First time builder here, I got my PC up and running last week, everything was going fine. Up until last night, I was playing Metro 2033 when all of a sudden some weird artifacting started to happen and my PC crashed, and the only way to get it run again was to restore my system to a previous point in time.
I decided to just completely format everything and install Windows 7 with a clean slate, as to avoid any future problems. Everything is fine up until I install the drivers for my HD Radeon 7950. When the system reboots after installing the drivers, all I get is the Windows start up screen, and after that, nothing. Black screen. Sometimes I get to see little parts of the blue user-profile screen, sometimes I get to see nothing at all and just get crazy stripes all over my TV.
I'll post my specs below, is there any solution to this?
MSI Twin Frozr II HD Radeon 7950 3GB DDR5
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Service Pack unknown to me at the time.
Black screen after installing drivers for a HD Radeon 7950. Worked fine for a week, playing several high-end games, flawlessly.
Motherboard or System Make & Model
ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Motherboard
OZC ModXStream Pro 500W
Display Device(s) and Connection(s) Used
A Philips HDTV from around 2007, which has worked without problems with multiple devices.
HDMI to DVI cable, I also have a DVI-female to HDMI-male plug, which hasn't shown any problems with other devices.
Application and Games
Not really relevant, I guess.
Intel Core i5-3570k 3.4 GHz
Also no overclocking.
Motherboard BIOS Version
Unknown. Changed nothing in the BIOS settings, though.
System Memory Type & Amount
RAM: 2x4 GB Corsair Vengeance Low Profile
HDD: 2.5'' Seagate 250GB SATA
My case is a Zalman Z11 Plus, which comes with 5 case-fans, 1 in the front, 1 on every side, and 2 in the upper back of the case. Temperature readings so far seem great. My optical drive is a Lite-On IHOS4 Blu-Ray reader.
My system has been installed with a clean version of Windows 7 Ultimate, all the drivers for the motherboard install without problems. But as soon as I install the drivers for the GPU, the only way I can actually do something with my PC, is to either turn to the onboard Intel HD4000, restore my system to a previous point in time or go into Safe Mode.
I've also tried using older driver versions, going into 640x480 mode (same problem with the black screen) and going into Safe Mode, uninstalling the drivers and installing them again. All to no avail.