So I've been having boot problems for a long time, and I've tried a lot of different fixes and none of them have worked, so finally I am here to bug you guys.
So some time last year, my netbook (Asus EEE PC 1001p) started failing to boot into Windows 7 Ultimate. The netbook will get to the loading screen (with the bar the fills with green) and then within a second it will go to black screen and freeze, and after this the only thing I can do is manually restart.
There was nothing that I can remember that started the event; no major software changes, driver or windows updates, hardware changes. It just started out of nowhere as far as I remember.
So Startup Repair does nothing, it will keep trying and trying for up to 30 minutes before I left it and shut it down.
So naturally I went to reinstall Windows 7. I used the default options and it simply reverted it back to default state, without formatting or uninstalling anything. This didn't help at all.
It sometimes boots into Windows 7 after maybe 10-15 restarts, and it would come up with bluescreen error, as follows:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 5129
Additional information about the problem:
OS Version: 6_1_7600
Service Pack: 0_0
Files that help describe the problem:
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I googled the error, analysed my Minidump with Debugging Tools for Windows, and found that there was an error associated with a Realtec Sound Driver. Despite the fact that I reinstalled windows (and should have theoretically reset all the drivers), I deleted the driver and had windows select its own. Now I don't get the error, but I thought I might include it since it might be relevant. It didn't fix the boot problem at all.
So I ran windows recovery tools, did a chkdsk and memory test. Both came up with no errors.
I tried using Bootrec.exe and diskpart in the recovery command prompt, doing the following:
select disk 0
Here I noticed I have 2 partitions, #1 and #2. #1 is 100mb and presumably holds the boot info, is this normal? It lists this partition as "C". Partition #2 is the rest of the hdd (74gb), and is listed as "D". This confused me slightly, as I only have 1 disk listed in My Computer.
Now I tried making each partition active, then exiting diskpart and using bootrec and doing the following:
When I tried bootrec.exe /scanos (or /rebuildbcd), for both partitions there was 0 listed windows installations; I would've expected that for Partition #1 but not #2.
Anyways, fixing the boot or mbr doesn't seem to do anything. Sometimes it worked, but it may be a coincidence and just being one of those rare times that it successfully boots.
At the moment I have been simply hibernating my computer and never shutting it down, but it isn't really a solution.
I can boot in to Safe Mode fine, if that helps.
Obviously my last option is to do a complete format and reinstall, but I'd rather not since it is quite inconvenient.
Also, may be related, I've noticed since then that my computer goes tremendously slow. My RAM is always above 80% used (even on a fresh start) and it very frequently locks my computer up for 10-30 seconds at a time.
I appreciate anyone taking the time to read this massive post. I apologize about the length, but I feel that it's better I include all relevant information that I can think of at the start so I'm not sent on wild goose chases that wastes our time.