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XP HANGS within 5 min of complete boot

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by deepak_99218, Sep 21, 2008.

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  1. deepak_99218

    deepak_99218 Thread Starter

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    i am running xp sp3 & vista in dual boot with xp set as default.

    Just yesterday while working in xp my system hanged.
    Now when i try to boot all app r loaded desktop appears normal then
    within 5 min the system hangs i am unable to run any apps or call taskmanager, or even shutdown.,

    My computer opens but gives a NotResponding message.

    Note:
    Vista works perfectly.
    I think the system was restarted during a disk check operation but i am not sure
    It is not giving the option to boot in safe mode for xp
    i have another system ready in case i need to remove this hdd & check.

    Guys i really would ur help.
     
  2. A+Computer

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    First and for most, have you tried running the system in safe mode to see if the problem still occurs? Edit: it's not giving you an option to boot in safe mode? when holding f8 on boot you should get the option.
     
  3. deepak_99218

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    Like i said the option to boot into safe mode does not appear,
    pressing F8 does not work, it just continues to boot normaly.

    But when i boot into vista F8 provides the boot options.
    could this be because i installed vista first & then installed XP?
     
  4. A+Computer

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    Ya, just right click My Computer: Properties : Advanced : Start-up & Recovery Settings : Change the default operating system in the drop menu.
     
  5. deepak_99218

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    It seems the vista bootloader had set the waiting time to 1 sec.
    But now i managed to go into safe mode.
    It seems to work fine there.

    So what r the steps i should take to analyze & fix my system.
    Sorry for the initial reply.
     
  6. A+Computer

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    Hit Start: Run: type MSCONFIG & put a check in Diagnostic Startup.
     
  7. deepak_99218

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    when i restarted in diagnostic there was no problem.
    I was able to run some of the apps.

    So what should i look for here?
     
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    Do you have any minidump files in c:\windows\minidump ? If so, please compress and zip, and attach them to your post.

    Also, if you don't wanna do that, then start run msconfig again, but this time hit the startup tab. Uncheck everything you see and reboot. Things should work good and the problem will be gone. But to fix what program is giving the headache, I need you to go to control panel, admistrative tools, event viewer. Look under both system, and software for a red X and post the error in the log.
     
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    The minidump folder was empty.
    The same thing happens even if i remove all items from startup & reboot.

    But i found somethings yesterday.
    The system does not hang actually, what happens is after the system boots up the speed gets slower & slower.
    I found this out when i clicked taskmanager but it did not start initialy,
    but after abt 20min it did start.

    Could this be some malware. I did run a scan with AVG free edition from safe mode.
     
  10. A+Computer

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    Well it can be numerous things causing it too bog down. When you bring up task manager what's the cpu sitting at? is the performance between 0-4 or 100%? In safe mode does the computer also slow down? Are the fans on the cpu clear of dirt? We are pretty much in the dark with no reports or logs. Diagnosing a computer with no reports, and not being there physically is hard to do. I would start with the basics and do practical Maintenance.

    Virus scan: check -- you've done this.
    Spyware scan:
    Disk Defrag:
    Check & make sure hard-drive isn't almost full, this can cause slow performance.
    Temp clean up.

    Download http://www.ccleaner.com/ great for cleaning out your closet.
     
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