HELP! Windows 7 Always in 'Not Responding' State

December 28, 2012 at 03:01:04
Specs: Windows 7, 2gb RAM 2.00 GHz
I am having problem with my 2-year old laptop recently. Last week, whilst I was watching a movie, it stopped sporadically. I thought there's just something wrong with the subtitle so I restarted the movie. Everything seemed to work fine again until the next day, every application i opened stopped sporadically. And whenever I clicked the close button it would not do so automatically. It took forever for a single file to respond. You can imagine idea how annoying that was. So I scan my computer, no virus or malware was found. Opening simple application like notepad++ took longer than 3 minutes to open, and when it finally did, my laptop would be in the 'hunging' state. I could not even shut it down properly. So made a clean installation of windows seven, hoping the problem would not exist anymore, but unfortunately it did again. I could not even finish installing a software.

I am not an expert when it comes to the hardware components of my laptop, but I definitely take good care of my unit. Please help.
Below is the system specs of my unit:

Emachine D732z
Intel Pentium P6100, 2GB DDR3 Memory, 320 GB HDD. Windows Seven Ultimate 32-bit.

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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December 28, 2012 at 07:23:07
First suspect on the hardware side has to be the hard drive since they all start to fail eventually. You can test it with the drive maker's own diagnostic software which loads from a bootable CD which you have to make (but it's quite easy to make it).

The links you need for the software are here:

The download will be an ISO file. Create a CD from it using IMGBurn on a working PC:

When you've made the CD, boot your laptop from it to test the laptop's hard drive.

If the hard drive passes the test, next suspect is the installed RAM. Test it with memtest86:
This is also an ISO file from which you must create a CD to boot your laptop from.

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December 28, 2012 at 18:09:04
thanks. I will get back to you once I performed what you suggested. i hope it works.

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December 28, 2012 at 19:26:00
I prefer testing memory first since a bad memory can give you false hard drive errors. Otherwise exactly right to perform these tests before proceeding with anything else.

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December 29, 2012 at 07:34:16
Sounds like a virus infection. Although your antivirus may not pick any up there may still be one. Try an online scan like bit defender.

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December 31, 2012 at 02:34:23
This is what I would do first, right click your taskbar and select "taskmanager". Select the "processes" tab, and check the box in the corner to show ALL running tasks. There will be sort items at the top, try sorting it by CPU and see what is using up the most of your resources. Now if you dont use the taskmanager enough to recognize what should be there well enough to spot something that should not be running, you will just have to see what is using up the most CPU time. I got some kind of virus that infected the critical system program "services.exe". I don't know what it was doing, but it was burning up HUGE ammounts of CPU time, when it never did that before. I checked it against the original installation source, and sure enough, 2 lines differed, when they should have been identical. I replaced the corrupted one with the original from outside my windows enviornment, and that fixed it. So I got busy on the security and permissions on the sucker, made myself the owner. and DENIED write privlages to everyone, specificly, the SYSTEM account, so it wouldn't happen again.

You should also try running system restore, and just restore your computer to before this started happening. Type "rstrui.exe" into your RUN box,

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December 31, 2012 at 23:44:27
hi..i run a memtest and there's nothing wrong with the RAM. I am pretty sure it is not the virus. a friend suggested that it has something to do with bad sectors on my HDD. I scan my hard disk drives and it has bad sector. I made my homework and researched on that subject, and regenerating or buying a new HDD are the only solutions available. Hirens software was the top choice for HDD Regenerating, but it would take time and my files will be deleted. Although that software can also restore the files, but since it is my first time to perform the process, I am having some kind of second thought.

I will get back to you all once I performed the process. Have a happy new year. :)

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January 1, 2013 at 01:36:00
If you have bad sectors, then you can repair your HDD giving the following commands in Command Prompt with admin privileges:





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