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    Computer locks up

    I just loaded Windows XP on my computer and have a strange problem. Every few min. it just locks up and I have to do Cntl-Alt-Del, press the X twice and then my computer works again. It does it about every 3-5 mins all the time. I have Norton Internet security running and I do scan's all the time.

    Any idea?

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    Re: Computer locks up

    When you say "locks up" tell us what's on the screen. Is it possible you have accidently gotten a screensaver activated and that's what's kicking in? Right-click an empty place on the screen and check Properties, Screensaver to take a look. What " X " are you talking about after doing a CAD? Normally when you press CAD, the Task Manager opens. Are you talking about the X in the upper right corner? I guess this one goes back to my first question of what's on the screen when it locks up.

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    Re: Computer locks up

    Just now I opened up the Internet Explorer and, Favorites, selected Woodsy Lounge, and opened up your reply. I stoped for a little while to read it. I then click to close another window close and nothing would react. I tried to select START no response, I tried to select my msn messenger, no reaction. I went to right-click at an empty pace ont he screen and nothing.

    I then did a Ctrl-Alt-Del and the Task Manager poped open. Then at the right top of the Task Manager is the X to exit the program, I check the X once and the Task Manager turned a dull color and I press on the X of the Task Manager again and it disappeared and I could not do a response to this message.

    I just tried to right-click on the screen and the properties, display properties, screen saver tab. It shows the Screensaver - Windows XP selected, Wait period is 10 min and a check on the REsume dispaly Welcom screen.

    The will happen again after I post this message and try to do something else, like open ms word or ms messenger.

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    Re: Computer locks up

    From your description, it sounds like more than a screensaver problem, but just to cover all bases, how about turning screensaver OFF, even if just for the time being (select None). If we do come back later and turn it on, you might want to next try NOT checking the "on resume" box (BTW, mine says "On resume, password protect" not Welcome Screen). The fact that everything seems to be locked AND the "color" behaviour of the Task Manager screen puzzles me. (Can you say "I'm stumped" <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> ) When you can get to the Task Manager screen, would you switch to the Processes window and try to make a screenshot for us of what's listed there. If the list is pretty long you may have to monkey around with putting two shots together, if you can. But first, let's see if we're lucky and turning off the screensaver has any favorable impact.

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    Re: Computer locks up

    You probably have malware programs running that consume all your resources. How often you run any-spyware program (SpyBot, Lavasoft Ad-Aware or similar)?

    To figure out wha is wrong, afre opening Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del), click Processes tab and then CPU column header twice. You will see the process consuming your CPU resources on the top of the list. Everything consuming more than 50% is suspicious (except System Idle Process, that means no processes).

    You can also look at events log for errors (Start | Run, type EVENTVWR and hit Enter, then select System, Application on the left pane, scroll down the right pane to see events marked with red X or yellow exclamation sign).

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