Hi, I'm new to this forum.
I'll start with the specs of my computer:
MSI 790GX-G65 motherboard
AMD Phenom ii x4 955 processor
nVidia BFG geforce gtx 260 maxcore gfx card
4 gigs of RAM (OCZ I think)
1 TB hard drive (not sure of brand)
and not sure of the brand of power supply or disc drive.
I'm running windows 7 64 bit and it is fully updated.
I've been experiencing issues with my computer since it was built. At first I was told that the problem was Vista, as the issues would persist after reformatting and updating drivers and etc.. So I got Windows 7 (the full version, I reformatted, I did not want the "update"). However, the symptoms continue.
20 - 40 minute average time to start up or shut down the computer. Programs will freeze up or "not respond" but usually eventually recover, only to freeze up again. Rinse, repeat. During games, I get about half a minute of non-freezing for every minute of freezing. It's like the computer has to spend extra time "thinking" even if all I did was move the mouse. Sometimes the start menu/task bar will freeze but the desktop will not--I can still hover my mouse over desktop icons and they will light up when clicked.
There have been a couple times where the whole computer froze and I was unable to move my mouse, but usually I am able to move the mouse. My computer always recovers, the freezing is temporary and yet it happens every other minute or so, sometimes more sometimes less.
Earlier today my computer blue screened during a particularly long start up, and gave me a DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE message at the top of the screen. The number of the error was 0x0000009F I believe.
AVG says no malware, and as these issues persist through re-format I don't think it's a virus. I suspect the issue to be either hardware or driver related.
I keep windows task manager open to monitor my CPU usage and often when most programs are freezing CPU usage is at 0% even though I am in the middle of surfing the internet or etc..
I ran the program from memtest.org the recommended 7 times on each stick of RAM individually and memtest reported no problems found with my RAM.
Thank you in advance for any advice you might have