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Question: T42 noise on startup

I'm a little troubled by a strange noise that becomes very noticeable as soon as I push the start up power button. It started a week or two ago and it sounds like it's coming from the fan, lasts for a few moments (about 4 or 5 seconds) and then goes away by itself. The bootup proceeds normally and I do not notice any other obvious issues. I bought this computer in November 2004, so it is a 5-year old, and it was never opened for cleaning or anything else. I have a suspicion that the noise might just be due to possible dust accumulation. Is this suspicion reasonably well founded and should I proceed and try to access the fan assembly or should I bring the machine to a computer shop for cleaning? Or is it possible that the noise may be signaling some other (possibly more serious) problem? I would very much appreciate any help anyone could provide. Thanks.


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Answer: T42 noise on startup

It could be the fan, or it could be more serious. Back up your system. To clean the fan, follow the T42 keyboard removal movie, then use a can of compressed air to clean it. If you're not comfortable doing this, take it to a shop!

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Question: Noise at startup

I normally turn my computer on and make a cup of coffee while it's starting up, so it's therefore running for a few minutes before I get to it. When I returned to it this morning, it was making a much louder noise noise than it normally does as if something--I suspected either a fan or a hard-drive--wasn't running properly. The drive light was out, and the desktop appeared normal. I shut if down and started it again, the noise immediately returned, and I turned off the power. I then opened the case and started it again to see what I could see, namely if it was perhaps one of the fans (CPU and power supply); both fans seemed to be running fine and the noise did not return. Motherboard Monitor shows one fan running at 4891 rpm.

I've started it up a few times since without problem, but I'm now worried that one of my hard-drives is getting ready to do something unpleasant. Here are my system specs:

K7T Pro 2-A w/ VIA KT133 chipset, AMD 800 Mhz, 512 Mb SDRAM, Jaton 3D Force-2MX 32 Mb 4x AGP RT, 52x CD ROM, 80 Gb Western Digital 7200 RPM HDD, 30Gb Maxtor 7200 RPM HDD, Win 98SE.

I've had the Maxtor since I got my computer three years ago, and I installed the WD in October. I'd appreciate it if someone could recommend a utility I can run to check on the health of my drives, or perhaps some other means of diagnosing whether there is a problem or not.

Answer:Noise at startup

It is mostlikley to be a fan and the CPU 1 as i have had 2 or 3 of them do that. YOu could do is unplug the fan when switched off then switch the computer on agane see if it makes the noise or not but switch the computer off asap as thay get very hot very quickley So beware i would not recomend it.

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Hi Everyone, I just bought a Lenovo C40-05 21.5", product ID F0B5000JUS, and upgraded the original OS to Windows 10.  The updgrade was largely successful, but always at startup speakers suddenly turn on and produce a few seconds of white noise.  1) Am I supposed to hear the traditional Windows startup jingle?2) Is there a way to avoid the white noise? Thanks, Andrea 

Answer:C40 noise at startup

Welcome to the Lenovo Community !
Try enabling your Start Up Sound to see if the white noise goes away.  By default, Windows 10 has it disabled.  This link will explain how to enable the welcome sound in Start Up.

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Question: Noise at startup

I have a noise when i startup my pc , it starts as soon as i start the pc and sounds like a whirring whoosh that pulses and eventually stops altogether . Sorry i can't descirbe the noise better but i'm worried that it might be a failing hdd or something like that . I'm hoping that it's only a dirty fan , the noise seems to be something spinning or turning and the only things that spin or turn are the hdd and fans , correct? Any help , as usual gratefully received .

Answer:Noise at startup

At a guess ( no info on machine ) it might be the videocard controlling the fans until everything has loaded then settled down.I get similar on mine.

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I am very happy with the A57 9704-7JG that I got recently.One thing however that worries me is the loud noise at startup during the first one or two seconds caused by the fans running at full speed.Is this normal  for this type of computer??Hans 

Answer:A57 Fan noise at startup

This is normal behavior.

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Hello,I noticed strange noise coming from my SL500, when I log in Windows and start some program. After 10-20 sec the strange sound goes away and I don't hear it as long as I have laptop turned on. Any idea what this might be?

Sing your heart out....

Answer:Strange noise at startup

Update:I ruled HD and fans out. Since it does that when starting internet browser, I was wondering could it be connected with wireless card?

Sing your heart out....

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A week or a little bit longer ago, I was dealing with the google redirect issue. I have completely solved the google redirect issue, but am now presented with a strange noise towards the end of my boot sequence. The bleep sort of noise occurs after BIOS, after the windows XP loading screen, on the screen that I type my password to log into windows. Viewing my Event Log Viewer, I have a consistent error saying that EvdoServer hung on startup, sometimes there is another one or two other random, inconsistent errors. I use Norton AntiVirus. Spybot S&D, Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, and Norton ALL currently come up completely clean after scanning.Here is my HiJackThis log... Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4Scan saved at 3:34:33 PM, on 8/14/2010Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\... Read more

Answer:Strange noise at startup

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A week or a little bit longer ago, I was dealing with the google redirect issue. I have completely solved the google redirect issue, but am now presented with a strange noise towards the end of my boot sequence. The bleep sort of noise occurs after BIOS, after the windows XP loading screen, on the screen that I type my password to log into windows. Viewing my Event Log Viewer, I have a consistent error saying that EvdoServer hung on startup, sometimes there is another one or two other random, inconsistent errors. I use Norton AntiVirus. Spybot S&D, Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, and Norton ALL currently come up completely clean after scanning.

Here is my HiJackThis log...
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 3:34:33 PM, on 8/14/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUp... Read more

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AcerAspire 1310 laptop ; OS XP home edition; connected to a separate monitor.Switched on last night and experienced a most extraordinary noise at the Acer screen at boot-up: like the noise lorries have to make when they are reversing, only many times louder. A fog-horn-like beep. So loud it was painful to remain in the same room. I switched off without waiting for boot-up to complete (and before the neighbours thought it was a burglar alarm going off - yes, it was as loud as that).Never experienced it bfore and don't want to again.Switched on today and everything is normal.Can anyone suggest cause, please? and how to avoid it occurring again?I'd used the laptop earlier in the day and had no problems (tho the Acer screen hung a little); and have made no changes of any kind.

Answer:horrendous noise on startup

was it just a single tone or lots of beeps because beeps from the system speaker often indecate a problem and the number of beeps tells you what the problem is

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Just built a new rig about a week ago. Unfortunately at first power up I got a spark and a popping noise. Immediately shut down the PC and checked all the connections and only thing I could see that may have caused it were the unused plugs on the PSU being too close to the PSU. I moved them further away from the PSU and wire tied them down and started up again. PC started up fine and was able to load the OS and all the other goodies. The one thing that sounded different was at start up there was a ticking noise coming from the PC that sounds like it comes from the PSU and this noise does go away as it warms up. PC seems to be running perfectly but would like opinions as to what this may be.

Answer:Ticking noise at startup

My PC Had That too!

well, from what i've noticed, its the fan. the fan's motor is choppy and "kicks" so thats the ticking noise. My laptop had a ticking noise from the fan after I dropped it once.

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I have an Asus A8N Sli Deluxe mobo, about 2 years old. For the last 6 months it's been making some horrible grinding noises on start up. By process of elimination (sticking my fingers into the various fans) I've discovered it's the chipset fan on the mobo.Apparently this is a VERY common fault on this mobo.Question is, how do I know which after marked chipset fan is compatible with this mobo?

Answer:Chipset fan noise on startup

Same board as me and yes you're right a common problem. And this is not the only board with this problem, my last one a Gigabyte board has 2 Northbridge fan failures in a bit over 2 years.Because of this I replaced it with a Zalman Northbridge Heatsink. Cheap, easy to fit, no fan to fail and if or should I say when my Northbridge fan fails on this board I will replace it with a heatsink too. Far better than having to dismantle the computer each here out of stock at the moment but other companies will have them.

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Hope some one can help.  My son's dell is only a year old.  Yesterday when he turned it on, it made a sound like a plane taking off....really loud!  he turned off the plug.  Next time we tried it same it going to explode?  Help!

Answer:loud noise on startup

What model? Have you taken off the cover to look inside? Has it been moved recently? Sometimes a wire can get caught rubbing in one of the fan blades.Or it could be taking off.Let us know what you find.

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When I Coldstarted My Computer (desktop) It Made A Terrible Grinding, Screeching Noise But Windows, Startup Etc Programs Ran Ok.
I Cannot Distinguish, If It Comes From The Fan Or The Harddrive. It Is Very Loud. So I Logged Off And Closed.
Waited 15 Seconds, Restarted And The Sound Was Not There. What Could It Be? Would The Harddrive Make A Very Loud Noise As If Something Was Hitting Something Moving Or Is It The Fan?
Is There A Program That Could Check If There Is A Physical Problem With The Harddrive?

Answer:Screeching Noise At Startup

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I'm confused with my brand new optical disc drive LG SuperMulti GH24NSD1. Is it normal noise (like a floppy drive and then some knocks) for ODD when boot up/startup my PC?

Just look at this video but watch it on headphones or turn up the volume:


Thanks for all replies.

Answer:Weird noise from ODD when boot up/startup

It is common. It looks to see if there is a bootable disk in the drive whenever power is first applied.

