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My system keeps hanging. The image shown below shows Chrome process 5660 as active while my disk utilization is peaked. During this time my computer seems to freeze. I can't open a new tab, can't use Ctrl + Alt + Delete, I can't even Alt + Tab. Then after 55 seconds or so, it seems whatever process that was causing my computer to hang times out and everything begins to work normally.

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It's easily reproducible, basically I'm checking out this map, and as I zoom in and out, the system goes into a hanging state. It's mentioned here that I can use arguments to disable GPU involvement (I'm not sure if it's GPU related though. Process explorer reported minimal GPU usage during these freezes). But I would rather dig a little deeper to see if I can find a direct cause. Perhaps a specific process, service or driver that is causing this, so it can be forwarded to the appropriate company.

What else can I do to better identify this situation?

  • Also, I understand it may not be chrome that is causing my system to hang, but the service/process that is causing chrome and my system to hang. And it's not my hard drive, because this has happened on 3 of my hard drives. – CodeSeven Dec 15 '13 at 3:15
  • did you turn off extensions in chrome? – Logman Dec 15 '13 at 3:38
  • Yes. Still happens :\ – CodeSeven Dec 15 '13 at 4:05
  • chrome://flags Check for known conflicts with 3rd party modules Play with gpu/software rendering WebGl D3d other graphics settings – Mrsonord Dec 15 '13 at 4:22
  • Ok. But my original question is about how to find what process, service or driver is involved with the disk utilization spike, not how to keep it from happening. – CodeSeven Dec 15 '13 at 5:08

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