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post #1 of 12
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I've been having a very serious problem the last few days.

Sometimes my PC starts up at 640x480 (monitor resolution is 1920x1080), and yes, it can be changed back to normal resolution. The problem is, there are no working AMD drivers anymore! I try to open AMD Settings, and an error pops up saying I either don't have a driver or there's an inappropriate driver installed. Next thing I do is completely uninstall AMD driver (yes, it's there, it just won't open and work), and install new ones, but in middle of installation there's another error saying that this AMD driver is uncertified and that Windows won't allow it, and that there's also a problem with this particular file: atikmdag.sys
After that, installation finishes "successfully", I reboot, and there's still the same problem from the begining of this post. Only way I can solve this is by SYSTEM RESTORE. When I restore to a few days before, everything works flawlessly, so I'm assuming it's a Windows, or a drivers thing? I'm using Windows 7, and yes, I've tried to disable driver certificate verification and Windows still says that it won't install the driver because it's uncertified.

Please help me, I'm already fed up with this card and every AMD driver, I've had this card for almost a year now and I've encountered dozens of problems with it, this being one of the worst.

Current version of driver:

Edited by Nashud - 1/29/16 at 9:20pm
post #2 of 12
I'm just brainstorming here, some things that came to mind:

update motherboard BIOS

did you flash a BIOS on the graphics card

is the windows copy legit?
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
I've never updated BIOS, I just installed Windows through USB with some drivers more than a year ago and haven't changed anything OS-wise since then, except the regular automatic Windows updates. My Windows 7 copy is unfortunatelly not legit, I can change to 10 though for free, would that help? And I don't know what "flash BIOS on the graphics card" means, I'm not an expert on hardware and anything that comes with it. redface.gif
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by Nashud View Post

I've never updated BIOS, I just installed Windows through USB with some drivers more than a year ago and haven't changed anything OS-wise since then, except the regular automatic Windows updates. And I don't know what "flash BIOS on the graphics card" means, I'm not an expert on hardware and anything that comes with it. redface.gif

OK, well you can get excellent help here, but need full system specs.

Strongly suggest downloading latest bios for your motherboard and using a USB drive to update that before bothering to dump your Windows install.

MS updates do sometimes affect BIOS issues, as more recent platforms have software/hardware connections with Windows for all sorts of reasons (security mostly). This is a big part of UEFI (new breed of BIOS).

Graphics cards have their own BIOS too, and some people like to mess with those and "flash" them (replace, edit)
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
My full specs are as follows:
Asus MX239H 23-inch
G1.Sniper Z97
Intel Core i5 4670k (normal settings, not OC'ed, stock cooler)
MSI Radeon R9 290x 4GB OC Gaming
2x4GB Patriot Viper
1TB WD Blue
Thermaltake Smart 730W Modular
Aerocool GT Black Edition (open on one side)

I haven't messed with BIOS at all, except that I turned off integrated graphics once, but that was a year ago.

I'll try and update my BIOS, I've never done that before, will look up how to do that.
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
I've updated my BIOS from F4 to the newest version F8, and I'm still experiencing the same issue. Any help? frown.gif
post #7 of 12
Try reinstalling windows on another partition see if the problem still occurs. Or you can try this http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/AMD-Clean-Uninstall-Utility.aspx.

Could be a driver problem, but bare in mind that it could also be that your card is dying. Usually driver not loading is because it's not able to detect the gpu. Do you see Generic 3d adapter under display adapters in device manager when the driver doesn't load? Also when it loads fine, have you tried playing so games or run some benchmarks see if the card is stable?
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Intel Core i7-4770K @ 4600MHz ASUS Z97-A/USB 3.1 HIS R9 280 IceQ X² OC @ 1200/1500MHz HIS R9 280 IceQ X² OC @ 1200/1500MHz 
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G.SKILL F3-2133C9D-16GXH @ 2400MHz 10-12-12-31-1T Crucial MX300 275GB SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 
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[CPU] Noctua NH-D14 (NF-P14/NF-P12) [GPU1] Asetek 570LC (Gentle Typhoon AP-30) [GPU2] Asetek 570LC (Gentle Typhoon AP-30) Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
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junkman
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Intel Core i7-4770K @ 4600MHz ASUS Z97-A/USB 3.1 HIS R9 280 IceQ X² OC @ 1200/1500MHz HIS R9 280 IceQ X² OC @ 1200/1500MHz 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G.SKILL F3-2133C9D-16GXH @ 2400MHz 10-12-12-31-1T Crucial MX300 275GB SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
[CPU] Noctua NH-D14 (NF-P14/NF-P12) [GPU1] Asetek 570LC (Gentle Typhoon AP-30) [GPU2] Asetek 570LC (Gentle Typhoon AP-30) Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
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ViewSonic XG2401 Dell UltraSharp U2713H EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 CORSAIR 300R 
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post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
I tried both the Clean Uninstall and DDU, and the problem still persists.

My Device Menager shows this:


Like I said, the card works flawlessly when I do a system restore, I just can't figure out what makes the drivers go nuts after a while. I think I'll just reinstall my OS, and start from scratch, guess I'll know then if it's hardware or software related, although I believe it's a driver/OS issue.

If anyone has any tips on what may be the cause of this or what I should do, please post here.

Edit:
Also, this error pops out of nowhere from time to time
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
This is what Event Viewer shows on startup:
The driver \Driver\amdkmdap failed to load for the device PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_67B0&SUBSYS_30801462&REV_00\4&1286464&0&0008.

Any leads on what could be the problem?
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Sorry for spaming, but I've found a "solution" to this problem. Before Windows starts, I press F8 and pick "Disable Driver Signature Enforcement", and my PC runs flawlessly untill next startup, where I have to press F8 again and every time I turn the PC on. Is there another, permanent solution for this? So I don't have to do this every time I turn my PC on.

These have been the worst days of my life with PCs, damn.
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