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Windows 7 was great when I first installed it, but now I cant use it at all, due to the huge flickering problem, firefox keeps going into "not responding" for a couple of seconds every time I click on some thing, and the same to many of the apps I use like Illustrator, its now so bad, I can no longer work on windows 7, so will I be upgrading to windows 8 when it finally comes to the masses, I don't think so, at present I have gone back to windows XP, this for me is the most stable windows ever, fast and never let me down.

The biggest/best example of this nuisance is in Solitaire. It will flash between Not Responding and being normal. Lind of making an epileptic display but it isn't constant. Happens in Firefox and WoW too. Tabs between programs also, and sometimes closes WoW.

I've unplugged the keyboard and mouse and the problem still persists.

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Version 6.1.7100 Build 7100
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer NVIDIA
System Model AWRDACPI
System Type X86-based PC
Processor AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3000+, 1808 Mhz, 1 Core(s), 1 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 3/10/2005
SMBIOS Version 2.2
Windows Directory C:Windows
System Directory C:Windowssystem32
Boot Device DeviceHarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7100.0"
Time Zone Pacific Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 2.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 1.00 GB
Available Physical Memory 261 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 830 MB
Page File Space 1.00 GB
Page File C:pagefile.sys

I'm sure there is a thread somewhere regarding my issue, but the issue is too general for me to fine-tune my search and find it. So, for that, my apologies.

My issue is this: 2 year old build been working just fine. Suddenly now I'm getting many programs "Not Responding", screen goes pale. MS Word, Firefox, Excel, etc. Seems to be across the board. Usually if I wait long enough the program will resume. Never had this error before. On some boots, I'm getting messages that my C: drive must be checked for inconsistencies. It has found some errors that it says are now fixed, but the problems continue. On one chkdsk/f, it took over 3 hours to perform and there were a multitude of errors. Again, supposedly now fixed. Boot times seem long. Random incomplete boots and then no display, where it takes 2 "reset" button pushes to boot normally. My question is whether this is a Windows-based problem, or is it my HDD going bad? Not sure. Maybe neither. Maybe both. Any light that can be shed would be appreciated. In the interim, I ordered a Samsung 830 series SSD to replace the WD 1 TB Caviar Black. I still have 853 GB free. Also, any info on how to do a seamless trxfer/transition to the new drive is also appreciated. This forum rocks!

Win7 Professional
HDD: WD 1TB Caviar Black
Intel i7-920 CPU
RAM: 6 GB Corsair TR3X6G1600C9 XMS3
PSU: Corsair TX 850W
Cooling: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H50
Mobo: Gibabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
GPU: XFX HD585XZAFC Radeon HD 5850

I am running Vista 64 bit (SP2) in a Dell M1530 with 4 GB of RAM. Ever since I got this machine, I have been encountering "Program Not Responding" problems - mostly in Office apps, but sometimes, in other programs. What usually happens is that I see the title bar indicate "program not responding" and, if I click that screen, the text becomes greyed out. In 30 seconds or so, the application starts working again.

This happens almost every time in Acrobat Pro v.9 when I hit the PRINT key. But I see it in Outlook, Word, and Excel sometimes.

A cursory websearch revealed that I'm not alone in reporting this experience, and that most (but not all) of the folks reporting it are apparently using Vista 64 bit. On some websites, a Microsoft guru has explained that it's an IE problem (no, I run Firefox).

Does anyone have an idea how I can correct whatever the heck is causing this problem? It's driving me nuts!

Fellow loungers,

Since upgrading my PC to a Windows 7 system I've been having annoying browsing issues. Things got so bad that I left Firefox for IE 9, the pre-installed version on my PC but the problem is present in both browsers, so I'm wondering if there's something else going on elsewhere.

Here's the problem: when browsing with IE, I get rather regularly freezes and, sometimes, the little pop-up at the bottom of the page informing me that the page is not responding (no kidding).

This weekend, I thought I'd go back to Firefox and see if the problem was tied to an older version of Firefox and all the updates that they've been putting out recently. To my great annoyance, the freezing problems in Firefox were even greater than in IE and I'm now back on IE.

I know I've not been very specific but this rather regular freezing or non-response problem has only appeared after changing and upgrading PC's (I was on an old XP machine for years). Is there something going on elsewhere in Windows 7 that I'm not catching? I'm running the Microsoft firewall and MS Security essentiels. I have almost no add-ons installed (only Lastpass). Why has browsing become so annoying?

i have been using Google chrome for months now and only recently it started having the notorious shockwave flash crashes. but the problem is that the whole application hangs as well as the rest of windows. any application i try to open does not and after a few seconds of doing so i get the error "the service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion". not even task manager comes up. oh and when i try to shut down it halts at a black screen with a movable cursor and i have to restart using the button on the tower. when it restarts all is well until i run the browser and play a video or chat in face-book. this occurs with Firefox as well. please i need ur help. any solutions?

