Solved Windows 7 freezing after login

May 8, 2013 at 21:10:54
Specs: Windows 7, 12gb 2.67gb quad
Some stages to simplify description:

1. Windows 7 x64 is working fine.

2. Shutdown like normal, unplug computer, install new HDD, accidentally unplug cable to Boot SSD (but left sata power plugged into drive), start computer.

3. Obvious boot error.

4. Discover dislodged sata cable, plug in, boot.

5. Everything seems to be going fine, windows boots, login screen appears, I log on and the desktop appears.

6. First sign of a problem is that the loading circle on the network icon in the lower left freezes. I can still do limited things, open "My Computer" start task manager, open VLC. If I try to open firefox or right click "computer" to open the "Manage" window, DWM freezes but VLC and My computer keep functioning like normal.

7. OK, weird. I shut down. Freezes at "shutting down" --> hard shutdown.

8. Boot into safemode. I am able to get into "Manage" and take the opportunity to initialize and format the new drive. everything runs in safemode.

9. Restart and run windows. 6 occures again. --> hard shutdown *grimace*

10. Insert windows install disk, run startup repair --> "no problems". Run windows memory check on next restart. restart, memory check, no problems.

11. Reboot, select old HDD with other windows 7 installation, boot. Boots fine, login, everything works, none of the problems in 6. I am at this stage right now.

I would like to:

> understand the problem
>fix it without a fresh install(lots of programs I don't want to reinstall...)


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May 9, 2013 at 15:09:56
OP here,

So I ran checkdisk, found some errors that got repaired. When I booted after the repair, 6 happened again.

So I shut down, grabbed my trusty can of generic dust off, and blew out the connection point on the SSD Sata cable and the sata port on the drive.

I plugged in the drive, turned the PSU back on, booted, and everything seems to be OK. (I'm posting from the afflicted OS)



#1
May 9, 2013 at 01:44:47
Hi,

I am replying to this thread not because i have a fix but because i have a similar issue, ie when i boot my machine the network icon in the system tray takes about a minute to load (circules around) Until it loads i have limited access to my programs, cannot load applications, cannot open task manager etc.

so im following this thread in the hope that someone can help resolve this.

Thanks,


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#3
May 9, 2013 at 02:07:54
I think there might have been file system corruption. Have you tried run check disk? Don't forget to tick the 'automatically fix file system errors'.

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May 9, 2013 at 15:09:56
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OP here,

So I ran checkdisk, found some errors that got repaired. When I booted after the repair, 6 happened again.

So I shut down, grabbed my trusty can of generic dust off, and blew out the connection point on the SSD Sata cable and the sata port on the drive.

I plugged in the drive, turned the PSU back on, booted, and everything seems to be OK. (I'm posting from the afflicted OS)


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May 9, 2013 at 15:10:33
Just goes to reiterate the role that dust can play inside of our delicate electronics.

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#6
July 18, 2013 at 06:25:49
Hi,

i am glad you found the solution to your problem, however i have had the same issue for almost a year now, and at first i atrributed it to some form of infection, so scanned my machine regularly hoping something would get picked up, i then decided to perform disk checks, disable startup items etc. Basically everything i could think of i tried. i have finally found a solution so thought i'd share it so that others can hopefully benefit.

What i done was,

1) Start my pc
2) as soon as it started the LAn icon will try to find a network (could take a minute or 2)
3) immediatly as windows starts i would click Start and type 'service.msc' press enter
4) from the new window i will sort the items by status until i see 'starting...' at the top

from here i would watch the 'Starting....' items and noticed they would take a long time to start, so i changed their startup behaviour to 'automatic (delayed start). then restarted and done the same again.

There were two items which would hang during start up, and after changing them to 'delayed start' windows will boot faster and the lan icon no longer hangs.

Hope this some how helps someone else.


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