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I have an ATI Radeon 4800 series, and lately it's been giving me tons of shit. When there is nothing running besides Firefox, clicking on a tab takes about half a second to register. When I maximize the Steam window, the whole display slows down and I get a slideshow for about ten seconds. Right now, as I'm typing, there is lag in displaying the characters I input.
So I check the ATI Overdrive utility, and it shows the "Activity" percentage shooting up enormously whenever I do anything involving moving windows, let alone playing games - it should normally be at 0% when nothing graphically intensive is happening, but it will shoot up as high as 99% and the computer will immediately go to three or four frames per second just with a browser or even Explorer. Sometimes the problem goes away for a while, but it always comes back, and right now it's being really persistent and making me really fucking angry.
This is not an issue with my computer's other guts, as far as I can tell, because I have a pretty meaty system, and this problem pops up for other people. Supposedly the 11.4 driver update fixed this problem, but I just installed the newest drivers (11.7) and the problem remains. Earlier I was playing the Bulletstorm demo and it was fine, until all of a sudden it dropped to 2 fps and never recovered.
One of the solutions that was proposed was to disable the HD audio devices in the device manager (one of two). I tried this and it worked initially, but now it has no effect.
I can barely use my fucking computer because of this and it is driving me crazy. Help?