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My sapphire 6850 is crapping out on me

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March 7, 2011 2:15:50 AM

I bought it last month, newegg RMA just ended, and I just had a crash in ES:IV (Oblivion). I had this happen to me once before coming out of sleep mode, but I didn't think anything of it because when I pressed in the HDMI connector to my monitor, things started working again. The power button on my HAF 912 wasn't turning the computer off (If it had been a CPU error due to overheating, I wanted to get it off so it could cool down as fast as possible), so I turned if off with the switch on the PSU (Corsair 750W TX). I let it sit for a minute, then pressed the power button. Got the "windows wasn't shut down properly" message, and I entered normal start up. Been running Prime 95 for 30 minutes, everything is going fine, and my highest temp has been 40C, average around 37. Yesterday, when I was seeing what games my hardware could handle, This website : told me that I have 751MB of RAM on my video card, which is a 1GB model:

Is it time to see how good sapphire's service is, buy better fans for my case (which will be hard, since I already have filled all my fan slots with a 200mm, 3 120mm's, and a 140mm with good CFM"s), or something else?

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March 7, 2011 3:11:49 AM

Those websites are wrong a lot. Try running dxdiag from within windows. (Can be run from the Run dialog as "dxdiag").

Also, you can Right-Click on the Desktop, go to Properties, and look at Advanced Display settings. This might be easier than dxdiag.
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March 8, 2011 9:20:31 AM

Tried that, and it also is telling me I have 751 mb of memory on the GPU.

EDIT: I'm on the default BIOS for the MSI 890FXA GD65, which was known to have PCI-E bugs. Should I flash the BIOS, and if so, how? Also, the drivers I installed from AMD might not have installed completely, because while my WEI for graphics after doing that went from a 1.0 to a 7.7, when I check the driver its still the default windows driver (its version 8.821.0.0, which is a number I remember reading when looking at the current dirvers when I first built my system) installed before I even built my system.
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March 8, 2011 11:29:25 AM

Have you updated the drivers? Or maybe revert back to an older driver if you have the current 11.2?
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