Windows 10: Win10 pausing every 30 seconds on ASUS Laptop. Sleep mode issue too.
Win10 pausing every 30 seconds on ASUS Laptop. Sleep mode issue too.
I have this issue since upgrading, that there is a pause every 30 seconds or so. If I'm scrolling or typing it just pauses for maybe a second. I've looked and it appears there is no bios upgrade or driver upgrade on the Intel website. So I'm kind of stumped how to fix it.
The other issue is that it randomly just dumps into sleep mode. I can pull it right out, but it's annoying. I checked the screensaver and power settings, but nothing is out of the ordinary.
Laptop is an Asus N76VZ
Any ideas where to look next?
Hi SpiderX and welcome to TenForums.
First, can you please take the battery out of the laptop, plug in the power cord, and see if the pausing continues? I have seen this happen sometimes with failing batteries. Just need to make sure this is not an issue.
Second, if you have just recently upgraded, it will take several reboots and some time for the system to calm down - indexing will keep the hard drive very busy until that is completed, for example.
I've also had a situation where I found I needed to get a good full shutdown in order to correct some strange occurrences on one system after the upgrade, and so it's a matter of changing a setting in power options to get rid of "fast startup".
Let us know how it goes for you.
Thanks for the welcome and the help!
1. The battery in the laptop is bad. It has been for months, if I disconnect the power it dies immediately. But this pausing issue never happened with Win7.
2. How long should the indexing take? I did the install on the 1st.
3. I just tried the full shutdown. The pausing is still there, so we will have to see if the sleep issue keeps happening.
I'll try a few more full shutdowns to see if anything else clears up.
Okay. The first thing you need to do is remove the battery until you get a new one. Using a bad battery can permanently damage the system. Just use the laptop with the power cord for now. I've had good luck with BattDepot.com
Difficult to say, depends on the size of your HDD and how full it is. It could take several days if you have several hundred GB of data for it to go through, and it's not on 24/7. You can see if pausing the indexing makes a difference. Type indexing in the search bar, and select indexing option-control panel in the result. If the button to pause is available, click on it. ref: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ing-pause.html
Okay. Please be sure the battery is removed.
Yes, and let us know if the indexing pause makes any difference.
Okay so I yanked the dead battery. It's just running straight power now. Thanks for the advice on that.
The computer does say it's done indexing, so that can be ruled out now I would think.
As for the pausing, well I think I have a coincidental and weird work around. I started up CPU-Z to check my settings when look for driver updates, etc. Well having that running stops the pausing. How weird is that?
Also the whole sleep mode thing is still happening. It just did it about a minute ago.
Great. You're quite welcome.
Yes, sure, once it's completed, it just updates as needed.
That's very strange. I wouldn't think there would be any correlation. BTW I hope you avoided Conduit and any other junk when installing CPU-Z; I understand it is bundled with a bit of junkware.
Was the computer squeaky clean before you upgraded? What AntiVirus are you using? If from a 3rd-party, was it uninstalled before upgrading? Is it certified as compatible with Windows 10?
I'm going to give you some ideas of what I would do if it were my system. You may or may not want to get this detailed. (Keep in mind I assume this system is completely clean of viruses, spyware, crapware, toolbars, etc.)
Remove any 3rd-party anti virus (if applicable) and use Defender for now. Make sure to visit Windows Update to get the definitions up-to-date. You could also put Malwarebytes Antimalware Free on it - it plays nice with Defender.
Do the problems persist in Safe Mode as well? If not, try a Clean Boot to verify the problems resolve. If so, try turning on the disabled items one or two at a time, rebooting to determine which brings the problem back.
Please check in Task Manager to see if we can identify some suspects (bear with me here, as I am not on my W10 rig, and things may be slightly different):
In the Performance tab, have a look at CPU, Memory and Disk activity to see if you can determine which looks out-of-the-ordinary when the pausing occurs.
In the Details tab, click on the CPU column, to get the little arrow at the top of that column to be pointing downward. This puts your highest usage at the top. The first one should be System Idle Process the majority of the time. Then note: does something jump to the top and the computer subsequently pauses?
Right-click CPU and select Select Columns. Check the boxes for I/O Reads, I/O Writes and I/O Other. Click on each column heading to sort highest to lowest and note which process jumps to the top of the list. These may be clues as to what is causing the pausing. If it's a generic name like svchost.exe, you'll want to get Process Explorer so you can look up the PID and identify the related process.
Other than that, you might have a look at all installed programs and all start-ups. This is easily done through Ccleaner.
I can't help but think that these two issues are somehow related, and when we correct one, the other will go away. Don't ask me why, I know it doesn't make sense.
Set screensaver to "none", and uncheck the box "on resume, display logon screen".
In Control Panel>Power Options: create a new plan, call it "Always On".
Turn off display = never
Put computer to sleep = never
for both on battery and plugged in
Has the sleeping stopped?
Turn off wireless and work locally on the computer to see if it makes any difference.
Has it stopped now?
Check your hard disk health. I usually let this run for an hour or two, to let the readings settle. Disk CheckUp
(Please read Known Issues)
Any issues with the hard drive?
I'm sorry I can't seem to nail this, but perhaps you will uncover some clues with these steps.
EDIT: And remember, as long as your system shows "Activated", you can always clean install W10 now, and it will activate. Just make sure all your data is backed up, and you have all your software disks and keys.
Last edited by simrick; 06 Aug 2015 at 12:36.
I am having the same issues as SpiderX as far as the pausing every 30 seconds or so. So far I have tried removing silverlight and disabled one drive as others have suggested in other threads. I have run sfc /scannow and it finds no problems. This problem occurred after I upgraded to windows 10. It is most annoying when I am on the internet and it doesn't matter if I use edge or chrome. It also happens in outlook.
Same problem here...
Running Win10 in a Asus Z-87, I7 4770K and 8GB of RAM.
Have been running Win10 with users folders relocated to drive D: following instructions on tutorial of this forum with no issues at all.
Then came the upgrade of Anniversary edition... One night I saw that Windows was going into a major upgrade and left it running alone. Next morning I had a black desktop. No taskbar. No Start menu. Mouse was operating. Many re-boots and always the same black desktop and no taskbar. Booting in secure mode give me back the taskbar and start menu. I'm not good is troubleshooting so I decided to use the functionality that safe mode gave me and backed up all important data to external HD, downloaded new image of Win10 Anniversary Edition and made a clean install (with the relocated user folders).
Everything seems to be OK for a while but after several days, during the re-install process of programs, I started to realize this 30 seconds freeze.
Everything stops. Mouse pointer goes into "thinking mode"...
I've followed the steps described above and noticed that these freezes coincide with clear spike in CPU, drive D: usage and Ethernet.
After that I tried to identify any process that coincides with the freeze and realized that WERFAULT.EXE and WERMGR.EXE both pops right after freeze.
Did some google and understand that these process are related to Windows Error Report System but, what can I do to solve this?
Any hint is very welcome.
Right after posting in this thread I've found this video: Fix: - YouTube
Disabled the Error Reporting Service and in fact the freezes has stop.
But doing this left the feeling that some thing wrong still lingers in my system and was just put hidden under the carpet...
Good detective work JC!
JC Uehara said:
Open Reliability Monitor and see what the red Xs refer to - may be some clues there.
EDIT: I know I had to get rid of my ASUS MB software (forget what it's called) - didn't play nice with W10.
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