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#1 fishrman

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Posted 10 July 2016 - 03:47 PM

I normally run my computer 24/7. Recently, I had been having a problem with a photo program freezing up on me constantly and I read somewhere I could try changing a setting in Virtual Memory instead of having windows manage. I made the change to a custom size but then on a new boot it said Invalid Partition Table. I should mention this is a Windows 7 machine. I ran diagnostics and everything appeared ok. I then ran  boot order and selected the c drive to boot from. It slowly booted up fine! This has now happened a second time and I have now gone back to the Virtual Memory setting that I had changed and put it back to let Windows manage. Now, I am afraid to shut it down again as I may not get it to boot up at all. Is there something else I should try? Is it a possibility that the change I made had an affect. That is changing the virtual memory to custom?? My machine is about 5 years old so I suppose it may be time to think about a different machine or new hard drive. Any help is appreciated.



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Posted 11 July 2016 - 05:54 PM

I'm a bit perplexed by this.  AFAIK, this shouldn't happen just because you change the size of the pagefile.

Am I correct in assuming that the error goes away when you switch back to System Managed size?

 

Let's take a look at these 2 sets of reports (I'm hoping to find something in the first set - I'm not sure that we'll see anything in the second set):

1)  Please run this report collecting tool (even though you may not be reporting BSOD's) so we can provide a complete analysis:  http://omgdebugging.com/bsod-inspector/
When done a Notepad document will open with the name of the file and it's location.
By default it'll be a .zip file located on your Desktop
Simply upload the .zip file with your next post and we'll move on from there.
If it doesn't work for you, then please try this:  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/576314/blue-screen-of-death-bsod-posting-instructions-windows-10-81-8-7-vista/

2)  Please do the following:
- open Event Viewer (run eventvwr.msc from the "Run" dialog)
- expand the Custom Views category (left click on the > next to the words "Custom Views")
- right click on the "Administrative Events" heading
- select "Save all Events in Custom View as..."
- save the file as Admin.evtx
- zip up the file (right click on it, select "Send to", select "Compressed (zipped) folder")
- upload it with your next post (if it's too big, then upload it to a free file-hosting service and post a link here).

FYI - If we're looking for Event ID 41 errors (unexplained shutdowns), there's more info on that here:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2028504

While waiting for a reply, please monitor your temps with this free utility:  http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html


 
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Posted 12 July 2016 - 04:09 PM

usasma, on 11 Jul 2016 - 5:54 PM, said:

 

I'm a bit perplexed by this.  AFAIK, this shouldn't happen just because you change the size of the pagefile.

Am I correct in assuming that the error goes away when you switch back to System Managed size?

 

Let's take a look at these 2 sets of reports (I'm hoping to find something in the first set - I'm not sure that we'll see anything in the second set):

 

Quote1)  Please run this report collecting tool (even though you may not be reporting BSOD's) so we can provide a complete analysis:  http://omgdebugging.com/bsod-inspector/
When done a Notepad document will open with the name of the file and it's location.
By default it'll be a .zip file located on your Desktop
Simply upload the .zip file with your next post and we'll move on from there.
If it doesn't work for you, then please try this:  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/576314/blue-screen-of-death-bsod-posting-instructions-windows-10-81-8-7-vista/

2)  Please do the following:
- open Event Viewer (run eventvwr.msc from the "Run" dialog)
- expand the Custom Views category (left click on the > next to the words "Custom Views")
- right click on the "Administrative Events" heading
- select "Save all Events in Custom View as..."
- save the file as Admin.evtx
- zip up the file (right click on it, select "Send to", select "Compressed (zipped) folder")
- upload it with your next post (if it's too big, then upload it to a free file-hosting service and post a link here).

FYI - If we're looking for Event ID 41 errors (unexplained shutdowns), there's more info on that here:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2028504

While waiting for a reply, please monitor your temps with this free utility:  http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html


 

 

The first wouldn't work for me and I have tried the second but it seems to be taking forever, so I got out of it. How long should I have to wait?



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Posted 13 July 2016 - 06:20 AM

The first link in the first set of reports no longer works.  Try the second link in the first step.

I'd say that it can take up to 20- 30  minutes - depending on how many errors are in WER (the more errors there, the longer it'll take)

 

As for the 2nd set of reports, that shouldn't take as long as the first set - but if the system is damaged it could take a long time.

Again, I'd give it 20-30 minutes, but that's just a guess.


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Posted 13 July 2016 - 12:09 PM

I hope I have done this correctly. Thanks

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 05:00 AM

Only 291 Windows Update hotfixes installed.  Most systems with SP1 have 350-400 or more.  Please visit Windows Update and get ALL available updates (it may take several trips to get them all).
The actual number is not important.  Rather it's important that you checked manually, installed any available updates, and didn't experience any errors when checking or updating.

I: drive only has about 1% free space.  Windows likes 15% free space in order to perform stuff "behind the scenes" without adversely affecting the system's performance.  Please free up 15% on ALL hard drives (you can get away with 10% on larger drives and won't notice a large performance penalty).  Low free space can cause BSOD's - but the actual amount depends on the files being used by the system.

Lot's of Live Kernel Events in the WER section of the MSINFO32 report.

We'll need to look at this report:

Please do the following:
- open Event Viewer (run eventvwr.msc from the "Run" dialog)
- expand the Custom Views category (left click on the > next to the words "Custom Views")
- right click on the "Administrative Events" heading
- select "Save all Events in Custom View as..."
- save the file as Admin.evtx
- zip up the file (right click on it, select "Send to", select "Compressed (zipped) folder")
- upload it with your next post (if it's too big, then upload it to a free file-hosting service and post a link here).

FYI - If we're looking for Event ID 41 errors (unexplained shutdowns), there's more info on that here:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2028504

While waiting for a reply, please monitor your temps with this free utility:  http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

 

Have you run Startup Repair?  If so, what were the results?

If not, give it a try - it may help.

Run it 3 times - rebooting between each try.


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Posted 14 July 2016 - 10:37 AM

Walk me through running startup repair. On a sidenote, the I drive is my old 1 terabyte drive that was filled and I have replaced with a  5 terabyte backup drive.



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Posted 15 July 2016 - 01:07 PM

I think I may have lucked out and figured out this problem!!  :bounce:  Somehow, it appears the boot sequence got off! I was able to get into setup and discovered it had floppy drive for the first boot! Why or how that got changed is a mystery to me!! I changed it back to Hard Drive and so far, all is good! Thanks for your help though!



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Posted 15 July 2016 - 06:19 PM

I'm glad that you figured it out.  Thanks for letting us know!


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