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#1 finewine99

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 04:26 PM

Every 4th or 5th time after I power down for the night and start up in the morning, AVG and MOZY loads on the lower toolbar and then the hourglass twirls and the rest of the loading process is stopped. I have use of the mouse but cannot open any application and cannot control/alt/delete to get to the task manager. I have waited for up to 15-20 minutes to see if something is having an issue loading - but nothing. I have to power off completely. The next power-on operates normally during the 2nd start up. The only other program on the start up toolbar is my dsl local area connection and I cannot tell if that has loaded or not.
I have WIN XP Professional. Thanks to anyone who has an idea what this might be! theWineO

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 05:30 PM

I woud start with a disk check, running the appropriate hard drive diagnostic.

Bootable Hard Drive Diagnostics - Vox - http://usasma.vox.com/library/post/bootabl...iagnostics.html

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 05:31 PM

If this has been happening for only a coupe of weeks or so, try doing a System Restore.

Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> System Restore.

When this opens make sure that "Restore my computer to an earlier time" is chosen, and click on Next>.

The dates appearing in bold are the dates that you can restore to, click on the date that was prior to your trouble. Click on Next> to start the System Restore. This may take a long time to complete, and when it is done it will restart your computer. When the computer restarts and you have logged on as the administrator a Restoration Complete page will appear, click on OK to complete the process.

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 06:41 PM

I woud start with a disk check, running the appropriate hard drive diagnostic.

Bootable Hard Drive Diagnostics - Vox - http://usasma.vox.com/library/post/bootabl...iagnostics.html

Louis


This is the first time I have replied on this forum. Hope I do this right!

Thanks so much for your suggestion. I went to the website and I "think" I can orchestrate the instructions.

I have done the windows "diskcheck" on occasion - but that hasn't resolved the problem.
Thanks again! DaWineO

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 06:44 PM

If this has been happening for only a coupe of weeks or so, try doing a System Restore.

Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> System Restore.

When this opens make sure that "Restore my computer to an earlier time" is chosen, and click on Next>.

The dates appearing in bold are the dates that you can restore to, click on the date that was prior to your trouble. Click on Next> to start the System Restore. This may take a long time to complete, and when it is done it will restart your computer. When the computer restarts and you have logged on as the administrator a Restoration Complete page will appear, click on OK to complete the process.


This has actually been going on for quite some time. Actually, I may have mispoken saying it's every 4 or 5 times. It may go for a week or more before it repeats the hang-up. It always boots right up when I power off and back on. Such a mystery...

Thanks so much for taking time to reply. DaWineO

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 07:09 PM

Just for the record...chkdsk is a Windows tool for dealing with files and some file system and some hard drive problems. Although it is is a very useful tool and does many things, it's not really a hard drive diagnostic.

Hard drive diagnostics are utilities developed by the hard drive manufacturers...to test the functionality of their products. They may also include utilities to fix/overcome certain problems...but the main intent is to assess the functionality of the hard drive compared to how it is intended to function.

Often, users like me...will run chkdsk /r and run into problems that cannot be handled by it. At that time, I run a hard drive diagnostic...so that I can get an idea if it is the hard drive itself that is the problem.

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 08:21 PM

Just for the record...chkdsk is a Windows tool for dealing with files and some file system and some hard drive problems. Although it is is a very useful tool and does many things, it's not really a hard drive diagnostic.

Hard drive diagnostics are utilities developed by the hard drive manufacturers...to test the functionality of their products. They may also include utilities to fix/overcome certain problems...but the main intent is to assess the functionality of the hard drive compared to how it is intended to function.

Often, users like me...will run chkdsk /r and run into problems that cannot be handled by it. At that time, I run a hard drive diagnostic...so that I can get an idea if it is the hard drive itself that is the problem.

Louis


Excellent information!! thanks again :+) DaWineO




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