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Windows 7: Win7 Is Slow!!! (my first post btw...)

11 Oct 2010   #1
t4akawolf

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 
Win7 Is Slow!!! (my first post btw...)

First off, I am not sure whether to post this in the Performance section or Games section or Graphics Card section coz I am having problems with all three (I think) on my PC...I am a total noob to Seven Forums, in case you're wondering :|

System Specs:

System Manufacturer/Model Number:Intel DG31PR
OS:Windows 7 Ultimate x32
CPU:Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU - E4600 @ 2.40GHz (2CPUs),
Motherboard:Intel DG31PR
Memory:4096 RAM
Graphics Card(s):ATI Radeon HD 4350 1GB DDR2
Monitor(s) Displays:Generic Pnp Monitor 1024x768 (32 bit) (85Hz)
Screen Resolution:1024x768
Hard Drives:250GB HDD
PSU:450W
Keyboard:MS Standard PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse:MS HID Compliant Mouse
Internet Speed:256Kbps-512Kbps (<-- I don't know why this is necessary :/ )

I just installed Win7Ultim a few days ago and there were no problems with any of the games or PC. At that time I didn't have a GFX card btw. The GFX card I got only today morning.

When I turned on my PC after connecting the card, Win7 said that the device is installed and ready to use, but I installed the latest drivers (from the website) anyway and finished the installation. Then I updated DirectX to the latest version (coz I read somewhere that even though DxDiag says Win7 has DX11 you should always update your DirectX).

Next I tried opening GTA:San Andreas but it didn't launch at all...I thought something must be wrong with the game.

Then I tried NFS:Most Wanted. The game launched, loaded fine, I 'Clicked To Continue' aaaaaaaaaaannnnnd SUPER CHOPPY GAME! I adjusted the game's gfx settings to its lowest (which shouldn't be necessary actually) but still the game was very slow. Like '1 frame every 2 seconds' slow :| I closed it.

THEN I installed Assassin's Creed 1 and launched the DX10 version, but the loading screen itself was slow (low frame rate) so I closed it and launched the DX9 version. The game launched, I went through the game's loading process, started a new profile aaaaaaaaaaannnnnd SUPER CHOPPY GAME! I adjusted the game's gfx settings to its lowest (which shouldn't be necessary actually) but still the game was very slow (exactly like NFSMW). Like '1 frame every 2 seconds' slow :| I closed it.

As you can imagine, I was frustrated by this point. THEN I noticed something which only made my day worse. I noticed that whenever there were more than 3 windows open at any time, the Win7 animation effects were not smooth like they were before. I closed all windows keeping only one open and the animations were smooth...This forced me to change the Advanced System Properties' Performance Settings ('systempropertiesadvanced' in Run window) to 'Adjust for best performance' which, as far as I know, should be absolutely unnecessary seeing that I have 4GB ram and a 1GB gfx card (which is compatible with my mobo)!

I've tried defragging, DiskCleanup, spyware removal, registry fixing, cleaning junk files, optimizing my PC and virus scanning! I also use a program called Game Booster 2 Beta before running any game. What could be wrong??? Is Win7 the problem here? Should I go back to XP?

That reminds me, before I had Win7, I had WinXP and the same model gfx card (which was my friend's, I bought the same model for myself today) and all games including Assassin's Creed (on DX9 mode of course) used to run flawlessly. The only new variable in this equation is Win7...So...should I revert back to XP?

Hoping for a quick reply,
T4

UPDATE:
I got GTA SA to work by changing it's compatibility mode to Win98/ME. I don't remember who posted that solution but I remember reading that somewhere in Sevenforums. But the game itself now runs like the other games. With very choppy gameplay.

UPDATE:
As of Oct 30, two weeks after posting this, the problem is solved!! All I had to do was uninstall ATI Catalyst and let Win 7's in built drivers do their job...

UPDATE:
As of Nov 1, I realized what a blundering dunderhead I am...You see, me being the most absent minded person ever, I installed WinXP's Catalyst in Windows 7 and THEN I updated it to the latest WinXP Catalyst -.- I just realized this when I saw '...winxp...' somewhere in the file name of the Catalyst installer. I downloaded the latest Catalyst for Win7x64 bit and everything works like a charm now


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11 Oct 2010   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t4akawolf View Post
The only new variable in this equation is Win7...
That isn't the only new variable. Drivers, software, hardware. All play a part in this.
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11 Oct 2010   #3
t4akawolf

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

All drivers, software and hardware is the same, actually. Well, the software and hardware is same anyway. Not much sure about the drivers...so anyway, what do you suggest I do? As you may have gathered from my post, I am getting frustraaaaated here.
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12 Oct 2010   #4
t4akawolf

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

Help? Anybody? HELLO? *echoes* Can anyone help me? *echoes again*
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12 Oct 2010   #5
Lomai

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

How about disabling game booster?

