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ATI VPU recover problem... game crashing

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
August 27, 2009 6:28:37 PM


I have a Radeon HD 4670 card, and when I try to play a specific game, I get an error message after a couple minutes saying "VPU Recover has reset your graphics accelerator as it was no longer responding to graphics driver commands." The game then proceeds to crash. This doesn't seem to happen to any other game or application I run. I have the latest ATI drivers installed, and have even heard it might be a problem pertaining to overheating. However, my card runs at around 45 degrees C. I also just cleaned out the whole PC hoping that would solve it... apparently the dust wasn't the issue.

My computer is a Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz with 2GB ram, a 400W PSU, and 2 Western Digital HDDs. I do have an nVidia nForce4 motherboard chipset however... is it possible that this conflicts with the ATI graphics card? I'm not a computer expert, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

February 11, 2010 1:55:06 AM

I'm having the same problem too i hate it.
February 11, 2010 3:06:27 PM

try update your card's driver with the latest one, see if that help... :) 
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February 11, 2010 3:18:07 PM

OP date: August 27th, 2009. Just saying.
February 11, 2010 3:41:02 PM

Oops, i'm not read the date...
i'm just responding sinheat, sorry... :) 
February 11, 2010 3:45:54 PM

That was more for sinheat, hah.
February 12, 2010 12:37:15 AM

ty il try
February 12, 2010 12:38:10 AM

i did it but it says that i cant install the display driver i dont know why..
February 12, 2010 11:25:51 AM

Dis u install the right driver?
February 12, 2010 9:55:50 PM

sorry im not good with computer but how do i know that its the right driver for my Radeon HD 4670 Graphic cards? I have the CD rom to install the driver and after i installed it i went on the web site to upgrade its say's Version 10.1 is that the right one the Catalyst Drivers for my window XP please help thank you^^
February 19, 2010 11:09:28 PM

I just got an email from TH, I thought this thread would be dead by now.

Just to let whoever is having this problem know, I sorted it out. Although the solution is not as ideal as you would wish, in hoping a driver or software update will fix it, I've determined the cause.

The problem is that the card draws too much power from my stock 400W PSU, and when under stress, such as during gaming, the electrical draw required by the card is not sufficient enough for the PSU to output. Simply put, you need to replace your PSU. After purchasing a Corsair TX650 650W power supply, the problem has yet to occur. It's been about 3½ months since then.

Don't waste your time looking for driver/software updates.

February 26, 2010 10:58:24 PM

Best answer selected by Lawn Gnome.
March 24, 2010 1:55:19 AM


I have developed this problem myself, so have searched for a solution. And I thought I found one.

However, I had been using my OCZ Modxstream-Pro 700w when this hinky video/audio problem started, so I am hoping my ps is not the problem. It has 25amp 12v rails.

I actually started noticing the problem shortly after the latest patch for Win XP sp3 was installed.

I only have problems with games, even those that I have played through w/o any such problems (Dragons Age), COD4, Mass Effect........

Just FYI, I am running an Asus P5QL-EPU mb, Intel Q9550, Seagate ST3250310AS hd, (2)Corsair DDR2 800 sticks, and using the onboard VIA HD audio