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XP Start-up freeze

By jeepers ยท 8 replies
Oct 25, 2008
  1. 19 out of 20 start-ups, I will get the windows screen going and then the progress dots stop, and then nothing.

    - I dont have a video card
    - I've unplugged any non essentials (printer, camera dock etc...)
    - defragged the HD
    - completed a scan disc
    - did a virus and spyware check

    ...and the same thing happens, One day my computer will work and the next it does the freeze thing

    Any ideas?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  3. jeepers

    jeepers TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I downloaded the memtest.zip from the website, unzipped it, but when I tried to write it to a floppy, no matter what I did I... I kept getting an ERROR indicating that it wouldn't fit on the floppy.

    I then tried to write to a CD but the file was a '.img' file type and instead of opening it in Magic ISO Paint Shop Pro kept opening. So, I gave up.

    I found a couple of 256 Mb of RAM, and ran the floppy XP Repair disk. Besides from being slow from only running a 1/2 Gig of RAM, It did not freeze up all day yesterday.

    Do you have any other thoughts about the MemTest program?

    What are your thoughts about reinstalling the 1 Gb sticks back in to double check them?
  4. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    First, can you boot consistently to Safe Mode?

    Next, you said you ran Scandisk but did you try a "chkdsk /r"?

    Repost with info pls.

    -- Andy
  5. jeepers

    jeepers TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Safe mode- yes it will everytime
    ran "%temp%"
    chkdsk- yes
    bitdefender 2008 Internet Defender version, full scan

    Another thing I noticed lately was that on the occasion that it did boot correctly, I would get the blue screen w/ the XP logo in the upper right corner and the "please wait ..........."
    What is really strange is that is happening to 2 of the desktops (XP Home) and a new Sager laptop (XP Pro).

    I noticed on another reply, someone asked the model of monitor. It is an Acer 1714. But It was also doing the same Freeze upon starup with a 19" Samsung and the original HP monitor.

    The video graphics are on board the Asus 553x MoBo (486 P4 CPU)

    Sorry, is the info to vague?
  6. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    BINGO!! You have either spyware or virus (more likely spyware)

    Download/install/run the following anti-virus/spyware utilities (click on the name to get the TechSpot download page):

    Repost if you still experience problems.

    Not at all!!

    -- Andy
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524


    You are best to refer members to the Virus\Malware proceedure
    Note also that all 3 of your recomemdations are not recommended
    AVG too resource hungry try free Antivirus like Avast or Avira

    Spybots & Ad-aware, not as good as Malwarebytes

    Have a look at:

    Viruses/Spyware/Malware Preliminary Removal Instructions

    By the way, was Memtest run for 4Hrs, or are you replacing the Ram now?
  8. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    As I wrote to another TS member earlier today, this is an open forum. Therefore, anyone can post any suggestions they want. Just make sure it's on topic and makes some sense. Arguing one anti-spyware utility is superior to another is really a matter of opinion.

    Case in point, I am a professional computer technician. In my experience, the 3 anti-spyware utilities I recommend are highly effective. 80% of my business is removing spyware from persons computers and I am very good at it (90+% success rate!)

    Just because TechSpot has a guide on it for removing spyware doesn't mean everyone has to use it or recommend it. I can recommend my own as this is an open forum.

    -- Andy
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Please argue the 3 week testing and many members posts, and information sourced from other forums, to Julio

    On TechSpot we ask members to follow the removal proceedure FIRST

    Then try other alternatives (mind you, we have never said those 3 you mentioned, since the guide was updated)
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