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Un-naturally Long Boot Times and Choppy Usage

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March 22, 2011 4:40:28 PM

Un-naturally Long Boot Times and Choppy Usage


It all started about a week ago. I uninstalled Adobe CS3 and that messed up my Context Menus and I decided to fix it. One thing led to another, from registry changes to msconfig tweaking etc. It seemed like the more things I tried to mess with, the more problems arose. Booting with the verifier tool flagged my mouse driver with an error causing BSODs.

After replacing the driver with the newest one from the manufacturer's website, the computer started having REALLY long boot times and would be very choppy during normal use.

I decided to just back-up everything into my secondary hard disk and do a fresh install.

After my first initial install, everything seemed like it was back to normal. I went about the routine of installing the latest drivers and grabbing all the windows updates.

I woke up the next day to find that I couldn't boot to windows anymore. I went to Safe Mode, did a System Restore, undoing all my Windows Updates. This allowed me to boot to windows, but it was still unnaturally long. To add to the problem, after entering the Welcome Screen, the screen would go completely black (minus the mouse) and take another few minutes or so to get explorer loaded up properly. I think it is important to note at this stage, that booting into Safe Mode was still relatively quick, but at times the choppiness would crop up during usage.

I proceeded to reinstall any drivers that were undone by the System Restore. Nothing is flagged in Device Manager. I also went ahead and updated my motherboard and BIOS drivers just to make sure.

The problem remains. Latest boot all the way into Windows took about 10mins. Some instances (such as now) performance seems to be fine. I can sometimes still watch a movie uninterrupted. At times the simplest of tasks (say, opening a folder), would cause a system wide lag spike lasting anywhere from a few seconds to minutes.

These are my specs:

Processor: Intel (R) Core i7 860 @ 2.80Ghz
Motherboard: Gigabyte P55A UD3 F11
Ram: 4 Gigs
Graphic Card: ATI Radeon HD 5700
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit

I've attached my latest bootlog for reference:

Microsoft (R) Windows (R) Version 6.1 (Build 7600)
3 23 2011 01:12:09.610
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\hal.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\kdcom.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\mcupdate_GenuineIntel.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\PSHED.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\CLFS.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\CI.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\Wdf01000.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\WDFLDR.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ACPI.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\WMILIB.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\msisadrv.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\vdrvroot.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\partmgr.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\volmgr.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\volmgrx.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\pciide.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\PCIIDEX.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\mv91cons.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\mountmgr.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ataport.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\amdxata.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\fltmgr.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\fileinfo.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Ntfs.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\msrpc.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\ksecdd.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\cng.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\pcw.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Fs_Rec.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\ndis.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\NETIO.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\ksecpkg.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\tcpip.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\fwpkclnt.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\vmstorfl.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\volsnap.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\spldr.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\rdyboost.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\mup.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\hwpolicy.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\fvevol.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\disk.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\CLASSPNP.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\cdrom.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Null.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Beep.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\vga.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\RDPCDD.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\rdpencdd.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\rdprefmp.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Msfs.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Npfs.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\tdx.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\netbt.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\afd.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\wfplwf.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\pacer.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\netbios.sys
Did not load driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\serial.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\wanarp.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\termdd.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\rdbss.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\nsiproxy.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\mssmbios.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\discache.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\csc.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\dfsc.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\blbdrive.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\AppleCharger.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\tunnel.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\intelppm.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\atikmdag.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\dxgkrnl.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\atikmpag.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\HDAudBus.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\usbuhci.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\usbehci.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\Rt64win7.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\nusb3xhc.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\GEARAspiWDM.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\CompositeBus.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\AgileVpn.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\rasl2tp.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ndistapi.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ndiswan.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\raspppoe.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\raspptp.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\rassstp.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\rdpbus.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\kbdclass.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\mouclass.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\swenum.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\umbus.sys
Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\vga.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\usbhub.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\nusb3hub.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\NDProxy.SYS
Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\NDProxy.SYS
Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\NDProxy.SYS
Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\NDProxy.SYS
Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\NDProxy.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\RtHDMIVX.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\ksthunk.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\RTKVHD64.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\usbccgp.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\Alpham164.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\hidusb.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\Alpham264.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\kbdhid.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\usbaudio.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ladfDHP2amd64.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ladfSBVMamd64.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\monitor.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\DB3G.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\mouhid.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\luafv.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\WudfPf.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\lltdio.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\rspndr.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\HTTP.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\bowser.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\mpsdrv.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\mrxsmb.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\mrxsmb10.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\mrxsmb20.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\peauth.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\secdrv.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\srvnet.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\tcpipreg.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\srv2.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\srv.sys
Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\srv.sys
Loaded driver \??\C:\Windows\gdrv.sys
Loaded driver \??\C:\Windows\GVTDrv64.sys


