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Radeon 6870 BSODs, driver problem, or bad card?

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June 27, 2012 4:23:20 AM

I got a an XFX radeon 6870. BSODs 20 to 60 minutes after starting a game; sometimes BSOD while surfing the net. Tried 12.4 drivers, 12.2 drivers, 11.12 drivers.

5 BSODs, 4 of those 5 have been SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION with a splattering of drivers mentioned (ntoskrnl.exe common to all), the other was PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA. The drivers mentioned seem very random, except for the ntoskrnl.exe.

Games will sometimes not BSOD, but rather crash and give a "fatal error" message, usually referencing something like a "thread_exception" or something (didnt really read them).

Old 4850 works fine. On board video works fine. Nothing overclocked. Brand new card, brand new problem.

Im suspecting bad card. But before I RMA I was wondering if anyone had heard of this problem being driver related.

I am having absolutely no luck at all with video cards recently.
June 27, 2012 4:36:02 AM

Yep, 20 minutes after fresh driver install inside a game, bam, BSOD, first try.

I try to do clean driver installs; after uninstalling in normal mode, I go to safe mode and use driver sweeper.

Ill try those new drivers too, just in case.
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June 27, 2012 4:40:46 AM

Make sure you uninstalled your older drivers before installing the newer one and try your 6870 on other pc to make sure that the graphics card is the problem .
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a b U Graphics card
June 27, 2012 5:22:17 AM

Run disk check / scandisk. when bsod happen, sometimes there windows files being corrupted and lead to another bsod..

run disk check after bsod is recommended before trying anything else....
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June 27, 2012 9:44:13 AM

ran chkdisk, did sfc /scannow, nothing wrong... system service exception BSOD with new drivers after sitting in a game menu, like usual.

Have to RMA and wait at least another 7 days now to get a new card.

Not impressed so far with my first XFX card.
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a c 99 U Graphics card
June 27, 2012 8:44:53 PM

Hopefully the next card turns out better.
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