Posts Tagged ‘BSOD’

Radeon BSOD update

A while ago I posted about issues with my Radeon R9 graphics card and constant BSODs when the monitor would go into power-saving mode. Well, soon after I posted that, AMD released their newest version of the Catalyst Control Center (Catalyst version 14.4, Driver Packaging Version 14.10.1006-140417a-171099C). When I updated to this version of CCC, and attempted to re-enable “Turn off the display” under Power Options, this time it would sleep without any BSODs. I’ve been running this version for several weeks now, so if you have this problem on Windows 7, upgrade your CCC software.

Radeon R9 and the dreaded BSOD

Recently I purchased components to upgrade my 5-year-old computer to give it a little bit more power. I got an AMD FX-8350 8-core processor, Asus M5A99FX motherboard, and a Radeon R9 270 video card to display it all. My original plan was to use that card in concert with my old Radeon HD 4870 video card, but it turns out the latter was too old and the drivers would recognize one or the other, but not both. No matter, the R9 could drive all three of my monitors once I figured out I had to use the DisplayPort for one of them.

The real issue was that often, when I would return to my computer after a time away so that the displays were turned off, I would get the dreaded BSOD an an error from the atikmpag.sys driver (this is on Windows 7). I looked high and low for an answer, but ultimately found nothing. Instead, I changed the power settings so that the displays are never turned off, and that solved the problem.

Maybe newer drivers will solve this eventually, but if anybody has a problem with this issue, adjust the power settings.

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Computer stupidity: NVidia drivers and the BSOD

Instead of finding a utility today, this is about a recent computer stupidity I had to deal with. Warning: this gets into computer geekery, so if you aren’t interested then you should pass on this one.

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