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Suddenly 7 won't enter Sleep mode; start-up freezes

Windows 7 working fine on my Aspire pc 6 months; past few days, three problems have appeared; won't enter sleep mode; the display turns black, but less than a minute later reappears showing same desktop programs runningafter
running an rkill/malwarebytes/superantispyware scan which was negative
except for adware, I noticed 2 areas only of the display were flickering
rapidly but were still visible; the trash can, and the up arrow on
right end task bar which opens up the programs with messages, or just
plain active; Windows update appears, flag appears if there's a message.
when i click onto one of those program icons, they don't open up GUIrestart,
the boot up is interrupted with a black background with 2 options;
"Normal Windows 7 start", and "other options" with F8 or F10 showing
repair, last safe start, etc. options for starting up. And, both those
two options to select are flickering rapidly. if i select Windows
Diagnostics, the result of that scan is everything working properly. If
Normal start-up is selected, it does continue the normal boot up and
works fine...but still won't go into sleep mode. and each re-start is
the same; i have to select.the only changes i recall are the
rkill/malwarebytes/superantispyware scan, which i did just thinking good
idea, as i'm going to change the Avira antivirus and the firewall
freeware, for Norton Symantec 360. After running those scans, that's
when i noticed the flickering and boot-up problem.
I did install some software but not within a day of these problems appearing.
I have noticed my 500 GB external hd has become too full to accept the
weekly windows backup the past 2 sundays; and I don't understand how a
system image copy, and one backup, can occupy almost 400GB on that has some music and video files also, leaving only 12 GB empty
for the new backup. That seems wrong to me, for a single backup to
take 400GB. there's not close to 400GB on the internal hd that's being
backed up.
i'm attaching a Belarc review from November...
any ideas?
thanks! pdoyle

specs; Acer Aspire X3950
3.20 gigahertz Intel Core i3
55032 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
4096 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
64-bit ready Multi-core (2 total)Hyper-threaded (4 total)
Board: Acer Aspire X3950
Bus Clock: 133 megahertzBIOS: American Megatrends Inc. P01-A3 05/05/2010

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how can i attach a dx log?

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i've run a dx tool and how do i attach a compressed zip file to give the results?
thanks pdoyle

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I never found such to be useful. But

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Try this. Unplug all USB things and try again.

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Event Viewer log files show bad controller/bad hard drive(s)

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ok will try that

can you advise me how to attach log files here?
apparently, the Event Viewer log files show bad controller/bad hard drive(s)
(i would attach the log files but cannot figure out how to do so)
i've got an external hdd which is a few years old and at times in the past, it has not been recognized and i had to assign it a drive letter in disk manager...i bet it's the external hdd
it's an iomega eGo

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You can paste text here.

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disconnected usb; no difference

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can't past the sysevent log here...freezes the browser.
don't know how to attach a compressed file; the text file is very large.

last issue was ethernet connector was not completely seated in the pc port; i had damaged the 'click' connectors inadvertently snaking through walls unprotected.
when i pushed the connector deeper into the port; it worked fine.
learned to protect the connector when snakeing!

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Then you may have to find someone to read that text.

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If it won't fit in these replies it's probably more than what folk in the free discussion forums will read.

Try this. Go get your HIJACKTHIS lop, click the icon to the right of the smiley Happy then paste that.

Often I find conflicts like Norton and Spybot or something else.

All we can do is look and see if we can avoid reinstalling the OS.

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partition table is corrupted on hdd

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bob, now os won't boot up at all...
disconnect of all usb's didn't help.

then I ran seagate dx tool; didn't recognize the externall hdd
but tested the internal hdd and it "passed"
now it won't reboot
ran recovery disk; trying to avoid system image restore dated 12/20/2011 as it appears it will reformat the hdd and erase all data
ran repair function on the recovery disk
it reported repaired successful the partition table corrupted on the internal hdd
but now it won't rboot without the recovery disc.

this is a refurb from july 2011; 90 day warranty cheetah deals thru amazon
this is third pc they've given me due to problems with the first two
maybe i should try to get a replacement or refund even though past 90 day warranty...
thanks pdoyle

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rapid clicking noise upon attempt to boot up

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ps; rapid clicking noise when attempting to boot up from the's not a blue SOD, more like a pale black screen of death on display
my dx attempts have made this worse it seems.
have done repair disc twice; thinks it repairs corrupted partition table, but won't boot up
now i'll try reloading drivers

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Seems you need to buy another hard disk.

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Then reinstall the OS, drivers and applications and restore all your data from your backup.

I hope everything you need to do that reinstall came with this refurb. Otherwise you have a rather big problem.


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rapid clicking noise and failure to boot up = bricked hdd?

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thanks Kees
is that your experience, that rapid clicking noise and failure to boot up = bricked hdd?
and it could still pass Seagate tools long version disk test?
wow...refurb nightmare.

tell me if i have everything i need to do the reinstall...
I used the Acer OEM recovery mgmt software to produce a series of 3 Recovery Disks on CD;
plus i copied the Drivers and OEM programs to CD

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit was pre-installed, and the refurb from Seneca Data of Cheetah Deals/ did not supply a Windows 7 install disk. I assume the OS would be contained on the Recovery disks...I do have a Belarc Advisor scan which includes software serial numbers and activation codes, I think.

I may try to get a replacement from Seneca even though it's 3 months past the 90 day warranty...this is the third pc they have supplied me with, the first two were defective right from the start.
I wonder what else is waiting to fail...i've never experienced a hdd failure, and i don't believe the original Acer is more than 2 years old.
i wonder what a 1 TB hdd will run me...

thanks! pdoyle Cry

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Having the recovery disks is good.

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And sufficient.


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thanks at least i'm getting a new hdd with OS

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any way to boot-up from disk or usb drive?

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Bob, now the hdd won't boot up at all; black SOD. Repair disc I made previously from the Acer recovery software allowed a repair attempt; but still the hdd OS won't boot up. Refurbisher agreed to send me a replacement hdd with OS windows 7 and other software already loaded on it, which will replace the broken hdd.
my question is; is there any way to get data off the broken hdd?
what if broken hdd connectted as an externall hdd; can i access the data?
i don't know if it's spinning...i hear clicking noises when boot-up attempted.

I do have a windows 7 back-up and a system image from a couple weeks back on another external hdd...i guess 7 gives instructions on how to transfer system image and back-up files to new hdd, right?
any suggestions?

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