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Hello,I purchased my yoga 2 pro (i7, 256ssd, 8gb ram) on best buy last week.and I noticed that sometimes (pretty randomly, usually after few hours i didn"t touch it), when i start it up theres a pretty loud weird fan noise from the right inner side of the laptop. anyone have the same problem?is it normal or should i use the warranty to avoid damage that can be done from it? thanks,Yuval

Answer:Yoga 2 pro weird fan noise on startup

If it is one week old, return it to BB and get a new one.

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Ok, I'm not sure if I came to the right place for this problem but I'm looking for as much help as I can.

This has been happening for awhile now but everyday when I first startup the computer it makes this grinding noise that lasts for about two minutes then it goes away and is fine for the rest of the day when I use it. At first I thought it was dust so I took it out and cleaned it up a bit with a can of compressed air. After trying that, the noise is still there. I don't think it's my hard drive since I use a SSD. I haven't gotten a chance to open the case and carefully listen where the noise is coming from but one thing I do know is when the noise is happening and I thump the case with my hand a few times it seems like one of the fans inside makes this lower power noise thing and then you can hear it slowly coming back up to normal speed. Keep in mind this only happens if I thump or hit the case with my hand. I'm planning on opening the case soon and see what is causing the noise but I'd like an idea if you guys know if what could be causing the noise so I know what to pay attention to. And what can I use so I can hear better where the noise is coming from?

Answer:PC making grinding noise on startup, need help!

use a straw to your hear and move it around the components to try and isolate the cause

probably a fan

the last thing you want to do is thump the case with your hand if want the computer to keep running

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So yea 3 year old Dell desktop that does this: Computer Probelm on Startup - YouTube every time I start up today (it goes through the exact some process as shown in vid, sorry for messy study). The only thing that can stop the beep is holding down the power button until it powers off.

That computer his a Core 2 Quad, 6gb ram 500 gb hardrive and .... well I can't really think of anything else that would relate to the issue (runs on 32 bit Vista). Any advice?

Thanks loads

Answer:Beeping noise on desktop startup

Can you run memtest86?

Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

Also, try booting with your keyboard unplugged.

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My fairly new HP M7070N Media Center has started making a weird noise at startup.
This only happens on my morning bootup, the rest if the day is uneventful.
I have three fans, two hard drives and another fan on my newly installed ATI Graphics card.
I have wondered about the Drives – I have no Floppy and two CD/DVD drives.

With another Puter, I was able to record this mornings “Moaning n Groaning” which was rather quiet as compared to other mornings … I suspect the nightly room temperature has an effect on the “Quality” of the noise.

Since I only have about a 40 second shot at finding the culprit - I’m trying to formulate a plan of attack.
Does anyone recognize this noise and have any attack suggestions ?

This mp3 recording has been edited a little in overall length.

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When I start my pc, a weird grinding noise is heard occasionally. When I power off and restart, the noise is gone but after a day or two it happens again. After starting my pc, windows system restore (or repair, I don't remember exactly) comes up (a option where I want to use it or start windows normally). I am afraid it might be a hardware problem and my hard drive is in danger. Please advise....

Answer:Cpu making weird noise on startup

It is most likely a worn out case cooling fan, PSU fan or CPU fan
Your hard drive is coming to the end of its life. Create a back up immediately in case the drive fails.
I would open up the case and try to listen from where the noise is coming from.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1150 laptop that I just bought in January. The operating system is Windows XP home edition. I've never had any problems with it, but as of yesterday it started making a horrible, loud beeping noise every time I start it up. The only way to stop the noise is to either turn off the machine or press the space bar, and then Windows will start.

Also, the computer has begun freezing at random times for no apparent reason. I have to turn the computer off when this happens.

I have no idea what could be causing it.

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Noise at startup--computer freezing

The "beeps" will be telling you whats wrong.
The number of beeps , sequence or type of beep is important.

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Recently I had to turn my computer off at the main as it froze and I couldn't access Task Manager, since then when I boot up, right at the last moment I get the Windows XP Critical Stop wav sound play. Is there a reason and can I stop this from Happening please?

Answer:Xp Critical Stop wav noise on startup

go into control panel, click on sounds and scoll don until u see the one thats says 'windows startup' or maybe even just 'startup'. then chnage it to whatever you want by clicking on browse

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When i got starcraft 2 yesterday i was having problems with overheating so opened up my case an went over everything with compressed air, including blowing the dust out of both fans. When i turned it back on the fan started making a loud noise like it was going really fast (i dont think that somthing had gotten in the blades because the fan it was coming from is in an unopanable metal box with a sticker saying (unservicable parts, do not open).

I stopped the blades with a pen to make sure that it was the fan making the noise and when the fan started moving again it was without the noise it was making before and rebooting the pc resulted in it starting up fine. However, i just started up this morning and the exact same thing happened. I opened up the pc to look for abnormalities and found nothing and hooked it back up and stopped the fan with a pen again and that fixed it and it has stayed fine after rebooting again. Any idea what has happened?

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Hi Everyone,

Just recently has my laptop started malfuntioning.
Yesterday, after startup (or when you take it out of sleep mode) it started beeping -

Beeping is 10 short in a row, fast.

I run a stock standard Satellite A200, using Windows Vista.
I do not know what to do, and during the beeping (which lasts about 10 - 15 minutes) I cannot do anything - the CPU (i think) simply cannot handle any processes. The beeping comes from the right side of the laptop, and is feint, but definately a sign of a problem.

I believe it has something to do with the motherboard, but I don't know how to diagnose this problem, and after hours of searching I have not found anyone with a similar problem to mine.

I am sorry if I have posted this in the wrong forum, as the boards are confusing and I cannot find a technical support one.

Please Help,

Answer:Re: Satellite A200 - Beep Noise after Startup


As I understand your problem, it seems that you are not able to get into the BIOS and you are not able to boot the Window OS.
You cannot see the Toshiba Splash screen as well? Is it right?

Hmm? it seems that this beeping sound is related to a hardware malfunction?
So possibly the POST (power on self test) cannot be passed properly and therefore you get this alert beep sound?

What to say; in most cases it?s motherboard related but it?s hard to say what could be exactly wrong?

Maybe you could try this;
Remove battery and disconnect the AC adaptor for some hours?
Wait and after some time connect both parts again?
Then try to power up the unit again?

If this will not work, then I would recommend asking an ASP technician for a help?

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HI and Thanks for any help you can offer!!!

So My hard drive died, I purchased a new hard drive and installed the OS successfully. I proceded to use the computer for a day or so. I went to start up the system today and it loads Bios and then there is a clicking sound from inside the computer, and the system reboots before it even get's to the windows loading screen...

-The reboot and a click coincide every time.
-The time between clicks is random, sometimes the machine runs for 8 seconds, sometimes it clicks every second ( also rebooting every time as well.
-I removed the hard drive and the situation is exactly the same.(it rarely makes it to the disc boot failure prompt, and reboots even if it does.
- Tried to enter setup up made it in to immediate reboot.
- Not sure if it is involved but when the computer is off, there is a high pitch tone. like when your ears ring coming from the power supply, it shuts off when i turn the off/on switch on the power supply off.

Any Ideas?

Answer:clicking noise and system startup

Is this a home built system, or a system you have bought from a shop?

Could you tell us the specifications of your PC, please? Especially the Wattage of your Power Supply Unit (PSU) and a brief list of the devices it is powering. (eg, 550W PSU, 2 HDD's, 2 DVD drives, etc.)

Is there any possibility you could put another PSU in there? Reviewing the information you have provided, that's where your problem appears to be.

On a side note, what was it about your previous drive that made you think it had died?

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Hi, so I've recently bought a Dell Inspiron Laptop and I've only had it for about a month now. It keeps crashing when I turn it on though. So everything will load up as normal and seems fine and then suddenly the computer starts whirring, screen goes blank, it sort of clicks and everything turns off. I then start it up again and its fine!

I don't know whether maybe it's overheating but when I feel the laptop it's not hot at all. It only happens sometimes too, maybe 1 in every 3 start-ups. I did think it might be the "AMD Video Accelerator" as this would load up just before it crashed but I've updated the Graphics card driver and run a video card diagnostic on Dell's website and all seemed fine.

I'm just a bit stuck really and wondered whether it might be a hardware fault or if it might be something really simple which I just didn't know about. Any help would be great as I need this laptop for uni in a few weeks and would rather not have to replace it!

Thanks, Joe.

Here's the spec as well:
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8094 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7730M, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 933541 MB, Free - 774188 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0PXH02
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled

Answer:Computer Crash on Startup - Whirring Noise

Sounds like the HDD is failing. It's under waranty contact Dell, there is no sense doing anything that might void the warranty.

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Hello all,

Here you go
MB: New coming Asus Maximus VI Impact
CPU: Intel i5 4670K
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8G 1600
CPU cooler: Corsair H80i
PSU: Seasonic X serie 650
SSD: Samsung Pro 840 128G
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1T
Case: Bitfenix Prodigy white

So the installation was not easy, but I finally managed to install all carefully. I made a super clean windows 7 ultimate 64 bit installation and installed all driver correctly.

The only problem is this: I get this annoying hard drive clicking noise from the H80i. I don't know if it is the pump or the fans or the radiator. But I am pretty sure that I comes from the cpu cooler.

So what do you think about this issue and which component could be the source of the problem? Thank you very much in advance. Regards.

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Whenever I go to turn on my computer in the morning, it makes a very annoying buzzing sound that gets even louder and more annoying as the time goes by. I have no idea what is causing this. I've opened my case and looked around trying to pinpoint the noise but have been unsuccessful. I have a feeling it might be the hard drive or maybe the PSU but I really don't know, those are just guesses. I've tried turning off a few of the case fans and even reduced the speed of my HSF but nothing. I really don't think it is the fans anyways. I really don't know what to do, I really hope that this noise isn't a warning sign that one of my parts is going to fail.

