I even reset my raid, reinstalled vista ult. 64, and first thing I did was install 8.12 - bang - next reboot crash after entering password before aero is fully up.
I can restart - hit F8 and boot into low resolution mode (640x480), then adjust my display to 1280x1024 but no higher or it will lock up instantly!
So now my 2 20" 1600x1200 displays are reduced to 1 at 1280x1024.. not really an acceptable solution at this point, but it is allowing me to write this post and search for other fixes...
BTW: I am running a stock Diamond 4870x2 with overdrive enabled ONLY to fix the fan at 31% or 50% depending on tasks... temps are 45 to 60degC always.
Mobo: Asus P5E3 Deluxe (x38)
CPU: Intel Core2 Extreme Quad QX9650 3.0GHz
RAM: Corsair 2x2GB DDR3 (1033,9,9,9,24)
HDD0: Seagate 2x 200GB SATA-1 (Raid 0 usually but now Raid 1 until I get this driver issue worked out)
HDD1: Seagate 4x 500GB 7200.11 SATA-II (RAID 10)
PSU: Coolermaster 1kW
CASE: Coolermaster Cosmos - plenty of room and cooling - cpu temp is 32deg C right now...
VIDEO: Aforementioned Diamond/ATI 4870x2 2GB Reference spec
OS: MS Vista Ultimate x64
Was on XP x64 - had problems with ati 3870, hoped vista 64 would be better - isn't, hoped 4870x2 would be better isn't
Has anyone had similar problems and been able to resolve them?? It seems like the drivers are TOTALLY hit and miss! My system so far is a MISS!
I have tried uninstalling 8.12 - driver cleaner in safe mode, re-install 8.12 sometimes works for a little while - less than 1 hour - then crash and back into the same cycle of failing just after login before aero is up.
running in low res mode system is stable as can be - but 1 display at 1280x1024 is NOT acceptable.
Sorry for my rant - I am incredibly frustrated at this point!!!!