There is another way of finding out which driver is responsible (more tedious perhaps). If the machine doesn't freeze in safe mode, then start to add drivers one by one until the freeze occurs. Add one, then use the machine for a period of time, add another then use the machine for a period of time, and so on.
Of course, this will only help in cases where the freezing occurs regularly (let's say at least once or twice per day).
Agree with Dave... there's really no great, special way of dealing with batteries... you can try to be efficient with your charge easily enough (stop background tasks, dim display when possible) but trying to extend your battery life is not really worth worrying that much about.
So I have a windoze box at work that is acting up. It has been doing this since I got it.
Randomly, the usb drive port will shut the computer off when I plug something in. The monitor goes to "no signal" and all running programs seem to have died (tried to remote once to make sure). The power to the box is still on, but it's just dead. The only way I can find to revive it is to shut off the power, and turn it back on.
To the downvoters:
thanks a lot for your downvotes.
A few years ago, I worked for a manufacturer of USB devices. Problems with electrostatic discharges were very common for that manufacturer. Consequently, I have seen many effects of such discharges.
Discharges often occur when someone plugs-in the device, but they can also occur later on. They occur more often during winter, when the offices are heated and thus the air is very dry.
In my opinion, the downvoters provided proof of their lack of knowledge, though they are high-ranking CP members.
Thanks in advance for downvoting this message.
It's windoze xp professional. It doesn't matter what device it is, it only happens at random. I can plug the usb drive in 19 times, and one of those times the screen goes black. Likewise I can plug in the e-cig many times, and one random time it will have the same effect.
I don't think it has much to do with the drivers. I'm leaning towards the short.
I mention the short because the same thing happened to my desktop. I accidentally broke the plastic portion when I pulled sideways on a thumb drive (it was stuck on my shirt). The plastic piece broke and the leads were left behind, so if I forget and plug something into that port it causes a short.
Drivers can cause the same types of issues, but the most common is the all dreaded blue screen of death. I guess he has to cover the basis to find out what's really wrong.