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Windows 7: PC randomly doesn't boot after sleep + no POST (no BSOD)

05 Jun 2016   #1
Banderi

Windows 7 x64
 
 
PC randomly doesn't boot after sleep + no POST (no BSOD)

Note: edited, because I just need help with the POST/sleep issue, not the BSOD.

I'm having a series of problems I'm just losing my head over.

1) First off, I never had a single stability problem while the PC is running, in fact it's quite new and I've been using it without any issues. However, as soon as I put it to sleep there will be a chance that it will simply not wake up next time, regardless of sleep duration, forcing me to turn it off and on again.

2) When this happens, it will take some random attempt at rebooting it because sometimes the POST will just not happen, and I've tried every combination of button press/USB unplugging/power cut. I don't know why power cycling/manually erasing the residual charge doesn't do the trick, but I might be doing it wrong.

After that, once it boots I get everything working as usual as if nothing has ever happened; the PSU voltages seem to be fine, the motherboard/GPU/CPU seem to work correctly, I can play games, watch videos, develop apps, fill 16 gb of RAM no problem...

What is this? A software issue? A hardware issue? The BIOS? A faulty Windows installation? I'm simply losing my head!

My specs are as following:

- Windows 7 Professional SP1 (I have some updates due)
- Corsair CX500M 500 Watt PSU
- Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3
- Zotac GeForce GTX 970
- AMD FX-8350 4.00 GHz
- Corsair Vengeance 16-GB kit RAM
- Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
- An old 300 GB Seagate ST1000DM003-1SB10C
- A newer 7200 RPM 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST3320418AS
- An old VGA Acer AL1512 15"
- A newer DVI Samsung S24B420BW 24"
- Various USB devices


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06 Jun 2016   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello Banderi now you mention you tested the PSU rail volts just how did you do that please - software or a hands on multimeter? I have a little method via software that I find rather good but will wait ofr reply.

The other thing is mate have you run some basic tests such as
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
Disk Check < if necessary include the /f and /r in the command line as per Option2 in safe mode
(the /r swich can be omitted if you like but I usually run it.

Do that first up if you haven't already and post back.
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07 Jun 2016   #3
Banderi

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Hi, thanks for the response! I have only looked at the voltages shown by HWMonitor, since I do not have a multimeter or other similar instruments at home, though I could get one in case of necessity. Do you know any other method?

Regarding SFC and CHKDSK:
SFC did found some corrupted files and successfully restored them, I browsed through the log but heck if I can understand if it was of any meaning to the issue I'm facing, but could it? I attached the CBS log.
I will run CHKDSK as scheduled once rebooting.


Attached Files
File Type: zip CBS.zip (216.6 KB, 1 views)
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07 Jun 2016   #4
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok well try this little ditty of mine to see the PSU and any other component info/details \

Using HW Info
PART A:
You can test the volts on the PSU with HW Info HWiNFO, HWiNFO32/64 - Download < download the right bit version and close the right hand window select Sensors and scroll down to the power section where you will see what the volts are doing see my pic. In my pic the section (Nuvoton) with VBATT is a dead give away you are in the section for the rail voltages. There are other section titles and one that pops up often is ITE
Now the voltage on the different rails have to be within 5% =+/- of what is required or the machine will not work properly if at all.
Limits +/-
12v = 11.4 12.6v
5v = 4.74 5.25v
3.3v = 3.135 3.465v
The Power good signal voltage at pin 8 on the 24 pin plug (grey cable) should be the same as the 5v rail reading/s
See this for the rail voltage info
Power Supply 101: A Reference Of Specifications - Power Supplies (Section 2.)
The original right hand window shows the machine running and is handy for that but for looking at the components in some detail close it and use the main left hand side panel
FOR OTHER COMPONENTS
PART B:
Open each small square with + in it on the section the components are in and then click on the individual component/s (it will highlight in blue) - in the right hand side will appear all sorts of details including brands speeds and other essential info that particular device. See pic for example.

Ye those CBS files are a bit of a mystery to me too to be honest so I cannot help you much there.

That chkdsk is the next logical step


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PC randomly doesn't boot after sleep + no POST (no BSOD)-hw-info-desktop-psu.png  
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07 Jun 2016   #5
Banderi

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Oh, I do have HWiNFO!
Took a look at it, they seem to be pretty stable:




And here's my chkdsk result:

Code:
Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is Sirius.

