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Catalyst drivers causing problems?

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September 19, 2013 3:23:56 PM

I'm in a bit of a predicament. I just finished up a fresh install of windows 7 64-bit. I ran the windows experience index prior to installing any sort of drivers for the video card. My system made it through the test, with a horrible score in the graphics department, seeing has how windows only saw it as a "generic vga device". After I installed the latest Catalyst drivers for the card, as soon as I run the test, the system powers down completely. I have to turn off the switch on my PSU, flip it back on and hit the power button for anything to come back on. It does the same with games as well. As soon as anything is loaded up graphically, it shuts down completely. I've been fighting with this for quite a awhile. I'm at the end of my rope with this. I spent quite a bit of cash as an early birthday present only to have a very expensive internet browsing box.

ASUS Sabertooth 990fx 2.0 (bios updated)
AMD FX-8350
HIS Radeon HD 7950
8gb G.Skill ram.
Kingwin 1000 watt psu

I appreciate any information. I've searched high and low around the interwebs and have not found a solution.

-Thanks.

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September 19, 2013 3:54:40 PM

Well as far as the score is concerned with drivers not installed, that's quite normal. Without the drivers any hardware would not work. Without drivers a Graphics Card just passes the feedback from motherboard and doesn't process anything. Even the power consumption is minimal without the drivers. I just don't see any problem with your system anyways atleast with the Graphic drivers. Try downloading the latest drivers from www.amd.com and reinstall it. The problem may also be with that PSU of yours. You should have got a better brand. Wattage of the PSU is not a problem but the brand is. You could have opted for Corsair. I know what it feels like to have a new system bought and suffer. The updated BIOS may also be a problem on your motherboard. There's a whole lot of issues with these computers. You just don't know what's gona happen.
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September 19, 2013 4:04:07 PM

Anyways check out what's the FSB of your RAM modules. This processor supports only upto 1866MHz at stock clocks. So if the FSB on your RAM modules exceed that then that should be the problem.
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September 19, 2013 4:10:05 PM

Prithwi2050 said:
Well as far as the score is concerned with drivers not installed, that's quite normal. Without the drivers any hardware would not work. Without drivers a Graphics Card just passes the feedback from motherboard and doesn't process anything. Even the power consumption is minimal without the drivers. I just don't see any problem with your system anyways atleast with the Graphic drivers. Try downloading the latest drivers from www.amd.com and reinstall it. The problem may also be with that PSU of yours. You should have got a better brand. Wattage of the PSU is not a problem but the brand is. You could have opted for Corsair. I know what it feels like to have a new system bought and suffer. The updated BIOS may also be a problem on your motherboard. There's a whole lot of issues with these computers. You just don't know what's gona happen.


That's the thing, the PSU I am using was working just fine with my previous build that had a gtx 470 hooked up to it. I never really had an issue with it. From my perspective, it's performed quite well. Perhaps it just doesn't care for the new set-up.

I have tried wiping the drivers completely and re-installing, only to have the same thing happen afterwards. It's genuinely frustrating.

I shall check out the ram as well, thanks. EDIT: The ram itself is DDR3-1600
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September 19, 2013 4:21:20 PM

In BIOS is primary adaptor>> PCIE selected?
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September 20, 2013 11:20:19 AM

I believe your assessment may be correct. I ran both Prime95 and furmark. Prime95 gave me no problems, but as soon as I ran furmark (I'm talking immediately after), it shut the system down. I was able to run Doom 2 in opengl for about 2 seconds before it shut down. From what I've read around the internet, that's a dead give-a-way for a faulty psu. I think that's going to be my next step when I can afford it.
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September 20, 2013 2:33:09 PM

Before taking a rash decision about buying just check your rig out with another PSU. Better play safe this time. Or else the new purchase may not be fruitful if something else had gone wrong. And if you want to purchase a new PSU make sure it has atleast got an 80 PLUS Gold Rating. If not , do not buy.

And furmurk stresses the GPUs to their limit(may even beyond) and thus guzzles enormous amount of power. It can be the PSU but never say never..
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October 2, 2013 5:29:27 PM

I wanted to check in with this thread and let you all know. To give some closure so to speak :) . It was indeed my power supply. I picked up a SeaSonic PSU. I installed it and everything runs perfectly. Thank you all for pointing me in the right direction.
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October 2, 2013 6:07:14 PM

Ruin87 said:
I wanted to check in with this thread and let you all know. To give some closure so to speak :) . It was indeed my power supply. I picked up a SeaSonic PSU. I installed it and everything runs perfectly. Thank you all for pointing me in the right direction.


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