I've been using my current setup for two or more years and all of a sudden, 2 days ago while playing a game, my screen went black and the PC has restarted itself. At first I thought it was a random BSOD, however upon reaching the login stage, the screen was divided by 7 white horizontal lines. After the welcome message appeared, the screen would go black and eventually the PC would restart.
After reinstalling the system and trying to pinpoint the cause, it became apparent that installing the AMD Radeon Desktop Video Card drivers causes this problem, however I have been using them for the past 2 years and the problem only appears now.
My current setup is:
AMD FX-4100 Quad Processor @ 3.60GHz
ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 Motherboard
8GB DDR3 RAM
Radeon HD 6850 1GB DDR5
I have the latest BIOS update installed.
What can I do to fix this problem? I have considered ordering a new graphics card to see if it will work, but first wanted to get some input on this issue.
Thanks in advance.
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After changing my graphics card from HD 6850 1gb to HD 7770 2gb the main problem seems to be fixed. However, a new problem has started occuring.
The system will run smoothly for some time, but then all of a sudden a BSOD will happen. After restart, the screen will either be all over the place with broken graphics or the system will continue rebooting. Additionally, graphics start tearing before BSOD happens.
The BSOD error codes so far have been: 116 and f4.
I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate and all drivers are up to date.
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