared their personal experiences with this same issue and explained what solution worked for them. With so many possible solutions provided by our helpful members, my suggestion to you, Jose, is to please read through them all. I know it's a lot, so to get you started I picked out a few selected answers in the Q&A section. My advice for you before you do anything is to first back up your important data! Then start with the troubleshooting basics (things that you know you can perform yourself) and work your way up to the more complicated solutions. And for the more complicated tasks that are beyond your abilities, look to a seasoned veteran in this field and have that person take a look. Good luck, and if you get a chance, please come by the discussion thread and tell us what worked for you and how you determined what the issue is. Thanks to everyone for your contributions. Have a spectacular weekend!
Windows XP system just randomly freezes, what's causing this?
I have a question. Why does my laptop suddenly stop? I have a
Dell Inspiron 1501 running Windows XP with 2GB RAM memory and
80GB hard disk and 40 percent free space. Without notice,
while running programs or simply surfing the Internet, it
sometimes just stops, it doesn't turn off, it just freezes
and becomes motionless, and there is no way I can do anything
until I manually turn it off. I have McAfee virus scan
installed and PC Tools, and they both tell me the computer is
free of viruses. What can I do? Is my hard drive too small?
Should I buy an external hard drive? What could it be?
Please help me with down-to-Earth English. Thank you in
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Featured member solutions for last week's question:
Clueless about MP3 players, need help! Hello there. I hope your community of members can help this novice out. For the holidays, I'm planning to surprise both my grandkids (ages 11 and 14) with an MP3 player each, but the sad thing is I don't know a thing about them. I went to the local store and I was quite shocked to find how many of these players there are. For instance, I thought the iPod was just one type of player, but to my surprise there are a few different models just from the iPod name, which makes it even more confusing. I know it would be difficult for you to determine what is best for my grandkids, but I would like to get them something that they will enjoy for years to come. I don't want to buy them a cheap one, nor do I want to overspend (budget is $100 to $200), but I do want them to be happy with what I get them and be the coolest grandma who is hip with what's in. It's a big surprise for them and bigger challenge for me because right now I'm clueless. If you can help me out and explain with simple terms the overall differences between the varieties of MP3 players there are, what makes a good and bad MP3 player, what features are favorable or unfavorable, I would be forever grateful.
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