Ok, I bought another video card, mainly because the rebate ended in July and if I needed a new one I wasn't sure if they would offer it through August. The video card arrived, I then on my XP 32bit uninstalled the video card through the device manager. Then booted into safe mode to use the driversweeper program to clean up any existing files left behind. I took out the old video card and installed the new one. Started the computer in XP 32bit and then loaded the drivers off the disk. When I first used the disk, it said uninstalling components, (Ref A(to be used later in this post)), then the window closed down by itself. I then again reopened the driver install disk and installed the drivers off the cd.
I went to test the card on a game I knew was having trouble with the old video card. I loaded up the game and it still had very slow load times as the old video card did. The game is Red Alert2, (Ref B ) but the load times for a map used to be just seconds now it takes sometimes up to 3 minutes. So I thought to myself maybe it wasn't the video card afterall.
As described in a previous post I was going to run the check disk on my XP 64bit (on drive C:). When I loaded XP64bit all the display drivers were gone and the video card was uninstalled. Although I never ran the 64bit windows and told it to uninstall the device. I'm not sure what might have done it. My suspicions are possibly the driversweeper program, but on my 32bit it lists the file locations correctly as E:, except for registry entries, those don't show the drive location. Or, maybe as in Ref A
, maybe since the driver cd erased them? I don't know if the EVGA cd might just assume my C: is my operating system drive and deleted stuff during Ref A
So I loaded the drivers back on the 64bit. And ran the checkdisk on C:, it came back with no errors found. I then went back to the 32bit to install the latest drivers. I went to device manager and said uninstall the drivers, restarted the computer. The video card was showing it was still installed with the cd drivers, I went to device manager again and clicked uninstall drivers (when I do this it is actually uninstalling the device). I restarted the computer and the video card was uninstalled, at the windows prompt to install a VGA video card I clicked cancel. The video card began to install itself, I checked under the device manager and sure enough there is the 8600 gt with the cd version drivers installed. I uninstalled it once again, then booted into safe mode to use the driversweeper program. I get this error when I try to run the driversweeper program in safe mode or normal mode. Access violation at address 004fe489 in module 'DriverSweeper.exe'. Read of address 00000000.
It gives this alert on two of the registry files. Since I couldn't get rid of them I rebooted into normal mode and again the video card installed itself. I just updated the drivers to the latest version and tried the game again, same thing, slow to load Red Alert 2.
I just don't get why now the video card when in normal mode begins to start installing itself now, I never had that problem before. As for the drivers I'm going to try loading two different versions of the video card drivers from November and December of last year. After spending almost 4 hours of doing check disk and messing around restarting the computer continously I'm too tired and frustrated to do this now. I'm going to try these two older drivers because in mid December is when I remember seeing the very slow load times start in Red Alert 2. As per Ref B
Red Alert 2 is a pretty old game. I thought maybe since it is getting older and older with every new update to drivers maybe with the updates in December or November they were focusing on newer games now and the drivers don't do well running games that were made in 2000. This Red Alert 2 is from the C&C decades pack so I don't know if that makes a difference as far as programming goes. It's just that in mid December I noticed the load times increase dramatically, so I'd thought i'd try drivers last issued in early December or November, I can't rember if I had updated the video card drivers or not in those months. I have not had a BSOD crash yet but I haven't been using the computer much.
That's ok about the delay, I wasn't sure how the reply system worked, I thought maybe it only gave a reply alert if you had created the post. I had some more responses and more questions.
I did run the check disk on my C: drive, it came back with no errors. I still need to run the actual hardrive tests I just haven't had the time.
I was wondering with the checkdisk /r command, is there anything else I can type in the command line that will cause Windows to pause before going directly to load windows? That way I don't have to sit at the computer to wait for the check disk to finish to see it found any errors.
Is there anyway I can run the check disk on my other drives? I also have a D: and F: drive.
Is there anyway to view where I have the partitions set up? I think I might have set up my C: drive with the primary partion and then F: as my remaining partion on that hardrive. But I'm not sure If I did it that way or not with this system build, I might have just did it C:-D: and E:-F:. I used to do it as the C:-F: just incase I had a hardrive failure important stuff like school work, pictures and emails I saved back up copies to the F: that would have been on the other drive. But after getting the second video card and it appears i'm still having the same problem, I think possibly it might be a hardrive problem now. Not until I run the manufacturer test will I know for sure, with the side panel open do to the removal and installation of the video card I thought I heard more clicks from one of the drives but I don't know if now I'm just paranoid since I started thinking maybe it a hardrive problem even though I think they are just reading and writing. I'm used to the IBM deckstars I used to run with windows 98 in my old system that were pretty quite compared to these. I think they are WD or SeaGate drives. I just want to find out how I have the partitions set up, so incase I need to I can go buy the appropriate sized external hardrive to start backing up files if the hardrive is going since the drives have about a 80 gb differnce in total sizes.
With the video card, would there be any problem since I dual boot Windows XP 32 and 64 bit? I assume the video card operates just as memory would when the power is off it loses everything that was stored or running on it. So since the driver files have two different versions, one for 32 bit and one for 64 bit, they should not have any problem conflicting since the two OS are not both running at the same time. I guess what i'm trying to ask is that the drivers are only stored on the hardrives and don't make any "permanent" changes to the video card?
Oh, and with my last BSOD crash I did go right to the event viewer, the error code for the crash was not listed in the more information section and help and support center link.
Thanks for your insight into this problem so far.
Now that i've written a book I think this is all I have for now.
Edited by qtaqq, 11 August 2008 - 06:10 AM.