Windows 8 completely locks up for a few seconds sometimes...

Maximilian

Lifer
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Its unlikely that i will find a solution to this or what is causing this just by asking but can anyone tell me how i would go about finding out what causes this?

The computer (almost) completely freezes, its not just a bit of lag or thrashing, the caps lock key wont change the caps lock light (ive always used this to see if a system is totally frozen or not), the mouse dosent move, mp3's will however continue to play in the background and the system unfreezes again after a few seconds. Weird :confused:

I think its windows 8 related as windows 7 never exhibited this behavior but its just a guess.
 

Mem

Lifer
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Clean install,anything overclocked?

Btw OC can vary between different operating systems.
 

C1

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re:MP3 continues to play

That's right because of DMA -the CPU isnt needed to get involved.

To find the conflict it will take some work. A possibility is to go into device manager and start disabling all unneeded devices plus even remove software applications. Run using the minimum absolutely mandatory, then add a device back one at a time till the problem exhibits. The last one turned on is in all probability the cause. You will deal with it depending on what it is (eg, driver update, replace the hardware, live without the device/application, do an IRQ analysis/reallocation, etc.).
 

darkewaffle

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I think I've run into this a little bit, but it's only ever happened when I have Opera open [I think] so I'd been attributing it to that so far. Only happens rarely and I haven't seen it do it once while playing video (which it has done extensively over the last few weeks). Is there any common program you're running while it occurs?
 

SaurusX

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I had this happen to me (well, not the MP3 part). Turned out my system HDD was dying. Then it died. :(
 

Maximilian

Lifer
Feb 8, 2004
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Clean install,anything overclocked?

Btw OC can vary between different operating systems.

Yep clean install, everything is stock. This is a new x79 rig, different from whats in my sig.

I think I've run into this a little bit, but it's only ever happened when I have Opera open [I think] so I'd been attributing it to that so far. Only happens rarely and I haven't seen it do it once while playing video (which it has done extensively over the last few weeks). Is there any common program you're running while it occurs?

I think google chrome but im not 100% sure on that. I dont know if it was running the first time this happened.

re:MP3 continues to play

That's right because of DMA -the CPU isnt needed to get involved.

To find the conflict it will take some work. A possibility is to go into device manager and start disabling all unneeded devices plus even remove software applications. Run using the minimum absolutely mandatory, then add a device back one at a time till the problem exhibits. The last one turned on is in all probability the cause. You will deal with it depending on what it is (eg, driver update, replace the hardware, live without the device/application, do an IRQ analysis/reallocation, etc.).

Yeah i think ive seen music continuing at least for a little while when a system hard locks so i wasn't sure what to make of the MP3 still continuing, since this hard lock only lasts a few seconds.

Also anything in Event Viewer or Reliability History?

Only common theme seems to be that windows never shuts down properly.

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Almost all the critial errors in reliability monitor are "windows was not properly shut down". I shut it down via start8 -> shut down.

There is a "PCI Simple communications controller" that has no drivers, ill install drivers for my mobo and see if it solved it. Barring that ill likely just have to wait until it happens again and then check event viewer immediately after to see if it says anything.
 

Maximilian

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Okay it just did it again there at 14:48 there was nothing in the event viewer at that time.