Today I started up my computer and tried to log in (Windows 7). The "Welcome" message was rather delayed and when it finally disappeared I was stuck on a black screen with only a mouse cursor.
Ctrl Alt Del didn't do anything (it brought up the menu after a while but task manager wouldn't ever show). I could log out but logging in again produced the same issue. If I kept logging in and out it seemed like it would eventually work and function normally.
I thought it might've been be HDD because when it was lagging I usually heard something trying to spin up then stopping, and the times it did work I heard something spinning up without the sudden stop. However chkdsk didn't give me any errors on read...
I checked around on the internet and there doesn't seem to be a clear solution to the issue. Someone seemed to think it was a BIOS problem somehow so I'm going to try resetting that next time I restart, but I'm not too confident anything will happen.
Anyone else ever get this or have suggestions on what to check?
Check the fans, that happens on my laptop when I forget to plug in the external fans (@#$% Toshiba, crap fans died 3 months after I got it), and if nothing wrong there, it might me something in the OS itself that crashed, like an accidental removal of a file. No idea how to check if it is that, though...
Could be a head crash. You might want to run a full surface scan.
Any programs/utilities that you suggest? Free is definitely preferable, heh.
If you can; get a linux live disk and boot from that (Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 could be worth getting hold of). You should then be able test the hardware and scan the HDD for viruses etc.
Ran a scan using Spybot, didn't get anything. Gonna have to go grab some virus scanner or something and see if it finds anything.
What is the computer?
It's a Toshiba; a couple years old at least.
Also, I tried going back to a restore point about a week ago and it the same issue was occurring so I don't think it's a problem with the system files.
As long as I don't restart/shut it down it doesn't seem to have any problems, which is somewhat strange...when I try to sleep/hibernate/shut down though, it usually just black screens (monitor turns off) but eventually it'll just turn off and when I turn it back on it gives me "Windows failed to shut down correctly."
When I get back in it gives me a "Windows recovered from an error" with a BSOD code of 9f which seems to be some sort of a graphics card/driver issue. Could the graphics card screwing up be causing the problem?
That kind of makes sense since the computer seems to hang for a while when I shut it down and then it just dies after a bit.
Going to run the Driver Verifier as suggested and see what it finds...
Ok, well the Driver Verifier didn't find any problems. I did go to Toshiba's website and install their latest display driver and it seemed to sort of fix some of the problem. The login sequence is still slow but it doesn't seem to be going to a black screen w/ mouse cursor anymore.
However the computer is now lagging really badly after login for a while. If I wait like 30 minutes then it seems to be ok and runs fine but before that it lags when I try to do anything including click icons on my desktop or bring up the start bar. Unfortunately this problem sounds really generic so google isn't helping much. :/
As of now, it's still lagging. Going to run memtest to see if my RAM is bad...if it's not that then I really have no idea what to do except reinstall Windows. Dunno if I even have a reinstall disc anywhere...
Well, I uninstalled Norton (apparently I never got around to removing that) and it seemed to fix it...
It was still lagging really badly though.
I eventually got sick of it and did a hard shutdown. Chkdsk ran and removed from some corrupt entries which seemed to be like preferences and stuff since Firefox and some other programs lost a bunch of settings. Now the lag is gone though so I *think* the problem is fixed...
Nothing's wrong with sleep/hibernate. All that happens is the contents of memory get dumped to disk (in a file called hyberfil.sys), the system shuts down, and then when it boots it copies the data on the disk back into memory.