Could be any number of things. We need more info. System specs, particularly RAM and processor speed. Has it always acted this way? Have you run any virus or spyware scans? Have you installed anything recently?
That it happens in normal mode and not safe mode indicates that it is more likely to be a software conflict than hardware, but it still could be hardware or power related since not all hardware gets loaded in safe mode.
Does it unfreeze after it freezes or must you reboot it with the restart button?
The latest bit of hardware installed was the 512 mb ram chip, way back in June. And the problem has only been going on for a week or two.
Ocassionally it unfreezes, or it lags behind for a few moments. I was playing Planescape: Torment a little while ago, at first the mouse cursor was just leaving behind bits over the screen, then the image started taking forever to load. Then it went black, and then my monitor threw up the 'no video feed' message.
Once I got some sort of error window regarding the video adapter or something of the like, which was after a screen flicker and a black screen before it snapped back to normal.
I uninstalled the Radeon 8500 driver and that seemed to correct the problem for 24 hours, but this morning it was back again.
The last couple of things I installed where Starcraft: Brood Wars, Planescape: Torment, and NPDOR Select (something for a survey company.)
Ooh. It's a good idea to reformat every year or so. That's why you save all your install progs and backup everything. Download the video drivers on another computer, put them on a CD or USB drive (whichever your version of Safe Mode will support) and install in safe mode.
I know how you feel. I was devastated when I had to reformat my first computer. But it is inevitable, sooner or later, you'll have to. From now on, make incremental backups. For now, update your drivers, and run Spybot S&D, uninstall anything you've installed in the last two weeks.
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