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'Ati Radeon HD 4870 x2' Screen Tearing (sorta)

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November 25, 2012 3:54:23 PM

Since a few weeks/months my screen starts flickering or 'tearing' whenever I'm playing games. I've been looking for solutions myself for quite a while now, but I've got a feeling I'm missing something.

A quick background history, I used to be able to play games in highest quality, but the issue I'm having now is getting worse and worse. Another issue I had before is that my atikmdag.sys file stopped running which caused my driver software to stop running and giving me crap graphics (Win7 Aero effect turning itself off).

Even though that problem resolved, I'm now stuck with this issue and I can't really play any games because even at lower graphics, it'll start flickering and even tearing my pixels.

Here's an example of what my screen looked like after I played Prince of Persia for a while: http://d.pr/i/ojZX
The screen was flickering so bad that I had to alt-tab back to my desktop and then I saw my desktop like that.

Whenever I leave the game running and try to pretend nothing is going on, the screen will just keep flickering and tearing untill I get a BSOD. They aren't always the same type of BSOD though. Here are the ones I've been getting:

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Dump File : 112512-29452-01.dmp
Crash Time : 25/11/2012 16:09:42
Bug Check String : IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
Bug Check Code : 0x0000000a
Parameter 1 : fffffa80`25c1a010
Parameter 2 : 00000000`00000002
Parameter 3 : 00000000`00000001
Parameter 4 : fffff800`03340376
Caused By Driver : fltmgr.sys
Caused By Address : fltmgr.sys+4cb3
File Description :
Product Name :
Company :
File Version :
Processor : x64
Crash Address : ntoskrnl.exe+7efc0
Stack Address 1 :
Stack Address 2 :
Stack Address 3 :
Computer Name :
Full Path : C:\Windows\Minidump\112512-29452-01.dmp
Processors Count : 4
Major Version : 15
Minor Version : 7601
Dump File Size : 275.784
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Dump File : 103112-26629-01.dmp
Crash Time : 31/10/2012 1:52:24
Bug Check String : IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
Bug Check Code : 0x0000000a
Parameter 1 : fffffa80`265df010
Parameter 2 : 00000000`00000002
Parameter 3 : 00000000`00000001
Parameter 4 : fffff800`03345376
Caused By Driver : ntoskrnl.exe
Caused By Address : ntoskrnl.exe+7efc0
File Description : NT Kernel & System
Product Name : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Company : Microsoft Corporation
File Version : 6.1.7601.17944 (win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333)
Processor : x64
Crash Address : ntoskrnl.exe+7efc0
Stack Address 1 :
Stack Address 2 :
Stack Address 3 :
Computer Name :
Full Path : C:\Windows\Minidump\103112-26629-01.dmp
Processors Count : 4
Major Version : 15
Minor Version : 7601
Dump File Size : 275.784
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Dump File : 101412-19234-01.dmp
Crash Time : 14/10/2012 3:18:18
Bug Check String : SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED
Bug Check Code : 0x1000007e
Parameter 1 : ffffffff`c0000005
Parameter 2 : fffff800`032de0c5
Parameter 3 : fffff880`0addee58
Parameter 4 : fffff880`0adde6b0
Caused By Driver : atikmdag.sys
Caused By Address : atikmdag.sys+65385
File Description :
Product Name :
Company :
File Version :
Processor : x64
Crash Address : ntoskrnl.exe+770c5
Stack Address 1 :
Stack Address 2 :
Stack Address 3 :
Computer Name :
Full Path : C:\Windows\Minidump\101412-19234-01.dmp
Processors Count : 4
Major Version : 15
Minor Version : 7601
Dump File Size : 275.784
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And here are some of my computer specs:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA78G-DS3H
CPU: AMD Phenom(tm) 9950 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.6GHz
RAM: 4 GB
Graphic card: ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2
Graphic card version: 12.6
November 25, 2012 4:00:32 PM

I would first give a run of memtest86+ over night to ensure your memory is working right.

http://www.memtest.org/#downiso

Other then that, The card it self may be the problem. It never hurts to try one or two driver revisions back. With the card on a less frequent update model now too.
November 25, 2012 4:21:18 PM

Also, have you downloaded the latest AMD drivers?
November 25, 2012 4:26:04 PM

nukemaster said:
I would first give a run of memtest86+ over night to ensure your memory is working right.

http://www.memtest.org/#downiso

Other then that, The card it self may be the problem. It never hurts to try one or two driver revisions back. With the card on a less frequent update model now too.


I already performed a Memtest86+ before and everything was running perfect without any errors. I might do another scan tomorrow when I get back home from school.
I currently deinstalled the 12.6 and I'm going to install the previous versions. Ill run a quick benchmark after each installation to see what happens.

zdbc13 said:
Also, have you downloaded the latest AMD drivers?


Yes, the latest (non beta) version was 12.6.
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