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weird artifacts and random graphics crashes

im getting weird vertical artifacts and sometimes solid red color screen (probably cus of my windows theme color) every time i boot my system.. also i find my 2 gigabyte 280x's under-clocked to somewhere around 575 gpuclock and 800~ memclock.

i almost did everything from reseating the cards.. using another pci.. using single card with both cards.. used a sapphire vapor-x 280x.. clean uninstall drivers and installing them back.. using different version of drivers.. nothing has changed.

all i got now up my sleeves is to fresh install windows altho i don't think it cud be windows.. but got nothing else to do..

please help b4 i go through the pain of installing fresh windows.

PC:
asus crosshair formula-z
FX8320 OC to 4.6 GHz
8gb corsair vengeance ram
500gb samsung 840 SSD
2tb green WD HDD
2x 280x gigabyte
corsair AX860 PSU
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  1. anyone??

    my pc is useless now.. i can only connect to it using teamviewer..

    any help wud do
  2. Did you do anything to the cards? OC them, change the bios, etc.
  3. Deuce65 said:
    Did you do anything to the cards? OC them, change the bios, etc.


    nope.. nothing at all..
  4. do you run firefox by chance? if so this is just a shot in the dark but uninstall it restart your computer and see if it is still artifacting...this is why. when the 7000 series first came out they had a problem with artifacting because of a driver that firefox uses. the 280x use the makeup of the first gen 7970 so maybe it is causing the same issues
  5. Bad_Kitty13 said:
    do you run firefox by chance? if so this is just a shot in the dark but uninstall it restart your computer and see if it is still artifacting...this is why. when the 7000 series first came out they had a problem with artifacting because of a driver that firefox uses. the 280x use the makeup of the first gen 7970 so maybe it is causing the same issues


    everything happens when windows is at startup.. without starting any programs.. i even disabled every app in the startup menu.
  6. if this is really it, it has to so with the driver being installed on the system not if it is running or not all it has to do is be installed. do you have firefox?
  7. Well lets narrow it down a little. Try each card one at a time, in safe mode. If it is still doing this, you have a hardware problem.
  8. Bad_Kitty13 said:
    if this is really it, it has to so with the driver being installed on the system not if it is running or not all it has to do is be installed. do you have firefox?


    yh i have firefox but ive had it before and nothing happened..

    all that changed is that i had the 280x's and then got a 7990 (RIP my dear 7990 :( ) and then i put them back and this happened.
  9. Deuce65 said:
    Well lets narrow it down a little. Try each card one at a time, in safe mode. If it is still doing this, you have a hardware problem.


    in safe mode nothing happens.. everything is ok and i think thats because windows and some drivers arnt loaded in safe mode.. and yh i tried that and resolution changes and display drivers dont load
  10. when you did the clean install of the drivers did you use ddu or a similar program in safe mode to uninstall all your graphic drivers?
  11. Bad_Kitty13 said:
    when you did the clean install of the drivers did you use ddu or a similar program in safe mode to uninstall all your graphic drivers?


    i used ddu in safe mode
  12. btw.. did u guys notice the underclocking part ?
  13. when you only have one in is that one underclocked?
  14. and did you uninstall ccc when you did the drivers?
  15. Bad_Kitty13 said:
    when you only have one in is that one underclocked?


    yes and yes i uninstalled ccc
  16. resetting clocks seems to eliminate the artifacts but still having the fail windows boots and sudden crashes after login
  17. have you tried resetting the clocks on one card and seeing if widows crashes?
  18. Bad_Kitty13 said:
    have you tried resetting the clocks on one card and seeing if widows crashes?


    it doesnt stick.. it gets underclocked everytime i boot my windows.. i use MSI afterburner to OC and monitor my GPUs but i disabled it thinking it cud be the one causing all of this but afterburner is innocent, something else is causing that.. i have anti-virus and i have done a boot-time scan but nothing.
  19. have you ran a malware check with malwarebytes or a like software? just curious
  20. also you can try clearing cmos by removing the battery and putting it back in
  21. Bad_Kitty13 said:
    have you ran a malware check with malwarebytes or a like software? just curious


    isnt that covered by the boot-time scan i did with avast ?
  22. Bad_Kitty13 said:
    also you can try clearing cmos by removing the battery and putting it back in


    did that too.. nothing
  23. antiviruses dont usually scan for malware its a seperate software to scan and remove malware. alot of them are mining bugs for gpus
  24. Bad_Kitty13 said:
    antiviruses dont usually scan for malware its a seperate software to scan and remove malware. alot of them are mining bugs for gpus


    u mean i cud get malware from mining ??
  25. there is mining malware that use your gpu to mine crypto currency
  26. Bad_Kitty13 said:
    there is mining malware that use your gpu to mine crypto currency


