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Windows 7: Windows 7 freezes on "Starting Windows" (network adapter related)

25 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x84
Windows 7 freezes on "Starting Windows" (network adapter related)

Hello everybody,

Two days ago I installed some older drivers (v. for my Network adapter (Atheros L1 Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T Controller), because I read it would fix some issues I had with my internet connection, which it did! After rebooting the first time everything concerning the internet connected faster, and it wouldn't loose connection when having a high network load (that having been the issue).
The next day, however, on start-up, the computer would freeze at the "Starting Windows" screen. So I booted in safe-mode, guessed it had something to do with my network adapter, and disabled it in device manager. Rebooting windows normally worked just fine now (ofcourse I had no internet tho).
Enabling the network adapter required a restart to work though, and then it would freeze again at the same spot.
Starting in "safe mode with networking" resulted in a freeze as well.
I also tried unsintalling the network adapter, which would result in a successful normal start-up, after which it automatically starts installing the 'new hardware device' (= the network adapter). As soon as it's done installing my computer starts running REALLY slow, and eventually freezes completely. I tried installing different drivers (v2.4.7.172 / v2.4.7.27 / v2.4.7.29) by booting in safe-mode, but all resulted in the same problem. The driver i had before updating to, was
I tried 'windows repair' as well, but it said it couldn't repair the problem.
Also did a system scan (cmd.exe --> C:\Windows\system32>sfc /scannow) with no errors:

'Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations'

I'm getting kind of desperate now.. I'm getting the impression I somehow 'broke' my ethernet controller/network adapter.
Could anyone help me out, please. I'd really appreciate it!

My system specs:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz,1333MHz
Motherboard: ASUS P5K-V,s775 ATX,G33,DDR2,2xPCIe
Graphics Card: ATI Radeaon HD 4800 Series
Memory: Corsair 2048MB 6400,DDR2 800MHz
Network Adapter: Atheros L1 Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T Controller
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x84


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