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CPU-Z and HWMonitor will freeze Win8 on my machine...

  1. #1


    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA

    CPU-Z and HWMonitor will freeze Win8 on my machine...


    Now THIS is strange. I cannot run either CPU-Z or HWMonitor (latest versions as of today) with my computer any more. CPU-Z will either stop the computer running during scanning my computer or will display the CPU running 317MHz THEN stop running! I turned off my o/c and no difference, seems to be Win8 CP. I have tried compatibility and running as Admin, no help. Reset is the only way out, mouse moves but no longer can click on anything.
    Anyone else?

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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    I dunno, you could check C:\Windows\System32\Drivers for any and all drivers that start with "cpuz"

    If there is more than one, you can use Dameware NT Utilities to delete the CPU-Z services which load the driver(s), then reinstall CPU-Z after a reboot.

    Check the CPU-Z driver modified date in its properties, if there is only one. Make sure it is 2012 or late 2011 version.
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  3. #3


    Hampshire, UK
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Release Preview


    I have the exact same problem - CPU-z and HWMonitor freeze the machine: Just built a new machine; ASUS M/b P8P67-M, 8GB Corsair RAM, using Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
    No other problems; Core temp and RealTemp work fine.
    Did you find a fix? - I'm just about to try a different O/S on the machine.
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    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    THANK YOU Pete! I was not sure if it had something to do with just me!
    No, I never did come up with a solution. The interesting thing is that we both have ASUS P8P67 (EVO in my case -heh, case get it?). One other program that will lock up the machine is AIDA64 (the old Everest program). All are reading the hardware and I am pretty sure that there are other issues with the SATA ports that causes intermittent lock ups when having heavy disk usage.
    I also have my Sandy Bridge o/c to 4.4GHz and the memory to 1600 (its stated speed). I brought everything back to stock but that did NOT fix CPU-Z ( so don't bother).
    I am fairly confident that this is purely a Win8 CP/ CPU-Z issue possibly mixed with an ASUS mobo. I never had any issues with CPU-Z with Win8 DP so problems are fairly recent.
    I EXPECT this to be ironed out with the CPU-Z folks sooner rather than later and in the meantime, I can live with these programs not working. The only reason I run CPU-Z is for showing folks my o/c (I already know my CPU thanks). I use Prime-95 as a stability tester and Core temp to monitor CPU temps. I have a stable 4.5 GHz but temps are a little high so I run at 4.4GHz.
    I will see if I can contact the CPU-Z folks....
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    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    K, just engaged the CpuID folks with a message and sent this forum page link...
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    Hampshire, UK
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Release Preview


    I'd agree; Seems to be the combination of Windows 8 CP and the ASUS P8P67 mobo. I am now running Vista 32-bit on the same machine, no problems.

    FYI, I also have a problem with 3DMark Vantage; again the system freezes just after clicking to start the benchmark, during the System Scanning. However, this seems to be known to Futuremark 3DMARK Vantage Win8 support

    FYI, I have 2 other PCs running Windows 8 CP, both run CPU-Z, HWMonitor and 3DMark Vantage OK.
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    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    So it is an ASUS problem, good to know... I will contact ASUS... Meantime, I will fool with the BIOS as there are some hardware settings to look at.
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    Windows 8 CP


    I'm having the same problem with a Biostar TH61 ITX MB.
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    I have the same problem as well. I'm using a Biostar TH67b. I ran it in windows 7 compatibility mode and it ran for about 2 minutes before freezing. It might just be luck that it happened to do so on the compatibility test. So I'm not sure if that's helpful or not.
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  10. #10


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi everyone
    This seems a problem with (Some) AMD CPU's

    Freezes on an ASUS computer (AMD CPU) Works fine on Sony Vaio laptop INTEL I5 CPU.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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