Since the day I bought my computer it randomly freezes for a few seconds. In those few seconds there is very low response, the input, screen and sound all get jittery. It gets fine after those 15-20 seconds, and then may or may not freeze again after a minute.
Some applications are able to always make it freeze every single time they run:
1 Flash Videos (flv files)
2 Age of Empires 2
3 Long hours of play of Warcraft 3
4 Copying of data files between drives (even sata to sata - same drive)
While for other applications it rarely freezes. Sometimes there are chain of freezes. I have tried both Vista 32 Bit SP1 and Vista 64 Bit SP1, the issue persists which means this is not software issue.
I have tried looking everywhere on Internet but could not find the right solution.
The configuration of my pc looks like:
Processor: AMD AM 6400+ dual core
Motherboard: ASUS M2N-MX SE
RAM: 2 x 2 GB 800 FSB DDR2 (Total 4 GB)
HDD: 250 GB SATA 7200 RPM and secondary 400 GB PATA (Both Seagate)
Graphics Card: 8500 GT nVidia 512 MB
Monitor: 22" widescreen viewsonic
Power Supply: 500 w SMPS
Cabinet has 2 extra fans on side
Can you point to the likely cause. I suspect that the motherboard I am using is kind of low level for the processor I am using. There must be some compatibility problem in this hardware list that is causing this. Maybe graphic card too.
I had tried ProcMon, FileMon etc found out that during those freezes CPU is clocking at 100% and svchost.exe has some file handles opened. Following that I went ahead and disables all the services I could so that it's not some service creating the issue. But as soon as the "Age of Empires" or Flash Video runs it starts freezing again.
What should I do?
If you need some more information for troubleshooting this, let me know.
Thanks and Regards