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My Radeon 7950 is Not Supporting DirectX 11 Games

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May 23, 2013 2:44:35 PM

I just upgraded my Radeon 7770 to a Sapphire branded 7950 yesterday, and I'm having some issues with some games. So, I have Far Cry 3, and had been playing it on my 7770 without issues, even just the day before, it was fine. Now, upon installing my new card with new drivers etcetera, Far Cry 3 wasn't launching past the splash art at the beginning, just before it's supposed to go fullscreen. It just that it has stopped working, in a Windows Error window. I thought maybe the game was broken and needed a reinstall or something, so I left it alone for a bit, thinking that I wasn't much feeling like playing and would reinstall later. Upon redeeming Blood Dragon from my Never Settle Reloaded pack, that doesn't work either, sometimes with the same message, sometimes with a message in Uplay, saying it was unable to start the game, and that I should check if it was installed correctly. Now I'm trying to launch Crysis 3 from Origin and the same damn "...stopped working" message comes up, and it doesn't make it to the game. My conclusion is that my card is not working with DirectX 11. I've researched these games and all of them run DirectX 11. I understand DirectX 11 is in the Windows 7 registry and cannot simply be reinstalled to fix errors.

What are my options here, are there drivers that fix this? Can I fix DirectX 11? Does my card need an RMA? Any help or advice is appreciated.
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May 23, 2013 2:50:02 PM

Have you tried running a sweeper/cleaner and removing your drivers and then reinstalling them?

If so, you might have to reinstall Windows =/
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May 23, 2013 2:51:43 PM

Spaniard United said:
Have you tried running a sweeper/cleaner and removing your drivers and then reinstalling them?

If so, you might have to reinstall Windows =/


Not exactly a preferred solution... but it can be done. As far as this sweeper/cleaner, what should I use?
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May 24, 2013 9:37:40 AM



Nothing's worked. Every single DirectX 11 game I have tried, won't launch. The above list of games now includes Saint's Row the Third on DX11 mode, as well as BioShock Infinite. Is it possible to have a faulty card, where the only non-functioning or malfunctioning component of it is its ability to use DirectX 11?
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May 24, 2013 10:47:36 AM

You may have a corrupt install Start>All Programs>accessories>run then type Dxdiag to scan the system.
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May 24, 2013 11:20:50 AM

coozie7 said:
You may have a corrupt install Start>All Programs>accessories>run then type Dxdiag to scan the system.


My card has a dual bios button, so far that has solved my problem. All the games listed now work, with the exception of Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, which I will assume has its own problem. However, I'd prefer DirectX 11 work on bios 1, I do have an option to use my card still.
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May 24, 2013 1:14:50 PM

BIOS 2 as in a backup or as in a separate BIOS with different settings?

I know my Vapos-X has dual bios, one being the normal BIOS with voltage unlocked and the other being the "Lethal Boost" with locked voltage.
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May 24, 2013 5:19:12 PM

Spaniard United said:
BIOS 2 as in a backup or as in a separate BIOS with different settings?

I know my Vapos-X has dual bios, one being the normal BIOS with voltage unlocked and the other being the "Lethal Boost" with locked voltage.


I don't know what the difference between the two is, I'll assume one is just to serve as a backup/alternate if you screw up the other one somehow. I want to retake my previous statement, as I was only to play the games once on the bios before I started to receive the exact same errors again. This is my graphics card: http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...
With a quick glance, I can't see anything on the page referring to the bios switch, but I can assure you I do have a button for it, labelled 1 and 2.
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June 6, 2013 10:16:27 AM

After getting an RMA on the card and receiving the new one, I had the exact same issue. I installed Windows 8 and the issue was fixed so I guess I just had a bad Direct X 11 on Windows 7. It didn't make sense because the games all worked on my previous 7770 without issue, but whatever. I hate Windows 8 but it works, and I can play all my games now.
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