Eventvwr flags the following as issues (within last hr):
15 occurrences -- Disk: The device, \Device\Harddisk1\DR1, has a bad block.
2 occurrences -- Kernel-EventTracing: Session "Microsoft-Windows-Setup" stopped due to the following error: 0xC000000D
2 occurences -- Ntfs: The file system structure on the disk is corrupt and unusable. Please run the chkdsk utility on the volume C:.

I've ran chkdsk on C: and it shows no error. I have yet to do any sort of Malware scanning in Safe Mode as advised in the sticky, however I did do a full AVG scan in normal mode which showed no anomalies. Also have not tried starting in msconfig with minimum items.

I'm finding a big issue in narrowing down the EXACT problem here. Please helppp!
March 22, 2011 5:30:09 PM

If you have a bad block on your hard drive, that would explain alot of your problems. Lets say that bad block has some registry values in it, get the point. Go to the manufactures website of your hdd and get some tools to run more tests. I currently have a hard drive thats going bad and it is also intermittent.

Hard drive tools
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

Check RAM also just to be safe
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/715-memory-diagnos...
http://www.memtest.org/


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March 23, 2011 6:12:27 AM

Posting back here in the interim. Ran the Western Digital HDD diagnostics:

Test Option: QUICK TEST
Model Number: WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B0
Unit Serial Number: WD-WMATV6710135
Firmware Number: 05.00K05
Capacity: 1000.20 GB
SMART Status: PASS
Test Result: FAIL
Test Error Code: 06-Quick Test on drive 2 did not complete! Status code = 07 (Failed read test element), Failure Checkpoint = 97 (Unknown Test) SMART self-test did not complete on drive 2!
Test Time: 12:12:51, March 23, 2011

Test Option: EXTENDED TEST
Model Number: WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B0
Unit Serial Number: WD-WMATV6710135
Firmware Number: 05.00K05
Capacity: 1000.20 GB
SMART Status: PASS
Test Result: FAIL
Test Error Code: 08-Error was detected while repairing bad sectors.
Test Time: 15:10:51, March 23, 2011

I terminated the extended test as it started stalling, and that was already 50%, 2h30mins into it.
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March 23, 2011 6:22:26 AM

Oook. Just did the QUICK TEST again and now...

Test Option: QUICK TEST
Model Number: WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B0
Unit Serial Number: WD-WMATV6710135
Firmware Number: 05.00K05
Capacity: 1000.20 GB
SMART Status: PASS
Test Result: PASS
Test Time: 15:21:19, March 23, 2011


???!

Do you think running the check in Safe Mode is better? At the last boot I seemed to have lost the ability to boot into safe mode with networking though, maybe I just need to be patient and wait really long.
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March 23, 2011 7:44:24 AM

do an extended test.
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March 23, 2011 2:07:23 PM

Test Option: EXTENDED TEST
Model Number: WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B0
Unit Serial Number: WD-WMATV6710135
Firmware Number: 05.00K05
Capacity: 1000.20 GB
SMART Status: PASS
Test Result: FAIL
Test Error Code: 08-Too many bad sectors detected.
Test Time: 23:04:37, March 23, 2011

Just replace it for good you reckon?
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March 25, 2011 7:01:40 AM

Thanks for all the help thus far, I've since bought a new hard disk and my computer is now completely back to normal. I even managed to reconfig it for use in SATA-III mode, something I didn't realize was capable before when I bought the WD CaviarBlack.

I have a last problem though. Now I want to extract some of my precious files left in the hard disk. Copying it out gives me fluctuating speeds, from a respectable (but still slow) 10mb/s to kb/s... Is there any data recovery utility that can help me with this? The files are not deleted, just amongst bad sectors
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March 26, 2011 1:23:12 AM

Nothing out there will speed it up... it requires multiple retries to recover data from bad blocks... this slows everything down. Even moving the data from bad blocks to good ones would still require time; so you wouldn't be saving any by using a recovery utility.
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March 26, 2011 2:36:40 AM

I am glad it all worked out.

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