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Laptop with hiccups?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mattgrey, Jan 21, 2007.

  1. mattgrey

    mattgrey Nibble Poster

    Acer travelamate 242LC XP home SP2 all driver up to date.

    After using my laptop for a while (about an hr) it develops what I can best describe as hiccups?! Every 3 or 4 seconds the entire system (software only) freezer for a split second then contiunes. No matter what I am doing, video playback pauses, music pauses, loading web pages pause, the mouse icon stops etc.. all together for just a split second then off it goes again. It's almost as if the system clock skips a few beats then starts again. Hardware appears unaffected, fans continue, hardrive I think still spins, the monitor stays on, all leds continue to glow. I am leaning toward overheating as the cause, the RAM is new and tested ok, any other thoughts?

    It's out of warranty.
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  2. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

    anything of note in the event logs? what about virtual memory setting, is there plenty of disk space left?
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  3. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

    Have you checked performance tab in the task manager, that should tell ya whats under load
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  4. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    Boot the laptop in safe mode and see if you get the same problem after the laptop has been on for an hour or so.

    Might be worth cleaning the vents in the laptop, blast some compressed air through it if you can. :biggrin
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  5. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    Is this whilst running on batteries? :Laptops can do bizarre things whilst running low on batteries.

    have you done a general house clean? Spyware and virus check?
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  6. supag33k

    supag33k Kilobyte Poster

    This is common on Acers.

    Overheating or batteries need replacing.

    Be very careful about blowing compressed air through it though...I have seen where this will fritz the internals, especially if the compressed air is cold and there is residual heat in the laptop.
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  7. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Yeah, definitely look to see if anything's consuming resources on Task Manager when the hiccup happens. Hope it's that and not something hardware related.
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