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Topic Title: AMD Bulldozer FX processors causing texture bugs in older games (Mass Effect 1)
Topic Summary: Actors and textures appearing black
Created On: 04/10/2012 07:43 AM
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 04/10/2012 07:43 AM
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DanielleSu
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Several gamers have identified texture bugs occurring in Mass Effect 1 when running the game with the following setup:

- Steam downloaded game
- AMD FX 4100 or higher CPU

Some levels in the game suddenly show actors with all-black, pixelated textures; in later levels in the game, the entire floor/wall textures turn black. Motherboard BIOS updates have been suggested as a fix, but have not been reported to work.

My own setup is as follows:

AMD FX-8120
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
ASUS GeForce GTX 460
16 GB RAM
Windows 7 x64 Professional

I have updated the BIOS to v1102, but this hasn't worked to resolve the problem.

Related threads on gamer forums:

BioWare Social Network: Squad and enemies become black pixels
Steam User Forums: Mass Effect 1 textures disappearing


Screenshots of texture bug:

http://steamcommunity.com/id/a...28146957895?tab=public
http://steamcommunity.com/id/a...8146931086/?tab=public
http://steamcommunity.com/id/d...hot/594715184702468921
 04/10/2012 08:09 PM
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TLH
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I would imagine this is something that will get fixed in the next catalyst driver release.

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 04/10/2012 10:26 PM
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Canis-X
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Since current games use the GPU to render textures, I find your line of thought rather flawed. I mean why would you want your CPU rendering textures.......really?

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 04/11/2012 05:41 AM
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DanielleSu
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It's not my line of thought; so far the only thing gamers running into this problem have in common is running the game with an AMD FX processor.
 04/11/2012 10:08 AM
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Canis-X
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I highly doubt it, logically it makes less sense than an Eskimo needing a refrigerator. It is more probable that the issue is with the graphics card drivers than anything else. I would try uninstalling the nVidia software and then use a cleaning program such as Driver Sweeper to make sure that you don't have any remnants left over (run in safe mode), then reinstall the current release from nVidia.

If the above does not work then it has something to do with the game code and hopefully the game developers are working on a fix.

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 05/30/2012 10:57 PM
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nvidia is your problem not AMD. That is a weak card to boot. Install new drivers or maybe trade that in on a 7970.

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