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    Vista Locks Up When Idle...

    Recently I did a massive hardware upgrade on my desktop and as part of this decided to move to Vista Business x64 at the same time. However, I am struggling to get it to work reliably. Every time I leave the computer alone for a few hours I come back and find the machine has locked up.

    The machine locks up in the following way...

    1. The keyboard is unresponsive. Normally the 'numlock' light is still on but if I press 'Caps Lock' the LED does not light up.
    2. The mouse LED/detector is no longer on.
    3. There is still a signal to the screen but the screen saver image is not moving.

    My machine comprises of...
    Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 "Energy Efficient 95W Edition" 2.40GHz (1066FSB)
    Gigabyte GA_P35C_DS3R (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 & DDR3 Motherboard
    OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-8500 1066MHz SLI-Ready DDR2 (OCZ2N1066SR2GK)
    Leadtek GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express)

    I have applied all of the latest drivers from Nvidia, Gigabyte, Microsoft and I have upgraded the BIOS to the latest version.

    I have checked the Event Viewer and there doesn't seem to be anything here relevant to this problem. I'm not sure which way to go to try and diagnose this problem. Does anyone have any ideas what could be causing this, or alternatively any way I can obtain more information to help resolve it.

    thanks

    Paul

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    Re: Vista Locks Up When Idle...

    My guess would be some type of hardware problem unless you've already achieved stability with some other operating system. Have you tried Vista32 or even XP on the new hardware? Are you overclocking the memory or processor?

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    Re: Vista Locks Up When Idle...

    Yesterday I installed Linux (Fedora 8) on the same hardware to check this out. This morning the machine was working fine. Whilst this is not 100% proof, I would normally have expected it to have locked up in this time period.

    Interestingly, my mouse had powered down but as soon as I pressed the keyboard everything woke up and worked fine.

    Everything is running in it's standard configuration - I haven't messed about with overclocking at all.

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    Re: Vista Locks Up When Idle...

    hmm...wierd problem.
    I initially thought your machine was going into sleep mode but after seeing that "the signal is still there but the screensaver isnt moving" , i guess its not.

    Does the machine lock-up ONLY when idle or also when you're using it ?

    Try this,go to Control panel > power options and in the "sleep mode" settings , make sure you yurn all your hardware to "Never turn off" , then keep your computer idle and see if it locky up this time. I know this is a long shot but try it if you can.

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    Re: Vista Locks Up When Idle...

    BTW just saw this :
    Machine Locking up

    Same Issue i guess?

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    Re: Vista Locks Up When Idle...

    Ok i had the same exact problem!! I took it in to get it looked at and they told me my hard drive was bad. They have to completely replace it and re-install my OS. Fortunatley I have a complete warranty so everything is free. But what I have found is if you install this program called Eyeball Chat, which is a webcam chatting service, you can leave it on while you walk away from your computer and it tricks your computer into thinking you are still there and it doesn't lock up when you return. I can't remember where I downloaded it from, I actually read a post somewhere, I don't remember where, but it was about the same problem and that was the proposed solution so I tried it and it has worked for now while I'm waiting for the hard drive to be shipped. Let me know!!

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    Re: Vista Locks Up When Idle...

    I still think that you might have put the machine in "sleep" mode. Try "stand by" to see what happen. It happened to me because some how "stand by" option disappeared from the "turn of computer" selection so I click "sleep" and it appears to be locked up. But click on the "stand by" symbol and it stands by.

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    Re: Vista Locks Up When Idle...

    What schedule task have you got.
    May be a virus checker kicking in when the machine is not in use for a set amount of time and crashing.
    Have you got anything runnning on a schedule that may cause the computer to lockup.

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    Re: Vista Locks Up When Idle...

    If you are saying it runs fine under Linux then maybe it's a driver issue... but which one is it is the next part.


    Have you tried booting into safe mode and then leaving it for a while? Does it lock up then?

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    Re: Vista Locks Up When Idle...

    I'm actually having the same problem with my Windows Vista Home Premium 32 Ultra Awesome Mega Machine. Alright, I added that last part to make it sound cooler, but oh well. I'm thinking it's poor programming on both Microsoft and the hardware producer's side.

    I think the most important thing to is find everyone with the same problem and have them post their specs up to see if we can identify similarities in hardware.

    Windows Vista Home Premium 32
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2.61 GHz
    3 Gigs of fual channel 800MHz RAM
    MSI K9N SLI V2 Mobo
    e-GeForce 8600 GT video card
    500 Watt power supply unit

    Ace x163w monitor
    Kensington USB mouse
    Microsoft Reclusa USB keyboard

    Software ran while idle:
    uTorrent
    Pidgin

    I've tried running it with no software running, and it still locks up, so the software being run isn't the problem.

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