General Question

SmashTheState's avatar

Win7 process lock-ups triggering RAID repairs. Solutions?

Asked by SmashTheState (12772points) December 19th, 2011

I have Win7 Premium, with four hard drives: one hard drive specifically for the OS (written to the outside of the platters and the rest of the drive unaccessible so that the drive head never moves and I get seek times faster than a Raptor), two identical 1 tb SATA drives in a mirroring RAID, and a 1 tb external drive.

My problem is that Win7 keeps locking up processes on a fairly regular basis (ie/ once every couple of weeks or so) so that they can’t be shut down, even from the task manager. I’ll be playing a game, the game will crash, and Win7 will refuse to terminate the process. Googling this shows others have the same problem. I can’t shut down properly because Win7 isn’t able to terminate all the processes properly, forcing me to do a manual reset.

When I reboot, about half the time it fuxx0rz my BIOS so that it forgets boot load order and I have to set it all again. Then when I do manage to reboot Win7, it triggers my RAID and I spend the next six hours twiddling my thumbs while it verifies and repairs data, during which time my computer is a very expensive paperweight.

Anyone have any suggestions or solutions? Don’t tell me to “switch to *n?x,” because I’m hostage to Windoze unless and until WINE achieves gold level emulation for the games and other software I use (after which I will have a snowball fight with His Satanic Majesty).

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

7 Answers

blueiiznh's avatar

Have you performed a chkdsk on the OS volume?
If it is NTFS chkdsk /F /B /R will do extensive checks at boot time relative to bad sectors.
Please ensure you have good backups of your data.

SmashTheState's avatar

@blueiiznh I’m loathe to risk it, only because my Win7 install is OEM, so I don’t have the disc if anything should be corrupted or damaged. In any case, a lot of people are complaining about the same problem with Win7, that processes can’t be reliably shut down from the task manager, so I don’t think it’s my OS install which is the problem.

blueiiznh's avatar

@SmashTheState I completely understand. Task Manager has always done a piss poor job of killing things. I would suggest downloading Process Explorer if you want a better ability to control these kinds of things. Right Click | Kill in process explorer has saved my ass many a time on Enterprise Servers that I can’t take down.

SmashTheState's avatar

Alright, thanks, I’ll see if this helps. If not I’m holding you personally responsible for every bad thing which happens in my life.

blueiiznh's avatar

@SmashTheState hope it helps. Feel free to PM me specific details if you want now seeing I am on the hook for every bad thing which can happen in your life :)

XOIIO's avatar

you can make a batch file that says taskkill /f /im “taskname.exe” and at should kill it easily.

the100thmonkey's avatar

Are you running the game/process as administrator? Maybe the process has elevated privileges and you need to run task manager as admin.

Answer this question




to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther