My computer keeps freezing

Hi I am running Vista Home Premium 64
At least 3 times a week my computer freezes and I am forced to power it down (CTRL ALT DEL does nothing)
I then have to use my restore disk and do a start up repair and get the same message every time (The partition table does not have a valid system partition) the repair tool say it has fixed the problem and yes my computer will now boot up and work for a day or maybe 2 but then it freezes agian and I have to go through the repair process again and agian
I am hoping someone might have some suggestions about what I can do to stop this.

Thanks very much...


Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
Hi Molnarski, welcome to NST.
It sounds like there might be some bad blocks in the HDD boot sector.
Try running chkdsk /f or /r against your OS partition to remove them from continued reuse.
Hi Terry
Thanks for the reply I ran chkdsk/f and it found no problems.
Not being much of a computer guy I am not sure what to try next.

Thanks again
It's a long shot, I know, but I ran into nearly the same problems when I mistakenly allowed Windows Update to "update" my motherboard SATA controller driver. After that, I started having random crashes and repeated file system corruption problems. I had to do a driver rollback and use third-party data recovery SW to get my files back.

I noticed that on my home machine, this week, I was offered another SATA controller driver update -- which I wisely refused.

Don't know what machine you have, but if it's fairly recent, it's a good bet it's using a SATA controller, so you can look in Device Manager to see if there's any history of controller driver updates.
Hi Mark
Thanks for the idea, so far I have not been able to look at drivers becasue now the computer will boot up but whenever I try to open any application the computer freezes then the screen goes black the mouse start working again but everything is black and all i can do is power down and try again but no luck
Does any one know if upgrading to Windows 7 is suppposed tro fix problems like this. I can't use my computer and am at the point where I think I might have to reload the OS but am wondering if I should wait a few days and make the leap to 7
Thanks for any help!


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Staff member
Yeah a re-install is best. Start up in safe mode using F8 at boot up and backup your important files. If you plan to upgrade the machine and can wait a week I would wait til you get your Windows 7 media (clean installs are better than upgrades).
So I did a clean install of Vista and then up-graded to 7 my computer is working now but I have done a clean install of Vista once before and after about 3 weeks it started acting crazy again so I will keep my fingers crossed and let you know how it goes.
Thanks for your help!
So after about a day and a half the same problems started re-appearing so i took the computer in for repair (under warrnaty thankfuly) and they are putting in a new motherboard. I'll let you know how tht goes!