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Actually, it doesn't - well, at least not entirely.

In order to get a quick reply, i titled the thread as such, sorry .

Now my problem:

1. Overclock AMD card with Afterburner because AMD won't allow BIOS flashing, check.

2. Run a game, such as BC2, check.

3. Get hardlock with rapidly looping sound after 15 or so minutes.

....



Software overclocking, it sucks, i'm sorry. This is exactly why i've always hated it, and always will. Things like this are inevitable.

The only use i've ever made out of it is stress-testing clocks prior to flashing. I also think this crackdown on bios flashing is so they can get a bit of profit from "overclocked" edition cards, as well as cut down on bricked RMA's.

So, onto my question:

Is there a fix yet? has programs like RBE made some sort of workaround that allows AMD 6xxxx series users able to flash new clocks to their card? (to bypass the driver issue that cases BSOD on startup)

I heard that you can just run Afterburner once then exit it, the clocks are saved but nonetheless i see this as a massive inconvenience especially when a flash could remedy it (rebooting obviously resets clocks to default too). I also tend to forget to close Afterburner and as a result, i get hardlocks. It all seems like a total waste of my time, and need not be this way.
Edited by Thingamajig - 10/16/11 at 8:25pm
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I strongly recommend you use Sapphire Trix with a Sapphire card . AFB never worked right for me.

If you use Trix, I think you'll have much better results.
    
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Actually that crashing is not from the overclocking its from punkbuster accessing
memory that belongs to the gpu and causing the crash.

there is an option u can uncheck to fix the crashes in the settings of afterburner or just close it and you wont crash i had same issue.
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Ya what stevevace2 said. That is an issue with BC2. Having afterburner running while playing BC2 makes punkbuster freak out and hardlock.
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I switched to EVGA precision. It is way better!
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I've used Afterburner on MSI, EVGA, ASUS, and Sappphire cards, some Nvidia and some AMD. But, I have never once, with any of those cards and frequent 24/7 OC profiles had a BSOD from Afterburner. Try testing the stability of your OC before rebooting? Or maybe see if any other software is interfering with Afterburner or receiving interference from Afterburner. Sounds more like a OS/driver issue to me though, unless you overclocked it WAY higher than stable.

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Originally Posted by GanjaSMK View Post
I strongly recommend you use Sapphire Trix with a Sapphire card . AFB never worked right for me.

If you use Trix, I think you'll have much better results.
My OCs were no better in TRIXX; the UI takes up almost half of my third monitor; I wasn't able to track temps, running frequencies, gpu usage, etc. But most annoyingly, it wouldn't start my fan profiles at Windows startup which was a dealbreaker for me.
Edited by Eiko - 10/16/11 at 8:35pm
 
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Go into settings.

Make sure "Enable low-level hardware access interface" is deselected.
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Originally Posted by stevevace2 View Post
Actually that crashing is not from the overclocking its from punkbuster accessing
memory that belongs to the gpu and causing the crash.

there is an option u can uncheck to fix the crashes in the settings of afterburner or just close it and you wont crash i had same issue.
Yeah, so i heard. Regardless though, if Afterburner was out of the equation this wouldn't happen. Hence i still despise software overclocking.

I believe i tried Trixx once but i seem to vaguely recall it lacking some sort of option that drove me away, possibly voltage. Can't remember. But i definitely remember giving it a go.

@ Flip i'll take a look.
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Works fine when u oc it then exit afterburner
    
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Quote:
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My OCs were no better in TRIXX; the UI takes up almost half of my third monitor; I wasn't able to track temps, running frequencies, gpu usage, etc. But most annoyingly, it wouldn't start my fan profiles at Windows startup which was a dealbreaker for me.
I've used AFB, EVGA Precision, and others as well on many different cards too. However with my 6850 from Sapphire I had a horrible time setting clocks and voltage, fan speed, and getting them working (for whatever reason).

I could see Trixx being an issue for you in your situation but for me, I just open it - set my OC'd profile and manual fan speed active before I game - then return it to normal when I don't.

Suppose it's a matter of preference because I don't need/care to know all that jazzy info from my card while I'm gaming - it distracts me (personally). I just use HWMonitor to see that it never reaches too high of temps and occasionally use GPU-Z in tandem if I feel something isn't right in a game (monitoring).

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