Is there no worse problem in all of computer-dom than random freezing? You know, when the computer just freezes — hard-drive light goes out, mouse stops moving, keyboard is unresponsive, etc. The screen is just frozen in time.
Talk about frustration. There’s no error message to Google, no log file to review, no rhyme or reason to how or when it happens. It just happens.
How many geeks at help desks around the world shudder at the words, “It just locks up for no reason.” You hope that “locks up” means it’s just slow or the hard drive cycles for a while. But, with a sinking heart, you realize that “locks up” means just that.
There’s no…crack in the bug into which you can dig your fingers to pry out a solution. The bug is as solid and impenetrable as a hunk of aluminum. It’s like trying to attack a Borg cube.
So, what do you do? You start looking for change you just made. Well, you just reloaded an OS from scratch, so that’s no real help. You start reloading drivers. You know it can’t be a hardware incompatibility because it worked fine before with the same hardware. You run Windows Update, you tweak BIOS, etc.
Still locks. What do you do? Do you start replacing parts? But what a money hole that can be. Taking an educated guess, these things happen a lot with bad video cards. But what if you buy one and that’s not it? Do you just keep replacing parts until you find the one that makes it go away?
I have a machine to which this problem happened about 18 months ago. All the debugging I had to offer was no use. It still sits there, with a ghost in the machine that renders it useless for about anything. It’s just waiting to be parted out since the sum of the parts contains a phantom bent on destroying the whole.
Random freezing is the single worst desktop computer problem in the world. Vent over. Thanks.