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WHAT THE IS WRONG WITH MY GFX CARD!!!!!!

SERIOSULY IM FURIOUS RIGHT NOW!!!!! i can not for the life of me get this sapphire hd6850 to work right!!! heres what happens.

i have the card installed and everything works fine. i started from scratch installing it. removing all traces of it with driver sweeper and having windows install drivers. but the weird part is i cant use windows update to get newer drivers. so i download 12.6 from amd. BF3 crashes almost instantly. i rollback to 12.1 betterbut still no good. i used 11.1 for awhile and it worked fine. now its doing the same thing...

another thing, the game says its stopped working, i can CTL ALT DEL to desktop and all is well. untill i open any application. internet explorer for example. looks like a freaking light show in vegas. crashes instantly and i have to restart the computer to get it to work...

i have no more tricks up my sleeve and i am seriosly done with this card. nothing but troubles. what is wrong here!!!!!
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  1. What is your power supply model? Did you plug a 6-pin connector directly from your power supply to your graphics card (without any adapters)?
  2. has it worked before? or is this a new card. if its a new card, i will ask for computer specifications
  3. Rolling drivers forwarding and backward is a recipe for disaster, as is using driver sweeper because it misses a lot of stuff. Do a full reinstall of Windows
  4. i have ocz zt series. yes all power is supplied. the card has worked flawlessly since i got it about 6 months ago.
  5. did it work with battlefield beforehand? have you monitored temperatures?
  6. i have done an overnight stress test and all is well with that. never peaked above 68C. yes BF3 has worked just fine before
  7. schecterplayer said:
    i have done an overnight stress test and all is well with that. never peaked above 68C. yes BF3 has worked just fine before


    BF3 is one of the most poorly coded games to ever be released so your problem is probably right there.
  8. Pinhedd said:
    BF3 is one of the most poorly coded games to ever be released so your problem is probably right there.


    its not just BF3 though. alot of games have issues.
  9. So it just started having issues one day?
  10. schecterplayer said:
    its not just BF3 though. alot of games have issues.


    well you didn't mention that in your post. Do a complete reinstall like I said. Older versions of Catalyst don't mix well with new versions and vice versa.
  11. well its kinda fuzzy with remembering timing but i did install a new cpu. phenom 2 x4 945 and overclocked it to 3.6 ghz. but i dont remember that causing any issues. and yes it started one day out of nowhere after updating to 12.6 drivers
  12. Did you reinstall windows when you installed the new CPU? If you did not, that will certainly cause issues.
  13. Quote:
    You don't necessarily need to reinstall windows with a new cpu. Sounds like its definitely the drivers for the video card. You are not OC'ing your vid card are you? Have you tried bringing the cpu clocks back to stock and running your games?


    deff not oc ing the card. i have tried bringing the cpu clock to stopck but i hate that it kills my performance so im at all costs avoiding that
  14. Sunius said:
    Did you reinstall windows when you installed the new CPU? If you did not, that will certainly cause issues.

    no it doesn't...
    all you need to do is let windows installer make the necessary updates and then it will prompt you to reboot.
    after that your done.

    nothing else to it at all and DEFINITELY do not need to reinstall windows for CPU upgrade.
    that's a waste of time.
  15. I don't have any expierence with it but I have seen alot of complaints about the 12.6 drivers, and suggestions to fix with the 12.7 beta
  16. look i dont care about my cpu. its working fine. my video card isnt
  17. you never know when that info might come in handy....
    maybe it's karma your GPU and games aren't working.
    no need for attitude.
  18. verbalizer said:
    you never know when that info might come in handy....
    maybe it's karma your GPU and games aren't working.
    no need for attitude.

    Ya ur right srry. I'm just so frustrated with this
  19. schecterplayer said:
    look i dont care about my cpu. its working fine. my video card isnt


    This is how I know that you have no business overclocking
  20. Pinhedd said:
    This is how I know that you have no business overclocking

    And who makes u the Judge of that???
  21. Try the 12.3 drivers, I was having crashing issues with any of the other ones I tried (besides 11.12 I think it was) Have you installed any new programs/games/etc?

    Quote:
    And who makes u the Judge of that???


