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#1 onetimesilence

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 02:37 PM

My laptop has started freezing up periodically.
Sometimes I can still move the mouse, but nothing works.
I have to hold down the button on the laptop to restart it.

If I start in SAFE MODE, I don't seem to have the problem. <knocks on wood>


I've had some suggestions to run some things off of the Ultimate Boot CD. But I don't know how to use all of the programs on there.
I've run memtest86+ and it passed 20 tests over 11 hours. No errors. So it's not a memory issue.

I've run HouseCall at Trend Micro... but I'm not sold on the fact that it's accurate.
It had problems a lot... "Installation Failed" popup for instance... not sure what was installing.

Can someone start helping me repair or get rid of whatever is causing the problem?
I feel that my computer just may have a parasite of some sort on it. Not sure.

Please help. :huh:

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 01:06 PM

No help?

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 07:01 PM

What is the make and model of your computer?
Have you tried any of these free, online scans?


http://housecall.trendmicro.com
http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/
http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp
http://onlinescan.avast.com/
http://ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

<links compiled on 02/14/2008>
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Posted 01 March 2008 - 08:40 PM

I have run Trend Micro HouseCall several times.
I'm running BitDefender Online scan right now.

I ran a harddrive scan off of the Ultimate Boot CD today and it finally scanned.... but it said that it could not correct the errors.

So maybe the hardware issue is more probable that I thought.
I would have rather had a virus.
Hm.... :huh:

What are some good tools for hard drive diagnostics and ?repair?.
And how do I run them?

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:28 AM

When starting up, I've often run into the Check Disk utility for Windows Vista.
It runs, checks, and says that there are ZERO bad sectors.
Seems to find no errors.

I'm so confused.

Why does my computer lock up !?!?!?!?

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 01:12 AM

What is the make and model of your computer?


that was john's first question and I would think it was a very good one, it might give us some clues
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Posted 02 March 2008 - 07:16 AM

The Check Disk function in Windows will check the structure of the file system that resides on your hard drive - it will not check the hard drive itself.

To check the hard drive the best tool is a diagnostic from the manufacturer of your hard drive.
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Posted 02 March 2008 - 10:32 AM

Acer Extensa 4620Z
Windows Vista Home
2GB RAM
Intel Pentium Dual CPU T2310 @ 1.46GHz
160 GB Western Digital HDD - WDC WD160BDEVS-22RSTO-(S1)

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 10:52 AM

Download and run the Data Lifeguard Diagnostic from this link: http://support.wdc.com/download/downloadxml.asp#3
Let us know the results of the scan.
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Posted 02 March 2008 - 11:59 PM

Ok. I've downloaded and installed the program.
I tried to run it right there... in normal Windows mode (where I had to be to install it) and it locked up 13minutes into it.

So I've restarted the computer in SAFE MODE and and beginning the scan again.

I'll post the results in the morning.

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 12:04 AM

Actually, I was about to head to bed, right after the above post.

Then I looked at my laptop to see how the scan was going.
It's stuck on sector 21188863 of 312581808 ... and it's not moving. :huh:

The Elapsed time is advancing normally... and the Estimated Time Remaining is getting bigger and bigger.

Hm...
I'm going to bed and going to leave it. I hope it can continue... somehow. :huh:

G'Night.

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 12:58 AM

My computer locked up about 15 minutes after my last message.

I restarted the computer.

Ran the program about but chose to do a QUICK TEST first...

Error Msg:
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Quick Test on drive 1 did not complete!
Status code= 07 (Failed read test element), Failure Checkpoint = 65
(Error Log Test)
SMART self-test did not complete on drive 1!
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
End of Error Msg


Even though I feel it's useless.
I'm starting an Extended Test again.

And going to bed.

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 11:14 AM

Ok. I woke up and saw that the test says:
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Physical Drive 1:
Test found bad sectors that may be repairable.
Estimated Time Remaining: 00:00:00
Elapsed Time: 01:16:18
Current Sector: 312581807 of 321581808
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So I'm moving some files... backing them up. Then I'll hit repair.

Hopefully it won't lock up... and make me scan again.

I'll update later.

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 11:21 AM

I have run into a few hard drives over the years that "tease" you as they slowly die and waste hours of your time.

Get your data
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Posted 03 March 2008 - 04:52 PM

A bad sector can be just that - a bad sector. But, it can also be a sign of an impending failure. If you choose to repair the bad sector, backup all your stuff and keep it backed up in anticipation of another problem.
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