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G'day folks

Just wondering if anyone can throw out some ideas as to which ATI driver is the best (stability wise) for a Powercolor 4870.

Currently on the latest official drivers, Ive always had the "Ati driver stopped responding and recovered successfully" error (Windows 7) pop up over the last few driver revisions (cards memory has been declocked to fix that annoying "flicker" problem) but yeah its been getting pretty bad lately, play a game a few minutes and it crashes, extremely annoying/frustrating as it causes many games to lockup/crash, others recover but it always ruins the game

So just looking to downgrade drivers to see if there was a more stable set for this card (like drivers released when these cards were the "top of the line" deal)

then go from there

i also noticed the chips on the back of the card (toward the end - power related chips?) get extremely hot and have no cooling, so that makes me wonder if thats part of the issue also?
Edited by ShadoX - 1/18/11 at 5:06am
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I'd probably point to the card, personally.
10.12 were solid on my 3870, as well as the 6950.
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id point more at windows 7, never had any issues on XP, but that was a long time ago now

Unfortunately, i don't think i could RMA the card now, not sure on powercolors policy but its pretty old now, also the fan connector pulled away from the board a while ago so had to be resoldered (it tore the trace so had to be jumped to a solder point right near the original point, sounds dodgy but works fine). plus its been watercooled and the original HSF was fitted to another card for a while (thus the fans wiring was altered) so yeah unfortunately, i think RMA is off the board either see if this is a software issue, or sell the card (or move it to my HTPC) and buy a current gen card (rather avoid that if possible)
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but that was a long time ago now
Yep, things change. Components die after years of use.

If you still have problems between multiple driver packs, the only real option is to try another card.
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I wonder if it's possibly just a heat thing, the crash always seems to happen as soon as the 'MemIO' temp hit 70 Deg or there shouts (sometimes bit less like 69 Deg, or up to 72 Deg) I might try reseating my HSF (as I've read the memio temp is the temp of the controller that's in the GPU now the ram chips themselves, I've always had issues like this when seating my waterblock, I'll get a nice core temp but the memio would be off the chart and cause immediate lockups (upward of 70-80 Deg at idle)

That's really the only thing I can put it down too, either that or the swap from my TT Armor case to 800D (due to it's lower airflow ?) they're the only 2 things that have changed
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