My first graphics card was the GeForce 240 and I've seen others report similar problems to mine (computer freezes up, loops sound, requires hard boot) but I have since upgraded to the GPU in my build above. When I go to event log it USED TO say:
"The driver \Driver\ATITool failed to load for the device Root\*ATITOOLDEVICE\0000."
And this was time stamped at the moment of the crash. Then I went into device manager and uninstalled the ATITool driver, which stopped this error message but didn't stop the freezing.
I only assume that this is driver-related because I have done every kind of hardware check and test and others in the forums with similar problems have been told this might be their drivers. It does seem software related but again I know nothing about any of this. Anyone out there know what's going on? I can provide any other necessary information.
Yeah it's a 6900 series card, the exact number doesn't show in CPU-z and I don't remember it (all just numbers to me) but as for installation, I used the CD that came with it and more recently updated drivers through AMD website. In both cases I have stability issues.
Yes I remember that page in the manual matter of fact. I believe its a 6950 if I had to guess. I did follow those procedures, but I have noticed that after uninstalling the old drivers (which were NVidia) there are still a lot of NVidia files on my computer and they refuse to be uninstalled. Part of the problem is that PhysX is required even on AMD graphics cards even though it is NVidia technology, so I don't know if residual driver software could be a cause?
Stability problems occur only when gaming?
Or even when the graphics card isn't running hard?
Not only in gaming. If I leave the computer on idle at the desktop it will last for days, but if a web browser is open, or iTunes, then I come back and its frozen. I don't know if the graphics card is running for those...
Well like I say I can't lose PhysX (already tried but then I can't access any 3D games so I reinstalled) but I did use driver sweeper to remove anything else with Nvidia's name on it. Now I get an annoying error screen on startup about how some program can't load because of a missing file -- I'll be more specific on my next post since I can't restart right now. The freezing continues though.
Ok sorry it was purely a hardware issue. Had to take out and put back in all of my RAM... even though I'd done this before, this time I tested each stick in each slot and had to avoid each bad match-up until the crashes went away.