chuckula wrote:Typically when stuff like that happens it's due to problems with I/O that are causing the temporary "hang".
Likely Hardware causes:
1. You have a hard drive/SSD that is in the process of dying and it is randomly freezing on read/write operations.
2. This is much rarer but under the right circumstances you can get freezes when network I/O is blocking other operations. Are you using a network file share?
3. If a cooler got knocked loose and your CPU/GPU is overheating occasionally and dropping into a very-low clockspeed mode. This should be easy to test by ramping up CPU/GPU and checking temperatures.
There are a few software things that might cause an issue, most of these are based on software that rails your disks so the end results are similar to when the disk itself is going bad (the disk is so backed up with I/O requests that your normal operations get queued and you are stuck waiting).
Chrispy_ wrote:I'd look at the system eventlog.
If the freezes are IO timeouts (that's what it sounds like to me) there should be events for that listed to confirm your problem.
Aranarth wrote:I've also seen this on my own desktop machine and wiping and reinstalling windows with the latest drivers fixed it. I later found out there was an issue with the driver for onboard sound causing a memory leak and the pause was the machine swapping to virtual memory. Since I had 8gig of ram and 12gig swap file I never got the out of memory error that other people were complaining about, just a pause of a minute or so with the HD's pegged.
just brew it! wrote:If the freezes were due to I/O timeouts I would expect the hard drive activity light to be lit. But yeah, this does sound a lot like an I/O problem.
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