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Windows 7: External Hard Drives cause temporary display shutdown during startup

06 Jul 2017   #1
mnorman

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
External Hard Drives cause temporary display shutdown during startup

After weeks of trouble shooting, I finally discovered that my problem - my displays shut down for eight/nine seconds during both startup and restart before pickup up the boot routine - is likely being caused by one or all three of my external USB connected hard drives. Trying to find a cure for this. It is NOT the display driver. But clearly the display driver is competing during boot with the USB controllers. Any advice or insight?

SPECS:
Win7Pro/64/SP1

VideoController1
Matrox M9120 PCIe x16
1920 x 1080 x 32 bits (4294967296 colors) @ 60 Hz
1920 x 1080 x 4294967296 colors
59 Hz 85 Hz
2.4.3.2 driver version
9/10/2013 driver date

Bios: Dell 980: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A17
Release date 5/10/2017

CPU Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 650 @ 3.20GHz
64 Bit
L2 cache 512 KB
Clock: 3193 MHz
Cores 2
Logical processors 4
L3 cache 4096 KB

Intel(R) 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller - 3B34 PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_3B34&SUBSYS_02DA1028&REV_05\3&172E68DD&0&E8
Intel(R) 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller - 3B3C PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_3B3C&SUBSYS_02DA1028&REV_05\3&172E68DD&0&D0


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07 Jul 2017   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Complete this tutorial by Golden so we can see what you got.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

From your system specs. I have no idea what it means.

Quote:
OS cosiving cannot
Another tutorial that needs to be completed.

By Brink
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Jack
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08 Jul 2017   #3
mnorman

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Information supplied

Here's the disk management images:

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System Specs filled in.

Thanks.


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08 Jul 2017   #4
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

It can be that, with 3 external USB disks, it's draining, during speed up, 5V current more than the PS can deliver and it gives a screen blackout.
Try to boot with one disk at a time. Then two.
Why do you have 3 external disks?
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08 Jul 2017   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

From what I can tell that few seconds of delay could be caused by your system looking for Drive '0' and partitions 'C' (System) to boot from. In your bios do you have Disk '0' as your first boot? If not your system is checking other drives to see if they will boot and then booting 'C'.

What is on Disk 6? It shows (EFI Systems)

Jack
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08 Jul 2017   #6
mnorman

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Disk 6 just has data and a SVI folder and a Recycle folder. And it is shared across the LAN.

Also, I did indeed disconnect all EXT HDs. With everything disconnected, displays did NOT power down during startup. Then I connected the oldest of the HDs, Disk 5 above. It's a USB 2.0 HD and was the only ext HD I had on board prior to this point, there was no problem with startup. Now, when I reconnect only that drive, I get the display power-off. Here's how all this began:

1. I installed an ioGear USB 3.0 2-port card, this to accommodate the two new 2T drives I bought. The card worked after I installed the driver and restarted. Then I went to uninstall some program, the uninstall required a restart, and when I restarted, I got a BSOD with a memory error message. At first I thought it was the software (this is me not believing the message on the screen that there's a hardware problem) and I restored a ShadowProtect image of the drive. All that did was to change Win7 normal boot splash to a rolling Microsoft bar and a number of black screens before the welcome screen chain started. Called tech support at StorageCraft and they said sometimes that happens on a restore. On restart I was still getting a BSOD etc. So I pulled the new USB 3.0 ports card...and the BSODs were gone. But when I connected the two USB 3.0 HDs to USB 2.0 ports, I started to get the display power off and re-power.

2. I've run diagnostics (several) on the machine. Memory, CPU, display card, all fine. Clearly, inserting the USB 3.0 card and my efforts to troubleshoot the BSOD have done something. I should also note that I attempted to get another USB 3.0 card and took my full specs, including details of the chipset, to MicroExchange. There a tech looked at the chipset and said it was simply too out of date to accommodate 3.0. So I bought a hub for one of the 2.0 slots. NB: I tested with that too.

3. I have three external disks because my C: 500GB is 3/4 full. One of the new 2T drives is used to store weeks worth of system images (alas I think I first imaged after the trouble started). The other 2T drive is a shared drive for a huge work in progress. I tried hooking it to our NAS but the connection was too slow.

Finally, a question. I checked the bios SATA is set to SATA1. I've read where some folks with boot problems have set their bios to legacy. When I simply test out the option, I get a warning that the change affect the ability of Win to load.

Also checked bios and disk 0 is indeed first in the boot order.

Thanks for thinking about this.
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08 Jul 2017   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Does your system allow you to hood up the extra drives directly to the motherboard sata ports?


Many system will need external hard drives to have their own power connection other than a usb port.

What power supply is in use?

I know of no reason to set bios to legacy.

Jack
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09 Jul 2017   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

As Jack has mentioned on post #5, Disk 6 shows an EFI System partition.
EFI system partition has the boot loader for an OS. Did you had an OS on disk 6 and then cleaned by formatting the OS partition?
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09 Jul 2017   #9
mnorman

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

1. Each 2T drive has a power adapter which I have plugged in. The 500GB USB 2.0 drive draws its power from the 2.0 port or I can plug that in as well.

2. Power specs:
External Hard Drives cause temporary display shutdown during startup-capture-1.jpg
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3. Disk 6 did NOT have an OS on it. Just data. When the problem started, I copied the data to my internal HD, formatted the disk with exFat (just troubleshooting) and when that made no difference, formatted back to NTFS, and moved the files from the internal HD back to Disk 6. Was the EFI partition created during my formatting, reformatting of that drive? When I unplug that drive and restart, I still get the display 10-second shutdown. Should I try to remove the EFI partition? Not sure how.

4. Finally the anomalies: when I uninstall my graphics driver and reboot in VGA, or when I boot into simple safe mode, or when I pull all ext HDs, the displays stay on during startup.


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09 Jul 2017   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

How you got a EFI partition on your old system confuses me.

All hard drives should have it's own 12 volt power. Either from the computer power supply or a external 12 volt supply. USB port alone is not good enough.

Your 305 watt power supply wasn't much good when it was new. Now it's very old.

I can't find much information on your old system (motherboard) so I'm unable to look up much.

It appears to me, you are trying to get a grandpa computer to do the job of a modern computer.

If this old computer was mine and I wanted to keep it going, the things I would do.
Replace the power supply and then do these.

1. Clean install of Windows 7 on disk '0'
2. Install the drive with all your backup data externally. (Must have 12 volt power._
3. If possible install your other drives internally. Use them as you see fit.
If those drives have nothing of value, format them to NTSF.
4. I would keep my back up drive hooked externally when in use, otherwise unhooked.
5. All other drives hooked internal to the motherboard and computer power supply.

***How many sata ports does your motherboard have?***

Jack
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