AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition
8gig (4gx2) Ripjaw ram
Biostar TA890FXE mobo
Corsair TX 750watt PSU
Sapphire Radeon HD 5870
Using old hard drives
Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Installing Windows 7 took about 3 hours. Now whenever I open a window, installer CD, anything at all - it takes forever. It's like this computer is 7 years old with 20 viruses on it. I installed the chipset drivers that came with my CPU, and also the drivers that came with my 5870. I am getting an error that reads: No ATI graphics driver installed, or the ATI driver is not functioning properly. Please install the ATI driver appropriate for your ATI hardware.
EDIT: I also switched the vid card to another PCI slot, the same thing is happening.
Have you tried downloading all the newest drivers and reinstalling them? It's a pretty quick thing to try. Possibly one of the drivers didn't install properly. I had that happen with an asus P5Q a while back. I got the latest drivers, reinstalled xp (possibly overkill), and installed the new drivers I got online and it ran perfect. Might not fix your problem but worth a shot.
Ok I am going to try reinstalling the new drivers off the ATI website. If that doesn't work I am going to try and boot the system up on XP and seeing if the system works with that OS. I still don't understand why everything is so slow though. It takes 2 mintutes to close an open window, such as task manager. Could this be an issue with voltage / timing in the BIOS? (Need to buy a non USB keyboard so I can get in there...)
Will update on the progress, any other ideas would be great - I am trying to figure out how to troubleshoot on my own I really don't know where to start.
I don't see it being a voltage isssue. I've always seen freezing or crashing when it was a voltage issue. It won't be a timing issue. Bad ram could be causing this problem but it seems like a driver or bios issue to me. The ATI warnings really have me thinking its a video card or motherboard driver problem.
If that doesn't fix it try testing the memory.
This forum is pretty good at explaining how to use memtest86: http://forum.corsair.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38201
I don't know if a bad video card can do this but do you have a different one you can try at all?
Have you tried resetting the CMOS on the motherboard. I was reading a bit about this and some people have had this problem and it's been solved that way.