    ill try that then, altho i dont see my gpus going full load out of nothing
  27. true but it could be any malware really and it could throttle the cards. the only other thing i can think of before a clean install of windows would be taking the cmos battery out and putting it back in
  28. Reset your motherboard BIOS and re-set all settings to default dude! I got this problem with my ATI HD 5450 and every game was getting weird visuals and displays. Disable anti-aliasing on the gpu settings and the game settings as well. Then see. I don't think it's malware or a virus because I use my PC with dangerous websites and without anti-virus and my PC is damn fine. All I mean to say is RE-SET YOUR MOTHERBOARD SETTINGS!!
  29. taking your cmos battery out and putting it back in is the an outward way to reset any saved board settings to make sure the settings are erased and put back to default value
  30. Bad_Kitty13 said:
    taking your cmos battery out and putting it back in is the an outward way to reset any saved board settings to make sure the settings are erased and put back to default value


    I have ASUS P8Z77-V and my motherboard resets by lifting a 2-pin gold cap, moving it to other 2 pins and then putting it back. So, I just suggested to reset the motherboard anyways.
  31. yes you can do it with jumpers as well and your board also has a cmos battery it is next to the 2nd pci slot under your graphics card
  32. resetting motherboard didnt help either :(
  33. Okay, just set graphics to minimum and see. Also set all clocks to default or find a suitable setting for your PC. I guess if nothing helps, you'll have to re-install Windows. Create another partition on your HDD, of half the size and install another OS on the new partition. Then you'll have 2 Windows on one PC and you can recover whatever you want. [Don't use Windows Recovery, it'll get some misconfigured settings and your new Windows will also fail!]. No way out now. :\
  34. Achint2000 said:
    Okay, just set graphics to minimum and see. Also set all clocks to default or find a suitable setting for your PC. I guess if nothing helps, you'll have to re-install Windows. Create another partition on your HDD, of half the size and install another OS on the new partition. Then you'll have 2 Windows on one PC and you can recover whatever you want. [Don't use Windows Recovery, it'll get some misconfigured settings and your new Windows will also fail!]. No way out now. :\


    Ok then. . I think no way out.. I hope its the windows. . Ahh god its gonna be a looooong night
  35. since it isnt artifacting in safe mode a windows reinstall should fix the issue it is most likely some driver driver confliction, fingers crossed
  36. Bad_Kitty13 said:
    since it isnt artifacting in safe mode a windows reinstall should fix the issue it is most likely some driver driver confliction, fingers crossed


    Almost done with backing up my steam files on my SSD.. thank god for the 2tb green storage..

    Will let you know how it goes.

    And thank you some much guys for helping.. you guys are the best :)
  37. just try to run it with out any programs like firefox installed on your windowsget the drivers and test the card before you download any third party drivers as since it worked in safe mode it is likely a driver issue
  38. Bad_Kitty13 said:
    just try to run it with out any programs like firefox installed on your windowsget the drivers and test the card before you download any third party drivers as since it worked in safe mode it is likely a driver issue


    Yh that's the plan
  39. Ok.. a weird thing just happened. . I disconnected the hdd and started windows on the ssd and boom.. artifacts are gone. . Cud it be the hdd ? Altho its just for storage
  40. what is your hdd make/model and try a different sata cable for your mobo and psu if you have one
  41. Bad_Kitty13 said:
    what is your hdd make/model and try a different sata cable for your mobo and psu if you have one


    WD 2TB green

    I just rreconnected it to back it up and format and no artifacts...

    It might be the sata connections
  42. Best answer
    so you already formatted it and it works good?

    here is the test to see if it has any bad sectors any way though
    http://support.wd.com/product/download.asp?groupid=608&sid=3&lang=en
  43. Bad_Kitty13 said:
    so you already formatted it and it works good?

    here is the test to see if it has any bad sectors any way though
    http://support.wd.com/product/download.asp?groupid=608&sid=3&lang=en


    No I didn't. .

    I was going too.. but I just restarted and its back.. tried different connectors but still the same.. gonna format after I test for bad sectors
  44. but when you restart with the hdd not connected it doesnt artifact right?
  45. Bad_Kitty13 said:
    but when you restart with the hdd not connected it doesnt artifact right?


    Yup.. nothing at all.. infact my 280x's performance got slightly better when I tested it
  46. try running the test and using different sata cable in a different mobo slot just to be safe. it was likely a driver that was still on your hdd that was conflicting with the 280x's
  47. problem is gone now.. backed up my HDD and formatted it.. everything is back to normal now..

    thanks for everyone who helped..

    thread can be closed now
  48. Hey, do one thing, DO NOT CHOOSE TO "AUTO-UPDATE" WINDOWS WHEN INSTALLING, IT'LL MAKE YOUR COMPUTER A PIECE OF CRAP! I never use Windows Updates even after my PC is original. I just get graphic driver updates and I also keep a backup of the old drivers just-in-case it goes out. And thanks for such a reply - "You Guys are the best" :)
  49. the_cesar, you can end the thread by selecting a best answer, choose who you like/think the most reasonable.
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