Posted 23 January 2011 - 01:28 PM
I've been having this same issue for about 6 months honestly, and I fear that it is slowly damaging my computer or Windows installation's integrity.
Here's how it goes:
I very, very rarely am able to shut down my computer. When I shut down my computer for more than 6 hours (it seems any less than 6 hours, this issue does not occur), I get the following error on boot:
A disk read error has occured.
Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to restart your computer.
It doesn't do this after a reboot. It only does this after a long period of being shut down.
From there on, I just have to keep hard booting my computer, and eventually it will kick into gear and start successfully. Sometimes, it takes longer than normal to start successfully, maybe 6 hard boots, sometimes just 2. Sometimes it will boot past the Windows screen and then just remain idle forever. Then when I hard boot, I am told that Windows has failed to start and there may be an installation error. I can continue to hard boot again and it will start successfully.
I've tried literally everything: defragged, defragged the page file, checking the disk for errors, CCleaner, checking memory diagnostics, running Windows startup repair, blowing out my case, etc. Any ideas?
I'm on Vista x86 Home Basic.