Topic Title: Terrible screen flickering, Catalyst 14.4 and earlier - hard reset necessary
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 04/26/2014 07:23 AM
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Delicieuxz
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuTrESUysnY

I've been struggling with this issue since maybe Catalyst v 13 (I'm unsure of exactly when), but it normally would be a rare issue, and hard-resetting my PC, sometimes multiple times in a row, would take care of it.

Typically, it's videos that would cause this to happen - CNN, Youtube videos, and some other web pages.

However, it started doing this instantly upon installing the latest 14.4 WHQL driver, and now it's doing it every single time I play a video on various sites, and it even did it just loading the CNN main webpage.

This is a huge stress, and it destroys a lot of my time and also productivity. I've spent the last 4 hours trying to just get back into Windows and launching a browser, and quickly closing the offending tabs before they load, so that my screen doesn't become useless again and I have to hard-reset again.

Discarding all my tabs was not an option.

I've uninstalled and reinstalled Flash, and I've checked to make sure there aren't multiple installations of Flash that could be creating incompatibilities. I've also done a complete uninstallation of the 14.4 drivers and a clean full install of them.

For now, it looks like I'll have to go back to an earlier driver version, maybe one of the 14.4 betas will work.

I really need a fix to this, and will appreciate one ASAP.

Hardware:

Gigabyte R9 280x
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16 GB 1866 RAM

Win 7 Ult 64



Edited: 04/26/2014 at 04:27 PM by Delicieuxz
 04/26/2014 07:44 AM
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Here is a video showing it kick in, upon visiting CNN.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fj9ojENan80

With this latest WHQL driver, browsing online is like walking through a minefield. So many hard-resets are being done.

And ctrl+W, in Chrome to close the tab, doesn't cease the flickering.

In previous driver versions, the flickering would stop once a video was stopped, or finished playing. This time, it doesn't cease even then.

 04/26/2014 08:00 AM
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Try disabling hardware acceleration. In IE, go to tools>internet options>advanced and select software. Firefox has similar settings.



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 04/26/2014 08:16 AM
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Contact the manufacturer and ask for a BIOS update. They won't bite. Turning off acceleration is just hiding away from the problem.



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 05/01/2014 09:24 PM
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I looked at the Gigabyte forums regarding screen flickering - it looks like tons of people have cited issues, and that Gigabyte has dismissed all complaints and not released even one BIOS update.

This isn't the first time I've witnessed Gigabyte completely rejecting calls for support for inadequate product functioning.

The last Gigabyte product I bought was also a video card, and faced similar issue. And as result, I swore I wouldn't buy another Gigabyte product.

But after these cards released, and I read a lot of positive things about them online, I decided to give GB another shot... and it's turning out the exact same way all over.

F--- GB.

 05/01/2014 09:39 PM
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Yep. Just stick with Asus and XFX. They are historically the best and least problematic cards IMO. They may cost more. But you just don't have the headaches. Plus they respond fast on problems. I've never used gigabit. So no comment.

 05/01/2014 09:51 PM
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XFX quality has decreased dramatically starting with the HD 7000 series cards. I know, I had an XFX 7970 Ghz Edition which failed and had to be replaced. Stick with Sapphire. You may have to pay a $20 RMA fee should your card fail, but I have never had a Sapphire product fail, ever.

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