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Display driver stops responding/Power savin m

Microsoft Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit
July 13, 2010 at 08:35:05
Specs: Windows 7
Hi all,

I have the following issues with Windows 7
(which I did not have with XP):

1. While playing games the game freezes and
when I ALT-TAB to the desktop I get the
message that the display driver has stopped
responding but has recovered. I have a ATi
HD4890 and the latest drivers are installed.
2. Another problem that occur is the screen
goes black and the light turns amber. The
state of this stay the same and I then need to
reboot the PC.

My system specs are:
1. Display card as above
2. Flatron L19500SQ (newest driver)
3. 4GB memory
4. Processor AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core
Processor 5600+, 2900 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2
Logical Processor(s)
5. BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies,
2503, 2010/05/20
6. Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Gamer (with
latest drivers

Is this a ATi problem? I've read many posts on
this but could not find the solution. I've tried
the following:
1. BIOS update
2. Bigger PSU
3. Removed sound card and tried on-board
4. Removed virus software
5. Tried to tweak Win 7 with Ultimate Windows
7 tweaker
6. Adjusted my power saving plans - disabled

Is there someone with a solution to this issue.
It's driving me nuts!

Thanks guys.

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July 13, 2010 at 09:05:08
4gb ram and 32bit os?
Are u sure latest ati driver for win 7 is installed? Make sure other drivers(win 7) are installed. This issue occur only when gaming or doing other things or both?

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July 13, 2010 at 10:08:10
Yip, latest driver available v10.6 installed. Had this problem since
I installed Windows 7 (Nov 2009). As far as I could determine all
drivers are up to date. This happens only in gaming. Everything
else work fine.

Thanks for the response.

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July 13, 2010 at 11:18:23
A bit of an odd config. As kuwese mentioned, why 4GB RAM with a 32-bit OS? Have you checked to see how much is actually being recognized by the OS?

As for the display issue, make sure you have the latest nvidia chipset drivers installed. Also make sure that the integrated graphics are disabled in the BIOS. Personally, when I install ATI video drivers, I usually forgo the Catalyst Control Center & install the "driver only".

The PSU probably isn't the issue, but since you didn't say which you had originally & what it was replaced with, it's tough to comment. Bigger isn't necessarily better though. There are quality 400W PSUs that will blow away cheapo 750W units. You need to know what to look for.

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July 13, 2010 at 12:45:45
When I installed the 4GB RAM I was running XP 64-bit but
had driver issues. All peripherals did not have 64-bit drivers at
the time. Therefor I installed the 32-bit OS. Memory info
(according to Win 7):

Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 3.50 GB
Available Physical Memory 2.45 GB

What's your recommendation on the memory?
The nVidia chipset drivers are the latest. Integrated disabled
when I installed the ATi. Will try your recommendation on the
driver install.

I have a 700w PSU. Got the advice on the net to try a bigger
PSU. So I tried a 900w PSU. This however did not solve the
problem. Put back the 700w.

Thanks for the trouble thus far.

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July 13, 2010 at 14:04:03
"I have a 700w PSU. Got the advice on the net to try a bigger PSU. So I tried a 900w PSU"

Wattage isn't as important as amperage, so just saying you went from 700W to 900W without listing a make/model or any other specs is useless info.

When it comes to power supplies, you generally get what you pay for. A decent, reliable, name brand 900W PSU should have cost you $100+/-. If you paid significantly less (not counting sales & rebates), you probably bought garbage. But there is also expensive garbage, like the RocketFish units sold at BestBuy.

With your specs, you could easily get by with a decent quality 500W unit.

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