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 Post subject: Computer Freezes before Windows 7 Logo appears
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:58 pm 
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Hey all, had this 630i for almost a year+ without issues. Recently reformatted to win 7 prof 64 bit (like 3 weeks ago). But this is starting to happen today like every other restart that I try. When I restart it'll stay stuck at the starting windows screen and no window logo appears (those colored balls). Anyone have some suggestions to try, are there any error codes that are written in this scenario? Tried running win 7 repair disk but it didn't find anything.

Specs below (let me know if I missed something... kinda new to displaying this).

Used HWINFO32 to grab most of this.
630i
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9400 @ 2.66/2.67
Windows 7 Prof - 64 bit
4gb DDR2 Samsung PC2-6400
2 nVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTs (SLI)
Stock MoBo (0C113J) - BIOS 1.0.13 / Chipset: nVidia nForce 650i/750i SLI + MCP51
Stock Harddrive 500gb
Audio Codec: RealTek ALC888 / Audio Adapter: nVIDIA MCP51
Dual Monitors: Primary Samsung SyncMaster P2370 / Secondary: Vizio VM190XVT


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 Post subject: Re: Computer Freezes before Windows 7 Logo appears
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:04 pm 
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It sounds like your hard drive might be on the brink of failure, or the motherboard is acting up.

Most of the time, its the hard drive. I would try a new hard drive to see if that fixes your issue. Do you hear any kind of odd clicking noise coming from the hard drive?

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 Post subject: Re: Computer Freezes before Windows 7 Logo appears
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:15 pm 
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No I haven't heard any clicking sounds. I'll keep watch for it though. Anything I could do to test my harddrive?


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 Post subject: Re: Computer Freezes before Windows 7 Logo appears
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:19 pm 
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I believe there is a built in diagnostic in the motherboard. I cant remember if it was in the F8 menu or F12 menu when booting up.

But usually you can tell when your hard drive is going bad. You would sometimes get freezing while using it in Windows, slower than normal read/write speeds, clicking noises, etc.

The best way to actually test it is another hard drive. If you swap the hdd and try another one, and you no longer get that problem, you know its the drive.

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 Post subject: Re: Computer Freezes before Windows 7 Logo appears
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:36 pm 
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I had some odd hangups with an optical drive that caused mine to do the same thing. You could also try disconnecting the sata connector from your optical drives one at a time and see if that helps also. It would be a quick and easy test. Make sure your drives have the latest firmware updates from dell.

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