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Windows 7: Startup delay with blank screen...

10 Jan 2014   #31
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes, always disable those Nvidia services, Catalyst on AMD and most everything else except your AV and programs you want starting up with Windows because they must be running when the OS starts. If you don't restrict this then you'll be spied on by every program you install none of which need to start with Windows.


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16 Jan 2014   #32
Scootmien

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I have this slow boot issue too. The same three files, including the NDProxy.sys failing four times. I also have a Gigabyte mobo, a Geforce GPU and I am using NOD32 as my AV.

My issue is that when I turn on my computer, it takes about ten seconds for the central monitor to turn on and for my keyboard to light up. It used to be much quicker; within a second or two. After that, the central monitor displays the American Megatrends writing and logo. Nothing else. I disabled the splash screen ages ago, preferring to see the scrolling boot info. None of that boot info appears. This screen stays exactly like this, without letting me hit DEL to go into BIOS, for maybe two minutes.

If I try to cause a keyboard error by hitting DEL too many times, once this two minute window is up, the left monitor shows a blinking cursor indefinitely without allowing me to do anything. This necessitates shutting down and rebooting.

To recap, there is no way I can get into the BIOS. If I leave the computer, after hanging on this American Megatrends logo for two minutes it will shut down the main monitor and display the 'Starting Windows' logo on my left monitor. After that processes, it will turn on the central monitor and show the Widows 7 blue splash screen and load as normal. Once in Windows, the computer behaves perfectly normally.

I've tried removing and reinstalling NOD32, all my USB drivers and even the superfluous Geforce programs loaded on Boot (Experience, Stream etc), none hare remedied the issue.

I can't find the correct network adapter drivers on the Gigabyte website for my x79-UD3

Any other help gratefully received please.
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16 Jan 2014   #33
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Reset the BIOS to defaults by clearing the CMOS using the jumper or battery method: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS.

Be sure to guard against static shock to mobo by not working on carpet, using grounding strap or holding case whenever reaching inside to ground against static spark jumping from finger to mobo.

Once you have default BIOS, boot in to make the changes you want after trying it first at default settings.

Then go over steps to Clean Up Factory Bloatware starting with nothing starting including AV, then adding only the AV in both tabs specified in msconfig.

YOu can alo install Soluto – Anti-Frustration Software to watch a timeline of your startup, or if all else fails try Gathering a Startup, Shutdown, Sleep, Hibernate, or Reboot Trace - Windows 7 Forums
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16 Jan 2014   #34
Scootmien

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks gregrocker that was an option I had considered but wanted to see if there was anything else I could do first. I've heard it needs about an hour for the capacitors to discharge after poweringoff, power cord unplugged and the CMOS battery out, is that about right please?
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16 Jan 2014   #35
Scootmien

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Now the computer won't boot at all.

It just sits sat the American Megatrends logo for maybe two minutes then a flashing cursor appears top left. No CLI though. No inputs are recognised. It just sits there until I hit the power button.

Yay
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16 Jan 2014   #36
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Please follow the steps exactly as stated in the tutorial I provided: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS
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16 Jan 2014   #37
Scootmien

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Yes I did follow the guide exactly as stated. I used option 3 as it was easier to get to. Thanks very much. My post above still stands though.

Next I thought I'd disconnect my OS drive and see if I could force a boot from my Windows CD. The computer STILL hangs there, so I'm guessing a motherboard issue now..

Any ideas?
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16 Jan 2014   #38
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Try Partition Wizard bootable CD which will boot itself.

If disk will not boot I'd unplug everything except the mobo, HD and monitor to see if anything changes at all.

Then power down (carefully follow anti-static precautions I gave you earlier) to unplug HD and plug back in OD to try booting disk again.
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16 Jan 2014   #39
Scootmien

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Fortunately I have another PC to use, otherwise I'd be scuppered. I burnt the Partition Magic CD and tried that. No joy.

I disconnected everything except the motherboard, HD and monitor. Still no changes.

I reseated all components too; no change. I'm not sure what to do next.
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16 Jan 2014   #40
Scootmien

Windows 7 x64
 
 

On the off chance that my new Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti is the issue, i removed and replaced it with my old 5970 Black edition and boom, we're into Windows normally.

So either my new graphics card is b0rked or my Enermax Galaxy PSU isn't up to the task. I'd hate to RMA the card only for them to say it's fine. Equally, i'd hate to shell out on a new PSU only to find it hasn't fixed the issue.
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