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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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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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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SSH freezing with ControlPersist on

I recently enabled ControlMaster and ControlPersist in SSH so that it reuses and multiplexes connections for speed. The config is: ControlMaster auto ControlPath /tmp/ssh_mux_%h_%p_%r ControlPersist ...
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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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Windows XP x64 hangs at welcome screen

The problem is that when I boot on Windows XP (x64), which worked very great for a great amount of time, the mouse pointer and the welcome screen appears but then after waiting hour or so nothing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to open tty or execute some script when the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+F[1-6] doesn't work and X11 is partially frozen but system is still working?

I'm using Ubuntu 10.10 with Gnome on Acer Aspire One netbook. The X11 or just some parts of Gnome like panels and partially windows (details described below) are frozen which doesn't allow to do ...
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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 ...
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Windows 7 Screen and Audio Freezing Requiring Hard Reboot. Possible Graphics Card Issue

Several months ago I was playing Minecraft and listening to the radio on my Windows 7 desktop when the screen totally froze and the audio began slurring, eventually descending into static then ...
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How do I stop my system from shutting down or freezing randomly?

I've got something of a problem here. Lately (the past month) my computer's been randomly locking up even with the simplest of tasks, or shutting down with no warning at all (In fact, it locked up ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 freezes on laptop when running memory/cpu intensive process

I have a Dell Precision M4500 laptop with 4GB RAM memory and Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit installed with 8GB of swap memory. After launching usual Java development environment (Eclipse, MySQL Server, SQuirreL, ...
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Random Hard freezes with newly-assembled PC

Here's my build I just assembled a new computer and by now it's probably a month or two old. It's mostly pretty great. However, at least once a week, maybe once every two weeks, it'll hard freeze. ...
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Freezing, disk i/o problems iMac

I have a desktop iMac with Snow Leopard installed on it. Every few minutes, I get freezing and "kernel disk0s2: I/O Error" in my console. I did some research, and found that my hard drive (a WD I ...
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Windows 8: File transfer freezing from USB HDD to internal HDD

I bought a new Toshiba P850 laptop with Windows 8 OS and a 1 TB Toshiba USB HDD. I copied all my files from my old laptop to USB HDD successfully. Then I started to move from USB HDD to my new laptop. ...
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random freezing / shutdown

Apologies for the length of this question... I built a new system some months ago, retaining only the GPU and power supply from the old system and have been having intermittent issues with it. My ...
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Debian testing hangs for 180s on boot

For a while now, my NAS running Debian testing with arch x86_64 constantly hangs for exactly 180s during boot after it has detected all hard drives. I unfortunately ran out of ideas what the cause ...
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Hang when choosing File->Print; UI thread blocked in ntdll.dll!ZwAlpcSendWaitReceivePort+0xa

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Key problem: Choosing File->Print never reaches the print dialog. Relevant symptom: Devices and Printers takes much longer than it should (2 minutes) to come up. ...
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Asus A52F Laptop Hanigng on BIOS

The laptop first showed a problem about 'no bootable media', so I tried going into system restore. It was very slow and once I tried system restore it hung on a blank screen with the windows 7 login ...
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Why does my home server freeze?

My brother just bought a new laptop and forgot about his old desktop. The desktop has a P17G Motherboard from PC Chips, 2GB RAM, a SATA hard drive, a PATA DVD-ROM, Pentium 4 with HT (Don't remember ...
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Firefox flips to the window behind it when it stops responding

I have Firefox 18.0.2 on Windows 7, but I think that this was happening in the previous version as well. If I have the browser open, normally I have one Firefox window with 15 tabs ("primary") or ...
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Frequent Mac lockups due to fsck_hfs

My Macbook Pro (10.6.8) locks up every day at noon for several minutes (and often after sleep). I put 'Activity Monitor' up front right before noon sorted by %CPU, and saw that it ran 'fsck_hfs'. ...
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Windows 8 Pro freezing

I have a Dell Inspiron 5110N which was shipped with Windows 7 HB. Per the new offer from MSFT, i had upgraded to Windows 8 Pro performing a clean install by formatting the C partition and then ...
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Laptop freezes in High Performance mode and plugged in to charger

I own an ASUS N46V and it keeps freezing when plugged in and set to Power4Gear Entertainment mode. Power4Gear mode causes no problems if the laptop is running on battery power. And I see that it also ...
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Windows 8 desktop pc won't wake up / freezes

There are a few questions about win 8 laptops having sleep problems. Mine is a desktop (so power options with batteries and such don't apply) and also my issue might be different. My system is only ...
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Occasional CPU/RAM “failures” — sign of a looming meltdown?

Consider the following screenshot from Resource Monitor running on my Win 7 laptop: There's a dip in CPU and RAM performance ( I don't know if "failure" is the right word for it)...but it dips all ...
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What could be causing my new PC (Zotac ID80) to crash/freeze frequently?

I just bought a new PC (a Zotac ID-80) and it has been performing quite poorly. I tried installing Ubuntu and Fedora, but it crashed constantly (even during setup). For a while I thought my Apple ...
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Windows Vista machine locks up after login

I've got an HP desktop machine circa 2009, running Windows Vista 64-bit and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. The machine has been in this configuration (dual boot) for some time (3 years) but recently developed a ...
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Winamp freeze at exit

Im on an XP SP3 machine and the newest Winamp v5.63 has a small problem. It hangs on exit. I wouldnt really mind that much cause i simple task kill is all it takes but what annoys me the most is that ...
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linux mint freeze

Linux Mint freezes after a couple of seconds the desktop loads, in a way that I have to shut the power in order to reboot; the mouse doesn't move, Ctrl+Alt+F1 doesn't do anything and I think even the ...