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October 9, 2012 2:34:23 AM

Heres My Specs

Antec 1100 with 2x 120mm front fans, 1x 120mm exhaust fan, and 1x 200mm top fan.
Gigabyte Ga H77M D3H ( BIOS F9) MOBO
i3 3220 (Stock Cooler) CPU
Gigabyte GV-R777OC-1GD (rev. 2.0) GPU
Corsair CX 500v2 80 Plus PSU
G.Skill RipJaws X F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL DDR3 CL9-9-9-24 (2x2GB) RAM
Seagate Barracuda 500gig 7200rpm HDD
Windows 7 Home Premium
Onboard Audio
17" Sharp LCD.

First of all I had the issues I'm about to explain with my old OS (XP 32bit Media Edition)

Ive Tryed Catalst 12.6 up to 12.9 Beta with same results explained below.
What is happenning is, when the GPU is running at close to 100% I get a hardlock on the PC. the screen freezes with a sudden "scratch" sound from the speakers.Cannot ctrl-alt-del. I have to acutually hit the Reset button. I look in the windows event buffer and nothing shows up other than a abnormal restart due to me pushing the reset button. No Dump Files are created to check. At the time of the crash GPU-Z shows the GPU at maybe 40-50 degrees. GPU is factory OC'd to 1050mhz. I run this setting in Furmark 3 or 4 times at 1280x1024 with a score of 1008 @ 18 FPS, but when I do a Burn-in test it locks up like above mention less than a minute in. I can run Diablo3 at all HIGH settings with the bacground / foreground shadows set to 51with no issues. BF3 is the real annoying issue as I just picked up the Premium pkg. In both SP and MP it locks my PC up. I've tryed runnning 1280x1024 down to 1024x768 with settings from AUTO to MEDIUM to LOW, they all eventually lockup the PC. I've ran Memtest86 numerous times with 1 stick of ram at a time in every port and no errors. I've turned off my onboard audio even though its VIA and not Realtek audio, but it still locks up.
I even tryed against my better judgement to run the onboard graphics on BF3 for a minute and it still crashed LOL. As a last test I ran a single 2gb stick of ram in port 1 and ram BF3. it played for a minute or 2 then the PC didn't lockup but actually powered down, not a restart. I have no other GPU or PSU to test with , but will have 2 more of the same Ram sticks shortly, if that helps. This is becomming extremely frustrating as hell, and am looking for any help. The GPU Vcore is locked to 1.000v so i can't increase it.
Thankyou.

Update 08/10/2012: Just ran Furmark again in Window mode same results with Benchmark, but on Burn-in in window mode on 1280x1024 I ran for 5 minutes then shut it down manually. 62* on the GPU and 51* on my CPU.

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 9, 2012 3:54:11 AM

Is this a fairly new installation? If not, it could be software related. Are you running a good virus/malware pgm? Is your system kept 'junk' free? You might try cleaning the system with CCleaner before going any further with troubleshooting. That will eliminate resource problems and registry errors.
http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER

What do you mean it shut down 'manually'? You shut it down? The temps aren't out of line.
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October 9, 2012 4:01:45 AM

Are you referring to when I was running 1 stick of Ram when the pc shut down? If yes, yes the PC shutdown, powered off by itself. Yes this a brand new build within the last 2 weeks or so.The temps are at normal levels
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October 9, 2012 4:19:16 AM

I have an old Radeon HD5450 512mb I might try on BF3, I know its gonna be bad, but i just wanna see if it locks up like it does currently.Will keep everyone updated.
Thanks
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October 10, 2012 3:37:11 AM

Ok so I decided to do a CLEAN Windows 7 (64bit) install. So I did an did all the windows updates.Installed Catalyst 12.8. Installed Furmark. NO OTHER PRGOGRAMS.
Ran Furmark Benchtest at 1280x1024 and passed with a score 1010
Ran Burnin and locked up the PC at 2:33. Temp was 61*.Again requires me to do a hardreset on the PC.
Dam this is frusutrating as hell :fou: 

Just ran 6 more Furmark benchtests at 1024x768 . 1 locked the pc up others ran no problem.
Ran a Burnin and it loked the pc at 2mins in and the GPU was about 60*

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 10, 2012 6:12:58 PM

omega1972 said:
Ok so I decided to do a CLEAN Windows 7 (64bit) install. So I did an did all the windows updates.Installed Catalyst 12.8. Installed Furmark. NO OTHER PRGOGRAMS.
Ran Furmark Benchtest at 1280x1024 and passed with a score 1010
Ran Burnin and locked up the PC at 2:33. Temp was 61*.Again requires me to do a hardreset on the PC.
Dam this is frusutrating as hell :fou: 

Just ran 6 more Furmark benchtests at 1024x768 . 1 locked the pc up others ran no problem.
Ran a Burnin and it loked the pc at 2mins in and the GPU was about 60*

Was this with the old HD 5450?
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October 10, 2012 9:33:19 PM

Sorry no, no with the HD 5450 as I have no access to that GPU anymore
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 10, 2012 10:00:49 PM

If you are sure the system is clean of resource and registry errors (CCleaner), and the gfx driver is cleanly installed (Driver Sweeper), then I would try a clean install of Windows. Make a disk image of your HDD first, so you can restore it if a clean O/S install doesn't fix it. Then just install the latest updates and the latest drivers. Try to make it crash/lock up at that point.

If the system still locks up with both the discrete and integrated gfx, it may be the motherboard itself. There's also a slight possibility that the PSU may be poorly regulating the voltage. If you have a volt meter or PSU tester, check that the voltages are within limits.
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October 12, 2012 2:54:04 AM

Well looks I solved this nagging problem. I had 4gb of ram originally. 2x2gb sticks. I just added 2 more 2gb sticks for a total of 8gb ram and my PC runs BF3 and Furmark now without a hitch. No more Lockups or anything.
Thanks For the Help. :D  :D 
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October 12, 2012 2:54:18 AM

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