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Windows 7: Freeze, stalls at start up, factory reset = problem still occurs

28 May 2013   #1
Imjulie

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 
Freeze, stalls at start up, factory reset = problem still occurs

Hi everyone,
I'm new here and not very tech savy.
One week ago, my samsung laptop froze, I tried to alt+ctrl+dlt but nothing happened. I decided to let it sit there for about 30mins to see if it would unfreeze itself, it didn't and I had to force shut down. When the laptop was booted up, it stalled at starting windows for over 30mins. I had everythig backed up on an external hard drive so I went ahead and tried to do a factory reset. The laptop worked fine until today when it froze again! Can anyone tell me why this is happening?

Also, I find that running a factory reset through the repair disk takes a really long time to load. It literally takes a good 5mins to load the "select country and language" box, upto 1hr to get to the "select your operating system" page and about 30mins to load the selection page where you can choose to repair, backup or restore. Is this normal? Or am I doing somthing wrong?

Additonal information:
Samsung laptop rc430 almost 1 year old
Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
6gb ram
Comodo anti virus
i7 chip
Still on warranty and 2 yr additional warranty
Only used to browse internet, not a gamer
Windows update daily
Virus scans daily
Ccleaner used daily for cleanup and registry
Only downloaded trusted files since the last reset (adobe, java, skype etc)


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28 May 2013   #2
centaur78

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Are you able to get to Safemode without delay ??
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28 May 2013   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

I would like to add a suggestion.
At this time stop using any 3rd party program that does anything to Windows 7 registry.
I will go back to watching and put you back in the good hands of centaur78.
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28 May 2013   #4
Imjulie

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

I can't go into safemode, it stalls at classpnp. I have the windows 7 installation disk as well, would a clean install be any better than a factory reset?

The thing is, when I purchased the laptop about 11 months ago, I installed everything that I needed during the first week. As of late, I didn't install any thing, all downloads were documents from my university website and all window updates are all up to date.
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28 May 2013   #5
centaur78

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Yes a Clean Install would be better option based on what you say...

But prior to that...do you have any usb device connected to your laptop when its booting ??

Could you run Autoruns and then click on File> Save.. Save the file in .arn format and upload here. Will have a look on the startup as well.
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28 May 2013   #6
Imjulie

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Hi centaur78, I really appreciate the help you're providing me. :)

To answer your question, I didn't have anything connected to my laptop besides the power cable.

I'm in the middle of doing a clean install. How long is it suppose to take to get pass the "setup is starting..."? I've been timing it and it's almost hitting the 2 hour stage.

As I've mentioned before, I'm not really familiar with these computer things and I try to understand by asking questions, I hope you don't mind.

Before the clean install, I wasn't able to get in safe mode or past the "starting windows" screen, how will I be able to run the program? Am I suppose to put Autoruns on a usb, boot my laptop using Linux and then proceed? Since I'm doing a clean install at the moment, I can't really do anything until it's done.
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28 May 2013   #7
centaur78

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

I don't mind.... you may ask as many question as you want..!! will be happy to help

But from the looks of how things are going... i have a bad feeling your HDD has bad sectors...

If you were able to install windows by now and reach the desktop... i would suggest you run Crystal Disk and post a snapshot of the SMART values here for each HDD/SSD.

If not let me know..
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29 May 2013   #8
Imjulie

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

No luck progressing past the "Setup is starting" (during win7 installation) waited over 12 hours. The hard drive light on my laptop isn't on, does this mean that there's something wrong with my installation disk? It's not frozen either, because my mouse is working and it's just a little blue circle spinning around.

Again, I've tried to factory reset using both repair disk (samsung solution 5) and without the disk (relying on the built in recovery samsung solution 5) but this time around it stalled.

With the repair disk:
I was able to get to the "select language and keyboard" screen, pressed OK and it continued to stall on the blue (not bsod but the background for win7 or something). Left it sitting there for half a day without progress.

With the built in recovery:
The recovery button for my samsung laptop s F4. Pressed F4 and entered the green screen for samsung solution 5. The green screen should have "samsung solutions 5" in large font along with "loading" but this time around it only showed the "loading" and it either stalled or froze for over 2 hours.

At the moment I only have 2 options: factory reset and clean install. Neither of them is working. Any suggestions? Is this type of problem covered in the warranty (I'm still on the 1 year limited int. warranty and have bought an additional 2 year), if it is - I might just let them deal with it.
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29 May 2013   #9
centaur78

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Well like i said ... the HDD looks like the culprit..

Download Parted Magic and follow the steps in this post to check the smart value and post a snapshot here ..This will confirm about the HDD
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29 May 2013   #10
Imjulie

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

I followed the links and posted the screenshots for : identity,attributes,capabilities,error log,self test log and view output. I wasn't sure which one was needed.


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