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imheretostay

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I recieved my new graphics card today (upgrading from 8800GT to 460GTX), and after installing it, I formatted my C drive and installed Windows 7 64-bit (Upgrading from Vista) on it (The format was likely a quick format, as I did it via the Win7 installer and it took less than a second ). I installed the newest drivers for my AC'97 onboard sound card, the newest certified drivers for my 460GTX and DirectX 11.

 

However, games that I could run fine previous to my graphical upgrade are now refusing to launch or performing extremely poorly. For example, I cannot launch Battlefield: Bad Company 2 at all; when I click the icon, the process starts, but it simply sits there and the game itself never launches. Crysis, which I could run previous to my upgrades, does the same thing. ArmA 2 I can start, but it performs very, very poorly compared to how it previously did. Just Cause 2 starts, but that too performs worse than before, with no difference on high or low settings. Oblivion is also extremely jerky. Half Life 2 Episode 2 runs fine graphically, but the sound is extremely laggy - unless I turn off surround sound.

 

Here's my system as a whole:

 

AMD 64 3800+

2 gb RAM

Geforce 460GTX

WD 500 GB 7200 RPM HD (games are run off this HD)

WD Caviar 2 TB 5400 RPM HD

 

Here's my dxdiag:

http://pastebin.com/hWPivE33

 

I am aware that my CPU and RAM (and thus my motherboard) are sh*t compared to the GPU, but I'm upgrading those soon enough. Right now my best idea is to do a full format using something other than the Win7 disk, then install Win7 again and hope for better luck. I hope you guys can help me figure this out.

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First clean your system; virus scan, spyware scan, registry cleaning, chkdsk, defrag

Then make sure there are no programs running in the background. If you have an antivirus disable it, and the same goes for any firewall that's not Windows firefall.

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  • 4 weeks later...
imheretostay

Update on this. I tried your solutions Wolf, but to no avail. Aside from installing a new PSU, a proper Corsair one, I've also had the original card sent back and the shop confirmed it was DOA. They sent me a new one which I recieved today, but the problems remain. sad.gif

 

 

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Kill all programs you don't have to have running.

If you're using an anti-virus (which you should be) then disable it or even uninstall it. Before you do either, go to where you got your antivirus and download the installer again and then disconnect from the internet....that is if you want to try to be as safe as possible while testing this.

 

Just for grins, if you have the older card stick that in and see if anything changes for the better.

 

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imheretostay

I don't think it is software-related Wolf. I have reformatted a few times, experimenting, and I have literally no excessive processes running. The problems disappear completely if I put in my old card.

 

I sent back the card, and they sent me a new one. The problems remained. I have not yet sent back the second card they sent me, out of fear of it being a motherboard-related issue. My plan was, that since I'm planning on upgrading my entire system, I would order my new system (minus graphics card) and assemble it all using the graphics card I have from them, and if the problems remained at that point, I'd know it was the graphics card. However, before ordering the new parts, I tried booting the PC again, and was greeted by this:

 

user posted image

 

Surely this can only be caused by the graphics card?

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Change the cable, unless you did that when you exchanged the card.

That looks like a HDTV (sorry if you said that already, I just don't feel like re-reading the whole topic again) and I'm assuming it works other wise.

Are you using HDMI or DVI from PC to TV?

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Artifacts on the screens, looks like this card is defective too.

You asked for another brand or try this card on another computer?

You bother writing down the serial number of that card? Could is be a possibility you got back the same card?

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