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Occasional random stuttering in Win8

  1. #1


    Netherlands
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64 bit

    Occasional random stuttering in Win8


    Hello everyone, Ice here. I'm new to the forums, but I've had an issue with Win8 for a while now. Hopefully someone can help me out, because it's slowly driving me nuts.

    Occasionally, my computer just stutters (freezes for about half a second) several times in a row, ranging from about 6 to 10 times in a row. Literally everything will stop and freeze during that moment; the screen, sound, mouse, my friends even report that my mic input stutters. This happens about once every hour, usually a bit less than that.

    It doesn't matter what I'm doing with the computer when this happens; Playing games, watching a video on YT or just on the desktop, doing nothing.

    I've had this issue before, when I just installed Win8, but somehow that had fixed itself for a while. Now, a few weeks back, the issue has come up again and I haven't been able to find out why it happens.

    I've done a few recent changes a few weeks back too. I replaced my NVidia GeForce 470 with the NVidia Geforce 660 Ti. I had also connected my sis' laptop's HDD around there as well, when her laptop broke down.

    I've tried to do a number of things and looked up on forums for a solution. I've done a SFC scan and I've updated my NVidia drivers multiple times.

    My specs:

    OS: Win8 Enterprise 64 bit
    VCard: NVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti
    RAM: 2x 4GB DDR3
    CPU: Intel i5 760 @ 2.80GHz
    HDD: Samsung HD 103SJ ATA
    Motherboard: P55-GD65 (MS-7583) by Micro-Star International

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. If you need specific information I might have forgotten, I'll try to post those as soon as possible.

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  2. #2


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    Was her laptop problem virus related?

    Could you have that virus now?

    What antivirus program do you use and have you scanned your system since?

    When your computer frreezes is the harddrive accessing like mad? Can you hear it or have an led flashing?
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  3. #3


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    It sounds like what happens to me when a script is being sent to IE10 and it's too much, it locks up the system for a bit until the system can respond and pull up the "Disable Script?" popup.
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  4. #4


    Netherlands
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64 bit


    @Brooklyn, the cause was actually a silly accident; She spilled tea all over the keyboard, and killed her laptop (Macbook). A virus is unlikely, especially since this freezing issue was happening right after I first installed Windows 8 as well. My own harddrive seems to be fine, no weird sounds either.

    @XweAponX The CPU doesn't appear to spike up much or at all whenever it happens. I couldn't find a spike in the graph of the task manager whenever this issue popped up.
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  5. #5


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You got Windows 8 on a Macbook? I installed 7 on a Macbook Pro, I updated from XP, I had to use Vista as a 2nd Step. I wonder if I would have to do that to get Windows 8 in there?
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  6. #6


    Netherlands
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    You got Windows 8 on a Macbook? I installed 7 on a Macbook Pro, I updated from XP, I had to use Vista as a 2nd Step. I wonder if I would have to do that to get Windows 8 in there?
    I don't have a macbook myself, and know very little about it. I can't help you, sorry. I'm using a (gaming) desktop.
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  7. #7


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    You seem to know what youre doing, download this small program called speccy by piriform.

    It shows every detail about your system including gpu cpu hdd MB temps, very clean interface easy to read.
    also shows driver versions and dates

    Im sure you will be able to spot the problem if its in there..

    Other than the glitches, is the computer running fast? is it running at full speed? The task manager under performance will show you realtime processor usage. If its at or near 100% most of the time then you should find your problem from there..

    Speccy will also show you realtime bus and processor speeds and graphs..

    Sorry i cant be of more help but it seems like one of those things you have to catch in the act..
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  8. #8


    Netherlands
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64 bit


    Thanks, I'll give Speccy a shot then. Been using CPU-Z before, but Speccy is definitely a lot more advanced. I'll try to see if I can find any abnormal spikes whenever it happens again.

    CPU usage seems to be normal, about 10 to 15% with Chrome in the background. I couldn't spot any CPU spikes while the freezing was happening either in the task manager.

    EDIT:
    I wanted to add some more information I think I missed. The main reason I upgraded from Win7 to Win8 was because I kept getting BSODs. Win8 just got in, figured I'd install that, perhaps the issue would be software related. BSOD still happened, and I found out through the error message popping up, that my RAM was broken, so I replaced the 2x 2GB for the 2x 4GB I have now. I had this same freezing issue in Win8 back then for a while, which somehow disappeared for a few months.

    I couldn't spot anything weird about the RAM in Speccy though.
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  9. #9


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


    Hi there
    99.9999% of Computer poor performance is usually POOR DISKS--especially if they are slow 5400 RPM IDE disks with little or no internal cache.

    Bad Disk I/O will kill any system even one with an i7 processor in it and 32 GB RAM. Try and check what the HDD's are doing -- and if you have the money put OS and applications on a separate SSD --infinitely faster in every way to old spinners for the OS.

    This technique is often used by Hackers in Dos (Denial of service attacks) -- they often can't physically get into the system or infect it but by overloading the I/O like crazy the whole system will come crashing to its knees.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  10. #10


    Netherlands
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64 bit


    Thanks Jimbo for your suggestion. I haven't noticed any bad preformance while installing or loading data, which makes me question if the harddrive has an issue.
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