A general term used when a computer or device becomes unresponsive to any kind of user input. May be caused by hardware *or* software reasons.

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Perf samples too long, lowering kernel.perf_event_max_sample rate to

My machine freezes from time to time and I can get it working back by pressing the space key. I have this problem since two weeks now, but it was just once per day max. Now it's starting to be many ...
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Plugging the usb device makes PC go crazy

When I plug in the usb flash drive, Windows 8.1 won't recognize it. Then when I plug out the mouse (so that I can plug in the flash drive instead), this happens: the usb drive is still not ...
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Debian 7 kernel 3.13.6 - kworker freezes for no reason and takes several processes with it

I have been wracking my brain trying to figure this out. My Linux server will, at random, decide to just hang everything and it is only ONE kworker thread that does it. First the kworker thread ...
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Short hang on each new window and each closed window in Linux / Gnome Shell

Every time I open a new window on screen, the entire display freezes for 3 seconds. Every time a window is closed, the entire display freezes for 3 seconds. The first few windows after reboot are ...
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Clarification On Write-Caching Policy, Its Underlying Options And How It Applies To Hard Drives And Solid-State Drives

In last week after doing more research on subject matter, I have been wondering about what I have been neglecting all those years to understand write-caching policy, always leaving it on default ...
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Win 8.1 Pro hangs on any driver update

My Win 8.1 Pro pc runs fine but I need to install some drivers and each time I try, it hangs. It does not blue screen. It freezes and hangs indefinitely about 20 seconds into the install. I'm using ...
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Thunderbird keeps freezing

Every time I do something in Thunderbird it freezes and says "Not Responding" from anywhere between 10 seconds to a full minute. When I say something I mean: moving a message, opening a message, ...
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Creative X-Fi Titanium Started to Freeze Operating System

Firstly my computer specs are : Mainboard : Asus P8z68-V (Latest Bios) Cpu : İ7 2600k @ 4.7Ghz Ram : 16gb Kingston 2200Mhz ~1.6V Gpu : 2x Asus 7970 @ stock Ssd : Kingston 128 GB HDD : 2tb Western ...
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Driver detected a controller error on disk that doens't exist

Since a week or so, sometimes when I boot Windows 8 my computers immediately locks up. I can still move the mouse cursor without problems and access some GUI elements without any delay whatsoever, but ...
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Google Chrome freezing when I open Bookmark Manager

I have an issue with Google Chrome freezing whenever I open the Bookmark Manager. Only that particular tab freezes, and I can still use the other tabs. No bookmarks appear, and I cannot type in the ...
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(new) Macbookair freezing for minutes, roughly 5 times per day, mouse movable - what could be the source of the issue?

Below the output of the console. I made the start and endpoint of the freeze bold. Do you have any idea what could be the source? 06.09.13 19:30:49,000 kernel[0]: sav: ...
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Windows 7 slowly freezing (app by app)

I think this is different from other "win 7 freeze" questions. :) I consider myself pretty experienced user but this is just too much for me. Let me explain what happens: Some program freezes ...
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Firefox frozen, constantly using ~50% CPU, and at 1.6GB RAM usage

Earlier today I went to save a file in Firefox, using the keyboard to switch to the desired folder, when the explorer save box almost became totally unresponsive (The help button, near the close ...
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Kernel Event ID 41. My system keeps shutting off during games

here's hoping you guys can help me. This is a homebuilt system I put together myself. This is the build (I got a 7870 instead of a 7850, though): http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eZgE This error has ...
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Word 2010 freezes when inserting a document cover - how do I determine the cause of the issue?

