Hello, I am experiencing a REALLY REALLY annoying problem with my GPU (I think)...
Pretty much for some of the games I play, all of the sudden my game screen just freezes but it doesn't crash. I can still hear sounds, I can still click buttons, it's like the game is still working in the background BUT my game screen is frozen (or it turns back if I Alt-tab). This happens to the following games I play:
Call of duty: Black ops 2 (rare)
Battlefield 3 (common)
Sleeping Dogs (very common)
It happens at a really random time, some happen faster than others though. In the end I have to close and restart my game.
The GPU that I have is Powercolor AMD Radeon 6850. My catalyst is 13.1. My OS is Win 7. My CPU is AMD Phenom 2 955 BE at 3.5.
Is anyone else experiencing this problem? Thank you.
Click Start, Click Control Panel, Click ( in power options) Choose a Power Plan
Check the Box that says "high performance"
Click "change plan settings"
Turn off display: set to NEVER
Put the computer to sleep: set to NEVER
Click: Change advanced plan settings
Select "high performance" from the drop down menu
Scroll down the list: Click on the + signs to expand the choices for each item on the list.
Require a password on wake up: set to NO
Hard disk: turn off the hard disk: set to NEVER
Wireless adapter settings:
Sleep: set to NEVER
Allow Hybrid sleep: set to NEVER
Hibernate after: set to NEVER
Allow wake timers: set to disable
USB selective suspend setting: set to NEVER
Power Buttons and lid:
Power button action: Setting: set to shut down
Sleep Button Action: set to: do nothing
Link State Power Management, Setting: OFF
Processor Power Management:
System Cooling Policy: setting: Active
Turn off display after: setting: NEVER
When Sharing Media: Setting: Prevent idling to sleep
When Playing Video: Setting: Optimize Video
Go into the power profiles,
set standby, hibernate and sleep to OFF
leave the monitor standby ON, that's OK (maybe not, try OFF)
Set the Hard Drive standby to NEVER
Set system Performance to MAXIMUM, not "quiet mode."
Open the bios set up and make sure "cool and quiet" is OFF. (AMD)
If there is a power saver or a "quiet mode" in the bios, shut it off...
There may be a performance setting in the bios setup you have...make sure it's cranked up to max.
in the bios, see that the allocation for video, if available, is maxed.
Now open the hardware manager profiles...
click system properties
click device manager
double click on mice and other pointing devices
right click on HID compliant mouse
left click on properties
click on the power management tab
UN-check the box that says: "allow the computer to turn off this device to save power." (there is now NO check mark in this box)
Now repeat this procedure for all mice, monitors, keyboards, and ALL USB ports on the device manager list.
You must open ALL the devices one at a time, as above, and turn off the power saver, for each device.
having simmilar problems with my sapphire hd 7970 OC. I also play league of legends and I get random artefacts on the screen. also when I play Dark (another game) the game has the exact behaviour described by you: screen freeze/ black screen and then it unfreezes if I alt+tab. I did some snooping around and I found out that in my case it may be that I have faulty video RAM. To test for that run furmark and see if your system is stable. If that's the case then your GPU is intact.
To test your VRAM (video card RAM) you have to download a program named "memtestcl" and use it to test your vram. it has a readme coming with it which will explain everything you need to know (including how to use it). good luck!
Mine has >1.000.000 (more than 1 million errors) after the first 1 minute test ! (in the process of sending it back now)