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ATI Driver malfunction messing up system?

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I wanted to cut boot time a bit so I disabled some of the few unnecessary startup items in Windows, and rebooted.

Now that first try, the boot time was 2x slower than what it normally was, as well the "log-in" time (it used to be no delay whatsoever after inputting my password, now it takes at least 30 seconds)
During that at each boot screen (ASUS, then the motherboard, then Windows startup) my screen was "auto-adjusting", and not even doing that properly. This is where I started to suspect a GPU problem.

Then when I finally got into Windows, every thing was wonky; first off, everything was WAY slower than it should be, I got an error message about the graphics drivers as in something like "Graphics driver failure; resolved by reboot"
Then a bunch of startup programs that I DO use such as RocketDock, and Gamebooster, didn't load up at all, and I had to manually start them up from inside the program folder, then I proceeded to get error messages about the icons settings being messed up, and all that jazz.

I really have a hard time believing that all this was caused by a virus which I apparently might have acquired in the short span of 2 minutes at the beginning between booting, disabling startup items, then rebooting. (I am running a full-system scan as a side thing just in case)

Trying to address the "driver issue", I downloaded Driver Sweeper, which then I proceeded to have enormous amounts of trouble with it(wouldn't start at first, then the version update repeatedly failed until I decided to ignore it).
Then inside I saw that apparently my computer was harbouring really old Nvidia stuff from over a year ago, (which I'm pretty damn sure I had cleared out when I installed my 5750, otherwise I'd have had problems way before this). It took multiple attempts to "Analyze and Clean" those, and finally I rebooted after doing so; still no resolutions, everything's the same.
Then just now I've tried a clean ATI driver reinstall TWICE, and now my proper screen resolutions are unavailable to select.

In short, everything is slower, "errored" (for lack of a better word), and I have no idea what's really causing the problem.

I'm terribly sorry if this is the incorrect section, I just panicked...
Edited by BPK - 1/17/11 at 10:13pm
post #2 of 4
Well what exactly did you disable? Don't disable stuff you are unsure of, because when done right you will not encounter problems like that...

Run Driver Sweeper, reboot, run CCleaner (the registry part) twice, then reboot and install drivers. That might fix it. But once when I installed leaked beta drivers, it messed up my system so bad I had to do a reformat. If somehow you messed something up exponentially, a reformat might be the only cure.
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Ah, the magic of CCleaner might be the trick then eh?

I only disabled startup things like PowerISO, Hamachi, Adobe Extension Manager, blah blah... left the services untouched to be safe.

It's just so strange, I honestly didn't do anything to cause this...
And speaking of correct drivers, I'm just installing from AMD's CC Suite, is that ok?

Also, any ideas as to why Driver Sweeper won't update? At all? It "finishes", then gives me "Driver Sweeper 2.1.0 has stopped working...."
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It seems the visual problems were fixed, but some technical problems remain
Like delayed program response sometimes, and now a mouse response problem; sometimes the left mb doesn't respond for multiple clicks, and that's especially frustrating in FPSes...
Yes I tried clean installing mouse drivers as well.

Seriously what might have caused this system-wide failure? I hardly touched anything...
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