Also, I just want to mention that this noise doesn't occur whenever I shut down the computer and then turn it back on again. This is what I've been doing pretty much everyday now. I turn the computer on, listen to the annoying buzzes for a couple minutes, shut down, turn it back on and then use my computer normally.

Answer:Upon startup, computer makes buzzing noise

A buzz.
Yes, maybe something in the way of the power source fan.

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My fan produces a grinding noise at first startup only once a day.what can be the problem?? Is there any issue with my fan or something else??My notebook product is hp15ac120tx

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Hi, im looking to download all of the windows startup up sounds starting with windows 95.

Probably not possible b/c im sure MS has some stupid copyright on them, but i gotta ask.


Answer:Download Windows Startup Songs / Noise

Yes, they are licensed just like all Windows files. You will have to get them from your own licensed copies of the operating systems.

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At first I thought it was a POST error, but the length and amount of beeps is different every time I boot up. Once in a rare while, it won't even beep at all when it boots up. It's really loud and annoying and sounds like it's coming from the onboard speaker. Before this was a problem, it used to make the same sound when I was holding down a key on the keyboard during bootup. Any idea how I can get rid of these beeps? (My laptop has also been taking an unusually long time to boot up, although I'm not sure if these problems are related.)
Your help is greatly appreciated!


(PS This is a laptop Acer Aspire 5735, if that helps at all.)

Answer:Irregular beeping noise heard at Startup... Please help?

I don't know so much about these beeping problems but there probably gonna ask you to remove one of the ram sticks if you have two, reboot and see if there's any change, then try each ram stick one at a time. Are there any error messages displayed at the time of the beeping? Does it say anything like press F1 , F2 to continue?

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Hi! So I started up my PC today and heard this clicking noise:

The noise slowly stops after the BIOS screen. The only ways I have found to recreate the issue is:
When loading and running a high performance game (Dragon Age Inquisition on Ultra, Black Desert Online on High). This however DOES NOT happen during main menu screens, only when in-game on dragon age and after loading the game world in Black Desert.
When running the Windows Experience Index. The frequency of the clicking seems to depend on the amount of work my video card is doing. the intensity of the clicking sound is always the same.
I have tried transferring a large amount of files to see if that causes the clicking noise too but it does not. I suspected it was my HDD at first, so I unplugged my HDD (I am using a SSD as my boot drive and HDD for storage) and the clicking still continued upon startup. I checked to make sure no wires were stuck in fans and everything was secured, etc.

I am running windows 7 with a GTX 970, 4GB of RAM, Intel i5 processor.

Thank you so much for the help!!!!

Update: I am thinking my GPU fan might be loose because it seems to only click when the GPU fans are running. there are no wires in the fans that i can see so ill try and check more in depth.

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Hello everyone, i've just taken a headfirst dive into vista and as far as i can tell, besides the UAC, im becoming quite fond of it.

heres the backstory for my issue.

Purchased a HP tx2510us tablet, it came with vista home premium, I had a copy of Vista ultimate off of the computer my parents bought(they "down"graded to xp pro). downloaded all the drivers off the HP website, wiped the HD and installed vista Ultimate x64. Then i reinstalled all the drivers(the x64versions, i made sure of that.

Now the issue. Whenever I turn on or off my computer. the speakers pop. This also happens if the speakers are muted. I'm not sure if this is a driver issue, or somthing else. any help would be appreacieated.

EDIT* The popping noise also happens when the windows bootup sound plays.

Answer:Pop noise on startup/shutdown, x64 Ultimate, HP tx2510us tablet

We have the same computer [I love mine after two months with it], and mine does the same thing from the factory. I don't think anything can be done.

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When I start up my computer, I get a clicking sound like morse code, and my computer freezes until the noise stops. I originally had Windows 8 on the computer and had the problem then.

I hated Windows 8 anyway so I removed it and installed Windows 7 Home Premium thinking this would remove the problem but it did not. When I had Windows 8 installed the noise would start at random times, but in Windows 7 it only seems to happen at start up.

The clicking can go for from 5 minutes to 20 minutes and it does not seem to make any difference if I restart the computer. The mouse can still be moved but there is no response when I click on something.

Some have suggested it is from the hard drive but it is deffinately from the speakers.
When I am able to change the volume, the clicking changes volume too.

This is driving me nuts!
Has anybody got any ideas as to what is causing this problem?

Answer:Satellite C850 - Clicking noise and freezes at startup

>Some have suggested it is from the hard drive but it is definitely from the speakers.

I thought you are speaking about the clicking noise coming from the HDD?

Start the notebook, press F2 and access the BIOS.
Is the clicking noise noticeable now?

What happens when the headphones are plugged in?

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Hi everyone, i just wanted to ask if this is fatal to my pc, basically sometimes not always when i startup my PC there is a buzzing sound coming for the back of my PC, the PSU i think, its only just started happening about 2 days ago, all i need to do if tap the back of my pc and its gone, and i do this if the sound occurs as soon as my pc turns on, i just wanted to know if its fatal to my pc, or if its just dust or something.

Answer:Noise on startup coming from the back bottom of my computer the PSU i think.

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Hi all, I recently realized that my X1 carbon is starting up pretty slowly compared to my other laptop... it takes 40-60 seconds after logging in despite being on quick start mode in the BIOS, whereas my other laptop starts up in 15. This laptop was a Windows 8 non-touchscreen that was changed to a Windows 7 machine. Does anyone have any idea what might be happening? Additionally, what is the best way to reduce fan noise when operating plugged in at a fairly high performance, or is this unavoidable? Finally, sometimes when I am operating on battery, my battery will go from full then after an hour or so it will hit 50%, then suddely drop to a critically low level. Thanks.

Answer:Carbon X1 34xx - Slow startup; fan noise and batery

1) Startup speed: Have you tried cleaning out your unneeded startup items in MSCONFIG?2) Fan noise: Scales with system temperature, which scales with how heavily you're stressing the system.3) Battery gauge reset using Power Manager or Lenovo Settings.

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For the past week my computer has sometimes been making a sort of high-pitched whining sound when I push the Power On button. It boots into Windows same as usual and I can use programs such as Paint, Word and everything else that is on the operating system drive. But my documents and portable programs which are on a secondary hard drive will not function. If I shut down and then turn the computer off and on at the wall plug then push the Power button it nearly always turns on without the whining noise. The secondary hard drive functions normally if the whining noise isn't present. Is this hard drive failing?

Answer:Whining noise on startup - hard drive failure?

be safe back up the hard drive it doesnt sound good once its backed up then try and do some investigation on that drive

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I'm trying to fix a XPS/Dimension 400/9150 which exhibits bizarre symptoms.

On startup, before POST, the system will emit a noise from the system speaker and, following the noise, hang indefinitely without booting.

A recording of the noise can be found here: WMA Recording of noise

It did this to me 8 weeeks ago, and I stripped it down and put it back together, and it persisted. However, when I removed and reinserted the IDE-like connector between the MB and the front power panel, it booted OK and has run for 8 weeks or so.

This time, no amount of resitting of that connector solved it, but a step-by step strip and test solved the problem by removing and reinserting RAM in socket 4.

At the end of this test, it exhibited these symptoms with only MB, Processor, CPU fan, 2 x RAM and HDD inserted. The RAM memtests fine and, as I said, this was solved previously without reseating the RAM.

It is obviously only a matter of time before it does it again. My thoughts are all MB related, what are yours?

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Hi,I have ideapad z500 (no touch), I noticed there is a grinding noise for 4-5 seconds during startup. This grinding noise is coming before lenovo boot logo, after this it runs normal without any noise.If I eject the drive and boot the device the noise is not coming, so I am sure its coming from the optical drive only.Is there any solution to this problem?

Answer:Ideapad z500 Optical Drive noise on startup

The noise could very well be an indication that there is a problem with the drive.  During the initial boot up the system will poll all the hardware devices.  The noise could be from the spindle motor momentarily being powered up or with the read / write head thrashing.  I would try leaving a blank CD or DVD in the drive and see what happens on the next boot up and if the noise is more or less. 
In the event the drive needs to be replaced, you can contact Lenovo Support and see if they will send you out a replacement.
Lenovo Support - India
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Recently my computer just started randomly making noise at startup its coming from the CPU, its a loud clicking noise, the loading screen hangs for a few seconds extra then goes through but then my slave hardrive is gone, I usually have Local Disk C and D but "D" aint appearing. Help please. Is it gone all together? I tried opening the CPU and cleaning it but no difference.

Answer:CPU makes noise at startup and hardrive doesn't appear on my computer

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When I start up my laptop from cold, there's this ridiculously loud squealing, siren-like noise coming from the speakers that seems to slowly disappear right as I get to the log-in screen. It'll usually be gone after I've logged in. It's not a constant sound, but one that fluctuates. I know for a fact it comes from the speakers because I can shut off the sound with the mute button. So please do not ask me if it may be coming from a fan or HDD. I want to know what possible solutions I can try. I've had the laptop for a little more than a few years now and do game on it.

Answer:Lenovo y570 loud squealing noise from speakers on startup

You might have to take it to a repair technician.
If its not much bother, can you upload a video with the squealing sound?