A disk check has been scheduled.
Windows will now check the disk.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
  781568 file records processed.
File verification completed.
  2640 large file records processed.
0 bad file records processed.
2 EA records processed.
84 reparse records processed.
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)...
  1015156 index entries processed.
Index verification completed.
  0 unindexed files scanned.
0 unindexed files recovered.
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)...
The security data stream entry at offset 0x3d38550 with length 0xf31e188d
crosses the page boundary.
The security data stream entry at offset 0x3d38550 with length 0x416f6747
crosses the page boundary.
Repairing the security file record segment.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22787 from index $SII of file 9.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22788 from index $SII of file 9.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22789 from index $SII of file 9.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22790 from index $SII of file 9.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22791 from index $SII of file 9.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22792 from index $SII of file 9.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22793 from index $SII of file 9.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22794 from index $SII of file 9.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22795 from index $SII of file 9.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22794 from index $SDH of file 9.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22792 from index $SDH of file 9.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22789 from index $SDH of file 9.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22787 from index $SDH of file 9.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22790 from index $SDH of file 9.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22793 from index $SDH of file 9.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22795 from index $SDH of file 9.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22791 from index $SDH of file 9.
Deleting an index entry with Id 22788 from index $SDH of file 9.
Replacing invalid security id with default security id for file 5420.
Replacing invalid security id with default security id for file 8555.
Replacing invalid security id with default security id for file 502243.
Replacing invalid security id with default security id for file 595327.
Replacing invalid security id with default security id for file 777644.
Replacing invalid security id with default security id for file 777647.
  781568 file SDs/SIDs processed.
CHKDSK is compacting the security descriptor stream
Cleaning up 2860 unused security descriptors.
  116795 data files processed.
CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
  36729168 USN bytes processed.
Usn Journal verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
  781552 files processed.
File data verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)...
  25564066 free clusters processed.
Free space verification is complete.
CHKDSK discovered free space marked as allocated in the
master file table (MFT) bitmap.
Correcting errors in the Volume Bitmap.
Windows has made corrections to the file system.

 312568640 KB total disk space.
 209082660 KB in 661957 files.
    334732 KB in 116798 indexes.
         0 KB in bad sectors.
    894980 KB in use by the system.
     65536 KB occupied by the log file.
 102256268 KB available on disk.

      4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
  78142160 total allocation units on disk.
  25564067 allocation units available on disk.

Internal Info:
00 ed 0b 00 80 e1 0b 00 94 17 15 00 00 00 00 00  ................
56 07 00 00 54 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  V...T...........
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  ................

Windows has finished checking your disk.
Please wait while your computer restarts.
I skimmed through the other components, at first sight it seems to be all within the ranges but I'm not 100% sure. I've also updated my BIOS to the latest version (ver. F3 28/05/2015), I'll wait and see if one of them did the trick, I'll post back in case it didn't.
In case the problem persists, do you have anything else in mind that could be worth a try? I also had a PNP bsod on startup and cleaned my USB drivers up, though I can't yet confirmed that it's gone, nor that it wasn't one of the causes.
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08 Jun 2016   #6
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yes the rails are spot on so no worries there and the temps look good - the chkdsk readout does seem to have a few fixes in it more than I have ever had running it on my machines and I have to be honest I don't understand them thoroughly.

Now if the problem persists I would be thinking about running a few add on malware scans just in case and if they don't come up with a fix then a running a rescue disk - that is one that boots to the machine in a non Windows environment - it will check all parts of the system form go to whoa. But these are something to be done if things go wrong again and would still just be a part of an elimination process.

Anyway will wait to see what comes back.
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08 Jun 2016   #7
Banderi

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Unfortunately, if the system won't POST there is no way for me to access a rescue disk, even - this really seems to be an issue on a lower level than the OS, that's the problem; I just can't connect the dots!
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08 Jun 2016   #8
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hmm now if you ran the HW Info it must have run through post - I don't quite understand what you mean by post now.

By the y do you get any beeps on power up?? ie one beep for the RAM being ok or not ?? see this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power-on_self-test as you can see there are cards that can test the post.
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08 Jun 2016   #9
Banderi

Windows 7 x64
 
 

If you read the first post again, I said:

Quote:
I never had a single stability problem while the PC is running, in fact it's quite new and I've been using it without any issues. However, as soon as I put it to sleep there will be a chance that it will simply not wake up next time, regardless of sleep duration, forcing me to turn it off and on again.

When this happens, it will take some random attempt at rebooting it because sometimes the POST will just not happen, and I've tried every combination of button press/USB unplugging/power cut. I don't know why power cycling/manually erasing the residual charge doesn't do the trick, but I might be doing it wrong.
So sometimes, it won't POST, and I don't know why. That's the issue I've been having all along.
When it does boot up, the POST is just the usual single beep, never ever had any error signal.
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08 Jun 2016   #10
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote:
When it does boot up, the POST is just the usual single beep, never ever had any error signal.
Yes well that is all I was asking really - as to why it doesn't post leads me to think there is something in some firmware that isn't quite right or that the graphics are just not kicking in.

Otherwise why it should be an intermittent non post has got me foxed - have you checked around the board for any signs of bad caps, dry joints, on what you can see - especially around the BIOS chips, any board scorching, loose cable joints?

I assume by power cycling you mean unplugging the mains source and holding down to power button for around a minute - that should be long enough for any residual power to dissipate, and then try again.
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