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Windows 7: Really terrible Freezing problem

10 Jan 2010   #1
Goooober

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Really terrible Freezing problem

I installed W7 HP 64bit the day of release and its been running fine until today. I booted up as usual and browsed the web for a few minutes before going and running some errands. When i got back i clicked the start button and then tried to load Pokerstars software. The normal UAC stuff popped up and at that same moment Windows froze completely. I couldn't move the cursor nor could ctrl+alt+del to reboot. I had no choice but turn my PC off at the power. When i rebooted i chose to load windows normally but all i got was a black screen instead of the user logon screen. The cursor was visible (in its 'loading' state) but frozen. I rebooted in to safe mode and then rebooted again normally and all was fine. I then played poker for a good hour thinking all was fine. I again left my computer for an hour so before returning and queuing up a bunch of MP3's in Winamp while i took care of some stuff in my bedroom. It played the first song find but about 15 seconds into the second song the music stopped quite abruptly. The whole thing had frozen again and i was forced to repeat the process above. I turned on my PC this morning but didn't login for an hour or so. When i did login i typed in my password and it froze on the 'welcome' screen. I really dont know what to do. This just started spontaneously happening. I haven't made any changes or anything at all. I have absolutely no idea how to troubleshoot this apart from running some virus/malware scans although i'm pretty diligent and sensible about that so i'd be surprised if that was cause. I've read in other threads about disabling hibernation and sleep but i'd already done that some time ago. If anyone can help i'd greatly appreciate it. [Edit] Sorry about the giant block of text. It wont seem to save my paragraphs.


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10 Jan 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

If you can boot into safe mode, try a system restore. Be sure that there are not virus, we do not want them to enter the System Restore function.

If you did load the program, I would use system restore to go back to a period before that time. I would, also, reconsider installing, again, until the cause of the problem can be determined.
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10 Jan 2010   #3
Goooober

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I did a system restore from 2 days ago and I got to the logon screen so i figured it was ok now. But this time it actually froze whilst i was typing in my password! I ran Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool and i sat through it and it reported no problems but i couldn't actually see the results because when it rebooted i couldn't login.
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10 Jan 2010   #4
IggyAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Have you tried booting off your Win7 DVD and try the repair function from the menu?
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10 Jan 2010   #5
Goooober

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IggyAZ View Post
Have you tried booting off your Win7 DVD and try the repair function from the menu?
I'll give it a go. [Edit] There's something very seriously wrong. I tried booting from my W7 CD but even that screws up. I did the whole 'Windows is loading files' bit, then 'Starting Windows' and then i got to the blue screen with wavy lines and leaf in the corner. I had a mouse cursor that wasn't frozen but nothing at all happened. I waited for 3 or 4 minutes for it to do something but it never did. So i cant login normally and i cant even try to reinstall windows by booting from the CD. All i can do is login in safe mode.
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10 Jan 2010   #6
Goooober

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I've had something approaching success. I decided to remove my sound card (the last bit of hardware i'd installed, but still some 2 weeks before this freezing problem happened) as well as moving both sticks of RAM to the other slots on motherboard. I've successfully logged into Windows for the first time today (apart from safe mode). I've no idea if a sound card could cause that kind of disruption or if it must have been the slots the ram was in. I'm going to leave my PC idle for a good while and then return to see if i can replicate the freeze.
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11 Jan 2010   #7
IggyAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Goooober View Post
I've had something approaching success. I decided to remove my sound card (the last bit of hardware i'd installed, but still some 2 weeks before this freezing problem happened) as well as moving both sticks of RAM to the other slots on motherboard. I've successfully logged into Windows for the first time today (apart from safe mode). I've no idea if a sound card could cause that kind of disruption or if it must have been the slots the ram was in. I'm going to leave my PC idle for a good while and then return to see if i can replicate the freeze.


OK. This is great news. At least you are in Win7. I would not any hardware yet but check your device manager and see if all present hardware drivers are good. Update whatever drivers you can and stabilize your systen before you take any further steps.
Oh update Win7 and Spyware/Viruse checker is importabt at the moment.
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11 Jan 2010   #8
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

If none of the above work, try this to isolate the cause of the problem, so it could be fixed


How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7
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