I posted this in MS answers, but after 3+ hours and many views with no replies, I figured I would post here as well for maximum exposure.
I've been having an issue where, after I install a recently purchased Asus ENGTX470 without installed drivers
, the computer takes 10+ minutes to boot. When the boot first starts, I can hear the HD accessing information, but about 30 seconds to a minute in, the HD activity stops, and the boot simply hangs on the Windows 7 logo. After about ten minutes, the HD starts to access again, and it finally gets to the login screen. When I log in, the computer's performance is horrendous, and a gadget that I have on the desktop tells me that it is using a great amount of system resources, but doing basically nothing.
I have talked to Asus, even RMA'd the card and received a brand new one, but the card is not the issue. I have taken out all other devices looking for a conflict, and one is not to be found. I have replaced the PSU and the problem still exists. I have gone into safe mode and removed all display drivers, and the problem still exists. I have used a selective startup, eliminating all non-Microsoft services and the problem still exists. I have installed latest nVidia GTX 470 drivers and it still exists. I have performed a clean install of Windows 7 and the problem still exists (the install actually went slower than it normally should). If I uninstall the new GFX card and re-install an older one, the problem goes away.
I have booted into XP and used a Furmark stability test on the card, and it works fine. XP boots perfectly (doesn't hang on load and its performance is normal) and it utilizes the card just fine.
I originally believed this was a hardware problem, as did Asus after we attempted many software solutions. But after trying twice as many hardware solutions, I am again under the impression that it is a software problem, specifically with the OS. I have come here hoping that someone can help me after reading of people having similar boot issues; i.e: EXTREMELY long boot times as well as the HD accessing at the beginning of the boot, but ceasing to do so after about a minute. This is realistically my last hope. I have literally no clue what is going on here or how to fix it, and I consider myself very good with PC troubleshooting.