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So I've created several threads about any display driver past 12.3 causing me to crash in games trying to figure out why and I have finally figured it out. For whatever reason I am unable to fold on both of my 7850s and game at the same time on any driver newer than 12.3, if I am on 12.3 I can game & fold without any problems, the moment I update to any other driver and blam! I can't do both. This is not a hardware issue, heat issue, voltage issue, or any other issue like that. I can confirm with 100% certainty that the issue is caused by some combination of crossfire, folding @ home, gaming, and drivers past 12.3. What I don't know is why and it is driving me insane. Any ideas?
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When updating drivers, the previous version was completely removed? ATIMan ran several times to make sure all remnants have been removed?

Have you tried disabling CF to see if that's a cause of the crash?

What games?

Have you tried any of these modified drivers?
http://www.overclock.net/t/1323729/updated-amd-gpu-folding-on-12-11-beta-drivers-and-13-1-wqhl-drivers/0_30
post #3 of 15
You do know that Folding uses 100% of the GPU Processing power right? So if you are Folding and gaming you will see dramatically reduced gaming performance.

As for the crash. Humor me here. What brand and wattage PSU are you running? Have you tried to go back to an earlier Driver set?
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post #4 of 15
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I have made sure that previous drivers were removed, to the extent of doing several reformats/clean installs during my troubleshooting process. I have a Corsair AX650 80 Plus gold I monitor my power usage via a UPS, I barely even approach 300W. If I uninstall the newer drivers and go back to 12.3 the problems stop, but the newer drivers increase performance in various games and I don't know what you are talking about seeing reduced performance when folding & gaming, I've never seen that in any of my rigs and I've been folding/gaming for years. As to which games this happens on.... lets see.... Guild Wars 2, Starcraft 2, Planetside 2, Diablo 3, doesn't really matter what game.

Edit: oh yea, and I've tried the modified drivers.
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Well if FAH runs at 99-100% GPU utilization, then there's nothing left for the game. Or the game will take cycles and FAH will suffer. One has to give.

Disable CF yet?
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Well if FAH runs at 99-100% GPU utilization, then there's nothing left for the game. Or the game will take cycles and FAH will suffer. One has to give.

Disable CF yet?

I'm aware of that, but FAH only takes spare cycles, so yes FAH takes a performance hit while I game. I will go ahead and disable CF again but I don't think it does anything in my case since folding at home doesn't care if they are CF or not as it will continue to fold on both cards.
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Currently testing with CF disabled again, assuming it works... What has changed between the 12.3 drivers and any drivers after it that would make crossfire go from working to not working?
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So far having crossfire disabled seems to have resolved the issue, but if I test each card on its own I also have no problems, or if I use the 12.3 drivers and enable crossfire I have no problems. I'm at a loss here.
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Then I guess it's 12.3 and CF or newer drivers and Pause FAH, Enable CF, Game and then redo for FAH when done gaming. I've heard FAH didn't particularly like CF/SLI on some setups.
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Then I guess it's 12.3 and CF or newer drivers and Pause FAH, Enable CF, Game and then redo for FAH when done gaming. I've heard FAH didn't particularly like CF/SLI on some setups.

Certainly there has to be something I can do to resolve the issue? Am I stuck waiting for a new driver that works or is this looking like a more severe issue perhaps requiring I flash the BIOS of my cards?
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