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Windows 7: Irregular boot up

11 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Irregular boot up

Hi...I have had this problem on 2 of my latest 'cold starts'....when I turn the PC on after a night/ day where it has been will not boot. It will hang at the 'windows is starting screen' until I have to turn off and try again. When I try again I get the message that Windows did not start normally last time and I should try to repair or start normally. Both choices don't work.

The only thing both times that has seen me actually boot the PC successfully is to turn off, unplug the main HD (Sata cable and power cable) plug them back in and go from there. When I do that I get the repair/ or start normally option...I choose start normally'....and the PC has booted up ok.

So does anyone know what this sounds like?

I have the latest bios for my mobo.

ps...once the PC is on I can restart it no problem...I can even shut down and just seems that after a prolonged length of time being off...the PC will not boot.

What is this a symptom of??


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11 Oct 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP


Check both Windows and hardware:

Boot the Windows 7 DVD repair console or Repair CD, click through to Startup Repair to run it multiple times. Post back any issues found.

Check in Event Viewer>Admin View for errors at time of startup, and repeat errors. Google text and ID# to find how others have resolved them. Check also the Performance log on Advanced Tools page accessed by clikcking the WEI score link at Computer>Properties for logged events at time of hang. Look for cued issues on Tools page and Generate a System Health Report.

Post back a screenshot of your full maximized Disk Mgmt drive map with listing, using SNipping Tool in Start Menu.

Upgrade BIOS. If current, reset CMOS: Remove anything other than DVD drive and Windows 7 HD from BIOS Boot order menu.

Change the HD cable, try HD in another mobo port, to test both cable and port.

Download, burn to CD and Run memtest86 CD for 5-6 passes or overnight.

Burn also HD maker's diag/repair full CD scan: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
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11 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thankyou very much. When I am home from work I will follow all those suggestions.

Based on my reading it could be that a bios flash to the beta FC1 bios may fix the problem. I have read some reports of this being effective.

Currently my bios is FB....and I flashed TO that bios in order to correct a problem with the mobo not recognising all 6g of ram

Seems to be some issues with this mobo
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12 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I flashed to FC1 and am now getting this blue screen error on cold boot ups:

Stop: 0x000000FC (0xFFFFF8A0000CA588, 0x8CA00001938B6963, 0xFFFFF8802B32AF0, 0x0000000000000002)

Any ideas?
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12 Oct 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP


Can you boot into Safe Mode? If so, use the tool pinned in Crashes and Debugging Forum to upload your BugCheck report to that forum where the real geniuses reside. They will get it sorted with you quickly.

If no Safe Mode, you can browse to and copy out the bugcheck file using Windows 7 DVD repair console or Repair CD via the Load Drivers link: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

If unable to get traction with the known cause of the Bluescreen, I would flash it back to the previous BIOS, but wait to hear what others advise as well.'

I am calling in heavier artillery.
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12 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

But no bios has been known to work...the one out of the box wouldn't recognise all the ram...the next one FB would give me cold boot failure...and now the latest one FC1 also gives me cold boot failure...!

btw...what is the Windows 7 DVD repair console or Repair CD?

I just have the Windows 7 Home Premium install that what you mean?
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12 Oct 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP


Yes on the second screen of booted DVD is Repair console.

Is this cold boot failure similar to the one you had before. How did you get it started then?
Or are you able to start it now?
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12 Oct 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

I would flash to one with which I can boot. We need to see the dump files to figure where your problem is.

Usual causes: Device driver
We need to see your dump files and system information in order to help you.

Please read the tutorials below and up load your files. I suggest you start a new thread in the Cashes and Debugging section
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12 Oct 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Ok...will do thanks

...the tutorials below...? Where?
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12 Oct 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

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