Windows – My Computer hangs for a few minutes just after startup, and then is fine

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So I just built myself a reasonably beefy computer, and I installed Windows 7 on it. However, I start the machine up each morning and within a few minutes, the computer will semi hang.

That is the mouse is responsive, and most of the time I can open task manager, or a new tab in Chrome. Occasionally windows will be labelled as 'Not responding'.

Then, the machine will get over it's problem, and will be nice and quick until I turn it off.

Here's my specs:

  • CPU: AMD Phenom-II X4 955 Black (Quad Core, 3.2ghz)
  • RAM: 4GB of DDR3 1300
  • MOBO: ASUS M4A785T-M (Latest BIOS)
  • HARD DRIVES: 2x1TB Western Digital Caviar Blacks in RAID-0.
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
  • GPU: ASUS GT240 1GB.

I believe this issue relates to the RAID array, as I didn't have the lockup problem before I created the array. I purchased a second drive and reformatted after creating a RAID array, since the single drive was a little on the pokey side (compared to the rest of the computer).

What I have tried:

  • Updated Raid Drivers
  • Malware checks
  • Windows Updates
  • Unecessary Services
  • CPU and Disk activity appears to be low (via Resource Monitor)
  • No strange errors in the error log.

Any thoughts?

Best Answer

  • Try Process Monitor from Sysinternals. It can be configured to do real-time boot logging of all process, registry, file system, and network activity. Let it capture until the system hang stops, then look at the log to see what was going on during the hang time. You can usually spot something if it looks unusual.

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