When I insert certain document covers in Word 2010 (64-bit) the program freezes. I then have to end the process, relaunch Word and then use the recovery version of the document in order to continue ...
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When tab groups are loaded, Firefox becomes unresponsible for minutes (Unresponsive script)

I have several tab groups (~ 20) in Firefox. I can start the browser without any problems. However, as soon as I … click at the "Group tabs" icon in the toolbar, or right-click on a tab and hover ...
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Excel 2003 Freezes When Worksheet with PivotTable Selected

All of the sudden, my Excel 2003 began an odd behavior today. Whenever I click on a worksheet tab that has a PivotTable on it, I become unable to click on any other tabs or on the menu with the ...
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Linux Mint 13 (64) freeze with USB modem

I have an iBurst modem and a driver I installed from here: http://lelanthran.com/deranged/?p=132 I'm running Mint 13 (64 Bit) - so it's the 3.2 kernel version. After plugging in the USB modem - it ...
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Normal PSU voltages?

So i've been having some freezes here and there. After checking out my temps (normal), my memory (ran memtest x86 for 3 hours with no problems) and a cpu stress test (also, no problems), I decided to ...
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Computer not shutting down

I have Microsoft Windows 7 Professional installed on my laptop (HP Pavilion G4 Notebook PC). Since a couple of weeks my laptop is not shutting down properly. When I click on the shut down button the ...
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Having weird game lockups on a less than a year old computer

Every once in a while when I play a really intense game (namely Guild Wars 2 or The Sims 4) the game will freeze up and I’ll have to completely reboot the computer. It doesn’t happen at all when I’m ...
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My PC freezes randomly

I just bought a Coolermaster case, a Storm Scout 2 Advanced, and I plugged everything by myself according to the motherboard manual. The thing is that in the middle of nothing the PC just freezes but ...
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Accessing(Selecting) file that is currently being written to

I have application which continuously writes to a .txt file (it is a log file). When I try to even select this file from windows explorer (at which point it is being written to presumably by the ...
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How can cpu-intensive processes slow down a system despite having a scheduler?

I've encountered it on both Windows and Linux that if some process is doing some heavy work and the cpu is under a lot of stress, the whole system can sort of freeze, other processes get slow, etc. ...
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Touchpad cursor freezes while installing software (Inspiron 5000)

My touchpads cursor freezes while installing software. It happens whenever I install or update Windows, out of the blue, the cursor freezes, but I can still use the keyboard. I also connected an USB ...
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Games locking up every few hours, can't find an error

I built my parents computer back in mid-September. Its specs are as follows: Radeon R9 200 series- 8GB of DDR3 RAM Intel i5-4440 3.1GHz Haswell processor 650w PSU (If you need the maker I'd be ...
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Windows 8 Freezing in bootcamp

I am running windows 8.1 in bootcamp on an iMAC. It worked fine for a few days, but now it freezes no matter what is running. Visual Studio freezes after 10 - 15 lines of code, IE freezes after one ...
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Computer freezes at starting windows screen

Okay so in May I went to turn my computer on and it went to the starting windows and stayed there for 5 minutes, which I found weird. I quickly shut it off then turned it back on, I waited 10 minutes ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 RDS terminal session constant freeze, disconnects

I have installed Windows 2012 R2, using it to support 15 remote desktop users. I have installed Office 2007 open lic. The problem I am having is I start a session, then if I run any Office program, or ...
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How to fix loading user settings frozen screen?

So to some up the problem I am having CorelDraw will not start up, while starting up it would freeze on loading user settings and not respond. After searching the corel site I tried the following: ...
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Windows 8 freezes when killing “Metro” apps

Often after I use certain Windows 8 (formerly "Metro") apps, usually about a day later, I notice a marked drop in available RAM over what I was expecting. Since I am running Virtual Machines that ...
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Random hard freezes started happening after installing a new graphics card?

Recently I replaced my old nVidia GTX 480 with a new Asus AMD R9 290. Since then, my computer has been randomly locking up (as in, the mouse stops moving and network services stop responding to ...
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“Connect to a network” does not open (and others)?

Update I've decided to video some of the issues: "Connect to a network" cannot be opened, except in safe mode, video. Programs cannot be opened prior to alt-f4 or similar, video. Logging off is ...
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What could cause a system reboot after 1 - 2 hours uptime?

