I am replacing an old Pentium D WinXP machine with a new HP Compaq Elite 8300 (i7-3xxx CPU, 8GB RAM).
New PC is updated with all critical windows updates and runs fine on the internal i7 graphics.
I then installed the Radeon X300... Windows required reboot. After a few seconds (seemingly somewhat random... sometimes 2-3 seconds... sometimes ~30 seconds...), I get a blue screen and reboot.
When the HP8300 was first new out of the box, I migrated multiple hardware items from the old pc (Radeon X300, RME Audio Multiface DSP PCIe card, a WiFi PCI card, etc.). Troubleshooting seemed to point to Radeon, and problems persisted after removing all new hardware except the Radeon. (Remove the Radeon and system is stable again.) I tried uninstalling and reinstalling Radeon drivers, but no luck.
I gave up and reimaged the hard drive (completely reformatted and reinstalled windows from scratch). This time, I installed all the critical Windows Updates... everything was stable running the internal i7 graphics.
As soon as I installed the Radeon, ran about 30 seconds and blue screen. I restarted and into Safe Mode, and AMD auto driver tool says Radeon X300 driver is the latest.
Does the Radeon have known problems with Windows 7 64 bit, i7-3xxx? Do I need to trash the Radeon X300 and buy something else? If I buy a different Graphic card from AMD, how will I know the same problem won't happen?
Thanks for any troubleshooting advice.
I'm new to this forum, so if I've posted incorrectly or in the wrong forum, etc., please let me know and I'll correct.