Over the summer, I built a new computer with a "SAPPHIRE 100226L Radeon HD 3850
512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16". It's worked great up until about a week
ago, and I've had non-stop problems since then.
Here's the original symptoms: occassional (but severe artifacting and VPU
recoveries during WoW, and BSODs (ati2dvag.dll) during any activity. ATITool
didn't show high temps under load, but I went ahead and applied some AS5 then
cleaned out the fan/heatsink. When the problem didn't improve, I tried a few
different ATI drivers, then finally settled with the latest Omega drivers. After
installing the drivers, I ran ATITool's artifact scanner for a few hours,
followed by all of yesterday playing WoW, and all problems seemed to have
It didn't last though. My new symptoms as of today are: occassional (but severe)
artifacting during WoW and random restarts.
The following is the system's specs.
Power Supply - APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500W
Motherboard - ECS AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX
Memory - G.SKILL 2 x 1GB DDR2 800
Video Card - SAPPHIRERadeon HD 3850 512MB
Processor - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Brisbane 2.5GHz
Hard drive#1 - 80GB Seagate
Hard drive#2 - 250GB Seagate
Tablet - Genius G-Pen F610 6"x10" Ultra-Slim
The power supply is a bit on the low side for my setup, but it's been enough to play CoD4 and CoD: World at War at pretty high settings non-stop for months, so there should be no problems when playing WoW.
Also, I tried to step through every change that occurred before the problems started happening, but there are only two things I could think of: installing this new drawing tablet and moving the desk/computer. It doesn't seem logical that the tablet would be interfering so much with the video, but it's been unplugged since installation just incase (although there could be something wrong with the drivers/software causing all of this). The desk/computer move could have unseated something, so I reseated everything.
You guys have any ideas about what's going on with this? The only thing I haven't tried is updating the firmware of the video card or motherboard, but it seems like something else is going haywire.
Hello i have the same type of video card. SAPPHIRE HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E
And when i am in windos just with a browser open and no other program running the cooler from the video card starts for a few seconds then stops agains. This is iritating and i dont think is normal. In game mode it works just fine. I tested with fallout 3 and NFS undercover.
what can i do? any ideeas? is natural to do so?
Excuse my bad english...
I've got the Sapphire HD 3850 512 video card as well. And I've been experiencing somewhat similiar problems, in that I get a complete screen freeze rather than a restart or a bsod.
But since I installed the video-card it was freezing with every game within minutes of playing them, especially WoW. After reformatting and reinstalling the drivers it was still freezing, when I updated the drivers it ran WoW fine for about six hours, and then froze, and now its back to freezing within minutes of playing a game. So I'd be pretty interested if you managed to fix your problem
I'm having the same problems, but kind of different . Some games including COD4 , Farcry 2, NFS-undercover work great , no crashes . When i run WoW , W3 , HOMM V , Neverwinter nights the screen freezes , and then it goes black , sometimes i can hear the sound freezing and after this , no VPU recovery and it reboots.
Somebody help , i heard that if you don't install the ATI catalyst center it will work but not sure.