So a new problem started this week, just after I posted a thread here requesting for upgrade suggestions (who jinxed it?).
After logging into Windows 7 64-bit, the cards fan becomes hair-dryer loud. I checked Catalyst and it shows the graphics activity at 94 to 96% FFS and the only thing I have open is the Desktop!
I uninstalled all ATI related drivers and installed the latest one from the website, but still no luck.
I read that some have had temporary luck when they disable the ATI HDMI HD Sound device (I use HDMI, but only for video. The sound is from my Razer Barracuda via an optical cable to my sound system) and when they go to Catalyst and Restore all settings to Default.
Some said it could be due to the PCI-E power cables but I’ve already removed and reseated the card and the two cables but nothing so far.
Sure. The GPU activity goes to the 90s and the temperature shoots up accordingly. It was 75 last time I checked and the fan became a hair-dryer. I closed some programs from Task Manager and it went back to normal. Now I need to figure out where those programs are actually located and get rid of them.
I don’t think that’s the issue because it’s fine now after I closed some third-party applications. Other ATI owners online have complained about the same problem and it was due to some third party application.
Also, a dried up thermal paste can’t explain the 95% graphics usage when I have nothing open except for the Windows Desktop.
Now the computer starts up fine but after logging in, the fan goes to full speed for a few seconds and then goes back to normal. I’m able to play all my games just fine with no crashes.
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