Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Seems odd that every Windows PC I've ever had to use, across five OS', has this problem, then.
Well, since I am working for IT support company... I just run filters through support tickets and none returned with anything "file copy" related. We are talking about well over 1000 desktops and laptops.
I have also went through 3 PCs at work since 2007, and 7 machines at home (3 desktops, 4 laptops) since I moved away from XP. I'm copying CD/DVD images, game backups from Steam, DVD and BD rips... with no problems. I'm also involved in equipment purchase for internal company's use, so if any system engineer or helpdesk support of ours had such problem, I'd hear about it already.
Even if we focus on my personal experience only. We are talking about 3 different Windows OSes, across 8 different hardware configurations, and 2 different networks (home and work) which have both changed through years as well. No problem with large files copying. At all.
Look... I'm not saying that you are not telling truth. But I'm saying that your problem is not caused by Windows itself, but something else in your environment. I just did a quick googling for "windows 7 large file copy freeze" and hits came out. First on the list was related to "Symantec AV Bloodhound(TM) heuristic virus detection" which, when enabled, was freezing PC completely. 2nd thread was pointing to firewall. 3rd problem is happening when user copies to/from his 1 TB Hitachi drive. Etc. Etc.
Windows will copy well if everything else involved - software, hardware, infrastructure - is functioning well. Your problem is not in Windows. But if you prefer to blame Windows, fine.
Agreed. New problem: I imagine it's Windows' problem, however, that when it boots running the WDDM 1.1 driver it goes to 640x480, but then manually reapplying said driver during runtime—while it's already "working perfectly", according to the OS itself—takes me back to 2560x1440.
I can't answer you this. In all my experience with graphics cards, and - being a gamer - I did change quite a few - I never had such a problem. It sounds like your GF software is not updating configuration correctly. Is that configuration saved in registry or somewhere else, I wouldn't know. I'd try to revert to standard VGA driver, run something like CCleaner or, even better (but also time consuming), look for manual uninstall procedure for ATI drivers - basically remove all traces of ATI driver, reboot and reinstall. Might help, might not.
Thinking of it... If that was PC, I'd plug new VGA card inside. You can get performance over ATI 4xxx for quite affordable price nowadays. But I'm guessing you don't have such freedom on Mac Pro?
"Truth" would require that all observational data not continue to support the conclusions.
Something to be observed here: your observational data is probably below 1% of my observational data. In addition, observed symptoms are not necessarily the cause of the problem.