I just built my computer. I loaded Windows 7 and the computer runs horribly. I can't even run a program. I have absolutely no idea what is wrong with it. I tried installing Win7 again to see if it was just a bad install. I suspect bad hardware. I ran memtest86 for 8 hours and found 0 errors. The computer turns on and runs Win7 32bit (horribly). The optical drives are not detected in Windows, but they work on boot. If anyone could possibly help me, I would be so thankful.
PnY nVidia GT 240 512mb GDDR5
Corsair xms3 2x2GB DDR3
Western Digital Caviar Green
Runs horrible as in what? Slow? Resolution is off? Software won't run?
If it's a new comp with WIN just installed you need to install drivers for everything. Won't recognize optical drives or even LAN w/o chipset drivers. Display will prob be at a horrendously low resolution w/o GPU drivers.
Runs horrible as in: you can't do anything at all. As soon as I click anything, I lose all responsiveness.
I took it to Geek Squad just for the heck of it. They do a free diagnosis. He agreed with me that there is definitely some sort of hardware problem. However, if I wanted to know what exactly was wrong, I would have to pay $69.99, and I wasn't going to do that.
Thanks so much, banth. I'll try all of your recommendations. Do you think that it could be the mobo? I thought that might make sense as the problem due to the part about the opticals not connecting. And also, I can't install the drivers. I lose responsiveness every time I try.
Aside from the optical drive, the problem screams RAM issue. The Memtest wont always identify the RAM as a problem especially if it is the RAm settings that are wrong.
My computer was constantly hanging up at random points, in the end I went down to one stick of RAm and went to Bios and change Voltage and frequencies to the recommended (depending on RAM) one stick failed to boot, the other stick got to windows but was unstable (the freezing occured) I then adjusted the voltage (increased it from the recommended 1.6v to 1.7) and now it runs smoothly and I will RMA the other stick.
Interestingly, both sticks work stably if I reduced my speed from 1600 to 1066 with the recommended settings, so technically both sticks work, but one is faulty as it fails to boot the computer at its official settings.
If you have a legit xp cd, I think there's a free disc you can download and build called ultimate boot cd for windows. There's a different cd though called Ultimate boot cd and that it can be dowloaded as an iso file and burned to disc. As far as I know it's free, and has memtest and some cpu tests on it. What does it do if you boot into safe mode?
Okay turns out it wasn't just my power settings. It worked slightly better when I set the correct voltages and all of that, but it still ran like crap. I went out and dropped a hundred bones and bought a BFG 550 watt PSU and not my computer is truly running like its supposed to.
The Orion 585w cost me $24.99. You get what you pay for.