GPU Idle load 90 % on ATI Beta Drivers

Hello friends,
I have a bit of a problem with the latest Beta 4 & 5 released by ATI. I have a 6950 2gb card and I updated my drivers to ATI 13.2 beta 4 and saw a weird behavior, even while idle I noticed my gpu fans going crazy, first I checked the temperature which was too high for idle (~75C) then I checked the load on gpuz which was around 93%. I further updated to Beta 5 and saw same results. I started thinking that my card was gone then as a last resort I rolled back to 12.10 and saw everything go back to normal (gpu load 0-1% @idle). I also had a problem with a certain "OpenCL bug" while rolling back which I somehow managed to solve.

I just want to know whether it's the Beta drivers or is it something my card isn't able to handle? If it's the latter, should I avoid installing Beta drivers in the future? Any input will be greatly appreciated, thanks :)
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  1. install the latest non beta drivers.

    and tell us if it fixes it
  2. They're Beta drivers - they aren't always going to work the way they're supposed to.

    Wait for the next release and try that.
  3. iceclock said:
    install the latest non beta drivers.

    and tell us if it fixes it


    I did, rolled back to 12.10 which is actually better than 12.11 and as I mentioned it brought everything back to normal. It's just when I searched for similar complaints about the same driver there was no such mention by any other user. So I started to worry may be it's just my card.
  4. meh its called beta for a reason there not fully patched drivers.
  5. iceclock said:
    meh its called beta for a reason there not fully patched drivers.

    Yea I know what a software is in it's beta stage. I'm just trying to find out if there is any other user with a similar problem. Thanks anyway
  6. yes i know that u know i know. cheers
  7. thou it sounds like some sort of bitcoin miner virus... the opencl bug might have prevented it from running by messing up the opencl driver/package during roll back. Better to do a full system scan with some good antivirus software. Just in case.
  8. bitcoin virus?
  9. iceclock said:
    bitcoin virus?

    malware, worm, trojan or w/e you wanna call it, uninvited nuisance anyways. Here's one example:
    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2011/08/symantec-spots-malware-that-uses-your-gpu-to-mine-bitcoins/
  10. interesting
  11. Found no virus or malware during scan, gotta be the Beta drivers, will wait for a final release. Thanks for the inputs, good people :)
  12. excellent, anytime sir
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