error: display driver atikmdag stopped responding (8.7 driver)

I have 1 4850 that mostly runs quite well. However, on some games, the screen flickers and the game crashes, and I get the following message:

display driver atikmdag stopped responding and has successfully recovered

I can't seem to isolate it, other than some games give me this error, others don't. However, I haven't kept a good enough log of things to say for sure when it happens.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
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  1. it sometimes happens me. only since i got a 2nd monitor though. i have the hd 3870 (@ 830/1241) and sometimes i get the error. i usually play games all day, part time jobs give me hours to spend sitting at the command center haha.

    when gaming it can pop up aswell, i never had the problem as far as i can remember, it may have once or twice. have you OCed your card at all?
  2. Getting this error a lot with 8.7 and a saphire 4870, even when not gaming.
  3. ^Are you using XP or Vista? I myself get that with 8.6 drivers only if I watch a lot of Flash based (Youtube) video but never when I am gaming or watching a DVD/video file.
  4. I'm on Vista 64-bit Home Premium.
  5. same OS for me, vista x64 HP
  6. Vista 64bit hp here as well
  7. that makes 3 of us haha. i was watchin a movie earlier on in VLC. and it crashed. i think it could just be a driver issue. im not that bothered though!
  8. smyffalis said:
    that makes 3 of us haha. i was watchin a movie earlier on in VLC. and it crashed. i think it could just be a driver issue. im not that bothered though!


    Now my HTPC will need WinXp 32. Bah. No Vista 64 for my 3850. Sapphire.

    Pff. Better now than when i have everything rigged up and running.
  9. radnor said:
    Now my HTPC will need WinXp 32. Bah. No Vista 64 for my 3850. Sapphire.

    Pff. Better now than when i have everything rigged up and running.


    I suspect thats a bit of an over reaction Ive known bad driver versions for both operating systems, I remember one version of nvidia drivers for xp that were an absolute disaster for some of the games I played... In fact the one of the earliest drivers I had for my 8800gtx gave me some very nasty graphics artifacts in oblivion rendering the game unplayable, that was one of the main games I got the card for :lol: it was fixed before long. I dont doubt this problem will be 8.6 seems stable enough under vista 64.
  10. Yeah 8.6 seemed more stable for me as well. 8.8 soon? :)
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