08-28-2013 07:28 AM - edited 08-28-2013 07:29 AM
I received a new ,'IdeaPad Y500 about 3 months ago. Dating back to the first couple weeks of using it, the system has repeatedly crashed and programs have stopped responding. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator programs have, specifically, stopped responding and crashed on weekly and sometimes daily basis.
When the computer crashes it often goes into AutoRepair, but the repair is unable to solve the problem. I am also often taken to a blue troubleshooting screen after the computer crashes. These crashes often happen when the computer is not being actively used, asleep or hibernating.
A few weeks ago, I caught a virus which I believe, exasperated the problem but the system has been malfunctioning from the start. The virus has since (fingers crossed) been wiped from the system.
Do you have any ideas of what could be going on? Or to fix it?
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08-28-2013 01:02 PM
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To give us a clue on what's causing the crash (if it's a program or a system file), can you try to:
2. Run BlueScreenView and post a screenshot of the dump file.
Let meknow your findings
08-28-2013 01:16 PM
Thank you for the response. I tried running BlueScreenView and nothing came up. I could wait for the next time a blue screen appears, but I don't know how long that will be. Until then I am still getting a lot of freezing, programs crashing, and autorepairs. Is there any other way we can look into what's going on?
08-28-2013 02:52 PM
You may try the following to isolate the issue:
1. Perform a clean boot - this disables non-microsoft apps that's running on the system (if the crash is caused by a running application on the backgruond, this temporarily fix it until you re-enable the application).
2. Open Event Viewer to monitor the system for errors (press the Windows logo key +R> type eventvwr and hit enter)
3. If the crash is caused by a bad sector on the drive, try to check the HDD's health by running a diagnostic (try HD Tune and run an error scan).
08-28-2013 03:10 PM
The event viewer says that I have had 4 critical errors and 38 errors and 74 warnings in the past 7 days. The critical errors all come from the "Kernel-Power" souce with an Event Id of 41 and Task category of 63. The errors and warnings all vary. Do you have any guidence on what I should be looking for in the Event Viewer in order to isolate the issue?
I would like to hold off on the boot scan, for now, but will run the HD Tune to see what it can find.
Thank you for you help
08-28-2013 06:52 PM
The Kernel Power Error that you're getting is probably similar to this microsoft article.Try to see if the kernel power errors are time stamped when you get the freezing issues.
Does your Y500 come with a 24GB or 32GB SSD? If it does, it's possible configured with Expresscache (for data caching) and Rapid Start (for fast resume time after unit is wake up from sleep).
To see if Expresscache is working, open a command prompt and type eccmd.exe -info.
- if you get an error, data caching might be disabled / misconfigured or it can be that the ssd is not responding - which explains the freezing issue.
If the PC crashes after being wake up from sleep/hibernate, it's most likely due to the Rapid Start. To verify if you have this feature, open Control Panel (large icon view) > Programs and Features and look for Intel Rapid Start Technology and uninstall it.
Let me know your findings on the HDD diagnostics (if you can detect both HDD and SSD on HD Tune, try running an error scan on both drives).
08-29-2013 07:06 AM
The Kernet Power Error seems similar to the one described in the Microsoft article. The power errors recorded in the event viewer does seem to align with some of the freezing incidences, but not all. I can't say for sure how well aligned the two are. In the future, I can try to record the exact time when my computer freezes.
My Y500 comes with a a Sandisk SSD U100 16GB . The Expresscache is working correctly. I don't believe I have Intel Rapid Start Technology installed. I do have Intel Rapid Storage Technology.
I ran the HDD diagnostics on both drives. The error scan was clear. However the S.M.A.R.T scan for my HDD (not my solid-drive) displayed a warning that the number of calibration attempts after a calibration failure was at 12.
Please let me know if you need anymore information. Thank you
08-29-2013 07:53 AM
Thanks for posting back the results. The calibration retry count is the number of times the HDD got initialized (alighnment of head and tracks) when the computer is powered ON and it took 12 times to calibrate the head/tracks of the HDD - this may seem like an imminent failure on the HDD.
In HD Tune, what does it say on the HDD's health? Upon checking the spare parts, the Y500 comes with a 1TB Seagate HDD.
To verify the results in HD tune, can you try to download and install Seatools for Windows and run the following:
- S.M.A.R.T Check
- Short Generic (Duration: ~5mins)
- Long Generic
08-29-2013 08:42 AM - edited 08-29-2013 11:41 AM
Above is the screenshot of the HDD's health. I ran the Seatools scan. Both drives passed the S.M.A.R.T check and Short Generic. For the Long Generic test, my HDD model: ST 1000LM024 showed the drive status as being "Long Generic - 04:24. I'm not sure if the test was able to finish running.
Finally, when I tried to run an error scan on the HDD with HD Tune Pro, the scan was unable to finish. It scanned about 1/8th of the drive as ok and did not finish the rest.
08-30-2013 03:02 AM
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