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Hi all, For the past couple of months my superb little X60s laptop has often (but not always) been making a whirring / very fast clicking noise just after starting up. This noise will remain and then subside after a few minutes. It seems louder on restart after the machine had very recently been shutdown. This condition hasn't changed, infact possibly having got a little quieter and less frequent over the past month.    I am guessing its the fan as the noise does seem to eminate from that area.   Any ideas anyone?  I should get this seen to, but before making any moves has anyone encountered similar or have any knowledge of this condition?  Many thanks. 

Answer:X60s - Fan whirring / very fast clicking noise after startup / logging in

the laptop fan should spin up when you start up, i think that is a self diagnostic check of some sort... the noise you are hearing in the recent time, is probably due to the heat sink grill getting clogged up with dusts.... so you should check whether your heat vent are clean, and clean it out if necessary by taking off the keyboard.  The noise is louder after a recent shut off is due to the residue heat in the heat sink, which causes the fan to spin at higher speed, and therefore the noise is louder....

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When I plug a power cord in, the power light instantly (almost) lights up, whether or not I've pressed anything to try powering it up. When I DO press the power button, nothing changes. Nothing sounds like it's running at all. Someone suggested moving the RAM around, so I placed it in a different slot, but that didn't change anything. This was a frankensteined computer that was given to me, so I can't even really provide much in the way of specs. It's an IBM ThinkCentre S50 (shell anyway), but appears to be loaded with a 40GB Seagate HDD, Intel P4, 512MB RAM, and an AcBel power supply. In case this matters, and I don't know enough to know or what I would do about it, but there are a few open plugs for power. The motherboard has a couple plugs running into it, but one still open. The HDD has two empty plugs, but one plugged into it. I would have no idea how to play around with the power supply. Not to say that's the problem. Thanks for any help.

Answer:Computer shows power light upon plugging in, but no boot, noise, or any startup

It could be the power supply (officially called a "PSU" or Power Supply Unit) that's faulty and needs repalcing, but you were right not to go messing with it as even a faulty one can give you a nasty shock from the power that's stored up inside it. I've worked on fixing & upgrading computers for many years, yet even I draw the line at changing a PSU. I let my local PC shop do it for safety reasons, plus I believe in supporting little independant PC shops whenever possible.

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hey everyone, so my pc is making a very strange noise when playing youtube videos, or any kind of flash videos, they also play slower. The noise is like some kind of distortion and I hadn't heard something like that. This also happens when I start my pc but only for a while.
I tried reinstalling the audio driver but nothing happened.
my laptop is a Toshiba satellite m55

any help would be appreciated!!

Answer:computer making strange noise when playing youtube videos and startup.

i too have this problem and could not figure out why.
Bump your topic and hopefully some experts could help us out.

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Cursor is smooth and fast at startup (and in safe mode), sound works fine (startup noise) but when everything loads and Windows is actually usable, it's like the PC works great .. until you move the cursor.

Cursor is choppy and affects sounds. I can watch video and listen to music perfectly, until I move the cursor.

I made a video of this:

Things I've tried: uninstalling / reinstalling / repairing / etc. mouse drivers, video card drivers, network adapter drivers (thought the problem was related to network activity because of startup/safe mode behaviour being normal), catalyst control centre, etc.

Gigabyte G31M-ESL2 (new)
Pentium D @ 3.40 GHz
3.25 GB ram (2x2 GB ddr3 tested with Memtest)
Radeon HD 6450 1GB
Atheros AR8131 Ethernet
XP Pro SP3
Mouse is a wired Logitech MX518, uses Setpoint software
All the specs I can think of, let me know if you think any other info would help

In task manager performance tab, cpu goes to 100% usage when the cursor is moved around.

New build, no viruses, scanned for good measure with Avast (then uninstalled Avast to see if it helped), Malwarebytes, Spybot, Microsoft Security etc. I don't see how infection could even be a problem at this point

Anyone recognise this problem or have any ideas?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Choppy cursor + audio, 100% cpu when moving cursor, hardware found noise at startup

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I sure hope you guys can help. I'm on travel for work and this computer is driving me nuts. I would just format but all my CDs are at home.The computer is making the clicking noises like when using internet explorer - click on a link and it makes a noise - its doing this a lot. It also randomly plays music for a few seconds at almost max volume. Everything else seems to be working OK, just slow internet but I think that has to do with the hotel internet being slow.What I have done so far:1. Full scan with Symantec Endpoint (updated of course), nothing found.2. Spybot full scan: found a few things but still making noises3. Malwarebytes full scan: found a few more things but still making noises.4. Ran Combo Fix on advice from a friend and THEN found this site.- ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Other Deletions )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))c:\documents and settings\Joe\Application Data\inst.exec:\windows\system32\st326159.dllMBR is infected with the Whistler Bootkit !!-BTW, I tried to run GMER and it shut down my computer mid scan.DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Joe at 4:34:04.84 on Fri 07/30/2010Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_17Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.3572.2542 [GMT -4:00]AV: Symantec Endpoint Protection *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {FB06448E-52B8-493A-90F3-E43226D3305C}FW: Symantec Endpoint Protection *enabled* ... Read more

Answer:Random clicking noise, blip noise and music

Good evening. Please download MBRCheck.exe by a_d_13 from here and save it to your Desktop. Double click the file to begin the scan. A Command Window will open and after the scan has completed you will be prompted to press <ENTER> to exit. A text file called MBRCheck_date/time.txt can be found on the Desktop. I'd like you to post the contents in your next reply.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Download from here and save it to your Desktop. You will need to extract the file.Right click on the zipped folder and from the menu that appears, click on Extract All...In the 'Extraction Wizard' window that opens, click on Next> and in the next window that appears, click on Next> again. In the final window, click on FinishYou should now see a folder with a .vbs file in it. Double click Preformat.vbs to run it and a text file called Preformat.txt should be created in the same folder - either that or you'll get an error message.Please copy and paste the contents of the text file into your next reply and then you can delete both of the folders and their contents.

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Hi,  I just bought Envy x360 2-in-1 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory and I found it is making noise even if I am not doing anything.  I completed my account setup and install chrome and started using the laptop; the noise is continuouly coming up- not sure cooling fan or HD noise.  I am thinking to replace it (might be defective) or return it.  Please advice if anyone has any experience with this model.  

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Often when I either swipe through the first picture or put my phone to sleep it will make some kind of clicking noise I don't know what it is but if I turn ringer and notification sound off then it stops happening

Answer:Why is my phone making a clicking noise or cracking noise?

Go to settings > ringtones+sounds > under "play a sound" you can enable/disable sounds for various events.

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I'm a teacher, I could do with a program that creates background noise, a beach or rainfall, a babbling brook etc. Something just to be in the background at all times. Does anyone know of a program which is freeware which'll do this?Or which is cheap at the very least!Cheers

Answer:white noise /background noise generator

Is this any help? click here

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I bought a W520 recently, but i can't tolerate the fan noise even 2500 rpm, because i usually work alone late at night.So...

Answer:Ask W530 fan noise compare W520 fan noise

There has to be some amount of air movement to cool even the idling CPU. 2700 RPM is not a very fast rotation for the cooling uniit.

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Hi,Since last week, there's a static noise from my laptop's speakers, on playing music. But when I'm on earphones, there's no static noise. The static noise is a bit too much, when songs with humming sounds play.My laptop is 10 months old and all my drivers are upto date. The problem persists at both times, when the laptop's plugged in and when it's on battery. Please help me as soon as possible.... : (

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Answer:Static noise from the speakers and crackling noise from the ...

Hi @Tardis40... thank you for your help...Well, the link was of no use.... The last option left is recovery, which i do not want to resort to....Today, i noticed crackling sound in my earphones...So, now my problem is,Static noise in the speakers and crackling noise in the earphones...I am in a very disturbed state, and don't know what to do... Please help me asap...

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Hi all,

Got my new PC mid Jan so wasn't expecting any issues. However in the last week startup has become a noisy process. The best description is of a grind/rattle which only lasts a few minutes and then settles down.

I suspect it's an issue with a fan, though which one I am not sure. Dust/wires has been voiced as a possible but I've only had the machine a month and a bit.

It's under warranty so I've got the option of sending it back to be looked at, this involves collection/delivery and would see me PC-less for at least a week. I spoke to the firm I bought the machine from and they suggested opening it up and seeing if there was a snagged wire or dust issue. I'm just a bit concerned about trying to solve it this way as though I played around with my old PC I really don't want to open this one up unnecessarily. There's also the fact that it might be something more serious, perhaps a fan issue (I've read something about ballbearings).

Anyway - thoughts and advice welcome as ever.


Answer:Noise issue on startup - possible fan issue?

If you have proof and only if you have proof that the company authorized opening the computer would I suggest opening the computer.
Have them send you a email which would be proof. If you don't have proof I would send it back for them to inspect. It will take time and trouble on your part but you don't want to loose the warranty.

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My T60 is about 18 months old.  In the past few days an unpleasant noise has developed and is getting louder.  I have run chkdsk and it reports no errors.   I took out the disk (Seagate 80GB 95mm 5400rpm)  and cleaned around it.  But noise stays.  I could replace the hard disk before it dies but don't want to that if  the problem is really the fan. Or something else.  How can I tell?

Answer:How to distinguish fan noise from disk noise

Hello ronssherman, I would suggest to clean your vents, with a vacuum cleaner or some compressed air (blow form inside to outside).Here you´ll get some videos, how to open your system safely.