Last night, without any reason, my F4, F5, F6, and Esc keys stopped working. It solved itself, but shortly afterwords it did it again, and even after two reboots I cannot get them to work again. I use hotkeys all the time in Firefox and elsewhere, and these are probably my most-used keys. They're very useful and not being able to use them feels really restricting. I don't know what caused this, but I do know that both times it happened I was browsing YouTube. I don't know if that's coincidental or not, but at this point I just don't care. I just want to know what's wrong with my keys and solve the problem. This is seriously the most frustrating issue I have ever had with a computer.

i am having a problem with "internet explorer not responding"
i am using yahoo home page
any idea why?
and does mozilla firefox work ok on windows7?

Max Cleanse Pro

Purchased Win 7 to install on my laptop and then the motherboard went Kablooey (had been on the decline anyway), so I went out and purchased a new HP G6--535DX Notebook with Win 7 Premium 64 bit already installed.

I got the computer home, booted her up, everything worked just fine. Internet Explorer seemed to be running well. I ran several windows just fine, downloaded Open Office 3.1.1, then closed everything up and played a quick game of the HP Games Scrabble (by Wild Tangent) before bed. This morning I could not get IE8 to run worth a darn. Slow doesn't even describe waiting an hour for a page to load. Then it won't even let me close the windows when they don't load, I have to go to the Task Manager and end the program.

It would let me get a few places with a second tab (facebook, but no news sites like cnn or such), while the first kept trying to do anything, but eventually it just led to continual nothingness. The windows do nothing, the spinny circle says they're still working, they never say Not Responding. And they won't shut down normally.

I was pissed. 12 hours old and already I have issues??

Rebooted a few times to no avail. Finally got it to boot enough that I could download Firefox and continued loading the computer for use, figuring I'd get it fixed.

I installed Firefox, Open Office 3.1.1, Picasa 3.5, NVu, and Outlook 2007 - but all these were installed AFTER the problems started, excepting Open Office.

To be safe, I went and uninstalled everything, starting with OO, then Picasa, then Nvu. I have not unloaded Firefox since it's all the browser I have right now, and having JUST paid my IT guy to setup my VPN on Outlook, I am not uninstalling that puppy.

I did also go in and uninstall all the HP games, since that was the only correlation I could make.

I've run the sfc/scannow with no problems found. I've restarted a few dozen times, turned off and uninstalled the Best Buy included Webroot anti-virus.

Any ideas?? I am super frustrated- this computer's barely 24 hours old now and I really can't get any use out of it without IE as many of the programs I use for work online are not fully Firefox capable.


Recently I have been having a random problem that started about a week ago. I run Warcraft III windowed mode and I have not had a problem with it. It isn't just warcraft anymore so I posted this here. Anyways, when I click inside the window while things like Warcraft III or Mozilla Firefox are running, it freezes for about half a second. It happens about every third click, and sometimes Firefox goes nuts and flashes continuously for 30 seconds or so. When this happens I very briefly see my desktop before it flashes back. This can be very annoying because when I click something and it stops responding briefly, I have to click the thing again. This happens VERY frequently, however does not effect Warcraft while not playing in windowed mode. It is not the 3rd party mouse application I installed (Logitech Setpoint) because when I uninstalled that the problem still occurs. I am not sure what this is because MBAM (Malware-bytes) and an online scan did not dectect any viruses. Is anyone else getting this problem? Or does anyone have a solution to it?

I have Win XP SP2, with all updates. About 3 mos ago I noticed that occasionally the entire system would slow down to a crawl - I mean cold molasses! - I am able to fix this by patiently waiting until everything closes, then reboot. At that point the shut-down screen tells me that IE is not responding -- duh. After the reboot things would go along for a few days then it'd hang again. I read info on the MS site and re-installed IE7 over the old one, as per the suggestions. Just today I thought it had fixed the problem b/c it's been over a week since the reinstall, BUT... So when it slowed down today I checked the task manager, and was surprised to see 3 versions of IE.exe running -- sucking up gobs of memory. I terminated the processes through task manager and all has been running fast again. -- I think this whole problem started after one of the updates, but am not sure. Any suggestions as to permanent repair would be appreciated. -- BTW, I prefer to use FireFox, but my husband likes to use IE, however, both programs never run together, and FF as NEVER hung up...
Thanks for your help.

When I click on a link in an E-mail, Outlook freezes (hourglass appears, nothing happens, Ctrl-Alt-Del indicates "not responding" for that particular mail and all other tasks/folders in Outlook). I haven't knowingly changed anything in Outlook or Firefox (my default browser) recently.

Any suggestions?

(Using Outlook 2003 11.8118.8132, and Firefox


It happens after I turn on computer.
It's a desktop, I am using Firefos 3.6, and os is Win XP.

Computer is new, I mean installed fresh last december ) I have AntiVira free and adaware

So, the problem is>>>
Each time I turn on the computer, and start mozilla firefox, surfing stops dor a while. Not long, ca. 30 seconds, and for that time I may gget NOT RESPONDING message, but it goes back to normal after those 30 secodns and it works ok.

What maight that be.

