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Windows 7: Slow W7 boot after installing nVidia GTX470


10 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Slow W7 boot after installing nVidia GTX470

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.


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10 May 2010   #2

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Are you running the latest BIOS for your motherboard?

What card did you have before the 470?
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10 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Are you running the latest BIOS for your motherboard?

What card did you have before the 470?
Yes, I have installed and run Fox LiveUpdate (Foxconn's utility to easily install mobo updates). I had a GTX 275 and it worked fine, but after I RMA'd the 470 and it was reshipped back to me, I sold it. I was given a 7900 GTX, however, and it works flawlessly like the 275 does.
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10 May 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

Do you get the same type of performance if you're in safe mode? I wasn't sure if you were saying the problem still exists in safe mode, or after you're removed the drivers in safe mode.
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10 May 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Yeah, was just saying it still existed after reboot. I believe I had normal performance in safe mode.
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10 May 2010   #6

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

Are your sound card drivers up-to-date? I know ASUS Xonar cards "talk" to ASUS graphic cards with HDMI audio, so an out-of-date sound driver could be a problem with the 470.
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10 May 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Yes, I have the most recent sound card drivers. But even if I didn't, after I did a clean install of Windows 7, the problem existed when there were no third party drivers for anything installed at all. Right after install, when everything was stock Windows 7, the problem was still there. And as noted in OP, the clean install itself completed more slowly than I believe it would normally.
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10 May 2010   #8

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

Does the BIOS update program you used flash the CMOS when it updates, or have you flashed it yourself?

I'm not sure what else to suggest. I've seen you've posted in a few other places too, and you've done pretty much everything, and been suggested everything I'd have done too.
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10 May 2010   #9

Windows 8 X64 M3 8102 / Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

i had the same prob with my 2 GTX480s + GTX285 but i fixed it by updating the Chipset drivers and a bios flash
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10 May 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
Does the BIOS update program you used flash the CMOS when it updates, or have you flashed it yourself?
I don't think that the update program flashes itself, and I've tried to figure out how to flash it myself, but Foxconn's support (and instructions, for that matter) are notoriously bad. On a side note, it is one reason why I'll never by anything from them again.

Regardless, none of the BIOS updates they have on their website seem to have anything to do with the problems I am experiencing...

I have attempted to flash the newest update that Foxconn has for the Intel chipset driver, but again, I cannot understand Foxconn's flash process. The files that are given with the driver do not match the intructions Foxconn gives for flashing.
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