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Windows 7: Slow downs then Black Screen After Post

10 Jul 2010   #1
gamebynight

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Slow Downs Then Black Screen After Post the Next Day

Hi,

I had a strange issue with my computer today. It started yesterday when my wife and I noticed the computer hanging a bit more than normal - even when doing basic things, like clicking "login" to check our email. But, it would always come back and really wasn't all that frequent. This morning I tried to start it up and it got stuck on a black screen after the motherboard POST image.

I was able to get into BIOS and boot from the windows CD. A system restore fixed it. I'm just wondering what you guys think was likely to have caused it. Is it likely that my boot files got corrupted somehow? I ran a diagnostic and from Seagate and it says that my hard drive is fine - but I'm not sure if that's just because I recently restored Windows.

I did recently install a big name game - but it ran fine for three days before this happened. The system restore point I had was from when I installed it, so it's now gone.

What do you guys think could have caused it? I'm just a little concerned that restoring only patched over a problem that will crop up again - or, that I should be afraid to install that game again.

Thanks in advance,

Chris

PS: System Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, 3.0GHz E8400 Intel CPU, 500GB Seagate SATA HDD, 4GB Crucial 800MHz RAM (x2 2GB), ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard. The game that was installed was Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.

EDIT: Just updating to include that my motherboard and processor are less than 60 days old, bought as a pair from newegg. Installed without a hitch and have had no other problems than this.


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11 Jul 2010   #2
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gamebynight View Post
Hi,

I had a strange issue with my computer today. It started yesterday when my wife and I noticed the computer hanging a bit more than normal - even when doing basic things, like clicking "login" to check our email. But, it would always come back and really wasn't all that frequent. This morning I tried to start it up and it got stuck on a black screen after the motherboard POST image.

I was able to get into BIOS and boot from the windows CD. A system restore fixed it. I'm just wondering what you guys think was likely to have caused it. Is it likely that my boot files got corrupted somehow? I ran a diagnostic and from Seagate and it says that my hard drive is fine - but I'm not sure if that's just because I recently restored Windows.

I did recently install a big name game - but it ran fine for three days before this happened. The system restore point I had was from when I installed it, so it's now gone.

What do you guys think could have caused it? I'm just a little concerned that restoring only patched over a problem that will crop up again - or, that I should be afraid to install that game again.

Thanks in advance,

Chris

PS: System Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, 3.0GHz E8400 Intel CPU, 500GB Seagate SATA HDD, 4GB Crucial 800MHz RAM (x2 2GB), ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard. The game that was installed was Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.

EDIT: Just updating to include that my motherboard and processor are less than 60 days old, bought as a pair from newegg. Installed without a hitch and have had no other problems than this.
Have you run a full disk check?
  1. Open Windows Explorer (<WINDOWSKEY>+<E>)
  2. Click "Computer" in the left pane
  3. Right-click on your hard disk, then select "Properties"
  4. Click the "Tools" Tab
  5. Under "Error Checking", click "Check Now" (You may need to respond to a UAC Prompt)
  6. Make sure both options under "Check disk options" are checked.
  7. Click "Start"
  8. If the "Windows can't check the disk because it's in use" message comes up, click "Schedule disk check"
  9. Reboot the computer, then allow the disk check to complete (it could take a while, because it will be checking the ENTIRE disk)
I mention the above because inexplicable slowdowns and boot failures are symptoms of a failed or failing hard disk.
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11 Jul 2010   #3
gamebynight

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Hi Dzomlija,

Thanks for the informative reply. I'm going to run the disk check now and report back with my results. The hard drive came with the computer, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was the culprit.


Thanks,
Chris
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11 Jul 2010   #4
gamebynight

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Okay, chkdsk done. I've never had the opportunity to try to interpret these before, but I think it means that it couldn't find any errors. If that's the case, does that definitely mean some software messed up a boot file?

Here's the log from Event Viewer:



Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.

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

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
424448 file records processed. File verification completed.
136 large file records processed. 0 bad file records processed. 0 EA records processed. 60 reparse records processed. CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)...
476808 index entries processed. Index verification completed.
0 unindexed files scanned. 0 unindexed files recovered. CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)...
424448 file SDs/SIDs processed. CHKDSK is compacting the security descriptor stream
Cleaning up 4031 unused security descriptors.
26181 data files processed. CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
35601648 USN bytes processed. Usn Journal verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
424432 files processed. File data verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)...
78884786 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.

488282111 KB total disk space.
172116964 KB in 143392 files.
85440 KB in 26184 indexes.
0 KB in bad sectors.
540559 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
315539148 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
122070527 total allocation units on disk.
78884787 allocation units available on disk.

Internal Info:
00 7a 06 00 72 96 02 00 a4 cc 04 00 00 00 00 00 .z..r...........
b1 67 00 00 3c 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 .g..<...........
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.

---


Thanks!
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