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Ack, I've had nothing but troubles with my system since I installed my Sapphire HD 6950 on Friday. I didn't flash the bios or unlock the shaders but my system is unstable as heck. I've gotten numerous black screens when trying to open different programs. I had started to OC the card but stopped because I wanted to find out what the real world gains were and now all settings are stock.

I originally thought it was because I had both MSI Afterburner and the Catalyst programs open. So I uninstalled MSI and I still got it while playing Black Ops. Next I did a fresh install of drivers and I still got it.

So I just finished doing a fresh install of windows and all fresh drivers and I'm still getting the black screen. I reset my Mobo bios in case the card has issues with any modifications I did to it. IIRC, someone mentioned a potential compatibility issue with this card and the Asus mobo's. Before I shut it down last night I did Windows Update with SP1 and when I started the PC this morning on the first boot it went straight to the black screen. Restarted it and now it's running but only God know for how long.

Anyone got any ideas what the issue may be or maybe point me in the right direction to correct it? The system is completely stock at the moment in hopes of stabilizing it.
Edited by Agavehound - 5/30/11 at 6:37am
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post #2 of 6
You should RMA it. If you did a fresh install of windows and tried flashing the bios, it's probably a defective card.
post #3 of 6
The mobo shouldn't care which gpu is installed on the PCI-e slot, they're all standard. I'd call it a bad card.
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I didn't flash the bios. I think I'll try the other bios on the card and see if that does it. If that doesn't work I'll go back to the 460.

Tnx Guys!
Edited by Agavehound - 5/30/11 at 6:36am
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post #5 of 6
Sounds like a faulty card - mine's never done anything like that.

amd drivers seem very picky about memory faults though, so if your memory throws any hard faults CCC usually stops responding and/or you get a bsod.
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I agree with previous inputs.

It's a faulty card. Bring it back where you bought it and ask for an exchange.
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