catalyst sucks, i built this computer 18 months ago and i have had nothing but issues with catalyst, i can run the computer witout issue if i dont have amd drivers installed, but once i go to amd drivers, i get random grey screens or blue and white striped screens. i have rma'd the motherboard (asus sabertooth 970) graphics card (his 6870) and replaced the psu. after all that i tried the graphics card in another box, different os, and it works great until i install catalyst, ok on linux it wasnt "catalyst" but it was the amd drivers. i even tried hooking up the monitor to another box, and it worked great for three months no problems, only thing that ever creates the issue is amd drivers.
what i dont understand is how can a company build apu laptops that work great, but cant figure out how to have stand alone systems that work. my laptop worked great till the hard drive took a crap.
as for other specs, i have never overclocked my computer, its fx 8150 on the asus sabertooth 970x with the his 6870, i think its 16g of ram, and i think i had to go with a 550w psu. i had a bigger one but it broke, but it had the same problems, grey screen randomly, on basic email or playing skyrim, ive even had it cut out on me on the windows home screen with nothing running.
say what you will about hardware, but somethings not right when different set ups have the same issue but only after installing drivers.
*i have tried the beta drivers in the past, hoping that something would work, but always ended up with the same results, even after a clean install of windows 7... today i decided to try the latest beta, so far so good, but its only been about an hour into it, so lets hope, that for no other reason than dumb luck, amd stumbled upon a fix for my issues, which would mean others i am sure.
I bet when you RMA'ed stuff you got another one of the same thing. You know, when 2 components don't play well together, getting another 2 of the same thing won't either. Common sense, usually it's not about a piece of faulty hardware but manufacturers not following standards properly. So when you RMA the motherboard for example, you need to get another type, another brand, another chipset, not the same thing again...
So it's not abaut catalyst, it's about an unexperienced user. I wonder how millions of people use computers successfully, even using AMD components...
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 810 @ 3120MHz | RAM: Kingmax 2x2GB DDR2 800 @ 833MHz| MoBo: MSI K9A2 CF v1.0 (BIOS: 1.D)| GPU: Asus HD 6850 1024MB (DirectCu) @ 835/1135MHz | Display: L24FHD | PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad | OS: MS Windows 3.11 Pro x64
im so glad you brought that up, let me clarify when i say a different box i mean i have an am 2+ asrock motherboard in the one box, and am3 asus motherboard in different box, different manufactures. one has on board video the other does not. one has an fx 8150 the other the phenom II x4, one has 8g of ram the other 16. as long as i dont install catalyst on either of the two machines, video works, maybe not as intended, but the computers operate without video cutting out. but as soon as i enable catalyst, they both randomly give out. when i last edited this thread, i went straight to facebook and got a blue and white pin striped screen.
So the complaint is that "Catalyst sucks"...now you guys have determined that components need to be RMA'd !? What is the chain of logic determining this decision? Have not seen any concrete, substantial efforts of troubleshooting, BIOS settings, temps, or reading tfm!
i dont know what else to do, i dont have much experience troubleshooting, usually you put a piece of hardware in and it works. this is the first time i have encountered an issue with something working until i install the supposed driver and it failing, even trying it in another machine, it does the same thing. i havent changed anything in the bios settings, just what came as stock settings, is there something there that i should be looking for?
Also recommend uninstalling the drivers in Programs...then using Driver Fusion to remove any remnants of older graphic card drivers (choose and follow prompts), reinstalling new driver suite before Windows attempts to install VGA drivers.
Check to see if you have the latest Chipset drivers.