    Some games simply do NOT like ANY type of overclock at all. GW2 kept crashing when I oced my gpu :/ But its still in beta...

    Unstable ocs can cause all sorts of oddities.
  22. Turn off Virtu MVP if you just turned it on!!!
  23. You never said what power supply you have, you simply said the manufacturer, how many watts does it put out or what is its model number. It sounds to me like the card isn't getting enough power, that explains why regardless of drivers you always have the same issue.

    Memory may also play a possible role in this, If your power supply is old or isn't at least 650 watt you are probably running into issues since your overclocking. It could simply be that the power supply is going to crap, when you play a game and it requires more power it can't supply it and the system crashes.

    Run a memtest 86 for at least 10 passes to verify it isn't your memory.
  24. mouse24 said:
    Try the 12.3 drivers, I was having crashing issues with any of the other ones I tried (besides 11.12 I think it was) Have you installed any new programs/games/etc?

    Quote:
    And who makes u the Judge of that???


    Some games simply do NOT like ANY type of overclock at all. GW2 kept crashing when I oced my gpu :/ But its still in beta...

    Unstable ocs can cause all sorts of oddities.


    Well I know about stable an unstable CPU Overclocked but I've never heard of issues like this, seems totally not CPU related. But electronics are crazy things
  25. AyuX said:
    Turn off Virtu MVP if you just turned it on!!!

    The what now?
  26. heres my psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341051

    i dont think its the power. im running a very light load. i ran stress test on cpu and gpu at the same time for about 5 hours. didnt choke i didnt have to increase voltage on the cpu either.
  27. Best answer
    schecterplayer said:
    And who makes u the Judge of that???


    The fact that you came here asking for help and are forcing us to pry information out of you piece by piece.

    Overclocking the CPU puts stress on the CPU and all related components including the memory controller. It's entirely possible that your 20% overclock was too aggressive and has damaged your GPUs ability to access the system memory.

    I've seen a number of cases like this, AMD CPUs from Global Foundries have a tendency to go pop.
  28. The fact that you came here asking for help and are forcing us to pry information out of you piece by piece.

    Overclocking the CPU puts stress on the CPU and all related components including the memory controller. It's entirely possible that your 20% overclock was too aggressive and has damaged your GPUs ability to access the system memory.

    I've seen a number of cases like this, AMD CPUs from Global Foundries have a tendency to go pop.[/quook
    ok im not sure i understand that? what can i do to fix that?
  29. Anonymous said:
    The fact that you came here asking for help and are forcing us to pry information out of you piece by piece.

    Overclocking the CPU puts stress on the CPU and all related components including the memory controller. It's entirely possible that your 20% overclock was too aggressive and has damaged your GPUs ability to access the system memory.

    I've seen a number of cases like this, AMD CPUs from Global Foundries have a tendency to go pop.[/quook
    ok im not sure i understand that? what can i do to fix that?



    reset everything to factory conditions with a cmos reset
  30. ok i just want to ask for clarification n something. am i wrong to assume that since i have overclocked and ran video and cpu stress tests at the same time that its not an issue with what is being described?
  31. hello? i have dropped the clock to 3.45 and ran BF3 for about an hour. no problems. so is that really all it was?
  32. schecterplayer said:
    hello? i have dropped the clock to 3.45 and ran BF3 for about an hour. no problems. so is that really all it was?


    What was that you were saying earlier about your overclock being stable :sarcastic:

    If it's working okay right now you should leave it as is. If it starts being problematic remove the OC completely.
  33. Pinhedd said:
    What was that you were saying earlier about your overclock being stable :sarcastic:

    If it's working okay right now you should leave it as is. If it starts being problematic remove the OC completely.

    well it was stable for a while. but how does running both stress tests not make it freak out?
  34. stress tests don't necessarily test all components
  35. Pinhedd said:
    stress tests don't necessarily test all components


    makes sense. well for now its working. thing with this stuff is it could be working perfect but ur always waiting for it to mess up lol. but thanks to all who helped.
  36. Best answer selected by schecterplayer.
  37. When you stress test an overclock, Run prime95 along with Furmark. That way both CPU and GPU will get tested.
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