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a b } Memory
October 6, 2009 3:02:42 AM

OK, so a couple of months ago, I had a motherboard burn out on me. Fought with Intel and got a new one, only now when I turn on my machine, Windows is r-e-a-l-l-l-l-l-y slow to load, and I can't run programs of any significance without the machine freezing halfway through the startup sequence. This is a machine that was ridiculously overpowered for what I was asking it to do; it used to play Crysis without even breaking a sweat.

Seemed like there was something wrong with the memory, so I tested out each individual stick (found nothing), then finally replaced all my 4GB of RAM with new sticks. Still having the exact same problem.

So at this point, seems like the RAM is ruled out. It seems pretty unlikely that it's a problem with my fricking BRAND NEW motherboard, so my next step is probably to wipe the whole thing and reinstall Windows. Unless it's something I haven't thought of -- could there be a problem with the BIOS or something? This is why I'm asking here first for any ideas before trying something that drastic.

Intel Q9550 2.93 gHz
8GB RAM (Patriot DDR3 7-7-7-20)
Intel DP45SG motherboard
NCTZ 850MW power supply
Radeon HD4870 512MB

basically ... WTF?
a b } Memory
October 6, 2009 3:20:52 AM

One other thing I thought I'd mention ... since about the time I replaced the motherboard, every time I boot the system, I get an error message saying "ATI Catalyst Control Center has stopped working." I don't know if this is somehow making my system churn and ruining everything that way, but it doesn't seem terribly likely. I'm just not familiar with that particular problem and wonder if anyone else has seen it.
a c 128 } Memory
October 6, 2009 2:29:12 PM

I always do a format and fresh installation of windows with each motherboard change, especially with different chipsets. Some folks work around this, but you have to be pretty sharp with software. If necessary, backup your files first before formating.
a b } Memory
October 6, 2009 3:34:30 PM

o1die said:
I always do a format and fresh installation of windows with each motherboard change, especially with different chipsets. Some folks work around this, but you have to be pretty sharp with software. If necessary, backup your files first before formating.


Yeah, that's what I was leaning toward doing. Sounds like the next logical step. I normally would've thought that was the safe thing to do after putting in a new motherboard, only this one was exactly the same as my old motherboard because it was a warranty replacement.

I wonder if Intel quietly made some changes and tweaks over the past year that would make it a slightly different motherboard (like a "version 1.1")? It looks like there have been three or four BIOS updates released since I bought the original mobo, and I'm still running on the first BIOS version that came on the CD with the original board a year ago. I wonder if updating the BIOS is necessary to operate the replacement board properly? Is that even possible?

I just hate reinstalling the OS (and, more importantly, all the other programs on the machine) because it tends to waste an entire afternoon. Maybe this is worth a try ... of course, maybe not, too.

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