I get more and more often messages Catalyst error report.
It can happen / not so often / that I must @exercise@ my language bar button; I man, I can't change languages, but it helps if I recreate it ny clicking on Settings and so on.

Do I need fresh reinstalling.
(My friend did it for me free, shoudl I anyways call som SOS PC clinic shop so that they install all again properly?)


Sometimes I find that if a page fails to load completely (I assume because of site problems), and I then exit Firefox, it appears to close (the window disappears). But when I try to reload Firefox, I get a message box with the following message:

Firefox is already running, but is not responding. To open a new window, you must first close the existing Firefox process, or restart your system.
When I open the Windows Task Manager, Firefox is indeed still running. I can then shut it down by hitting 'End Process'.

Not a huge problem, although annoying, and in addition, I never feel very comfortable ending processes, given the dire warning message it generates.

Is this a known problem? Is there a way to stop this? I would not expect the browser to cause such problems as a result of a site problem...



Since installing Firefox 2 I am experiencing a long delay, approximately 2 minutes, for downloads to start. At the end of the download there is another delay of approximately 1 minute.
During these delays Firefox is completely locked up, ie. "Firefox is not responding".

I have disabled all extensions that I think might be involved with downloads.

Can anyone offer any suggestions as to what is going on?


Multiple times a day, my Firefox freezes up for about 30 seconds, the window lightens up, and the title bar says it's not responding.

After 30 seconds or so, an error window pops up. It says:
A script on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding. You can stop the script now, or you can continue to see if the script will complete. Script: chrome//autofill/content/ff-overlay.js8


If I click the Stop Scrip button, everything goes back to normal and I don't notice anything missing.

Any ideas on how to make this annoyance stop for good?

I have four computers using my home network. All are reasonably new and are running Windows 7, 64-bit with loads of memory and hard drive. They have all been protected with F-Secure and/or MSE and they always have the latest software and windows updates.
Several weeks ago, one of the computers began a pattern where certain programs would not close properly. For example, the browser would begin to close and then hang with the window open - shortly the window will shade over and attempts to close gives rise to a "not responding" box asking if I would like to continue or wait. It doesn't matter, as any further attempts, even using task manager results in the box re-appearing. The program or browser will not be usable again. Media Player is similarly affected - the video will run normally but attempts to close meets with a "not responding" and the Player will not run anything more. Everything is cleared on reboot but only then.
I attempted to restore the system to an earlier time but System Restore only had restore points for one day. I naturally suspected malware despite the protection and the fact that the computers never are used to access suspicious sites or downloads so I ran full scans - also used MalwareBytes. Everything came up clean. Then updates began to hang - including windows update - either the update would say it was in process, but nothing ever happened, or a windows error box would appear.
I finally formatted that computer back to factory basics and everything seemed good. However, now the pattern has re-appeared on two of the other computers - most software is unaffected but Firefox, Media Player, I-tunes and Paint will not close and some updates will not download or install. On one computer, Firefox hangs but Explorer works fine. On the other, every browser, including Chrome, has the problem. The fourth computer on the network seems unaffected so far. Now the re-formatted computer occasionally hangs as well - again. I thought it might be something with my network but today a colleague called to say that the two computers on his home network are experiencing the exact same problems. They are also both new with the same system and resources. He described the exact problem, not knowing that I was experiencing it as well.
I have talked to several techies and have found no help at all - not even suggestions, short of reformatting everything - which I don't even want to thing about!

Hello All:

Currently running Firefox version 10.0.4 and suddenly any time I use Firefox and close it I can't reopen it without restarting my system. Dialog box says can not open new window because Firefox is already running but not responding. I restart and all is fine unless I close and then try to reopen.????????

Should I download the Beta 13.0 version or would that just be the same way.???????

Thank You for any help....please

Hello All:

Currently running Firefox version 10.0.4 and suddenly any time I use Firefox and close it I can't  reopen it without restarting my system. Dialog box says can not open new window because Firefox is already running but not responding. I restart and all is fine unless I close and then try to reopen.????????

Should I download the Beta 13.0 version or would that just be the same way.???????

Thank You for any help....please

today my windows vista freezed. i was running an instance of Sql Server Management studio, Firefox, Procmon and Seamonkey i think.
Vista was not responding for about 10 minutes so i pressed the button on my pc to turn my computer off. after i switched it on again and logged into my account (my domain account i'm using all the time). we are NOT using server side profiling - i have my profile only on this computer and not on other pc in the network if i loggon to a different machine!

after the reboot i started firefox - i realized that it has resetted my toolbars and icon size.
seamonkey missed my bookmarks and saved credentials.
visual studio 2008 settings seams to be resetted.
launchy started up in the top left corner like after a fresh installation.
notepad++ says "configurator" Load config.xml failed!

when i open the config.xml in myusernameAppDataRoamingNotepad++ it is still has 6kb in size but the editor shows only NUL instead of xml.

nearly all programs seem to have lost their settings.

what happened? how to repair my profile? how to avoid reconfiguring all my programms again?

thanks for any advise!!!!

( is procmon to blame? NotePad++ - Load config.xml failed | )

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