Problems with a EAH3850 graphics card

So I've built my computer from scratch and got it working (mostly) and downloaded all the latest drivers, etc.

My issue is that whenever I try to load up a game (like Stranglehold, Company of Heroes, even Morrowind) in full screen mode, the screen flickers like it's going to change resolution. But then my computer just restarts itself. I have no idea why it does this. Case in point, I try to run Morrowind in full screen mode, and my computer reboots itself, but I can (and have been) running it just fine in windowed mode.

Also, along the same lines, according to the specs as shown on, I should be able to go to a maximum resolution of 2560x1600, but with my Samsung 226bw, the highest resolution I can get it up to is only 1680x1050.

Any ideas here?

Thanks in advance for the help.
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  1. Well I don't know about the restarting problem, but the reason you can only get 1680x1050 is because that is the most the monitor can do.

    The videocard is able to go up to 2560x1600, but there aren't that many physical pixels on the monitor.
  2. Ah... I guess that makes sense... But there's no way to force the monitor to get up to a higher resolution, is there?
  3. No.

    If you look at the specs of the monitor, it will say that the maximum is 1680x1050. So this means you can use any resolution lower than that all the way up to it.

    The only monitors that can do 2560x1600 are the 30" monitors.
  4. Ah... I guess that makes sense then.

    So does anyone know about my computer crashing issue?
  5. So I'm not entirely certain of what I did, but my graphics card now magically works. Maybe it sensed that I was thinking about swapping it out for an Nvidia card and started acting right.
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