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Issue with Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X GHZ and Booting to Windows on the Asus V Gene. Any Help is Greatly Appreciated.

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Hey forum, I just built a new system and ran into a pretty frustrating problem regarding the video output and booting into windows. My system build is as follows:

  • Asus V Gene mATX motherboard
  • i5 3570K with CM Hyper 212 Evo Cooler
  • Mushkin 240GB SSD with Windows 7
  • 2TB Seagate HDD
  • Rosewill Hive 750 PSU
  • Sapphire 7970 3GB Vapor-X GHZ edition
  • G.Skill 16GB ram running at 1800mhz
  • TPLINK WND4800 PCIe Wireless Adapter

All in a Sugo SG09 case


Now the problem is that in the ASUS Bios, I tried to set the primary display (under Advanced -> System Agent Configuration -> Graphics Configuration) to "PCIE" as opposed to the default "Auto" or 'iGPU" in order to get the video output to go through the video card.. Whenever I do this, the system will run through the BIOS startup, proceed to the black "Starting Windows 7" screen with the logo and then jump to a black screen and freeze up. After a reset, Windows will show the typical monochromatic screen for a failed start or unexpected shutdown and if I try to boot normally, then the system will just go through the motions then freeze up again. The problem persisted when I tried the "Auto" option.

When I set the primary display to "iGPU", the system boots up normally and without issue. Strangely, the graphic card can still output video and I can even configure it using CCC to output to both my monitors without any displays connected to the motherboard's onboard hdmi output. However, when I boot with these settings and with no displays connected to the onboard video, the ROG BIOS prompt screen does not appear and neither does the "Starting Windows 7" screen. The displays connected solely to the video card will then jump to life at the normal windows log-in screen. I assume this is because the BIOS prompt screen and the loading screen for windows is being outputed through the onboard hdmi. Also, I would like to note that I have Catalyst 13.4 installed and CCC affirms that I have that version, but Windows System Information lists my 7970 as running on 12.01 drivers.

I don't think this is a hardware issue since the BIOS clearly shows my card in GPU-POST and it can output video perfectly fine. I have already run the gauntlet of installing and reinstalling drivers for the card, motherboard and windows as well as a second fresh install of windows trying to fix the problem to no avail. sad-smiley-002.gif

The system did run perfectly fine without a video card, so it was after I placed the 7970 in that the problem arose. However, the card seems perfectly functional since I did end up running Empire: Total War at max with no noticeable problem. Honestly, this an issue I could probably live with since I won't be going into the BIOS all that much, but I spent a whole day trying to figure this out and the discrepancies in my system information does make me uneasy.

So, any insight or suggestions would be great.
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I'd like to add, that after running Total War and Witcher 2 I noticed a very bad stuttering problem. I suppose that a bad card is now a possitbility
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