Since about two weeks my system (Ubuntu 14.04) causes reboots itself (it seems to freeze for a fraction of a second). The reboot problem began at that time I updated the BIOS since I had weird ...
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Is CHKDSK stalling?

I have a Lenovo Y510p running on Win8.1. I've tried running a CHKDSK on boot but power issues with the charger meant it died while it was running(11%). I tried SHIFT+F8 to try restarting into safe ...
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How to catch who slows my mouse cursor?

Often I have such an effect, that my mouse cursor slows like it adheres to the surface of the screen. Mouse is optical and surface of the desk if perfect, so it cannot relate with ball dusting. Also, ...
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Chrome occasionally causes whole computer to temporarily freeze

Sometimes when opening a tab with chrome, my computer will freeze momentarily. The audio of the music I'm playing will skip and the mouse stays where it was until it unfreezes. It only lasts under a ...
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Automator in Mavericks freezes when creating or opening a Folder Action

Short version: On an older Mac, Automator hangs when trying to create a Folder Action. I have an older Mac being used as a media server. It is a Core 2 Duo iMac with 3 GB of memory, running ...
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Plugging in USB device causes electrical sound and system freeze

When I try to connect some device to my computer's USB ports, a strange sound comes (electric sound) and my PC suddenly freezes. It doesn't happens all the time, but randomly I think. Motherboard: ...
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3TB Hard drive stops reading/locks up after a few minutes of use

This has been driving me a little batty lately as i dont understand enough to fix the problem. My HTPC (Windows 7Pro 32bit) currently has two USB HDD plugged in under separate ports. The 2TB is a ...
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Vista freezes on black screen before login

My computer was running fine the last time i used it last week, but the next time i used it, it got stuck on a black screen with the cursor in the middle, and i couldn't move the cursor. When i tried ...
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Modify Windows 7 for unsupported motherboard BIOS

I have a board that supports only XP and Server 2003. It has been EOLed, so the manufacturer has not, and will not, update the BIOS for Vista and above. W7 has the Serverworks HT1000 chipset driver ...
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My mp3player freezes when I eject it

When I eject(or safely remove) or unplug my mp3player from the USB, the screen freezes and an "ok to disconnect" message remains on its screen. Then I have to reset my mp3player. However when I ...
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USB drive unresponsive

I have a 2TB harddrive connected via USB 3.0. This drive has been working fine for a while now. Quite often, when opening an arbitrary folder on the drive, it just freezes for about half a minute. I ...
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Intermittent hard freeze/crashes, generally while idle. No event viewer details

Subject says most of it. My HTPC will occasionally be found in this hard-locked/crashed state when nothing of note was being done. The past couple times, it has been while the screensaver was running ...
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Black Screen + Freeze after a couple minutes of gameplay (Windows 8)

Since this morning I'm getting random freezes after a couple of minutes of gameplay. It started with Battlefield 3, which made my screen turn black and I had to push the reset button since ...
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Nvidia system freeze while loading / unloading DirectX

I build a new PC System with: Intel i7-4770 ASUS Z78 Pro Asus Geforce GTX 770 8 GB DDR 1333 RAM Samsung SSD 840 EVO Windows 8.1 64 bit This system runs smoths, cool and silent. But while loading ...
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Partitioning a hard drive with Linux already installed

well I have a problem with my current linux installation where it freezes the entire system when I try to write to my external USB 2.0 hard drive. I think it might be a bug with NTFS but I don't want ...
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Windows unresponsive, CPU utilization uninformative

In many situations my Windows 7 box becomes unresponsive, but the Task Manager shows 0 CPU utilization for all processes. Obviously it is the kernel/Windows itself that is sucking all the cycles and ...
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PC can't recover from “Turn off display after 5 mins”

My power settings is set to turn off display after 5mins. Occasionally my PC can't seem to wake up from this. The monitor is just black with its led indicator blinking. The keyboard and mouse's lights ...