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Yesterday I upgraded my gpu to an AMD branded HD5970. Before changing out the cards, I uninstalled everything ATI from my system (I previously had a 5870), rebooted, powered off the pc, installed the 5970 and installed the newest catalyst control center 10.12. Upon restart, at the Windows 7 welcome glowing orb screen, the screen would freeze and the system would not respond.

Thinking it was the newest drivers, I booted into safe mode, uninstalled the drivers, rebooted, and installed the 10.8 drivers (which are known to work with a 5970). Got the same result. Freeze at welcome screen.

I had researched the 5970's compatability with a 890fxa-gd70 before I bought the card, so I made sure the bios was updated to 1.6 before the initial install. I tried to install the 1.7 bios, but after doing so, whenever I change the sata controller from IDE to RAID, I get a long beep followed by two short beeps and a 2E error on the board. (I looked up that error code and it is a failure to initialize graphics). So I went back to the 1.6 bios, but am still unable to boot into windows with the catalyst drivers installed.

I have tried bios versions 1.6, 1.7 and 1.8b3 - no success. I have tried CCC and video drivers 10.12, 10.10e, 10.8, 10.5 and 10.4 - always uninstalling the previous version before trying the next - no success. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

The 5970 has a Swiftech Epsilon GPU waterblock, but I have thoroughly researched the "cold bug" issue and this freeze is consistently at the win7 glowing welcome orb - whether the system has been restarted or cold booting. I have also turned off the fans in my watercooling loop, letting the card warm up to about 50*C and tried restarting which also didn't work, so I seriously doubt it is the cold bug.

I know it is not the ram, as the system works fine with the 5870 both at stock and overclocked. I also know it is not the psu, as I have tested two 1000hx's which both work in other builds and are solid.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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you can uninstall drivers from safe mode?

It won't let me run the CCC install manager in safemode.
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you can uninstall drivers from safe mode?

It won't let me run the CCC install manager in safemode.
If I install CCC with display drivers, Win7 freezes at startup. I have to restart into safe mode, then go to device manager>display adapters and uninstall both instances of the ATI 5900. Upon restart, Win7 will boot, but it is with the generic VGA Adapter Drivers

edit: thanks for the reply, btw- I'm about to give up on this card
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after pulling some hair out, in desperation i disabled one of the instances of ATI Radeon HD 5900 Series in device manager in safe mode and restarted. I was able then to load Windows 7 normally and CCC was running the driver properly... but it appears its only for one of the cores of the card, as the other is still disabled in Device Manager. Whenever I try to enable the other 5900 in Device Manager, the screen goes black... but some progress is better than no progress
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Probably a bad GPU. RMA?
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I got in contact with Jedirobus, who posted the exact same problem in this thread, and researched the problem further. Supposedly bios 1.6 for my motherboard is supposed to fix this issue, and hasn't. When I try to install bios 1.7, the board works, until I try to put the SATA controller in RAID mode, then I get an error 2E (as previously mentioned) which leads me to believe it is the motherboard. I tested the 5970 in another system and it works, so something in my 890fxa-gd70 is preventing the second core of the 5970 to be properly detected and enabling crossfire. I am submitting an RMA to MSI, and will update later.
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update: down to the final straw, i tried flashing the slave to bios and bios to slave...that didnt work. then i flashed it back to the original ati bios- that didnt work. so finally i flashed both the master and slave with the master bios- and voila! rebooted, windows started normally ccc opened up with a crossfire box. i was skeptical that this had actually worked so i checked afterburner and its reporting both cores changing appropriately under load, accurate temperatures, the works. overclocked to 900/1200 1.175v ran winows index for a quick check, both cores responded for the 3d test and got a score of 7.8- about to test 3d mark/kombustor/etc for more testing, but as of now, its working like a charm. my only guess is that the two bios' are each reporting as its own card and can be crossfired where the crossfire auto link wasn't working properly in a master/slave setting. any thoughts?
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update 2: upon shutting down the computer, back to the same old deal of freezing on windows start screen. been emailing back and forth with msi techs who sent me a beta bios for my boards, which didn't help. flashed the gpu with an oem ati bios that dell had posted on their support site. the 5970 works perfectly in my other system, so i just sent my mobo for an RMA. back in two weeks...
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