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...
January 20, 2009 10:02:29 PM
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
February 7, 2009 12:47:50 AM
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.