I just bought one of the ASUS gaming models:
9gb DDR3 RAM
1 Terabyte HD
GTX 260 GPU
I also bought a Samsung P2070 LCD Widescreen monitor. Wanting to see what the thing would do, I purchased FarCry 2, Bioshock, and Oblivion, loaded them up, and cranked everything all the way up. All of them ran flawlessly for five days. Then, two days ago, I started working through the process of transferring files and software that I needed from my old computer to my new one.
Now, both FarCry and Bioshock experience massive slowdown on startup, barely crawling through their menus, and both lock up when they try to load.
I did three things while transferring stuff over that I could see being the culprit:
- I loaded the monitor drivers off the CD that came packaged with it (rather than leaving it as a generic P and P). I also loaded some Samsung peripheral software that sounded like it would be helpful: MagicTune, Multi-screen, and NaturalColor. I have since uninstalled all three, to no effect.
- I copied about 90 gigs worth of pictures and music off of my portable hard drive. Even with the HD compartmentalized, however, there is still a vast amount of available memory.
- I loaded the drivers for my Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablet onto the machine from the CD that came with it. I saw one prior post that mentioned possible issues between tablets and GPUs and/or DirectX 10, but it was not the same issue really.
Here's the final piece of the puzzle: Bioshock will play fine in DirectX 9 Mode with everything turned all the way up. Just not quite as pretty.
FarCry will play perfectly in Windowed mode, just not nearly the experience I want out of it.
OK, that's my mystery!
20k in life points to anyone who can help- this is REALLY bumming me out (the damn computer is brand-spanking new!!!)