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I recently upgraded the GPU in my rig from a Gigabyte 7950 to a Sapphire 7970 that I picked up for $300 during a sale a couple of weeks ago.

The 7970 works fine for normal use and Litecoin mining, but nearly all of my games fail to start or freeze soon after starting.


Some examples of errors:
Arma 3 Beta - gets to main menu then crashes with error - D3D Error - DGXI_ERROR_DEVICE_REMOVED
Just Cause 2 - Can enter game, freezes within a minute, error - DGXI_ERROR_INVALID_CALL
NFS: Most Wanted - plays introductory video then freezes
Burnout Paradise - fails to even start
Battlefield 2 - menus work fine, game freezes within 2 minutes of starting
Sniper Ghost Warrior 2 - Worked fine after install, rebooted, game now runs for a few seconds when campaign is continued before closing


Rig-
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H
i5-2500k
12GB 1600MHz RAM
Sapphire 7970
XFX 1050W PSU
Windows 8 Pro x64
AMD 13.4 Drivers


Originally I was using AMD's 13.1 drivers. I uninstalled those and then installed the 13.4 drivers and am still having the same problems.

On reddit someone recommended that I use this driver sweeper:
http://www.guru3d.com/content_page/guru3d_driver_sweeper.html

I did that, but I got stuck into a BSOD loop until I agreed to an automatic repair, which restored to before the sweeper had been run.

I then tried AMD's clean uninstaller, ran CCleaner's registery tool to remove some of the traces leftover and rebooted. I installed the drivers using the disc that came with the card, instead of downloading them. I think they were 12.5. I tried Arma 3 and a couple of other games and they worked fine. I rebooted and then tried the games again. They failed, just like they had before I installed the drivers from the disc. I checked the info in CCC and it showed the drivers had been updated to 13.1.

How can I stop the drivers updating and get this card working?

Thanks for any help.
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best bet is to do a clean install of your os. stay away from driver sweeper. coming from an amd gpu, Device Manager would have suffice removing old drivers. after clean install . . . download latest driver from the amd site.

edit: make sure to check the little box shown that says . . . Delete the driver bla, bla


Edited by rdr09 - 7/16/13 at 3:32am
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best bet is to do a clean install of your os. stay away from driver sweeper. coming from an amd gpu, Device Manager would have suffice removing old drivers. after clean install . . . download latest driver from the amd site.

edit: make sure to check the little box shown that says . . . Delete the driver bla, bla
Can't do a clean install of the OS at the moment because of Summer classes, but if that's what it comes down to, I will in a month.

Could I uninstall the driver in Device Manager and try to reinstall (without the clean install)?
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Only thing I can suggest is to backup your school related filed and other files you may want then do a fresh install.
    
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Have you tried swapping around your PSU cables to your video card? It sounds like there's another issue besides software.
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