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What do I do when Windows XP freezes except for the mouse?

What do I do when Windows XP freezes except for the mouse?

I'm running a machine with Windows XP Professional 64-bit. Every so often, it will freeze for no apparent reason. That is, everything stops responding, except the mouse. I can move the mouse around, but I can't click on anything. Keyboard input is also not accepted/received when this problem occurs.

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Guest [Entry]

This was answered in How do I reassign conflicting IRQs? which mentions Managing Devices.
Guest [Entry]

"As we've all seen (every time we insert a CD or DVD) - in Windows the disc diver locks out the GUI. The three times I've seen this symptom, its been because the hard drive was retrying failing sectors.
My suggestion is boot to safe mode command prompt and run a non-destructive full disc all-sector scan using the utility your drive's manufacturer offers for download. A modern drive will re-map the defective sectors to spare sectors set aside for this purpose if possible, and if not possible the utility will tell you. Next run chkdsk using chkdsk /r to left chkdsk take a full pass over the entire hard drive to check for and map out at the file system level any remaining bad sectors not mapped out by the drive firmware. Finally, run chkdsk again using chkdsk /f to fix the file system. (If you have multiple drives test all of them at each step).
If that doesn't solve the problem, check for corrupt drivers using sfc /scannow. You may need to use your installation disc to replace any corrupt files found."