Radeon 4670 display driver stops working in Windows 7

So I have (for the first time, and with day-care style supervision from a much more capable friend) built a Living Room all-around Desktop PC with all new parts (see rig specs below).
For my day one launch I have purchased Crysis Max edition. I am not an expert by any means when it comes to PC hardware OR software, but have what I would consider a working knowledge of both. I have been told that Crysis is a good way to guage your graphic card potential, since I am unconcerned with all my other specs (CPU, RAM, etc).

After installing all components and drivers, including the latest catalyst version, firing up windows 7 64 bit premium edition and adjusting display settings to appropriate level (1024x768), I ran crysis for the first time. It takes me through all of the opening sequences and I set my display options to the recomended settings (high), and start a new campaign. It goes through the opening cutscenes flawlessly, with the exception of the ocasional refresh flicker. when it gets to the very first user controlled sequence the screen freezes and windows closes the window indicating that the display driver has stopped working and has been recovered. Running the game again, it gets a little further into the gameplay (about 1-2 minutes) looking great and and running smoothly, and then crashes again this time only indicating that Crysis has stopped working, and offering no explanation this time. subsequent retries only get me a little bit further each time before crashing.

I have tried uninstalling and re-installing the catalyst drivers and the problem persists. I've tried using a video card stability test application which rotates 2 globes. It didn't seem to offer any details, but the globes spin pretty choppy considering it's not very graphic intensive.
I've run out of ideas that don't involve formatting and starting over again...

This is obviously cutting into the excitement of my new PC. Admittedly I ordered this 'barebones bundle' from Tiger Direct and have already ordered a Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 1GB DDR5 so the switching of cards may solve the problem, but I'm more concerned that there is an underlying problem with my other components or set up or perhaps the catalyst drivers which I believe the 5670 ALSO uses.

I know there are a lot of variables and this request has become quite wordy, but please, any suggestions or assistance you can provide will be tremendously appreciated.


My system set up:

Intel DP55WB Socket LGA1156 Motherboard
Intel Core i5-750 2.66Ghz 8M LGA1156 CPU
OCZ 4GB DDR3 PC3-10666 Platinum Low Voltage 2x2GB
WD Caviar Green 1TB 32MB/SATA-3G
XFX Radeon HD 4670 1GB PCIe w/Dual Link DVI
Ultra LSP650 650w Power Supply
Ultra XBlaster Clear Side Blk Mid-Tower Case
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
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  1. Oh, I don't know if this is important, but my monitor is my home TV - 42" Sharp Aquos 1080p.
  2. ...So frustrated. Anybody?
  3. Crysis crashes a lot:
    Install the latest (1.2.1) patch
    Set resolution to 1920x1080
    Reinstall Crysis
  4. well it's been a while since I did any pc gaming...starting to see why it's kind of a dead platform. almost $1,000.00 plus all the 'quirks' of drivers and compatibility and resolution, etc and you still can't get your hardware to live up to it's 'promises' (or even perform whatsoever.) and the worst part is people keep telling me that these issues come with the territory.
    Ugh...good thing I already have a ps3 AND x360...won't be bothering with ANY gaming on this rig.

    Anyway thanks Sabot00, I'll give it a try. I already have the latest crysis patches, but I'll try the other 2 suggestions.
    Thanks, I'll let you know how this goes.
  5. sabot00 said:
    Crysis crashes a lot:
    Install the latest (1.2.1) patch
    Set resolution to 1920x1080
    Reinstall Crysis

    Ok re-installed crysis, and changing resolution yielded horrific results. First of all to even get the recomended resolution in crysis required a combination of res changes in Catalys Control Center, windows display manager, game settings in crysis AND on my actual TV itself. Now my pointer in crysis doesn't match the cursor (what's highlighted for selection in menus).

    Worse yet, I've formatted my computer and reinstalled windows 7 and all updates, un and reinstalled crysis AGAIN, upgraded my GPU to the radeon 5670 and am now using HDMI hookup instead of adapted VGA from DVI, updated ALL drivers to the correct versions, installed latest crysis patches and upon game startup the resolution is defaulted to your recommended 1920x1080 which looks great EXCEPT still the pointer problem is so bad that it prohibits even selecting single player menu.

    Wow...koodos to PC gamers for your perseverance...this is ludacris!
  6. Ok having now formatted my computer and installed a new BETTER graphics card Radeon HD5670. And plaid through to the snow level on Crysis on high settings and thoroughly LOVING the game the problem seemed solved. Playing the game on 1280X960 resolution.
    Then I hit the snow level. Based on internet forum feedback this level is notorious for crashing people's hardware, and I was not immune. Severl little tricks that I have come across on other people's forums that seem to solve the issue.
    First of all this would seem to be an issue ONLY with RADEON-based graphics cards. With a series of acceptable tweaks, the game can be played without any crashes (fingers crossed)

    To begin, of course have ALL of the latest drivers for all of your equipment, and all latest windows updates And patches for crysis:
    First if you are using windows 7, go to 'performance information and tools' and from there select adjust visual effects. From there select adjust for best performance.
    Doing this seems to fix a compatiblity problem between windows 7 and crysis having to do with windows aero effect (don't ask)
    Now run the game in 64 bit version (assuming you have 64 bit windows 7) AND RUN IN DIRECT 9!To this right click on your shortcut and and a -dx9 to the target line. click ok. the target should now be (for ex) {"C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\Crytek\Crysis\Bin64\Crysis.exe" -dx9}
    To do this you will lose about 5% quality of visuals, and no longer be able to select Very high setting, but well worth the stability. This is said to fix an incompatiblity with some combination of Crysis engine, DX10, The radeon family graphics cards AND the catalyst driver software.

    Anyway just finished the game and LOVED IT. I'd even go as far as to say the frustration was worth it. Now seeing all the mods available, I'll start getting into some of those. certainly can't do that on 360 or PS3.

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