Laptop runs Vista in Safe Mode Only

Microsoft Windows vista ultimate - 32-bi...
January 6, 2011 at 08:33:57
Specs: Windows Vista
My laptop will not run in Normal Mode. It will boot to the desktop, showing all of my normal icons, but once I start clicking on anything it freezes up. When I restart in Safe mode, things work as expected. I can even access the internet with IE. I have tried Malewarebytes and several other virus scanners, so I don't believe that is the problem. I have disabled ALL startup programs to see if anything is bogging the system down, but I get the same freezing problem in Normal mode. I have also run checkdisk and scanned the memory for errors. All good. I tried going back several months to a saved restore point, but still have the problem. Tried creating a new windows profile, but same result. Corrupt video driver? I'm stuck. Please help if you can. -JTB

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#1
January 6, 2011 at 08:37:47
Oh, I have also run checkdisk and scanned the memory for errors. All good. I tried going back several months to a saved restore point, but still have the problem. -JTB

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#2
January 6, 2011 at 13:51:26
Does your computer meet the minimum install requirements? I am tempted to believe you have a video/video driver issue. In safe mode Windows uses lower graphics settings which is why it may run fine in safe mode. But when it boots normally and uses higher graphics settings....it freezes. In safe mode with networking ,check your graphics properties. Try and update via internet your graphics adapter. I suspect it's one of these: the card itself is insufficient to run windows(not if it was working before), is failing or needs a new driver installed/re-installed. One of those. Goodluck

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#3
January 6, 2011 at 13:57:45
Does the event viewer show anything?

Control panel.....administrative tools......Event Viewer.......system.......

Maybe a hanging application or anything.....yellow exclamation marks or red x's?


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#4
January 10, 2011 at 06:24:08
Well...I tried to find the bad driver, but no luck. I ended up re-installing Windows Vista and reloading all of the drivers. Works fine now. Thanks for the help HR!

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