I'll start by listing my system specs:
Motherboard: BIOSTAR TH67+ LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Graphics: VisionTek 900338 Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit / Windows XP 32 bit
Approximately a week ago my desktop was sitting in hibernate, while it was the power went out for several hours. Since then in either Windows 7 or XP i have been unable to successfully start a 32 bit application, be it a core windows application or a third party installed application.
Steps I took to try and diagnose and fix the problem:
I searched around and found that some people with a similar problem were able to use a combination of
sfc /scannow and chkdsk. I tried both from and administrator elevated terminal window and have had no success. Along with this i have tried formatting and deleting all extra partitions on my HDD and installing a fresh copy of Windows 7 64 bit. This, at first, seemed to work; I regained the use of 32 bit applications, but only momentarily. Soon the third party applications i had installed stopped working, and eventually most of the functions of windows stopped working. At this point not even windows explorer will launch from my task bar. I tried various combinations of non-vital combinations of hardware, pulled all ram but one chip, for each chip; pulled my gfx card, pulled my sound card; i have tried literally everything i can think of short of installing a Linux based OS.
Peculiar things i have noticed:
- When i boot into windows only a few processes are listed, <20 processes are active at any given time.
- Since i have formatted and installed new copies of windows several times i think i can rule out software corruption.
sfc /scannow often finds various little pieces of corrupted portions of windows after a fresh install, but each time the fix does not help.
- 64 bit applications still work properly.
Things I realize are seriously stupid:
- For whatever reason my computer did not have system restore enabled when the power went out during hibernation.
- No Windows Repair disk.
- Actually using hibernate on a desktop in the first place.
Now that that is behind us, if there is anything anyone can think of, even if it includes buying myself a new processor or motherboard, i am open to almost all suggestions.