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Computer freezing on startup.

Found 30th Jun 2010
I am having trouble with loading up my Windows Vista PC properly.
Whenever i switch it on it freezes on the loading bar. In order to get it loading up properly i have to reset it, and sometimes it may take two or three resets before it loads up.
The problem has been happening for quite a while but only once every couple of weeks. Now it seems to happen every time i switch it on.
I have searched online but cant really find a solution to this, please could someone help.
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Thanks.


[EDIT] Thanks everyone. I think/hope it is fixed. Only time will tell. Rep given to you all.

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sounds like the software is corrupt, best option is to back up ALL data then do a full re-format and install, second option is to do a system restore.

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might be hard drive failing

reinstall on your current and if it still a problem buy a new drive

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Superman999;8947810

sounds like the software is corrupt, best option is to back up ALL data … sounds like the software is corrupt, best option is to back up ALL data then do a full re-format and install, second option is to do a system restore.



Thanks but i have tried that. Several times. The problem just keeps happening.

could be your hard drive maybe a problem, do you have another spare, if so try that see if it loads properly

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jubbyme;8947813

might be hard drive failingreinstall on your current and if it still a … might be hard drive failingreinstall on your current and if it still a problem buy a new drive



Is there any way i can test if the hard drive is failing.
The only thing i have read online is that it could be sometime to do with the BIOS, but im not quite sure what that it.

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n1ttygr1tty;8947824

could be your hard drive maybe a problem, do you have another spare, if … could be your hard drive maybe a problem, do you have another spare, if so try that see if it loads properly



I only have portable 2.5 inch drives spare. Would it be possible to load it up on that?

failing that, when you boot your pc hold n press F8 keep holding till a screen shows up once it does highlight SAFE MODE, load that up see if it loads ok, if it doesnt then sound like hard drive or some other underlying problem

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robappleby89;8947825

Is there any way i can test if the hard drive is failing. The only thing … Is there any way i can test if the hard drive is failing. The only thing i have read online is that it could be sometime to do with the BIOS, but im not quite sure what that it.



nope, its an intermittent drive failure, most of the time it will pass a drive test

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n1ttygr1tty;8947838

failing that, when you boot your pc hold n press F8 keep holding till a … failing that, when you boot your pc hold n press F8 keep holding till a screen shows up once it does highlight SAFE MODE, load that up see if it loads ok, if it doesnt then sound like hard drive or some other underlying problem



When it does happen i do often try SAFE MODE and that loads up perfectly.

jubbyme;8947813

might be hard drive failingreinstall on your current and if it still a … might be hard drive failingreinstall on your current and if it still a problem buy a new drive


More than likely ^ this. try the 2.5" spare drive you have before anything else. the cable connectors are the same if it is SATA.

robappleby89;8947881

When it does happen i do often try SAFE MODE and that loads up perfectly.




Looks like a driver problem

have you installed any new hardware or updated drivers lately?

Have you updated Vista software lately?

If so do a rollback and see what happens...

The method to restore or rollback a driver to its previous version in Windows Vista is similar to steps perform in Windows XP:

Click on Windows Start button, then right click on “Computer” and select “Manage” on the right click context menu. If there is any UAC security prompt, click on “Continue”.
Open Device Manager by clicking on “Device Manager”.
Expand the hardware component category that placing device with corrupted driver by clicking on the small plus sign next to it. Inside the category, look for the device entry that you want to rollback its driver to previous version.
Right click on the device, and select “Properties”.
Select “Driver” tab.
Click on the “Roll Back Driver” button, and confirm when prompted with dialog box asking if really want to procced to get old driver installed again.

Note: User must logged on as an administrator to rollback a driver update. Beside, if there is no previous version of the driver software installed for the selected device, the Roll Back Driver button will be unavailable (grayed out and disabled).

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Before you do ANYTHING! try making a image - Ghost/Acronis - of the boot drive, store it some where else. Then if anything goes wrong you have a boot/mountable backup. :thumbsup:

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mikbak;8947915

Looks like a driver problem have you installed any new hardware or … Looks like a driver problem have you installed any new hardware or updated drivers lately?Have you updated Vista software lately?If so do a rollback and see what happens...The method to restore or rollback a driver to its previous version in Windows Vista is similar to steps perform in Windows XP:Click on Windows Start button, then right click on “Computer” and select “Manage” on the right click context menu. If there is any UAC security prompt, click on “Continue”.Open Device Manager by clicking on “Device Manager”.Expand the hardware component category that placing device with corrupted driver by clicking on the small plus sign next to it. Inside the category, look for the device entry that you want to rollback its driver to previous version.Right click on the device, and select “Properties”.Select “Driver” tab.Click on the “Roll Back Driver” button, and confirm when prompted with dialog box asking if really want to procced to get old driver installed again.Note: User must logged on as an administrator to rollback a driver update. Beside, if there is no previous version of the driver software installed for the selected device, the Roll Back Driver button will be unavailable (grayed out and disabled).



It must have been freezing on me like this for maybe a year or two but it was very rarely. In that time i have updated from the original version of Vista and i keep it updated.
Could a new update i have installed made it happen more frequently? Or is it an underlying problem.
Thanks. Rep added to everyone

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bargain surfer;8947910

More than likely ^ this. try the 2.5" spare drive you have before … More than likely ^ this. try the 2.5" spare drive you have before anything else. the cable connectors are the same if it is SATA.



Thanks i will give it a go :thumbsup:

robappleby89;8947881

When it does happen i do often try SAFE MODE and that loads up perfectly.



Quite likely then that there is a driver/program loading on startup that is hanging or failing. Have you added (or removed) anything lately, whether a program or hardware?

I was going to write a long blurb on how to disable various progs on start-up but this page:

]http//ww…ta/

explains it better than I can!

Have a go at that and see if you can find a culprit.

Dave

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Wirral_guy;8947974

Quite likely then that there is a driver/program loading on startup that … Quite likely then that there is a driver/program loading on startup that is hanging or failing. Have you added (or removed) anything lately, whether a program or hardware? I was going to write a long blurb on how to disable various progs on start-up but this page:]http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/stop-an-application-from-running-at-startup-in-windows-vista/explains it better than I can!Have a go at that and see if you can find a culprit.Dave



Thanks Dave - i just tried it. I disabled everything that i could and then reset my PC. It froze again on the loading bar, then a second time when i restarted.
I then tried Safe Mode with Networking, which i am in now and it loaded up first time.

Something I come across regularly is the Memory sometimes need re seating.

If you feel competent enough , take them out one at a time clean the contacts and reseat.

something else is use ]msconfig and remove all startup items see if that works, if it does then put them back one at a time..

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mikbak;8948251

Something I come across regularly is the Memory sometimes need re … Something I come across regularly is the Memory sometimes need re seating.If you feel competent enough , take them out one at a time clean the contacts and reseat.something else is use ]msconfig and remove all startup items see if that works, if it does then put them back one at a time..



I have used msconfig before. Is it safe to disable all of the startup programs. For example in that list is 'Microsoft Windows Operating System' which i presume i cant disable.

I will give reseating the memory a try. Thank you

1st things I would try are;

Check hard drive cables haven't come loose.

Reset bios to factory defaults.

Clear cmos.

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Painkiller;8948418

1st things I would try are;Check hard drive cables haven't come … 1st things I would try are;Check hard drive cables haven't come loose.Reset bios to factory defaults.Clear cmos.



Thanks for the help. I will look online on how to do it :thumbsup:

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I have just opened her up and cleaned the memory and reset the bios and cmos.
I dont know whether it was just luck but it started first time. Hopefully it is fixed
Thanks everyone
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