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I have had a lot of problems with this card, and I think its finally done. Most of my problems have been driver, but now I think the card is probably done for.

For the past few months I have had driver problems with Bad Company 2. 11.2-4 caused some of the effects in BC2 to completely go away. Just before 11.5 came out, I was getting blue screens relating to atikmdag.sys. In other games I was also getting problems similar to the picture below, which could sometimes lead to full computer crashes. After upgrading to 11.5 my crashing and other problems were gone, but came back. I have fully cleaned and re installed 11.5 (latest on their website) all the way to 11.1 this morning, and I have just had yet another full crash in FSX. This picture below is from the latest 11.5 drivers while playing FSX.



I honestly have no love for ATI after this card. It has been nothing but problems, but I am not here to trash ATI and their drivers. All this year I thought I have been having problems with their drivers, but right now I am thinking there is no way I could have that many problems, especially after rolling back to 11.1 when I had none of these issues. Recently one of my 2gb memory sticks went bad, causing several blue screens, so I removed it to run on a total of 6gb. I had similar problems to the picture above before I lost that memory stick, and even after. The crashing was before and after losing my memory stick as well.

Unfortunately I do not have another ATI card to test with to figure out if my card is broken, or I have other issues, so I am hoping some of you experts might be able to help me out. Any help appreciated, thank you.
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Possibly, it may just be overheating. I've had that cause graphical errors, different ones but graphical errors nonetheless.

Hope that helps.
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Possibly, it may just be overheating. I've had that cause graphical errors, different ones but graphical errors nonetheless.

Hope that helps.
I have been able to monitor my GPU temps in both FSX and BC2. I know I would crash while the GPU temp was at 80c in BC2, but the temps in FSX never break 65c. I forgot to include that in my post.
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80c huh? That's pretty hot, not unmanagable in GPU terms but it may be a factor in the errors you're getting.

Have you tried reapplying thermal compound on the GPU chip?
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80c huh? That's pretty hot, not unmanagable in GPU terms but it may be a factor in the errors you're getting.

Have you tried reapplying thermal compound on the GPU chip?
Sadly I have seen the card run hotter than that, and not had any errors until it flat out crashed. That was before I learned about having to manually turn on the fan though. 80c tends to be quite normal sometimes honestly. Regardless though, it was 65c in FSX when it crashed.

I had no idea about thermal compound on the gpu honestly. I don't have any anyway.
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my 4850's wont run @ 80c regardless of clocks or voltage.. its just too hot..especially for extended loads like gaming..
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my 4850's wont run @ 80c regardless of clocks or voltage.. its just too hot..especially for extended loads like gaming..
If it is overheating, then I am pretty much screwed. That is 80c will full fan running on the GPU. It has always run like that in room temps of over 90F sometimes even. I can't accurately say what temps it has normally run at in the past, as its something I just never watched, but I know they aren't low.

Aside from the thermal compound, which is something I just haven't heard of (not claiming it to be false or BS), I would need to research how to do that and get thermal paste. If I didn't do that then I assume I need better cooling in my tower right?
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my 4850's wont run @ 80c regardless of clocks or voltage.. its just too hot..especially for extended loads like gaming..
I had a 4850 that stayed at 85C for over a year on full loads.
    
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im using my 4850 few years already and i havent had any problems with that
im playing bc2 too, idle temp is below 40°C, under load ... hmm i think around 60-65
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Mine was at 100 C a few times so I replaced the stock cooler but I dont think a 4850 is still worth it.
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