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Hello again fellas,

This problem has just cropped up a few weeks ago.

After a shut down and/or restart, upon start up, XP will boot normal to the welcome screen.
After clicking on a user the 'restore active desk top' message will appear on a white background usually but not always.
Then, after a little bit, it freezes and nothing works.

Two or three restarts gets it back working. The desk top however has to be restored through; control panel>display>'OK'

I have tried;
'Restore'
Deep scan with Trend Micro I.S. & Registry Mechanic.
Deleted all temp folders & cookies.

Anything else I should try?

Thanks.
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Same problem with safe mode?
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NO!

I just tried safe mode twice, with no freeze ups.

Also I failed to mention (don't know if it's relative or not) But:

Running in the nTuneCmd I have the "Best system-second.npe" installed.
I don't exactly know what it does, but it is suppose to optimize the system.
I'm guessing some kind of over clocking deal.

Also;

I do go through (every now and then) msconfig > start-up and weed out some of the unnecessary BS that wants to start every time I boot up.
{I use http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php when doing this}
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I forgot to mention....don't play with registry. Anything like Registry Mechanic means creating more issues (in most cases).
I suspect, you may have video card problem.
Remove the card, switch to on-board video and see what happens.
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It is not physically possible to 'switch to on board video' !

I did however download and install a driver update for the video card, with no such luck in-regards to the original problem.
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It is not physically possible to 'switch to on board video' !

Is it laptop?
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NO!
Desk top.

There are no video outs on-board the MoBo.
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Really? Strange.
Have you cleaned the case inside, recently?
Tried to reinstall video driver?
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:) Really, but not so strange for the Asus M2N-E SLI.

I did clean the internals & have updated the graphics card through nVidia.

I will try to reinstall the latest drivers to see if any thing changes.

Edited by eZAK, 28 October 2009 - 03:44 PM.

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OK.
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Well I almost thought we had it fixed.

But after three successful boots the next one freezes in the same manner.

>Boots fine to 'welcome' screen, click on Icon, then freezes while loading personal settings.
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While in Safe Mode...

Go Start>Run (Start Search in Vista), type in:
msconfig
Click OK (hit Enter in Vista).

Click on Startup tab.
Click Disable all
IMPORTANT! In case of laptop, make sure, you do NOT disable any keyboard, or touchpad entries.

Click Services tab.
Put checkmark in Hide all Microsoft services
Click Disable all.

Click OK.
Restart computer in Normal Mode.

NOTE. If you use different firewall, than Windows firewall, turn Windows firewall on, just for this test, since your regular firewall won't be running.
If you use Windows firewall, you're fine.

Same problem?
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Sorry it took so long to get back!

Broni,
I just tried what you have posted.

It did not change a thing, It is still freezing!
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