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Windows 7: Windows 7 periodically Freezes.


11 Nov 2012   #1
Tweakit

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 
Windows 7 periodically Freezes.

My windows 7 64-bit Pro computer has a nasty, annoying problem. I’m pretty sure it’s been present since I built it 2+ years ago. The computer sort of “freezes” periodically and randomly. It can happen two or three times a day or not be seen for 2 days in a row. When it “freezes,” here’s what happens. The mouse moves freely but applications can neither be opened nor closed. Clicking on anything has no effect for the duration of the “freeze.” The length of time a freeze lasts is typically about 30 seconds but can be shorter or longer. Often freezes will occur twice in a row with 10 seconds between freezes. When a freeze occurs, the hard drive lite is ON-SOLID with no flickering for the duration of the freeze. Curiously, audio and video players continue playing during a freeze. I also get application hangs on this computer but I can’t tell if these are related to the “freezes.” Here’s what I’ve done to debug:
I’ve run process explorer to see what is keeping the hard drive lite on solid but it says the hard drive is free during a freeze. I think process explorer is tell the truth because I can’t hear any drive activity during a freeze. I suspect the hard drive lite is not really reflecting HD activity during a freeze.
I’ve updated my video drivers a few times with no effect on the freezes.
I suspected the Sata Drivers which I understand are part of the Intel chipset INF drivers. I ran the Intel Driver Update Utility which indicated I have version 9.1.2.1007 and that “This version is valid.”
I ran SFC /verifyonly but no problems were found.
Also, no errors are logged in the event viewer as a result of a freeze. At the bottom of the post I listed informational events that occur with a freeze.
All help will be appreciated!

Code:
Windows 7 professional 64 bit 
CPU: i7-870
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 (rev 2) 
Memory: G.Skill F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK; (4GB)
Graphics Card: Radeon HD4670 
Hard Drives:
 VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB (system+applications)
 2TB Samsung spinpoint (data) 
 WD caviar blue (data)
PSU: Antec EA-500D Earthwatts 
Other: Hauppauge TV Card HVR-1600
 
Informational events logged with a "freeze:"
Log Name:      System
Source:        Service Control Manager
Date:          9/15/2012 12:29:52 PM
Event ID:      7036
Task Category: None
Level:         Information
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      FASTEDDIE
Description: The Windows Error Reporting Service service entered the stopped state.
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Log Name:      System
Source:        Service Control Manager
Date:          9/15/2012 12:28:45 PM
Event ID:      7036
Task Category: None
Level:         Information
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      FASTEDDIE
Description: The Application Experience service entered the running state.
-
Log Name:      System
Source:        Service Control Manager
Date:          9/15/2012 12:27:52 PM
Event ID:      7036
Task Category: None
Level:         Information
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      FASTEDDIE
Description:  The Windows Error Reporting Service service entered the running state.
-
Log Name:      Security
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing
Date:          9/15/2012 12:27:47 PM
Event ID:      4672
Task Category: Special Logon
Level:         Information
Keywords:      Audit Success
User:          N/A
Computer:      FASTEDDIE
Description:
Special privileges assigned to new logon.

Subject:
                Security ID:                             SYSTEM
                Account Name:                      SYSTEM
                Account Domain:                   NT AUTHORITY
                Logon ID:                               0x3e7

Privileges:                              SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege
                                                SeTcbPrivilege
                                                SeSecurityPrivilege
                                                SeTakeOwnershipPrivilege
                                                SeLoadDriverPrivilege
                                                SeBackupPrivilege
                                                SeRestorePrivilege
                                                SeDebugPrivilege
                                                SeAuditPrivilege
                                                SeSystemEnvironmentPrivilege
                                                SeImpersonatePrivilege 
-
Log Name:      Security
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing
Date:          9/15/2012 12:27:47 PM
Event ID:      4624
Task Category: Logon
Level:         Information
Keywords:      Audit Success
User:          N/A
Computer:      FASTEDDIE
Description:
An account was successfully logged on.

