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Welcome screen hanging vista

Hi i have a Dell inspiron 6400 with windows vista home premium and when i boot up, after entering in the password for my profile it comes up with the welcome screen with the circle below it just going round and round and it stays like this.  

Before it blue screened and i have since looked at the mini dump which is pointing at bcmw16.sys.  I did a chkdsk /r after this and it seemed to work but is starting to do it again.  I can boot into safe mode ok so i have disabled all the startup programs in msconfig and uninstalled the network drivers as thought this is related to the bcmw16.sys for broadcom.  

With doing all of this, it is still not working and still freezing at the welcome screen, has anyone any ideas of what is causing it and what else i can do?

Thanks in advance
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DATA99
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edbedbCommented:
I chkdsk /r fixed the problem and now it's returned, I would guess that your har drive is failing.
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DATA99Author Commented:
i have ran the hard drive tests with the hirens bootable cd and the hard drive is fine have used both the maxtor and the manufacturer one (western digital)
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edbedbCommented:
If it passed the extended tests it should be okay.
The next thing to check is your RAM. Try reseating the modules. Replace it or try using 1 memory module at a time.
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NikCommented:
Do you have any network drives mapped?
Check your memory modules as edbedb said. For this purpose you can use Ultimate Boot CD which is free and has some useful diagnostic tools.
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DATA99Author Commented:
no i dont have any mapped drives, i'll try the ram and see if it makes a difference
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DATA99Author Commented:
the RAM seems fine tbh, have tried different ram in it and still getting the welcome screen freezing
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edbedbCommented:
But did you run chkdsk /r again?
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CTaylor70Commented:
Do you have a Linksys Wireless G network adaptor in your PC? If so try removing this card then restarting your PC, its possible this network adaptor is faulting.
 
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Jackie ManCommented:
You need to download a Vista Recovery Disk or use your Vista Setup Disk to start your PC and launch system restore to go back to a restore point when there was no problem.

URL: http://www.vistax64.com/general-discussion/146356-download-vista-recovery-console.html

A downloadable version of Vista Recovery Disk is as follow.

http://coblitz.codeen.org/neosmart.net/downloads/guides/Vista_Repair/Vista_Recovery_Disc_x86.iso

(I assume that your computer is of Vista 32 bit.)

When a problem appears in Vista and there are no clues from google, it seems to me the last resort is to use system restore as Vista is much better in system restore than the system restore in XP. System Restore in Vista is just like a time machine to go back to the exact state when the problem does not exist. But the drawback is that it consumes a lot of hard disk apace and it will restore the applications that you have removed and old version of document on desktop,

So, before your use System Restore, make sure all user data has been properly backup as it is just too powerful if Vista thinks that the path you stored your data is part of the system folders.

In a nutshell, System Restore can reduce the time of troubleshooting (except the problem is caused by hardware failure) but it must be used with due care.
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