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Main issue - Getting Memory Warnings; ran several scans and troubleshooting steps in Prep Guide to no avail - still getting Very Slow/Hanging Startup High CPU/DISK Usage and Explorer.exe Errors Upon Startup:Ran the following with no result:Windows Defender ScanIO BIT SECURITY 360 BETA SCAN(Now Uninstalled) AdAware ScanSpybot Search & DestroyThank you in advance for your prompt reply and assistance ASAP! DDS (Ver_09-06-26.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Paul Palumbo Jr at 11:42:04.97 on Sat 07/11/2009Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18783 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_14Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6002.2.1252.1.1033.18.1013.176 [GMT -4:00]SP: Spybot - Search and Destroy *disabled* (Outdated) {ED588FAF-1B8F-43B4-ACA8-8E3C85DADBE9}SP: Windows Defender *disabled* (Updated) {D68DDC3A-831F-4FAE-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}============== Running Processes ===============C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcssC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcsC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k GPSvcGroupC:\Windows\system32\SLsvc.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -... Read more

Answer:Very Slow/Hanging Startup High CPU/DISK Usage and Explorer.exe Errors Upon Startup

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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Sometimes I am not sure whether or not I want a program to run at startup and I want to be able to change what I have done at any time.

So there are a number of unchecked entries in msconfig and I have to use Selective Startup all the time.

If I want to revert to Normal Startup under the General tab instead of Selective Startup, the program's box automatically rechecks itself in Startup.

The Startup tab gives me a handy record of what I did and allows for an easy change of mind so long as I continue to use Selective Startup.

As far as I know, If I edit the Registry to stop programs running at startup, they won't show in msconfig and I lose the handy record of how it was and I may have to reinstall the program to go back to it running at startup.

I would like to accomplish this:

1. Use Normal Startup instead of Selective Startup.

2. Have some programs not run at startup, but be able to easily change back to having them run at startup.

3. Have a readily accessible list of those programs and the details as shown under the Startup tab as a reminder of how it was without having to manually enter it all into a text file or keep a notebook or reinstall.

Is there some way to use Normal Startup, stop programs running at startup, but retain or find a list of those programs (including the details under the headings Startup Item, Command, Location) that is shown when using Selective Startup with unchecked boxes under the Startup tab?

To put it another way, use Normal... Read more

Answer:Solved: msconfig Normal Startup, stop running at startup, and change back

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MajorGeeks is a great site for finding utilities. I really value and trust the geekolicious rating too. I've downloaded less than 10 files in three years but they have always been gems. This is my first post. Please move it as appropriate.

This is a response to by chaslang, which is closed to replies.

Thank you chaslang for teaching me (us) not to use msconfig's Selective startup option to control programs on a permanent, non-diagnostic basis.

You also warn people not use CCleaner's startup tool because it simply invokes msconfig's Slective startup. You suggest other programs instead, including Spybot - Search & Destroy. I discovered that Spybot - Search & Destroy's startup tool also invokes msconfig's Selective startup mode. My suggestion is that you add that warning to your useful post as well. Incidentally, the choice that worked for me under Windows Millennium Edition (ME) is Startup Control Panel 2.8 .

Here's my test (Windows ME, msconfig v2.0, Spybot S&D v1.6.0.31):

First set msconfig to Normal startup

Start / Run / msconfig / General / Normal startup

then OK out of msconfig and restart the computer.

Now edit one startup entry using Spybot - Search & Destroy

Start / Programs / Spybot - Search & Destroy / Spybot - Search & Destroy (advanced) / Tools / Syste... Read more

Answer:Spybot - Search & Destroy's startup tool invokes msconfig's Selective startup


Good test and great to bring this out into discussion again, I totally agree on using msconfig as a startup managment tool is overused for the wrong reason and other applications are much better at managing startups.

Me personally I dont manage them, if not needed they are deleted from the run hives, however I have been using the latest incarnations of CCleaner and have tested its Startup disable option and have not found that it enables msconfigs selective startup, while I could see this "may" happen in some OSes it does not in Vista, tested 3 PCs with this all running Vista and Selective Startup was not enabled if you use CCleaners Startup disable option.

I found CCleaner no different to using Mike Lin's StatupCPL, which is a great app and one I would suggest as a your startup manager over many other apps.

Dont use Spybot and or WinME so cannot comment on your test above.

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so everything was fine when my laptop started to become very slow and i used to get the BSOD very often so i decided to recover the system to the initial state . i did that and everything was fine , then i updated the windows 7 service pack 1 and finished the installation and rebooted my computer , the start-up at least took half an hour at that time and the service pack 1 installation showed "not successful " i tried to again to update the service pack1 which showed 73.6mb - 892.6mb so i updated it again and again the same thing happened.

then i researched and found out that there is some problem with the windows service pack 1 and some daemon tools driver sptd.sys is also involved or something so i uninstalled daemon tools as well as windows 7 service pack 1 from control panel .

now the system is back to its normal speed once it starts up fully , and unless i switch it off there is no problem , but when i restart the system it takes at least half an hour to start up sometimes more than that , sometimes it never starts and i see the BSOD after the welcome screen with error 0x000000f4 and the physical memory dump fails with error 0xc0000010 .

i had also found something about minidump files which i didnt understand anything about , but i still tried to find the folder but i couldnt find the minidump folder in c:/windows/ so i figured maybe i didnt have a minidump folder.

any help would be really appreciated , and if you decide to help please do so thinki... Read more

Answer:BSOD on startup , error 0x000000f4 . startup takes half an hour

With the required information we can give you the best possible help.

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As the title suggests, my Acer Aspire has been running startup repair for over 20 hours following a BSOD yesterday. I'm not sure if it's worth the wait so maybe you all can shed some light. Yesterday I was stressfully trying to search for something (using Chrome) and the website I was on froze; admittedly I slammed the heels of my hands down on the laptop at that point. The site unfroze after less than 30 seconds, I continued using my laptop without incident, then let it hibernate for about an hour. Started up fine after that, and at that point I was beginning to rip a DVD (one that I owned; I just wanted the files on my computer) using a program that I've used successfully in the past, but the rip failed. So I began using VLC instead, and hadn't actually started ripping any files when my laptop froze. I had been trying to point to a file path for saving but hadn't saved anything. The laptop was completely unresponsive after several minutes, so I hit the power key to restart, which is when I got the BSOD. It flashed too quickly for me to read or remember anything other than the word KERNEL. I've been wracking my brain trying to remember if it said kernel error or kernel memory error or what.

After the BSOD I had the option to start normally or in startup repair; I hit "start windows normally" but it went to repair anyway. It was on the grey screen with the cursor but I thought it had frozen again, so I did another hard restart. No BSOD this time, but again the opti... Read more

Answer:BSOD on startup, unknown error, startup repair running too long can I tell if the startup repair is working?

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This has been happening to me for a while now and I'm not sure why. Every time i try and open an internet browser like iexplorer or firefox or even chrome it will crash straight away. I have to keep clicking on it and crashing it usually at least 10 times before it will start up. I had a look in event viewer and found that for all the crashes it had, application error, event id: 1000.
Any help would be appreciated!
Also a couple of other things crash randomly like "rundll32.exe" usually on startup or if i restart.

Thanks (windows 7 installed)
If needed here is the details on event viewer for the internet explorer crash:

Faulting application name: iexplore.exe, version: 9.0.8112.16450, time stamp: 0x503723f6
Faulting module name: ntdll.dll, version: 6.1.7601.17725, time stamp: 0x4ec49b60
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0001f8c4
Faulting process id: 0xda8
Faulting application start time: 0x01cda86a3a1518d0
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
Report Id: 789f03a9-145d-11e2-b7b2-60d819f1c9dc

Answer:Rundll.exe crashing on startup of laptop, interent browsers crash on startup/

Lets see if system is infectedDownloadTDSSkillerLaunch it.Click on change parameters-Select TDLFS file systemClick on "Scan".Please post the LOG report(log file should be in your C drive) Do not change the default options on scan resultsDownloadaswMBRLaunch it, allow it to download latest Avast! virus definitionsClick the "Scan" button to start scan.After scan finishes,click on Save logPost the log results here.If you get crashes in normal mode,run it in safemode with networkingDownloadESET online scannerInstall itClick on START,it should download the virus definitionsWhen scan gets completed,click on LIST of found threatsExport the list to desktop,copy the contents of the text file in your reply

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My laptop hasn't been in use for about a few weeks and all of a sudden, I am getting a Windows Error Recovery on Startup. I am given two options: Launch Startup Repair (recommended) and Start Windows Normally. Nothing happens when I try to restart Windows normally -- I only see a black screen. Upon selecting System Recovery, a teal screen pops up with "System Recovery Options" telling me to select a keyboard layout. Then it tells me to select my OS, but it comes up blank, telling me to load drivers for my hard disks. I stopped right there.

I am a little hesitant about using the System Recovery in fear of losing important files. If this is a possibility, I may try to backup my files using an alternate OS, like Ubuntu. Or are my files already long gone? Is this just a restore for important Windows files or a complete restore of Windows back to factory settings?

I have not installed any new software or devices. Running Windows Vista x64.

Answer:Windows Startup Error - System Recovery Launch Startup Repair

Definitely try to backup your files before doing anything else.

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Have a problem to change the selective startup in msconfig into normal. Have noticed that the selective startup was checked.  I

attempted to change it to normal startup but after rebooting and startup option  has reverted back to selective. All services in Task Manager start up are enabled.  How to fix it ? 

