Topic Title: ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Recently Started Flickering
Topic Summary: Graphical errors with ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2
Created On: 04/25/2014 10:05 PM
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 04/25/2014 10:05 PM
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rabek
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Graphics Card
Two ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 used in Crossfire.

Overclock settings are at the default. I haven't messed with them.


AMD Catalyst Driver Version, and Driver History
Presently using 12.4. Was using 13.4 until today.

Operating System
Vista 32-bit

Issue Details
When I first purchased the system with these cards, I could run games like Civilization 5 and Skyrim on high using crossfire.

A year or two ago, crossfire started causing textures to flicker, so I had to disable it for most 3D games.

Starting this year, any full-screen 3D games will now flicker every minute or so, accompanied by graphical lag. I'm hoping to find a way to restore the original performance of my cards. I was using 13.4, as the support site says this is the most recent for my cards. Upon reading through some release notes, however, I found 12.4 to be the last to support 4800 series cards. I completely uninstalled 13.4 and all application profiles before installing 12.4. The flickering still occurs, though crossfire seems to work better now. Less texture flickering. Just lag flickering.

Motherboard or System Make & Model
ASUS M3A32-MVP DELUXE

Power Supply

It's not in my purchase invoice from five years ago, and I don't really want to open up my computer to check right now.

Display Device(s) and Connection(s) Used
HP vs19c

Applications and Games

Diablo 3, Skyrim, Civ5, probably others that I can't recall right now.

CPU Details
AMD Athlon(tm) 7750 Dual-Core Processor

Not overclocking it unless the computer shipped that way.

Motherboard BIOS Version
Ver- 08.00.14

Pretty sure, at least. I don't believe I've updated it since I received it.

System Memory Type & Amount
I don't know the brand. Four sticks of 1GB DDR 2 memory. 802 MHz.

Additional Hardware
Nothing of consequence, as far as I know.

Additional Details
Did a virus scan with Microsoft Security Essentials. Checked Speccy for anything appearing out of place. Didn't notice anything. Fiddled with the VISION control center settings a bunch.

 08/14/2014 07:49 PM
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rabek
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I still don't have a solution for this, if there's anyone able to help or offer suggestions.

 08/14/2014 08:23 PM
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Power Supply
It's not in my purchase invoice from five years ago, and I don't really want to open up my computer to check right now.


If you can't be bothered to undo 2 screws in 4 months, why should be bothered to help you?

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 08/15/2014 10:21 AM
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The 4xxx series are legacy cards....the most recent drivers are the 13.9 drivers .



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 08/15/2014 10:28 AM
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Fishman
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They could be clogged with dust. Have you taken them out of the case and blown out the dust? Heat could cause issues.

Power supply might be crapping out

Try 13.9 drivers. I have 2 x 4870's in my sons machine and they work fine.



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 08/22/2014 10:07 PM
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rabek
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Thank you for the replies.

 

I opened up the case and cleaned it out pretty thoroughly. I also updated to 13.9 drivers.

 

Still flickers. Oddly, only when in full screen. Whenever I run a game full screen, even a game with 2d, non-demanding graphics, it flickers and lags.

 

All the flickering programs run without issue on the same settings if I put them on windowed or borderless windowed mode.

 

It's very weird.

 10/02/2014 08:48 AM
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steveVnicks
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Originally posted by: rabek Thank you for the replies.

 

 

 

I opened up the case and cleaned it out pretty thoroughly. I also updated to 13.9 drivers.

 

 

 

Still flickers. Oddly, only when in full screen. Whenever I run a game full screen, even a game with 2d, non-demanding graphics, it flickers and lags.

 

 

 

All the flickering programs run without issue on the same settings if I put them on windowed or borderless windowed mode.

 

 

 

It's very weird.

 

 

when you cleaned out your pc did you remove the graphics cards and throughly clean the dust out of the heat sinks not just the fans, also if there has been a lot of dust for a long time then you may have slowly cooked them to a point of no return.

example of bad dust lol

http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/singaporeseen/this-urban-jungle/careful-you-might-be-accumulating-this-much-dust-in-your-pc



Edited: 10/02/2014 at 08:55 AM by steveVnicks
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