For more than a week now, my computer has been, for lack of a better term, a gargantuan piece of bleep. All programs seem to require more processing power than before,* and multiple times it has crashed while playing Mass Effect 2. I doubt the latter problem is with the game specifically, but so far that is the only time it has happened. It started on a day when I did several updates to various programs as well as Windows itself. I also changed some setting with Windows Backup and removed a leftover driver from my previous graphics card (I haven't used that card since Christmas 2011, but I never bothered to remove the driver until now). At first I thought the problem was with Windows, but since it's started crashing I'm stating to think there's more to it. If anyone knows how to fix this, please let me know.
- OS: Windows 7 64-bit
- CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 260
- Current GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX560ti
- Previous GPU: ATI Radeon HD 4650
- RAM: 4Gb
- Motherboard: ASUS M4A785-M
I've tried reinstalling my current graphics drivers as well as the motherboard chipset driver. I've run CCleaner with the hopes of removing leftover bits of the ATI driver. I've checked the Event Viewer, and it consistently shows "The AODDriver4.01 service failed to start due to the following error: The system cannot find the path specified." every time it starts up. Task manager shows no abnormal software running in the background, but rather everything takes more power than before (or perhaps the system has less power to offer; I'm really not sure).