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Hi all,

Found this site and was hoping for some help. A couple weeks ago, I turned on my ASUS G74SX-XR1 and the screen never came on. I took out the battery and discharged the static electricity and my computer started up fine. Well yesterday, after coming back from a vacation where I took my laptop with me and used it all weekend, my laptop screen wouldn't come on again. I tried the same method as before and it still didn't work. Troubleshooting it, I found that the backlight wasn't coming on. Graphics card OK. I saw with a flashlight that the computer was running, but it was running Startup Repair. This worried me. I let the computer set for a day and today it starts up fine, backlight and all. But, now my laptop connects to the router, but with no internet access both wireless and wired connections neither at home or at school. Also, some basic startup programs that I've never had a problem with, are now crashing on startup. Can these two problems be related? Or is it an inverter going out and corruption of files?


Answer:Computer startup problems, now won't connect to internet and programs crash on startup

it depends what programs are failing ... as for the backlight if you can see it with a flash light then it is the inverter board... hook the computer up to monitor start the computer in safe mode and check the windows logs and see what it is thats crashing ....

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When I start up computer, I get a message saying that i need to choose a program to open flash update with. Also, avast showing blocked connection for

Along with this, mbam will not open at all, and windows update will not work (error code 80072EFd). Sometimes Google redirects me to the wrong site.

I was also getting a message saying ctfmon.exe stopped working. Dell Quickset stopped working but I update this and seems to be working ok and since I updated quickset I have not had the ctfmon.exe message again.

I am using vista on 32bit system.

Any help on how to solve these problems would be very much appreciated.

Answer:flashupdate error on startup and mbam will not start avast warning on startup

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Please read ALL of this message including the notes before doing anything.

Pleases follow the instructions in the below link:

READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide
and attach the requested logs when you finish these instructions.
**** If something does not run, write down the info to explain to us later but keep on going. ****
Do not assume that because one step does not work that they all will not. MGtools will frequently run even when all other tools will not.

After completing the READ & RUN ME and attaching your logs, make sure that you tell us what problems still remain ( if any still do )!
Helpful Notes:

If you run into problems trying to run the READ & RUN ME or any of the scans in normal boot mode, you can run the steps in safe boot mode but make sure you tell us what you did later when you post logs. See the below if you do not know how to boot in safe mode:
Starting your computer in Safe mode

If you have problems downloading on the problem PC, download the tools and the manual updates for SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes ( links are given in the READ & RUN ME) onto another PC and then burn to a CD. Then copy them to the problem PC. You will have to skip getting updates if (and only if) your internet connection does not work. Yes you could use a flash drive too but flash drives are writeable and infections can spread to them.
If you cannot seem to login to an infected user account, try using a differe... Read more

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Hi guys I was cleaning my laptop turned it on and it just wouldn't work so I turned it off and on again and it was giving me this error code saying my keyboard is not detected in start up. It then says there was a problem and shoots me to startup repair where it's just stuck not doing anything. My mouse and keyboard don't work, but I have a wireless mouse that I can use I can't access safe mode either because my keyboard doesn't work and I don't know if I can get a keyboard hooked up since my computer might not be able to recognize it. Sorry for the badly worded paragraph it's really late and I need to go to sleep. How can I solve this problem. Also startup time is really long ( usually 20 seconds) is now 5 min an doesn't even start up some times and I have no recovery disks or anything like that so im really confused what to do
Edit: A quick update, I started my computer in the morning and was not getting error 01010003, and my computer started perfectly fine however my keyboard still isn't working. I think it might be a driver problem, but I can't access Safe Mode... because my keyboard doesn't work. Is the only way of getting the key board to work getting a new keyboard and using that to diagnose the problem through safe mode or?

Answer:Error 0101003 Keyboard no detected, stuck on startup/startup repair

In this situation, you have to use another keyboard in order to test. I wish you will be luckier than me .... for me it turned out to be a motherboard failure My computer was working normally .... but no USB/PS2 ports were working.

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I am having issues with the comp, a friend built the computer for me quite sometime ago, for some reason recently I started getting random startup repair pops upon startup.

Today, it went one step further, during the startup repair, it stated could not repair due too then gave a list of error codes all of which were 0x0 until it got down to the bottom where it listed the code 0x490.

When I try to do any type of other repair nothing works. Have tried repairing via command prompt to no avail. I am able to get into safe mode. However if I restart and try to get into normal windows mode, the computer acts like it's disconnected from the monitor, I get the standard win startup chimes, however nothing to the monitor.

Checked vid card, everything seems fine there, and if that was the issue I don't think I would be able to see anything on the screen during a safemode session.

Checked for viruses using Avira, as well as ran a quick scan using malwarebytes, and ran a hyjackthis, posting log here just in case I am missing something.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 10:20:54 PM, on 5/25/2012
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Safe mode with network support

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Sear... Read more

Answer:computer giving 0x490 after startup failure and startup repair fails

Please do not post HJT logs here due to Forum rules that we cannot comment on any malware issues.
on Another computer Download the ISO image for Seatools in my signature and burn the image to CD using IMGBurn also in my signature boot off of the newly created CD on the troubled computer and run the short and long tests. If either tests fails, the drive needs to be replaced.

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I think there must be some sort of malware on my computer. It's been pretty slow to start up (despite limiting startup programs in the msconfig), and when starting up, before my desktop fully loads, it comes up with a message saying "Personalizing settings for C:\Program Files\Common Files\mscd.exe". Sometimes it will stick there and not finish starting up, other times it sits there for a couple of minutes, then starts up ok, but slowly. I also have had issues with browser history getting wiped out what seems like every few hours. The Google toolbar will keep track of forms info, but I'm getting logged out of every site, and the history is gone. SuperAntiSpyware had found numerous entries for unclassified svchost.exe, and has been blocking them, but more keep popping up, and with them, it seems, goes the browser history.
What can I do to fix this?

Here's my HJT log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 5:13:38 PM, on 1/11/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 6.0\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.... Read more

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Re: Idea Centre K210 with vista home basic. Windows will not start up properly, gets stuck at "windows microsoft" with flashing green dots. Contacted lenovo and was sent recovery cd. From that cd i tried the 'startup repair option' However the 'STARTUP REPAIR' option is missing !!! So without that option, how am i suppose to repair my faulty startup sequence. Any help would be great, Thanks.

Answer:K210 startup problem, startup repair option missing !!!

Backup all your files and do a clean installation.

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Upon booting my computer, I'm presented with the option to go into startup repair, or start normally. If I start normally, it loads the logo, but before it gets to the login screen, it crashes to the boot screen. If I select the startup repair option, it shows a loading bar, which completes, but then the screen just goes completely black, no cursor.

I tried to use the disk system repair that Microsoft recommended, but it just shows a blue screen (not a bsod), and just the spinning load cursor. I'm currently writing this from Ubuntu running on livecd from the same computer, running at native resolution (in case it was an issue with the graphics card).

My specs are:
Packard Bell iPower X3.0
Intel? Core? i7 CPU 860 @ 2.80GHz ? 8
ATI Radeon 5570
2x 500GB HDD

Answer:Crash to bootscreen on startup, startup repair black screen

See if disconnecting the hard disk allows you to boot from the repair disc off your CD/DVD drive. Avoid Static Damage to Your PC when removing the hard disk connection. Also, before removing the hard disk connection, make sure the power is drained from the system by turning off the computer, unplugging it from the wall/surge protector, and holding down the power button for 30 seconds to close the circuit and allow power to dissipate from components.

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I have a refurbished Inspiron 17 Laptop.  The original one I purchased was replaced by Dell as it had many problems.  I am really starting to lose my faith in Dell.  
Just within the last month when I hit the power button it just beeps continuously.  I have looked at the beep codes and it is just one beep continuously.  Every once in a while it will boot up normally as if nothing happened. There is no rhyme or reason to it.  I have done extensive research on this and have done everything I have seen suggested.  I have reseated the memory, the keyboard, the hard drive, etc. etc.  I have taken the battery out, unplugged all devices and peripherals and held the power button down to get rid of extra static etc.  Please advise.  Thanks.  

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Hi, i'm a newbie to the forum. I recently have a problem with my desktop computer. On two weeks back when i was playing a game my computer made a electric spark sound and i immediately turn the system off. Then i open the system and i smelt somethin burnt. Then when i turn it on again, it's just literally doesn't startup. When i press the power button nothing come up on the screen and theres no startup tone as well. There is power in the system, because the fans is working. But that's about all that's working in the computer. So i took it to repair, they said it's the cpu. So i got a new cpu with warranty. But when i put it back in, it still doesnt work.

Does anyone have any idea, whether it's the cpu or the motherboard which are broken?? Because the cpu from the warranty was in a poor condition when i recieved it.

Thanks guys for reading this long story.
I would very appreciated if anyone could share their opinion on my problem.


Answer:Computer doesn't even startup, no startup tone, urgent help needed thanks

Sounds like a power surge to me which could mean any number of things that went wrong. The first couple that come to mind are the mobo and the psu. But since you said that the fans are working it's more likely to be a motherboard issue than anything.
Also, where did you take your computer for repair?

