Solved New Build – ATI Graphics driver stops responding when Gami

July 31, 2015 at 03:24:07
Specs: Windows 7, AMD FX8350 Black Edition 8
New Build – ATI Graphics driver stops responding when Gaming

I was hoping someone could help. I have recently built a new machine. I have used my graphics card from my old machine, an ATI HD6950.


Over the last couple of weeks, every time I have been playing GTA V or any other game like The Elder Scrolls loads of small squares appear on screen and then the game crashes. I see the error “ Your graphics card driver has stopped responding and recovered successfully” This still crashes the game though.
I believe I had this with my older machine before the upgrade but to be honest cant be 100% on that. The most likely thing to me is the graphics card. I want to be sure before I purchase a new one.

My Attemps at resolving:

Updated Drivers – Graphics motherboard etc
Updated BIOS to latest
MS Updates
I even did a clean re-install of OS just in case.

So my question. As anyone had this error before or know how to fix it? I have seen a lot of conflicting advice but none have pointed at the graphics card. Some ideas that the CPU needs to be Overclocked slightly as it may be unstable?


New Spec

Motherboard: Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z Motherboard
CPU: AMD FX8350 Black Edition 8 Core Processor (4.0/4.2GHz, 8MB Level 3 Cache, 8MB Level 2 Cache, Socket AM3+, 125W, Retail Boxed)
CPU Fan: Cooler Master RR-212E-16PK-R1 Hyper 212 Evo "Ultra High Performance, 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes, Universal CPU Cooler" Black Fan
Memory: HyperX Savage 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) 1600 MHz DDR3 CL9 DIMM XMP
HDD: Samsung 2.5-Inch 500 GB 850 EVO Solid State Drive
PSU: Corsair CP-9020073-UK Professional Platinum Series HX850i ATX/EPS 850W Power Supply Unit
Case: Cooler Master SIL-652-KKN1 Silencio 652 "USB3.0, Silent, SD Card Reader, Ultra Mid Tower Case" Black

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July 31, 2015 at 09:17:50
The driver should be AMD Catalyst 15.7.1. As for the artifacts on the screen, that could be a sign that the GPU on the card is overheating. Check the temps. The GPU is probably rated for about 100C max. The idle temp should be around 40C, the loaded temp should be around 80C. Lower is better, of course. If the loaded temp is pushing into the 90s, you should check for dust accumulation in the fan/heatsink & clean as necessary. You may also need to rethink the case cooling configuration. If you have a case with the PSU mounted at the bottom, its heat is probably rising straight up to the graphics card.

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July 31, 2015 at 14:20:55
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Your Case:
As riider noted, the case has bottom power supply, two included fans (one front intake, one rear exhaust). My advice it as follows: Swap out rear exhaust fan for a ball bearing model with higher CFM's to move more air, flip over the power supply so it draws air from inside of the case instead of the bottom below the case, and as a recommended option, add a top fan (exhaust) to help remove more hot air. Do NOT use a side fan since it interferes with the proper flow of air through the case.
Check temps real time with HWMonitor for before and after comparisons.
If you change graphics cards don't forget to uninstall the drivers before shutting it down to do the swap out.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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