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Windows 7: Sudden and extreme slowdown Shutdown, boot and hibernate

18 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Sudden and extreme slowdown Shutdown, boot and hibernate

I was regularly using Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with no problems what so ever from the OS until 2 days back. Since then, suddenly my laptop is taking a lot of time to boot, shutdown or hibernate- surprisingly no noticeable slow down while turning on from hibernation. Entering and exiting sleep mode is also non-issue. Another strange thing was that on hitting shutdown/hibernate my HDD activity indicator would blink a little and then show no activity for a long time. Then it will come back on, blink randomly, sometimes extended and then shuts down/hibernate.

While powering on from shut down, it also takes a longer than usual time.

My usual hibernate takes around 25secs with the HDD activity remaining on through out. Now it's almost 2mins! I always hibernate my laptop- shut downs are only when required.

I had updated windows that day earlier, but I did hibernate/turn on without any issues after that restart once without problems. To be sure i did a sytem restore- no solution. So i ran windows update again.

I am almost certain my hardware is not a problem- I've made no recent changes, including drivers. It is an ASUS K43-SV notebook with following specs-
Intel Core i5 2410M 2.3Ghz
4GB RAM
Nvidia GeForce GT 540M 1GB

I use ESET Smart Security 5.0. I keep only my essential applications like DAP, Audio Manager etc. running in the back ground with minimal startup applications.

While using, the notebook is zippy as it has been since day 1. Only the said problems arose out of the blue.

Could anyone please tell me what's going on or where i need to be looking? Please do help and if any more info is required please do ask.

Thanks in Advance

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18 Jan 2012   #2
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Have you checked Event viewer?
Quote:
Type eventvwr in search and go to the windows log>application tab & system tabs.

Look for red errors that say app hang, or app crash, or anything related to the current activity / problem.
When you find them either take a screenshot of them and upload them to us, or note the event ID and source codes and look them up in Google.
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18 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JMH View Post
Have you checked Event viewer?
Quote:
Type eventvwr in search and go to the windows log>application tab & system tabs.

Look for red errors that say app hang, or app crash, or anything related to the current activity / problem.
When you find them either take a screenshot of them and upload them to us, or note the event ID and source codes and look them up in Google.
Okay thanks for the advice. Here's the info you asked -

1. Applications- filtered for errors, warnings, verbose and critical. Upto 13j Jan is visible.

2.System - filtered for errors, verbose and critical to a week.

And oh my problems began from 18th night... i think :/ certainly not before 18 morning. I connected to a wifi network that i had not used for a long time again last night, just thought you should know.

Hope the attached images are visible. Well what do i need to do next?


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Sudden and extreme slowdown Shutdown, boot and hibernate-event-app.png   Sudden and extreme slowdown Shutdown, boot and hibernate-system-event-viewer.jpg  
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18 Jan 2012   #4
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

* First & foremost make sure you have a back up of anything you consider important on your computer..

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

* What changes have you made in the two days that you have had this " glitch"?
Any new programs installed?

* Have you a System Restore point created PRIOR to the current problems that you can return to?

* Please list your Security programs including any Anti Virus program that came preinstalled on your computer.

* Initially I suggest you run Disk Check & then SFC.{ Option 2}

Disk Check

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

*FYI.
Optimize Windows 7[2]=Performance%20Maintenance

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19 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JMH View Post
* First & foremost make sure you have a back up of anything you consider important on your computer..

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

* What changes have you made in the two days that you have had this " glitch"?
Any new programs installed?

* Have you a System Restore point created PRIOR to the current problems that you can return to?

* Please list your Security programs including any Anti Virus program that came preinstalled on your computer.

* Initially I suggest you run Disk Check & then SFC.{ Option 2}

Disk Check

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

*FYI.
Optimize Windows 7[2]=Performance%20Maintenance

*Okay back ups are fine. But I would like to use reformat/deleting files as a last resort.

*Changes i made in my computer? Hardly anything. After along time i connected to a wifi network again, that i used previously. And I installed an application, an mp3 bitrate changer but the last system restore i mentioned removed it and i havent reinstalled it- problems continue. I can't remeber doing anything else.

*System restore to a point made by windows update before any issues was what i did. Issues continue. Strangely when i did that restore i had many restore points but now that i check only 3, since the update, are left. does a system restore remove earlier points?

*I've got ESET Smart Security 5 as my Security software ( fully updated ). There is also Windows Defender, Firewall which I've disabled from action center. My laptop shipped with Trial Trend MIcro something Antivirus but i used Revo Uninstaller and removed it to oblivion (or so i believe) the same day i got my machine. Had no problems.

*I ran Disk check, without fixing bad sectors or attemting recovery, just the scanning- no errors reported. Screenshot attached.

SFC also ran- no errors screenshot attached.

*Nice read. But I've customized everything already to my liking months back and it's all been going fine.

OKAY Thanks so much for taking time. What next??


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Sudden and extreme slowdown Shutdown, boot and hibernate-check-disc.jpg   Sudden and extreme slowdown Shutdown, boot and hibernate-scan-now.jpg  
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19 Jan 2012   #6
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alternatorone View Post

*I ran Disk check, without fixing bad sectors or attemting recovery, just the scanning- no errors reported.

OKAY
Thanks so much for taking time. What next??
Run the second part of Disk Check "Scan for & attempt recovery of bad sectors."
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19 Jan 2012   #7

Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

If you are willing to take the small bit of time and effort, get me a startup/boot trace and I should be able to give you an idea of what exactly is happening and how to resolve it:
Gathering a Startup, Shutdown, Sleep, Hibernate, or Reboot Trace
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20 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JMH View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alternatorone View Post

*I ran Disk check, without fixing bad sectors or attemting recovery, just the scanning- no errors reported.

OKAY
Thanks so much for taking time. What next??
Run the second part of Disk Check "Scan for & attempt recovery of bad sectors."
Yup did the same and finished it. Well the system rebooted and didnt show any report or anything. I had done the same a month back and it came through clean.
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20 Jan 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
If you are willing to take the small bit of time and effort, get me a startup/boot trace and I should be able to give you an idea of what exactly is happening and how to resolve it:
Gathering a Startup, Shutdown, Sleep, Hibernate, or Reboot Trace
Okay I'm desperate so I'm doing the same. I hope the trace files won't be too large because my internet connection is not exactly the fastest.
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20 Jan 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks to both of you for looking into my case. You should know that sometimes the laptop shutsdown/hibernates/boots without issue. And when i hibernate and the delay is there i can hear the same sound as you would when you do a double click ona folder in my computer long after the harddrive activity light turns off- and then soon the indicator starts blinking and laptop hibernates. I can't seee what's on the screen though because the display turns off the moment i hit hibernate (usual).
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