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Graphics Card Woes?

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January 27, 2010 9:49:50 PM

Hello everyone!

So, back again. After assembling my system based on component advice given here, my rig POSTed first time I powered on, installed OS, everything went great. Now that I've had some time using it, I've been seeing some... quirky behavior.

System:
Windows 7 Home Premium
Core i5-750 CPU
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro MOBO
4GB (2x2GB) G.Skill Ripjaw CL7 RAM
Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 GPU
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB HDD
Acer x223w Monitor

If you need other specs, let me know.

1st. This happened a couple weeks ago, I was Personalizing my desktop and when I went to fiddle with the screen saver, I had a system crash BSOD. It cycled through and did a self restart so fast that I couldn't write anything down at the time. However when it rebooted there was a summary file which I got the following from (after dlding some Microsoft translating program):

Problem Event Name: Blue Screen
OS Version:6.1.7600.2.0.0.768.3
Locale ID: 1033
BCCode: 116
Related File: atikmdag.sys

I googled around and it seems like this (atikmdag.sys) has been a problem with Radeon cards for a looong time. Anyway, I downloaded updated drivers for the GPU and never did touch the screen saver settings since... I should probably do this to see if it's a persistent problem... but I haven't had any BSOD since.

2nd. I get glitchy graphics things occurring periodically. Like white glitched graphics lines, horizontally through the login screen and desktop, which if I "Refresh" the desktop will either shift around or completely dissappear. I've also had glitchy graphics in games, periodically. Not unheard of I know, but worth noting.

3rd. I think the situation was I just brought the system out of sleep mode, and a little dialogue box popped up from my system tray and said something to the effect of "graphic card drivers failed to initialize but recovered" or "graphics drivers something bad and have recovered" ... I went to right it down but the bubble auto-disappeared.

4th. I just tried to start up Oblivion (yes, I still play that, the MODS make it a 100% different game) and had a complete system crash. Auto-restarted, windows error recovery asked if I wanted to start in safe mode, I started in Normal and it came up fine and gave me nothing.

Any thoughts?

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 27, 2010 11:40:04 PM

Your 3rd happened to me one time only ( turned out was the drivers ) in cats 9.10

I am not the best to trouble shoot, but did you use like driver sweep to remove all old ati stuff CCC drivers etc ?

I would see if someone can read your dump file from your BSOD to see whats going on or try @ http://www.sevenforums.com/

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January 28, 2010 5:36:30 AM

My googling did suggest the radeon catalyst could be the problem, and I did not remove any of the original drivers, just installed the updates over them. However, when I continued to have problems after the update, I went and uninstalled the whole set and did a fresh install of just the updated drivers. I'll have to check out driver sweep, maybe I missed something.

Thanks for the response!
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 28, 2010 3:11:08 PM

1) What kind of PSU do you have? It could be that your PSU is inadequate or defective

2) Possibly a driver conflict with another device.

3) Defective card. If after a clean install using drivers that should work and seeing the problem get worse, it could just be that your card is defective. If that's the case, an RMA would be in order.
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January 28, 2010 4:34:00 PM



Cooler Master HAF 922 Case
OCZ Stealth Stream X 700W PSU

sorry I knew I was forgetting something
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November 29, 2011 6:12:32 AM

I have used Windows Login Recovery to get my windows vista password reset. It can burn a bootable CD/DVD or USB to recover your password quickly, without any data loss at all. After several minutes, you can use the password reset CD/DVD or USB to reset windows vista password. It worked great for me. Hope it works for you as well.
learn more: http://www.windowsloginrecovery.com/windows-vista-passw...
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December 4, 2011 8:00:24 PM

coco201314 said:
I have used Windows Login Recovery to get my windows vista password reset. It can burn a bootable CD/DVD or USB to recover your password quickly, without any data loss at all. After several minutes, you can use the password reset CD/DVD or USB to reset windows vista password. It worked great for me. Hope it works for you as well.
learn more: http://www.windowsloginrecovery.com/windows-vista-passw...

A. You do realize this thread is two years old, right?
B. That has absolutely nothing to do with the OP's problem. Are you spamming, trolling, or did you accidentally post in the wrong thread?

This thread needs to be closed.
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