Go Back   Hardware Canucks > PC BUILDERS & TWEAKERS CORNER > Troubleshooting

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old March 7, 2011, 12:10 PM
Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 25
Default Powercolor LCS 6970... BSOD

Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 motherboard (latest bios, not the Beta version), Q9300, 8gig memory, Corsair AX850, OCZ Agility 2, seagate 1t drive,... no overclock.

Just upgraded from a Biostar VA5775NHG1 to the Powercolor LCS 6970. Windows recognized it instantly, one reboot and all ran smoothly for a day (Crysis never looked better!).

Rebooted this morning, and consistantly got a BSOD at the point where I would normally login (after the 'glowing window' bit). Safe mode works.

Uninstalled drivers and ran Driver Sweeper, reboot (no problem w/ standard VGA drivers), installed the latest version of CCC/Drivers.

Reboot with fresh install again ends up w/ a BSOD. Rebooted in safe mode, rolled back drivers to standard VGA.

Format C:, install fresh... same driver hell.

What am I missing here? Is it RMA time (I hope not - removing a water loop is a pita)

Sean

Last edited by Epimetheus; March 8, 2011 at 08:30 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old March 7, 2011, 12:18 PM
Banned
F@H
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: mtl
Posts: 12,694
Default

drop a live cd,ubuntu or hwatever you like and go for a few hours of browsing etc.

if thats fine, its just software.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old March 7, 2011, 12:35 PM
Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 25
Default

right... downloading Ubuntu ISO now.

To make life bearable, I've pulled the 6970 and placed the old card back in... works fine (which makes me think it's hardware). Looks awful with the poor LCS just hanging there in the loop.

will keep you posted.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old March 7, 2011, 01:17 PM
SKYMTL's Avatar
HardwareCanuck Review Editor
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Montreal
Posts: 11,664
Default

Can you tell us what the BSOD error says? Basically, it should name a .sys file which is causing the issue.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old March 7, 2011, 01:46 PM
Wi-Fuzzy's Avatar
MVP
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Dauphin Manitoba Canada
Posts: 288

My System Specs

Default

Just for giggles (I think you have a hardware issue). Try install just the ATI/AMD driver...no CCC.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old March 7, 2011, 02:00 PM
Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 25
Default

ok... now I'm royally confused (replace 'confused' with explicative of your choice).

Get this... I installed Ubuntu to an extra drive I had laying around, first thing it does after install is update my video drivers. Reboot, and nada... black screen.

Read skymtl's post - went to device mgr and updated drivers for the display device so that I could find out what driver it's choking on (went too fast last time for me to see). Reboot, and voila! it's running again.

Good... but makes me nervous... and a little distrustful of this card... like maybe the waterblock isn't properly seated against some of the thermal tape.

will try to burn in the videocard (winmark) and see what happens...
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old March 7, 2011, 02:15 PM
maverick_brent's Avatar
MVP
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 467

My System Specs

Default

not that it should matter, because i am 99% sure the 5950 drew more power, but what are you running for a psu?
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old March 7, 2011, 02:27 PM
Wi-Fuzzy's Avatar
MVP
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Dauphin Manitoba Canada
Posts: 288

My System Specs

Default

I just have to say. never put in a water block. But "thermal tape"...that does not sound good.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old March 7, 2011, 03:41 PM
Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 25
Default

psu = corsaire AX850


Thermal tape - it's what is used to contact the mem to the block. It was factory assembled.
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old March 7, 2011, 04:02 PM
Wi-Fuzzy's Avatar
MVP
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Dauphin Manitoba Canada
Posts: 288

My System Specs

Default

Ahh...ok
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Non-Reference 6950/6970? CMetaphor Video Cards 22 April 8, 2011 04:13 AM
ASUS 3-slots Direct CU 6970... Delavan Video Cards 5 January 8, 2011 12:08 PM
POWERCOLOR LCS AX5870 MarkOne Video Cards 4 January 8, 2010 06:39 PM
$250 LCS bumfloss Water Cooling 9 May 11, 2009 10:51 AM