Windows Vista Home Premium
Abit IP35 Pro
150gb WD Raptor
SATA CD ROM
OCZ GameXtreme 700W
Ok so I have had my computer for a about a year, and I thought it would be good to reformat it to get some more performance and space. I thought it would be easy because all i do is game and did not need to back up really anything. So i reformat my drive and reinstall vista home premium 64bit. Install goes fine and I get to my desktop. I put in my motherboard driver cd, and then my graphics card drivers cd. I know they are old, but I need them to run and get the newer drivers. Vista keeps freezing even after the drivers install. It will freeze with the HD light usually on, and for about 30 sec after that it either totally crashes or it comes back only to freeze again later. I remember something happening like this when I first installed windows, but i think it went away after the drivers were installed. I have defraged and checked my disk and I'm pretty sure there is nothing wrong with it. I want to update and see if it will run smoother, but it crashes while downloading/installing. I am really frustrated so please help
Use 1 GB RAM only if you have to, but go into BIOS and set up your RAM properly. PC6400 is 2.0-2.1v especially with 4GBs. The BIOS probably defaulted to 1.8v. which is not going to properly power 4 gigs. Set the timings to 5-5-5-15 manually and adjust from there if needed.
You hardware looks solid. I have VISTA installed on 4 machines now, two with 64 and two with 32 bit. Vista appears to be solid approaching two years after release. I have no stability problems at all on any of the machines. All have latest drivers throughout the system.