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So I bought the reference 7970 from newegg and did the typical uninstall AMD drivers with driversweeper and etc. when I put my new card in.

I had read about people typically getting OC's around 1100/1575 so I clocked mine up very mildly to 1050/1400. I'd leave my pc on overnight and come back to the screen being either just dead frozen/won't wake up from sleep or a BSOD. It's happened the last couple of nights.

I did revert the card to stock clocks and everything a day or two ago. This morning I woke up to another BSOD so I restarted it and then left the pc on when I went to work. I just got home and again the system was locked up.

Is this an issue with the card? Possibly driver related?

I can state that when I installed the cards driver it gives me a warning message that there might have been an error but when I click to look at the message it doesn't show me anything wrong. This also happened for my crossfire 5870's that I had previously but never ran into any crashing freezing issues which makes me think it's something just with this card.

Any help/input would be great.
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This is driver related...... issue involving ZERO CORE... when the card goes to sleep, the drivers are failing to wake it properly after its been overclocked.
You wont have the problem if its stock... just wait for the new drivers, it will be fixed. thumb.gif
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So recommendation would be to take off any kind of sleep mode on my PC for the moment?

Does that also apply to the BSOD?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Traxion View Post

So recommendation would be to take off any kind of sleep mode on my PC for the moment?
Does that also apply to the BSOD?

If you stop your monitor from turning off after a while... then the card wont go into ZERO CORE
Edited by Denim-187 - 2/15/12 at 5:52pm
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Originally Posted by Denim-187 View Post

If you stop your monitor from turning off after a while... then the card wont go into ZERO CORE

Thanks for this! thumb.gif I was having the same problem.
post #6 of 6
If you are using MSI afterburner, unofficial overclocking may have something to do with this. I had a similar issue--driver would continually crash after monitors were woken up from sleep, forcing a reboot--and this is how I resolved it:

Disable unofficial overclocking in the MSI config. Reboot.
Run MSI afterburner with the -xcl flag to extend the clocks without using unofficial overclocking. Reboot again.
You should not be able to overclock past the 1125 core limit, and when your monitors go to sleep the driver shouldn't crash when they wake back up.
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