Keep us posted and regards
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12 Oct 2010   #6
Desslok

Windows 7
 
 

Have you tried going to the game manufacturer's support site? I remember afew years ago having an issue with some Blizzard games and there was a known issue with certain drivers for the video card I had at the time. I had to go find a specific known good older version of the driver.
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12 Oct 2010   #7
t4akawolf

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lomai View Post
How about disabling game booster?

Keep us posted and regards
Nope, doesn't help

Thanks for the suggestion, anyway...
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12 Oct 2010   #8
t4akawolf

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Desslok View Post
Have you tried going to the game manufacturer's support site? I remember afew years ago having an issue with some Blizzard games and there was a known issue with certain drivers for the video card I had at the time. I had to go find a specific known good older version of the driver.
I could find no problem with my GFX card or its drivers...though I did find out that my card was mainly built for HD Video viewing. But I checked online and according to the games' requirements, and 'http://cyri.systemrequirementslab.com/CYRI/' my PC passes recommended requirements too
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12 Oct 2010   #9
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

What antivirus/security software are you running?
What additional software have you installed that is running?
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12 Oct 2010   #10
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t4akawolf View Post
First off, I am not sure whether to post this in the Performance section or Games section or Graphics Card section coz I am having problems with all three (I think) on my PC...I am a total noob to Seven Forums, in case you're wondering :|

System Specs:

System Manufacturer/Model Number:Intel DG31PR
OS:Windows 7 Ultimate x32
CPU:Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU - E4600 @ 2.40GHz (2CPUs),
Motherboard:Intel DG31PR
Memory:4096 RAM
Graphics Card(s):ATI Radeon HD 4350 1GB DDR2
Monitor(s) Displays:Generic Pnp Monitor 1024x768 (32 bit) (85Hz)
Screen Resolution:1024x768
Hard Drives:250GB HDD
PSU:450W
Keyboard:MS Standard PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse:MS HID Compliant Mouse
Internet Speed:256Kbps-512Kbps (<-- I don't know why this is necessary :/ )

I just installed Win7Ultim a few days ago and there were no problems with any of the games or PC. At that time I didn't have a GFX card btw. The GFX card I got only today morning.

When I turned on my PC after connecting the card, Win7 said that the device is installed and ready to use, but I installed the latest drivers (from the website) anyway and finished the installation. Then I updated DirectX to the latest version (coz I read somewhere that even though DxDiag says Win7 has DX11 you should always update your DirectX).

Next I tried opening GTA:San Andreas but it didn't launch at all...I thought something must be wrong with the game.

Then I tried NFS:Most Wanted. The game launched, loaded fine, I 'Clicked To Continue' aaaaaaaaaaannnnnd SUPER CHOPPY GAME! I adjusted the game's gfx settings to its lowest (which shouldn't be necessary actually) but still the game was very slow. Like '1 frame every 2 seconds' slow :| I closed it.

THEN I installed Assassin's Creed 1 and launched the DX10 version, but the loading screen itself was slow (low frame rate) so I closed it and launched the DX9 version. The game launched, I went through the game's loading process, started a new profile aaaaaaaaaaannnnnd SUPER CHOPPY GAME! I adjusted the game's gfx settings to its lowest (which shouldn't be necessary actually) but still the game was very slow (exactly like NFSMW). Like '1 frame every 2 seconds' slow :| I closed it.

As you can imagine, I was frustrated by this point. THEN I noticed something which only made my day worse. I noticed that whenever there were more than 3 windows open at any time, the Win7 animation effects were not smooth like they were before. I closed all windows keeping only one open and the animations were smooth...This forced me to change the Advanced System Properties' Performance Settings ('systempropertiesadvanced' in Run window) to 'Adjust for best performance' which, as far as I know, should be absolutely unnecessary seeing that I have 4GB ram and a 1GB gfx card (which is compatible with my mobo)!

I've tried defragging, DiskCleanup, spyware removal, registry fixing, cleaning junk files, optimizing my PC and virus scanning! I also use a program called Game Booster 2 Beta before running any game. What could be wrong??? Is Win7 the problem here? Should I go back to XP?

That reminds me, before I had Win7, I had WinXP and the same model gfx card (which was my friend's, I bought the same model for myself today) and all games including Assassin's Creed (on DX9 mode of course) used to run flawlessly. The only new variable in this equation is Win7...So...should I revert back to XP?

Hoping for a quick reply,
T4

Have you checked your networking? are you using homegroup?
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