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#1 MadDemon64

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 09:54 AM

For the past several days, my computer has refused to boot the first time I press the power button.  It goes to the splash screen but there are no spinning dots; it just hangs on the splash screen and does nothing.  I have to hold the power button again to turn it off and then push the button again, and then it works.  And, each time I do this, I get the following event in my event log:
 

The last shutdown's success status was false. The last boot's success status was false.

 

I have no idea what is going on with my computer.  Is it dying or is something else going on?


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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 10:14 AM

Firstly, disable fast startup in Windows 8.

 

https://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/what-is-fast-startup-windows-8-disable-it/

 

Open an elevated command prompt. Windows key + X. Select command prompt as admin. Type the following commands.

powercfg -h off
shutdown /s /f /t 0

Reboot and see if the computer shuts down and boots normally.


Edited by JohnC_21, 25 March 2018 - 10:19 AM.


#3 MadDemon64

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 10:55 AM

Firstly, disable fast startup in Windows 8.

 

https://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/what-is-fast-startup-windows-8-disable-it/

 

Open an elevated command prompt. Windows key + X. Select command prompt as admin. Type the following commands.

powercfg -h off
shutdown /s /f /t 0

Reboot and see if the computer shuts down and boots normally.

I haven't used fast startup for a long time, so thankfully we can rule that out.

 

I'm currently testing a theory to see if disabling hibernation is the cause, because each day prior to the problem, I left my computer asleep for so long it hibernated.  I'm thinking maybe something is going on with my the hibernation function.



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Posted 25 March 2018 - 10:57 AM

I always avoid hibernation. The powercfg command I posted turns it off.



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Posted 25 March 2018 - 04:11 PM

Ok, so after a bit of experimentation, I have determined that the cause is indeed hibernation.  My computer starts up fine if I shut it down if it has been put to sleep (or hasn't), but it always fails to start up from hibernation.

 

I have deactivated hibernation until I figure out just what's going on.  But I did run DISM, SFC, Norton, and Malwarebytes, and they came up with nothing.  I will run CHKDSK to see if it can find anything.  I have a sneaking suspicion this was caused by the automatic updates I installed a little over a week ago.



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Posted 25 March 2018 - 05:43 PM

I have never been a fan of hibernation.  Although, I am also a guy who shuts down all power management features.  I don't want anything to shut down, spin down, or turn off unless I hit a button.  Personal preference.






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