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Hello everyone,

Here's my issue: I've been using the same Radeon HD7xxx video card for many years and it recently failed. I tried a slurry of cleanup and install processes to try to get the card back to life, but all failed (ran cleanup utility, manually wiped drivers, etc.). I bought a new card (SAPPHIRE 100364L Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card) and had the same exact issues. Video still "works" just like the old card, so I can still use the PC at limited capacity, but I'm having the same exact driver failure issue. Motherboard is an ASUS M3A79 T-Deluxe with quad core AMD processor. It has 4 PCI-E 2.0 slots. 3,0 is backwards compatible so I don't think it's related to that. A friend suggested updating the BIOS to make sure it supports that card, and while the BIOS update worked fine, I still get the same driver failure upon boot.

Could this be an issue with a corrupt OS (Win7 64bit with all recent updates installed).

Even with the old Radeon HD7XXX the drivers were randomly unstable causing a BSOD, but never total driver failure. Would a re-format help? I might just buy a new MB and call it a day, but I'd like to get more mileage out of my current rig.

Thanks in advance!
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    jimbophoto said:
    Hello everyone,

    Here's my issue: I've been using the same Radeon HD7xxx video card for many years and it recently failed. I tried a slurry of cleanup and install processes to try to get the card back to life, but all failed (ran cleanup utility, manually wiped drivers, etc.). I bought a new card (SAPPHIRE 100364L Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card) and had the same exact issues. Video still "works" just like the old card, so I can still use the PC at limited capacity, but I'm having the same exact driver failure issue. Motherboard is an ASUS M3A79 T-Deluxe with quad core AMD processor. It has 4 PCI-E 2.0 slots. 3,0 is backwards compatible so I don't think it's related to that. A friend suggested updating the BIOS to make sure it supports that card, and while the BIOS update worked fine, I still get the same driver failure upon boot.

    Could this be an issue with a corrupt OS (Win7 64bit with all recent updates installed).

    Even with the old Radeon HD7XXX the drivers were randomly unstable causing a BSOD, but never total driver failure. Would a re-format help? I might just buy a new MB and call it a day, but I'd like to get more mileage out of my current rig.

    Thanks in advance!


    A format might help - at the least it would help prove whether the problem is hardware or software related.
  2. A format might help - at the least it would help prove whether the problem is hardware or software related.

    Thank you for the reply! The reformat and reinstall of the OS fixed the problem. Not sure what was actually wrong, but the video card driver was the first thing I installed, and everything seems fine now!
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