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Okay, so I thought I would give ATi a shot again for the first time since my x1650xt/x1900xtx fiasco. I went ahead and bought a 6950 (unable to be unlocked) and slapped it into my HTPC which runs a Zotac H55ITX Wifi with a Corsair HX750 power supply. I was immediately thoroughly disappointed as due to a driver limitation you cannot run certain OpenCL applications while simultaneously using graphics acceleration. I quickly got over this and just stopped utilizing OpenCL since that wasn't the main purpose of the rig anyway.

Moving on, my first card only booted once. It was all black screen after that, a short RMA time later I received a new card from the egg and was back up and running. Two days ago I updated the drivers and shortly afterward the machine blue screened and I was kind of frusterated and it was late so I just went to bed. When I woke up I turned it back on and noticed a weird issue while the BIOS was still posting, the video 'twitched' When I say twitched it basically shifted one cm to the right and then back in a fraction of a second (probably around 100px). Meh, probably nothing more than a fluke. Upon booting Windows I am presented with a standard 640x480 resolution, and a failed CCC initialization due to 'no present ATi devices' Great. When trying to use the operating system, things started getting more and more ... weird. Opening windows resulted in further video twitches, Chrome wouldn't open at all (presumably because it normally opened with graphics acceleration and now couldn't) and when trying to download the latest catalyst drivers to see if maybe I could get them to reinstall, it hard locked.

Is this issue more likely the card or the motherboard? I'd like to give ATi/HiS the benefit of the doubt and think that hopefully, 2/2 cards wouldn't be bad. (then again I went through a total of SEVEN bad (DOA/within 24 hours) x1650xt/x1900xtx's before receiving a full refund for both cards.)

Oh, and I have kept an eye on temperatures for the card, its on stock cooling and has never gone above 60C as its NEVER been used for gaming, since this is an HTPC. I was going to use it for some OpenCL stuff (compiling) but the driver issue there kinda held me back from doing that.
    
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These are couple things I would do to eliminate the issue. First, verify all the RAM sticks if any of those are faulty. Secondly, try to move the card to another PCIe slot, if that doesn't help, try another card and still getting random BSODs, it is very likely the mainboard issue.

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I would also remove any ATI or NV drivers in the system prior to 6950.
Edited by Ken1649 - 8/21/11 at 5:47pm
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