Freezing PC at login screen, Windows 7 *fresh installs*

By Hanover ยท 13 replies
Jun 13, 2012
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  1. I don't use this pc much but the last time I used it it was perfectly fine which was a while ago.
    Now I turn it on for my ex's kid so he can play spore and whenever I start ANY game it freezes at the start of the game.
    Thought it was a driver issue, changed drivers.
    Then that didn't work so I changed the video card.
    Then that didnt work so I ran memtest and the ram passed.
    Then maybe thought the old XP install was borked so I put on win 7.
    Still freezing so I changed out the hard disk altogether.

    Pc specs:

    Amd phenom II 9950
    Asus M3A79-t deluxe
    Ati 4870 x2
    Corsair XMS2 DDR2 PC 6400
    Pc power and cooling 750w psu

    I *CAN* boot into safe mode with no issue and even to a normal desktop in the msconfig diagnostics mode but I cannot get online even with safe mode with networking.

    The system event viewer says:
    'The network list service service depends on the network location awareness service which failed to start because of the following error:
    the dependency service or group failed to start'

    Application event viewer says:
    'The winlogon notification subscriber GP client was unavailable to handle a notification event'

    What the problems are:

    PC freezes in XP when I try to launch a game
    PC freezes in win7 after welcome screen but before desktop login
    PC will boot in safe mode/msconfig diagnostic mode.

    So far I have:

    Tried 2 different win 7 copies
    2 PSU's
    2 hard disks
    2 video cards, ATi and Nvidia
    2 sets RAM
    Uninstall/reinstall video drivers using driver cleaner/driver sweeper
    Ran chkdsk
    Ran MEMtest
    Bios looks good
    Board looks good, no bulging caps or irregularities

    And still freezing at the exact same point of bootup.

    I checked the event viewer again, now I'm getting this:

    'The following boot start or system start driver failed to load:


    It looks like this is where the hang up is but 2 different win7 installs tells me it's not a coincidence when one version is running fine on my other pc with no issues for much longer than this one. And these are not existing installs, they are fresh installs on formatted drives.

  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    The motherboard has to be the issue here...
  3. Hanover

    Hanover TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah I figured so...question is, where can I get a motherboard for an amd phenom x4 9950
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    If you have an EBay and PayPal account... EBay is a good place to look
  5. Hanover

    Hanover TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Talked to Asus support, they seem to think its a CPU issue since the board boots and can get to desktop in diagnostic mode
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Well I guess it could be the CPU, but in my experience I have only seen bad CPU's cause NO POST, no booting, no nothing... Not much experience with newer AMD processors, although they do run hotter than their Intel counterparts
  7. Hanover

    Hanover TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Its cooled with an aftermarket cooler, it doesnt or in this case didnt run hot at all. I'm led to believe its the mobo too, but I cant find any answers as to why it'll boot in safe mode and msconfig diagnostics mode but not to a normal desktop.
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yes, because of all those fresh installs, it can't be software, it has to be hardware. Do the Windows installs go smoothly? Maybe its a motherboard bios issue, but this would mess up the fresh installs I would think
  9. Hanover

    Hanover TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah, they go completely normal. That's what has me stumped. Everything is totally normal until that first desktop appears.
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Maybe a bad video card. Those higher level video drivers take over once the desktop is loaded
  11. Hanover

    Hanover TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I would love to think so but I've tried 2 completely different cards already and did a fresh install of windows with each card and it freezes at the same point. I just can't pin down where the issue is. I'm already looking at other options now, I.E., replacing the mobo/RAM/CPU.
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Very odd problem indeed... Replace that motherboard if you are sure the bios are set properly
  13. Hanover

    Hanover TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I haven't touched anything in the BIOS since I bought it, since I don't OC everything has always been set to 'auto'. My question is, what on the mobo would keep the boot processes from starting? One other problem I ran into also is that it won't connect to the net in safe mode with networking or with Ethernet drivers installed. I am looking to replace it all now as I can't find a mobo that will work with the phenom x4 9950BE CPU that was in it because it's a 140w CPU.
  14. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yeah those babies are warm...

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