hello guys, i would just like to ask for help because my computer hangs whenever I browse the net. This happens when i plug in my plug it usb broadband and after a couple of minutes it freezes. however, when it is not connected my pc works fine. here's my specs
windows xp sp2
any help would be highly appreciated.
Little bit more information will help more (computer manufacturer, name, USB type 1.0, 2.0, etc) but from your information I think you have few years old computer. In most situation old computers have USB 1.0 and in that case connectivity is very slow. In combination with your 512Mb RAM this can freeze your computer. Try to use LAN cable instead of USB and see how is working with it?
Where can I find the manufacturer name? Yes, it is a bit old. I'm thinking that I am over using it that's why it freezes. But when I play games it is fine. I am currently using it now with the old windows theme and limited myself to 3 tabs. It is now 7 hours and I still don't experience the freeze problem. What can you suggest to improve my old computer? Thanks!
You can see the full details about your computer by this command.
Then is your computer is inffected with virus?
Try to connect to internet in Windows Safe mode.
Ones you are connect Internet the many applications start to run to see are there some update, etc. The most of this apps work in background (antivirus, flash, browser, etc.). Maybe you need to give a time and wait for half hour after connecting before you start with surfing Internet or play a game. 512Mb is really small amount of RAM for some applications.
I don't think it is a virus or anything. It is such an old computer with crappy specs that it is going to be slow. My Uncle's laptop has about the same specs as your computer and I have crashed it cause I had too many applications open which was like only 3 or 4 things. I would just go and buy a new computer. That is your best bet.
Applications now-a-days are using more and more memory thus 512MB can barely keep up with everything.
Try ipconfig /release and then /renew
Afterwards, from your 'Local Area Connection' properties attempt to let Windows troubleshoot connection issues and confirm that your 'Properties' are set to 'Obtain IP settings automatically'