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I just got this card off a guy in the for sale section about a week ago, and I had it in my pc for a few days. My friend came over and we were working on one of his hard drives when I had to restart my computer. When I tried to boot into windows, it would just restart my system. So I tried ubuntu, and it booted my into a shell, no X session. I was able to get ubuntu to load into "low graphics mode," and once was able to get windows to load into safe mode (then that even crapped out). I BSODed twice with an error on atikmdag.sys, but haven't looked into that too much other than to know it's an ATI process.


So I completely wiped both OSes off their drives and reinstalled both this morning. Everything went fine until I installed the drivers for the card. Both Windows and Linux are doing the same thing. Windows restarts my computer, Ubuntu wont give me an X session.


Is this card messed up? I mean, it works without the drivers, and I don't get any artifacting in BIOS or anything, but it completely ruins an OS when I install a driver for it. It is wierd that it ran for a few days before hand, I just don't know what to do as a next step here.
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The first question is what drivers are you using?
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I'm not terribly familiar with ATI, but do know that there are frequently complaints about the drivers, as there are with nvidia drivers to be fair. Have you wiped the drive and tried an earlier version of the drivers?
    
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Im using the newest drivers(10.12), I haven't really tried with older drivers, as I saw that ubuntu also had problems. I guess that is the next logical step. I mean, it's certainly possible that there was just a coincidence here, but it seems so unlikely that both OSes drivers would be messed up.
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Very unlikely indeed, but it's worth a try. Try using the 10.4's as that is most probably the most popular for our cards.

Your GPU might be having trouble with any kind of load, hence why it shuts down once it enters an operating system.

Just try everything you can eliminate other components.

1. Switch it to a different PCI-E slot if you have one.

2. Change the power connectors with some others if the PSU has enough connectors.

3. Try a different GPU to see if the same thing occurs.

Very weird problem, I've never heard of this before. I've known GPU's to artifact/shut down during high load but never shut down once the drivers are installed.
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It IS strange that both OS' are doing that. You can find older drivers here (I assumed you're using a 64-bit OS).

All else fails, maybe you can have the seller help you with a RMA?
 
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okay, I'm gunna try 10.4s and see what happens. Maybe different power connectors too, thats a good idea.
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