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I have a Dell Inspiron and a while ago I shut down my PC and the next morning I was faced with options to repair my computer. It hung on the screen for ages before it actually came up with startup repair and supposedly fixed the problem. A few days later, everything got very slow and started to freeze a lot and before long, booting the computer got very slow as well as it hung for about ten minutes on a black screen after the 'welcome' screen before finally starting up. I decided to reinstall the operating system (I did NOT reformat the C drive), so I borrowed my Grandma's external hard drive and copied my files. After reinstalling using a Dell Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium Re-Installation DVD, I copied and deleted the files off the external hard drive onto my PC (I didn't know it would create a Windows.old folder) and started installing programs. Then I left it overnight to install quite a big program. This morning, somehow it had turned off. I turned it on and it gave me the safe mode options and a 'start windows normally' option. I chose the latter and after typing my password it hung on the welcome screen again. I left it for ages and it just went back to the user login screen again. I pressed the red button in the corner to shut it down but it just hung once again on an empty screen so I did a hard shutdown (held down the power button). I turned it on again...startup repair. It gave me the option for system restore, which I did (then realising when it finished that I had... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 won't startup properly - Stuck in startup repair loop

You will need a Windows 7 repair disc to get to the System Recovery Options.

Then try the steps in Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery. Note the warning:


The instructions presented withing this tutorial must be followed correctly, or you can damage your Windows 7 installation even further. This tutorial is designed to help recover from a bad registry that is causing the startup repair loop. You should note that there may still be some issues remaining that cannot be fixed by manually restoring the registry.

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Ever wonder whether you could start some programs on priority basis ? Well we can delay program. The program is startup delayer try this free tool now.
Every time Windows starts several programs and processes start automatically, after you login. This then may make the computer unusable for a few moments. Most of these startups are not required immediately and needlessly make you wait that much more.
Startup Delayer will download and install Visual Studio C++ Runtime automatically.
1. Download software click here & install it
2. Start program . Drag program which you want to delay in below area . Press delete button to delete any program from start up
3. While closing the window it will ask to activate the program . Press yes
4. Restart program & feel the faster start up Download the free standard version: r2 Studios - Software.
Startup Delayer will download and install Visual Studio C++ Runtime automatically. Compatible with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/XP64/Vista/7/8

Answer:Delay startup items and programs in Windows with Startup Delayer

Sorry can't see the point of this tool when you have the far better Winpatrol which can do what it says and Winpatrol is comaptable with all winodws versions. Also if you want to tweak why not just use UWT.

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In Computer > Properties > System Properties > Advanced > Startup and Recovery,
the option "time to display recovery options when needed".
Can we use this option to disable Windows Startup repair so that Windows 7 will startup Windows normally at all time?
This option is currently no selected, however the Windows is starting up with the Startup Repair screen when it went into bluescreen etc.

If we select this option and change to 0 seconds (without
running bcdecit /set {default| recoveryenabled to No), will Windows start up normally without going to Repair option?

Noticed that even on machine that has recoveryenabled set to No. bcdebit /set {default} recoveryenabled No --- the "time to display recovery options when needed still remains uncheck.
are these two: recoveryenable No vs time to dipsplay recovery options option related/same?


Best Regards,

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I am trying to help a family member with problems with their laptop. Over the past few months it has been slowing down badly, with anything from photos to websites to excel taking minutes to load. Usually I was able to fix this by identifying the programs slowing the PC and ending them in task manager. In the worst case scenario restarting would fix it

This evening, someone tried to turn it on, and on return found it on start up repair. After waiting a while, I realized it was in the notorious start up repair infinite loop. After turning off the computer, and trying a normal boot, it loaded the windows logo, before going back to the start up failed screen. After choosing the start up repair option, the windows background appeared, but the start up repair failed to appear. Multiple restarts have also failed to have the startup repair appear. Any ideas or help would be appreciated.

(Extra point, as it is a family PC, the owner is not too keen on me messing around in bios or safe mode)

3 year old Sony Vaio
Intel Core i5
Nvidia Geforce

Answer:Computer slowdown, Startup now fails and Startup repair won't launch

Good news to you then, boot into Safe Mode

Start with this as AVG had a recent issue, perhaps you are experiencing the same

Windows 7 stuck on "starting windows" screen - includes a link to how to uninstall AVG if you can't boot into Safe Mode.

Also set the laptop to run a clean startup - Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup (keep security software checked)

You can try re-installing AVG or go for Microsoft Security Essentials. Also scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware free (you can start the free trial, easy to revert to free when trial is over).

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Someone from [email protected] took control of PC and supposedly got rid of MS errors, virus, etc. Now can not get into computer from windows screen because it wants a startup password.. How do I get it back to normal and be assured I didn't fall for a scam?

Answer:Desktop is asking for Windows XP Startup PASSWORD in order to startup, how do I know if it is a scam?

I'm afraid it sounds like you've fallen for a scam. Did your support call sound like this? ?I am calling you from Windows?: A tech support scammer dials Ars Technica | Ars Technica
Microsoft will not contact you if you have a virus or malware. See more information here: Avoid Phone Scams | Cybercriminal Tech Support Scam | Security Threats

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Blue screen of death upon partial start up but startup repair finds no problems....does this mean its a hardware issue? Running hard disk self check at the moment....

Answer:windows crashes during startup, but startup repair detects no problem???

Details...of the BSOD error message...would help.

It never hurts to know hard drive functional status, no matter what the problem might be.


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Hi everyone! I just want to say I'm very appreciative of any help anyone can lend me. First off I was experiencing the "blue screen" error, but only had once in the past month, and it had happened about 5 times in the year before that. Although, I don't know if that's related. I was recently playing a video game I just purchased when the laptop froze and the sound started skipping. I hard reset the laptop and attempted to start it back up. Everything on the laptop appears to startup, but the screen remains black. I plugged into an external monitor(had done in the past), but proved to be to no avail. I'm not sure on what to do, or what steps to proceed with. I searched the forums for a good few hours, but haven't found any information on to what I could do. Thanks again to anyone who can assist me. Season greetings!

Answer:Y560 Display and startup problem ( not pixels and can't see lenovo startup)

hi ericbrown13389i'm not sure it helps but try these two suggestions first:- remove the battery, unplug the ac power, press power button for 30-40 seconds, replace the battery and try to start-up your computer.- try to start-up your computer by pressing one key recover button.if these don't help, i'm afraid you are having graphic card issue and possibly you'll need replacement. please, call lenovo support line.

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I'm a 10-year user of Win98se. My income tax software no longer runs on 98 so I bought a Compaq Presario F700 with Vista Home Premium. H&R Block's TaxCut ran just fine on it.

Now I'm trying to learn Vista and it is frustrating. I badly need help from Vista experts. Although my initial impression of Vista was strongly negative, I've spent at least 50 hours trying to understand it. Many more hours will be needed.

I have lots of questions, but lets start with just two:

1) Windows Defender won't let me run a program that doesn't have what it considers proper credentials. Even when I turn Defender off, some component of Vista sends up that "Blocked" message and refuses to allow the program to run. I am the administrator for my PC and I want to be able to say, "This program is perfectly safe. Run it and don't give me any backtalk!" Apparently that's not possible.

These programs (about 6 of them) are utilities I have used for years. They do run on Vista but only if I go thru a gazillion overrides.


2) I want to create a startup.bat file that is executed at boot time.


Thank you in advance for your help.


Answer:Solved: How do I insert a startup.bat file into Vista's startup procedure?

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I think there must be some sort of malware on my computer. It's been pretty slow to start up (despite limiting startup programs in the msconfig), and when starting up, before my desktop fully loads, it comes up with a message saying "Personalizing settings for C:\Program Files\Common Files\mscd.exe". Sometimes it will stick there and not finish starting up, other times it sits there for a couple of minutes, then starts up ok, but slowly. I also have had issues with browser history getting wiped out what seems like every few hours. The Google toolbar will keep track of forms info, but I'm getting logged out of every site, and the history is gone. SuperAntiSpyware had found numerous entries for unclassified svchost.exe, and has been blocking them, but more keep popping up, and with them, it seems, goes the browser history.
What can I do to fix this?

Here's my HJT log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 5:13:38 PM, on 1/11/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 6.0\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceSer... Read more

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Consistent BSOD during Windows startup for both normal mode and safe mode. BSOD problem started shortly after buggy installations of Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 x64, Microsoft .Net Framework 1.1, and AMD Catalyst Drivers 13.9; and turning off Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5.1.

Startup Repair is consistently unable to fix: 0x0000007e (0xffffffffc0000005, 0xfffff800033bf6d6, 0xfffff880009a7578, 0xfffff880009a6dd0).

I accessed the dump file of the BSOD-inflicted drive by usb-connecting it to the same pc, but that's now running a functioning, system hard-drive.

BlueScreenView shows these following files to be problematic:

The hash of the atikmpag.sys from the BSOD-inflicted drive is identical to the one in the functioning drive, so I don't think this is the root problem.
However, the hashes of the two dx files (dxgkrnl.sys, dxgmms1.sys) are different. I have replacement files for the broken dx files, but I don't have, nor know how to get, the access permission to replace them.

I'm at a loss for what I can try at this point. I used DM Log Collector and uploaded the resulting file. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

Answer:BSOD during windows startup; can't safe mode; startup repair can't fix


The cause of the problem may be related to a Windows 7 installation which has never seen any updates.

Host Name: HENRY-PC
OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
OS Version: 6.1.7600 N/A Build 7600
Can I just confirm, you have no way of booting into Windows at the moment. Correct?

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Trying to find help in resolving my problem. I have vista operating system 32 bit trying to reset my msconfig back to "Normal Startup". Everytime I click on "Normal Startup" and click on apply, it reverts back to "selective Startup". This happens even though I click on "Normal Startup", click OK and reboot. I can't seem to change the setting.

