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How I worked around my freezing problem on Windows 8

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 RP

    How I worked around my freezing problem on Windows 8


    I've been running Windows 8 RP on a my laptop (clean install) since the day after it was released and it has been randomly locking up most of the time. I have rebuild once but the problem continues.

    It seemed to be that the HDD would stop responding when this happened so I wouldn't get any logs to troubleshoot either. However I found this thread which indicates that CPU power saving (C-states) maybe causing the problem.
    Browsers causing Win 8 RP to freeze
    Unfortunately I have an HP laptop (Elitebook 8460p) and don't have access to disable the C-states in the BIOS.

    So here is my workaround - not nice but it seems to work.
    Until a proper fix is available I am running Prime95 all the time, which artificially generates CPU load. Preventing any of the power saving functions from being enabled in the CPU. Free Software - GIMPS
    My machine was freezing almost hourly prior to this and has been running for days now without a problem, apart from the extra heat

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  2. #2


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 RP


    hmm... Install nvidia driver win 7 x64 ver. 301.42 then restart your comp and delete nvidia control panel only, download driver through windows update, be happy, works like charm for me
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 RP


    I love the fix. And I just have my BIOS set to stock settings atm, because I wanted to keep things simple while messing with 8. Funnily enough, if I'd've just kept my crazy OC settings, I wouldn't be crashing.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 RP


    Quote Originally Posted by Simply View Post
    hmm... Install nvidia driver win 7 x64 ver. 301.42 then restart your comp and delete nvidia control panel only, download driver through windows update, be happy, works like charm for me
    Nice but a different problem. I have ATI graphics - ATI HD7400M.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 31
    Windows 8 RP/ Win2k8 / Win8 RC


    Solved my problem... Many thanks =]
    (Disabled C-States)
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  6. #6


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 RP


    well, happy to hear you solved your problem, had an idea it was something with c-states before, but it worked with NVidia method I mentioned earlier
    Last edited by Simply; 12 Jun 2012 at 17:33.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 RP


    If you have no disable C-States option in the BIOS (most laptops don't) you can workaround by creating a new Custom Power Plan and set - as an advanced option - in the Processor Power Management Tab the minimum processor rate at 50-70% ( i set myself at 50%) and the maximum processor rate at the very same value! (50%-50% or 70%-70%).

    No crashes since then! Yes it takes from the processing power, but at least the system is stable.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 RP


    Changing the min/max processor rate did not solve my problem. But enabling HyperV did and now there is an official workaround which I am trying now.
    Workaround for Windows 8 freezing issues Within Windows
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