Subject:
                Security ID:                             SYSTEM
                Account Name:                      FASTEDDIE$
                Account Domain:                   WORKGROUP
                Logon ID:                               0x3e7

Logon Type:                                          5

New Logon:
                Security ID:                             SYSTEM
                Account Name:                      SYSTEM
                Account Domain:                   NT AUTHORITY
                Logon ID:                               0x3e7
                Logon GUID:                         {00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}

Process Information:
                Process ID:                            0x260
                Process Name:                      C:\Windows\System32\services.exe

Network Information:
                Workstation Name:               
                Source Network Address:     -
                Source Port:                           -

Detailed Authentication Information:
                Logon Process:                     Advapi  
                Authentication Package:       Negotiate
                Transited Services:               -
                Package Name (NTLM only):               -
                Key Length:                            0



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12 Nov 2012   #2
Tweakit

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

I would love some guidance on this problem. Can somebody help?
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12 Nov 2012   #3
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

Have you ran a full virus scan, I would install and update Malwarebytes, and run it while in safe mode. Then you can try doing a minimal boot using MSConfig, just make sure you don't disable Microsoft processes. Also do a hard drive test to make sure your drive is working fully. Depending on the brand of your Hard Drive, I would get the diagnostics program from the manufacturer's website.
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12 Nov 2012   #4
x BlueRobot

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x86 Service Pack 1 - Linux Mint Mate 14 x64
 
 

Hard-Drive Test:
I would also run a full scan with any AV suite you have installed and also run:
Please post back your results.
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12 Nov 2012   #5
Tweakit

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

I've run full virus scans using Microsoft Security Essentials. My system drive is Western Digital Velociraptor which I've not yet run diagnostics on. I will do the suggested scans and drive diagnostics and post the results. Thanks for the suggestions!
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12 Nov 2012   #6
Tweakit

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Ok, I've done everything suggested. Ran all non-destructive Western Digital hard drive tests, ran Malwarebytes in both safe mode and from a clean boot and ran TDSKiller. Also ran another full virus scan using MSE. All was clean and no errors!
Any other suggestions??
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12 Nov 2012   #7
x BlueRobot

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x86 Service Pack 1 - Linux Mint Mate 14 x64
 
 

RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Test each RAM stick individually, if an error found, then test the same RAM module again (least 6-7 passes) in a different motherboard slot (repeat for all slots). If an error is found in every motherboard slot, then you have a faulty RAM module, if there are no errors found in a different motherboard slot, then you have a bad motherboard slot.
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13 Nov 2012   #8
Tweakit

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

I ran memtest86+ latest version although i didn't take the computer apart so both memory modules remained in place. Within 1-2 minutes errors were logged on pass 0! I ran it overnight and logged 2475 errors in 11 passes. I attached 5 screen shots during various times in the test (I'm not sure how to figure out what addresses are bad but that info might be in the screen shots). Then I slowed down the basic memory speeds from 7 to 9 and from 24 to 27 and ran a single pass again. No errors BUT: I then put the speeds back to the SPD values and ran it for a single pass with no errors! Humm.. Seems like we're in intermittent land! In any case there does seem to be a memory problem so I'll plan to replace it. In the meantime I'm running the slowed rates. I'm not sure if the memory is my problem or not as I don't think it was bad from the beginning (cant be sure though) and my freeze problem has been there from the beginning. If slowing the memory down has really fixed it, I should know something in a week or less. I'll post whatever I learn on this. Also please let me know if you can identify what addresses are bad or have any ideas besides what I menitoned. Do you really think I need to pursue the possibility of the mobo memory slot being bad? Thanks MUCH for the help!


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13 Nov 2012   #9
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

they told you to test each ram bank alone to find easily who of the two was faulty. Figuring out those addresses is something not a lot of techs can (or feel the need to) do.

So, test ONE RAM bank at a time, once in a ram slot, once in the other.

Check the ram voltage in the bios with the ram voltage needed (should be stated on the manufacturer's site or on the RAM's documentation), and adjust it if necessary.
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20 Nov 2012   #10
Tweakit

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

OK this is getting complicated. I bought two new sticks 2x4GB of very highly rated G. Skill memory. I kept the bios memory setting on auto and ran memtest86+. With a few minutes I got errors. Rebooted to start the test again and ran for a few hours with no errors. Rebooted to start the test again and got errors within a few minutes. Rebooted and ran the test overnight and got no errors! A similar thing happened with the old memory where I would get no errors, reboot the test and then got errors. I’m starting to wonder:
1. Am I seeing another memory problem with the newly purchased memory or:
2. Am I seeing some other problem maybe with the way things initialize during a boot that causes problems or:
3. Some other mobo problem rather than memory related?

I could take one stick out as previously suggested and try it in both slots but it’s starting to look like what I see may not be stick or slot related but something that happens on a particular boot up that determines how things are read and written to the ram. In other words it’s starting to look like this problem may not be memory or mobo slot related but something deeper in the mobo circuitry. I’m pretty baffled and I’d love to get some suggestions.
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