Answer:"msconfig" Trying To Set To Normal Startup But Reverts Back To Selective

Hello 1waykid.You probably need to clear all the options in the Advanced Troubleshooting Settings box.With Regards,The Panda

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i have mcafee enterprizes 8.5i antivirus in my os xp antivirus worksgood.its a licenced version.i have number of programs in my system startup folder,1-explorer,2-mcafee antivirus.its always lated system startup.its took more time.
so i can decited 2 remove the startup programs to start i can remove that 2 programs in startup folder(desktop-startup-delete shortcut mcafee & explore).now my system start quickly.but problem is,my mcafee antivrus not loaded automatically at system taskbar.if i wanna start my antivirus,start-all programs-mcafee-there is no option 2 change antivirus i can pick virusscan console-properties-enable onaccess at system startup.
but its not loaded taskbar,then i can pick repair insllation option in virusscan console-help-repair installation.i think this is the reason 2 change my antivirus setting.still its not loaded automatically at taskbar.if i go to manually,error msg shows on taskbar''antivirus outdated'
i think dat file corrupted or missing.everytime it needs 2 update.if i update my antivirus,still its not dedected any not interesting to uninstall.coz,its a licenced version.plz help me how 2 solve this?

Answer:Mcafee Enterprizes 8.5i Antivirus Not Startup Autometically At System Startup

Try reinstalling your anti-virus and see if that resolves the problem.

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Hi sevenforums,

I have a three year old custom built desktop. Specs are as follows:

Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Intel Core i7 3770K @ 3.50GHz
32.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 927MHz (10-11-10-27)
4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 (EVGA)
2794GB Seagate ST3000DM001-9YN166 (SATA) 94 ?F
3726GB Western Digital WDC WD4003FZEX-00Z4SA0 (SATA) 99 ?F
223GB INTEL SS DSC2CW240A3 SCSI Disk Device (SSD)
Optical Drives

I was getting the odd "Page fault in non-paged area" BSOD about once a month. I also had another issue where the computer would hang on startups after the windows splash to a black screen with only my mouse cursor. This would cause me to hard reset. Due to Occam's razor I attributed both the BSODs and the inability for my computer to load on every other startup to the same error.

I googled this issue and noticed it was related to messed up ram. This prompted me to run memtest86 last week. Memtest86 returned dozens of errors after going through 4 passes. Because of this I RMA'd the RAM.

Today I installed the new RAM. I have not seen a "page fault in non paged area" bsod as of yet, but they usually took time to show up (>1 week of computer usage).

After installing the new RAM, I began having numerous startup issues and a new blue screen.

The computer began han... Read more

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I have an Inspiron 660 that I think occasionally ends up in sleep mode - perhaps the Windows Hybrid sleep. This usually happens with an unexpected power loss, although sometimes with a shut down that reports in the event log as an unexpected power loss.
When the PC ends up in this state then I usually have a long, frustrating period of trying to get it out of that state.
When I turn it on then all the fans start running, but I never get any power through to the monitor, and the monitor just reports that it is going in to sleep mode.
So I think this is the fast startup that is bypassing POST and then trying to load Windows. I suspect that the Windows sleep/hibernate file is probably corrupt because of the power loss and so it can't get in to Windows and come out of sleep.
I try all the usual things, like removing CMOS battery, using the jumpers to clear the CMOS and the password (even though I don't have a password configured).
I hold the power button in until it turns off. I even try unplugging all power cables from the motherboard while the CMOS battery is out.
I do this over and over and over, until eventually (maybe 20-100+ attempts) it eventually gives me a BIOS/POST message that says it has detected that there have been multiple attempts to restart and would I like to check the settings. If I say yes then I go into the BIOS, save the settings and Windows starts up without any problems and I can work as if nothing happened.
in some cases it will work fine for week... Read more

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One of our computers, running Windows XP, has something wrong. I suspect a virus.

When it turns on, it goes to the Welcome screen and then the BSOD.

Being the knowledgeable chap I am, I tried Safe Mode and it starts up perfectly fine.

Other than that, I have no other information unless you want what the BSOD says.

Thanks for any help.

Answer:Blue screen of death on startup, normal startup on safemode

24 hours... *bump*

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The attached jpg is the 1st item that launches in the bios screens at system star-up. This I think is the driver for a pci card I have installed in a slot in the box that controls (ie-adds another ide port) a second ide CD/DVD drive.

Besides removing the card from the there a way in bios setup to disable this card/slot at system start ?

Having an issue with a windows application that apparently won't deal with a 'raid' type setup...even tho I have no 'raid' setup at all...except for 'raid' being mentioned in bios screen shot attached ?


Answer:Can this bios startup item be disabled at computer startup

No there is nothing in the bios to disable. The controller card has to initialize first for the bios to be able to see it.

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My friend owns this laptop (Acer Aspire 5749) which is giving him this issue since a few days..

Everytime he boots up his laptop, it strucks at windows startup screen and restarting the lap fixes it. (the second boot fixes it). And again the third time he starts his lap, it keeps beeping at the same location and the next boot fixes it and the cycle goes on..

I've tried updating the BIOS to the latest version and it still doesn't fixes it.
This lap is a bit old one. I think he bought this on 2009. It runs on an i3 processor with a clock speed of 2.2ghz and a 2GB RAM.

Please help me sort this.
Thank you

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Hey, a few weeks ago (or perhaps a little longer) I started noticing that my startup time went up drastically.
I have disabled all but two of the automatic startup items using msconfig. My system used to start in less than two minutes, easily. Now it takes a more than a minute or two longer than that.
I think I know what the problem is; the only three items that show in the system tray after startup are:
1) The AVG Antivirus icon .
2) The Spybot SD Resident icon.
3) Local Area Connection (This is the icon which shows two computer monitors with screens that light up and go dark periodically)
Now, after the problem started, the last item, the Local Area Connection icon is the one that doesn't load, for VERY long. So it may be something to do with that. Also, just before the icon finally shows up(after which point the computer is fine to use) I've notice that a Windows security notification icon flashes, for just a second, and then is replaced by the Local Area Connection icon. For the record, these are the two icons I'm talking about:

And I think y'all should know that I have had my automatic updates disabled for a while now, so you might think that that's the reason the notification is showing up but I've already disabled that notification using Windows Security Center.

Any help would be MUCH appreciated

Answer:Startup problem, already disabled all unnecessary startup items...

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The 2 items I feel need to start up first on computer startup are ZoneAlarm and Avast to help protect against any problems from the very start. On my computer most items are started before Avast comes on line and ZoneAlarm comes the very last. I have looked at all the ways that I can find to change the startup manager order but other than enabling or disabling an item have had no luck. Why I am worried is that a major part of the time the startup seems to hang part way through and the last several startup items never come on line but something is definitely happening as the RAM and processor usage is quite high. I have run every conceivable anti-malware and anti virus program to try and detect something that shouldn't be there. Nothing. Any help on either issue would be appreciated.

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I am trying to fix my sisters laptop, which is a hp pavilion dv6 2100nr. She told me she dropped it while it was turned on and it wont start up anymore, it also has a new issue causing the system to only power on or stay on when the laptop is charging. I started by running windows start up which just looped, then I ran windows 7 and noticed there are 4 partitions the system, operating, hp tools, and recovery. I deleted the system and operating partitions and reinstalled win 7 on the partition. The reinstall was still no good after restarting it looped start up repair again, I ran another installation of win 7 and same results except this time the computer started up fine and I installed missing drivers and win updates restarted the computer and I was back at the beginning again with the startup repair looping again, safe mode goes right to issue at hand. Im debating what I should do other than deleting all partitions and formatting the hard drive, then running clean install of win 7. Anyone have a solution or a suggestion, Here are the details after last re-installation of win 7 and start up repair beginning:

the following startup option will be repaired:
Name: Windows Boot Manager
Identifier: {9DEA862C-5CDD-4E70-ACC1F32B344D4795}

The following startup options will be added:
Name: WIndows Recovery Environment (recovered)
Path: Recovery \WindowsRE\Winre.wim
Windows Device: Partition=E: (13424MB)

A copy of the current boot configuration data will be saved as: C:\Boot\BCD... Read more

Answer:startup problem - startup loop/corrupt registry

I would suggest wiping the hard drive (with DBAN or KillDisk) and reinstalling Windows with the HP disks.
If the system still has problems - then it's most likely a hardware issue and it will need repairing.

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I have a Lenovo Flex 2-15, and I want it to startup with Mozilla Firefox, but it opens Firefox as it is set to do in my startup file, but then it goes to Internet Explorer.  I think this must be a Lenovo thing, because know of someone else who has same settings, but they do not have this problem.  IE is not responding at this time, so it is a pain to get out of it.  Anyone know of any Lenovo settings that could be changed that override the startup instructions?  Or does anyone else have similar problem?  Help would be GREATLY appreciated.Thanks!

Answer:Lenovo Flex 2-15, keeps going to IE on startup, even when Firefox is in startup menu, how fix

Sorry, what are you trying to open and how is it opening?
Are you clicking some link or do you mean you have setup to launch browser as soon as you log into windows?

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See topic.

??? The QT icon is still there in the right bottom corner at startup.

Answer:msconfig > startup fails to turn off Quicktime at Startup

Should be able to either right-click the icon (or start QT, then go to Preferences) > Preferences > Under general (IIRC) there is a checkbox for showing the QT icon in the system tray. That'll get rid of it. If you want to get rid of QT inserting itself on startup every time you run it, you'll need to rename the QTTask file to something else.

Or, just run Quicktime Alternative.

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