About two months ago I had done some overclocking on my CPU and GPU, which is when the problem started; I've since reverted absolutely everything I could find back to the stock settings, but the problem persists.
- MSI 770-G45
- Windows 7 Ultimate 64
- AMD Phenom II x4 BE 965 (C3)
- eVGA GeForce GTX 470 Superclocked
- 4GB DDR3 1600 (I currently have it underclocked to 1066 because that's how the BIOS detects it, funky OCZ RAM)
- Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic
- 500GB SATA Western Digital WD5000AACS
The issue is, while starting, certain programs will just putter around, not accessing the disk at all and using very little (<1%) CPU, and they'll just hang like this for a minute, before starting properly. I tried to live with it at first, but it's incredibly annoying to click "Play" in Steam and then watch the computer do essentially nothing for a solid minute. I've been poking at offending processes for hours in procexp, but haven't been able to find anything useful. It looks almost like something is deadlocking inside Windows system stuff before it ever hits the actual program entry point, but it's just as likely that I can't read a Windows stack trace. What's bizarre is the consistency of it -- it's ALWAYS the same certain programs, ALWAYS right when they start, and seems to always be about the same time too.
Where do I even begin?
-E- Just remembered another place where things hang -- Services control panel. The panel comes up, then goes "Not Responding", and will sit like that, using little CPU and not touching the disk at all, for about a minute, before showing me the running services.
I also found that the behavior doesn't happen in safe mode. Steam popped up quickly.