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I keep getting this issue, it's making games crash forcing a reboot of the computer. Now it's happening on random applications everytime they start up, for instance on this boot up I started MSI Afterburner, crashed then back up, then firefox, crashed then back up, steam, crashed then back up. Don't know what's happening I did buy this as a refurb off Newegg I opted in for the extra year of warranty and it's probably within the 30 days, but I don't have a replacement so I'd like that to be a last resort. Any help is appreciated.
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Have you tried reinstalling the drivers?

If it's overclocked, the overclock is unstable. This is forcing the drivers to terminate because .. well .. it's unstable.

Try downgrading to the previous driver version and see if that makes a difference. Don't forget to use Driver Cleaner from Safe Mode to make sure it's totally gone before reinstalling new ones.
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As jNSK has said this is a very typical thing if you have an unstable OC. But drivers are critical too, the wrong driver's can make even a non OC'd card unstable.

First thing to try is remove any OC and see if the problem persists, It can't hurt to be running the latest drivers either.
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If you're on 270.61's, try rolling back to 266.58's. I had the same problem with the 270's, but installing the 266's fixed it immediately on both of my cards.
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Generally a hardware failure if it exhibits the same behavior between multiple driver packs.

"Driver stopped responding" isn't directly indicative of the driver itself. You have to question WHY the driver may have hung, which is common in defective/failing cards.
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As all above.

Unstable overclock and / or driver conflict.

Lower your clocks to stock and d/l the latest drivers. If it works okay, then try applying new clocks and test with OCCT GPU.

Furmark / Kombuster do not check for errors.
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Originally Posted by beers;13314815 
Generally a hardware failure if it exhibits the same behavior between multiple driver packs.

"Driver stopped responding" isn't directly indicative of the driver itself. You have to question WHY the driver may have hung, which is common in defective/failing cards.

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This may or may not help but here is some info I found when i was experiencing this with my 5870. at stock or overclocked ( didn't matter ) and drivers made no difference either. i would get the black screen and recovery like you but only on my desktop. my games were perfect with no issues at all. the problem only occurred in 2d mode ( when it slows the card down) at first i was thinking the voltage it uses in 2d mode was too low for the card, because during my experiments, I would increase clocks a little just enough to bump the voltage 1 notch and the problem went away. however what truly fixed the issue ( in my case ) was when i went to liquid cooling. I have had no problems with my card since. ( this is after 8 months of the dreaded black screen driver recovered crap ) so I am suggesting that the cooling solutions are not properly cooling the cards, or perhaps the vrms are not getting proper cooling. Just wanted to donate information I have found. it may or may not pertain to your situation, however I believe it warrants investigation.
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A little more information may be needed. This was happening all yesterday with both the 266 and the newly installed 270 drivers. I thought my overclock may have been too high so I rolled it back to stock and until I shut down the problems persisted. Now, after a reboot the problem hasn't occurred like it did before (where it shut down on every program). I'm running OCCT right now, it's been going for 5 minutes and now errors have been displayed, so I guess it was just an unstable overclock.
TL;DR? - Seems to be an unstable overclock. Now speeds are back at stock.
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Originally Posted by Septagon;13320834 
A little more information may be needed. This was happening all yesterday with both the 266 and the newly installed 270 drivers. I thought my overclock may have been too high so I rolled it back to stock and until I shut down the problems persisted. Now, after a reboot the problem hasn't occurred like it did before (where it shut down on every program). I'm running OCCT right now, it's been going for 5 minutes and now errors have been displayed, so I guess it was just an unstable overclock.
TL;DR? - Seems to be an unstable overclock. Now speeds are back at stock.

do you mean NO errors?
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