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Windows 7: Windows 7 64 bit slow motion graphics

01 Jul 2013   #1

WIndows 7 64 bit
Windows 7 64 bit slow motion graphics

The problem: A few weeks ago I began to notice that upon booting up my computer the animation that opens and closes windows on my desktop was being displayed in extreme slow motion. Slow enough that I could clearly see every frame of animation. In addition, I was pretty surprised to see that any game I played would similarly run in slow motion. My frame rate was excellent, but everything on the screen would be going no faster than 10% of its normal speed.

For a while rebooting once fixed the problem. Then I had to reboot twice, then three times in order to fix the issue. Finally, this morning, no amount of rebooting will resolve the issue.

Things I have already tried:
1) Turning it off, then on again.
2) Completely removing the catalyst control center and drivers and reinstalling the latest version
3) A file integrity scan using CMD.exe
4) A checkdisk scan
5) A furmark GPU stress test which confirms my graphics card is likely not damaged or failing
6) A rollback to a previous configuration - this did nothing and was an enormous pain.
7) Ran a registry cleaning tool.
8) Ran a disk defrag
9) Disabled aero, which only masks the underlying problem (as long as you don't try to play a game)

I am now at the point where I am faced with a complete reinstall, which I not only absolutely do not want to do but which I am also not certain will work given the number of software related solutions that have failed to correct the issue (what ever it is).

If anyone has any knowledge of what this problem is and how to solve it I would be grateful. I have included my DxDiag in this post.


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My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jul 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1

Consider the following...

Anything done to the system shortly before this started happening? (ANY new apps/updates or games?)

Did this ever system ever get overclocked to your knowledge in any way shape or form?

Anyone been into the BIOS and make ANY changes there, before this began happening?

Done a full virus/trojan/malware scan lately?

Suffer from brownouts, blackouts, or voltage fluctuation in your area, at all?

You get NO BSODs and no instant system shutdowns or reboots, random or otherwise?

That sounds way too much like a driver issue, you have reinstalled the latest chipset driver for your motherboard and Direct-X, also?

I'd try another Catalyst version then the current, after a full uninstall of course. [ has tons of choice and reliable site, been using for years] You have run the tools to be sure you have a clean uninstall? I use's Driver Fusion for this now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 x64 / Windows Server 2008 / Linux (Redhat & Deb distros) / OS X / More

Run the Microsoft Fixit for system performance problems on slow Windows computers

Fix Windows system performance problems on slow Windows computers

If the problem proceeds,

Run a clean start up to eliminate software conflicts.

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
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02 Jul 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1

He's running a i7-920 triple channeled rig, I wouldn't qualify that as slow.

I would look at Task Manager and see if anything unknown is using the CPU in spikes.

Add to that GPU-Z from and have it log GPU usage over a day and then check the log.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jul 2013   #5

Windows 7 x64 / Windows Server 2008 / Linux (Redhat & Deb distros) / OS X / More

It doesn't hurt to run it either.
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02 Jul 2013   #6

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

I'd suggest to run driver verifier to make sure that it isn't some rogue driver of something else.

Before a full reinstall, there is also the repair install. Which is less extreme.
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03 Jul 2013   #7

WIndows 7 64 bit

I followed the steps in the driver verifier link and upon restarting my computer it would give me a bluescreen during the boot process. I no longer have access to that machine as a result.
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03 Jul 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1

Boot into safe mode [F8 for the ABOM] and unload the driver in Device Manager?

Reseated video card and cleaned your dustbunnies out?

I'd be looking to repaste your video card [CPU/heatsink] before completely giving up on it also.

oh yeah What's the STOP code on the BSOD's? Always the same one? And when exactly does the BSOD hit?
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03 Jul 2013   #9

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

It could actually be good news. BSODs cause the system to write a log with the cause of it, so we might have a good chance to know what the hell is going on now. Driver Verifier is supposed to do this. The first fishy thing it detects it forces a bluescreen to write the logs.

Now you need to boot into safe mode and disable driver verifier. Power on and when you no more see the BIOS's white text start pressing F8 until you see the list of options, select safe mode, and do what it says in the tutorial to disable driver verifier.
In safe mode driver verifier won't cause BSODs (as it checks only non-microsoft drivers, and safe mode does not allow non-microsoft drivers from being loaded anyway).

Then you follow this tutorial to get the logs of the bluescreen, and post it in a new thread in the BSOD section. Then someone will have a look at them and give further instructions (you can also post them here but the BSOD section is the most appropriate).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2013   #10

WIndows 7 64 bit

I have actually used my backup utility to store all the stuff I want to keep and have reinstalled windows clean. Upon booting up after reinstallation I noticed the animation problem persisted. In addition the computer would blue screen whenever I tried to install the ATI drivers, during the portion of the installation process when the screen flickers.

As a result I think this is a hardware problem after all. Which is really too bad since its going to cost me a bit of money to correct this problem.
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