Topic Title: MSI Radeon HD 7850 new install won't launch games
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 07/04/2013 02:14 PM
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My nVidia 8800 GTS burnt out and the MSI Radeon HD 7850 was recommended as a good card for my price range. I installed it following the instructions provided, but when I try and launch any games from Steam I get a problem:

*TF2 and Payday launch a window or blackscreen, then shut straight to desktop

*Lego Lord Of The Rings tells me the card won't support Shader Model 3 (pretty certain it is a SM5 card with DX 11)

*Gunpoint says "Failed to initialise drawing surfaces. Check your graphics card meets minimum spec" (pretty certain it more than meets it)

*Worms Revolution and (newly installed) Baldurs Gate: EE work fine

I uninstalled everything nVidia I found in Add/Remove Programs, and used Driver Sweeper in Safe Mode to remove the nVidia Driver and Physics sections (NOT the chipset section) but that hasn't helped, nor has reinstalling Payday helped to get that working.

Graphics Card
MSI Radeon HD 7850 OC Edition (not overclocked, vanilla install)

AMD Catalyst Driver Version, and Driver History
- CCC Version 2013.0328.2218.38225

- Device Manager says Driver Version, date 28/03/2013

Operating System
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit, Service Pack 2

Motherboard or System Make & Model
Abit IP35

Power Supply

Hiper 580w HPU-4M580 SLi Certified ATX2.2 PSU

Display Device(s) and Connection(s) Used
DGM 20" Monitor, connected with VGA (monitor) to VGA/DVI adaptor (GFX card)

Applications and Games

See above, all games should be auto-updated by Steam to latest version

CPU Details
Intel Core 2 DUO LGA775 E6600 2.40GHz

Motherboard BIOS Version
Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 26/11/2007 (from System Information)

System Memory Type & Amount
4gb Corsair DDR2

Additional Hardware
SATA HDD, DVD drive (no floppy), 2 case fans


Any ideas?

 07/04/2013 03:56 PM
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Anytime I add new componets to my computer I allways do a fresh install of windows to prevent any problems. I know its a pain but well worth it in the long run.


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