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    Default ASRock z68 issues with radeon 6950

    Im not 100% sure about this problem as its a little odd.

    About a month ago my pc would freeze up in the middle of gaming. The screen would freeze and nothing would respond. I would restart, things would work again, and then freeze in the middle of another game. After a few times the computer would no longer boot. Monitor would stay black but looking at the insides on the pc everything seemed normal. It would boot with the integrated graphics using my vga cable instead of dvi off of the video card. At the time I wasnt in the right area to investigate much further or fix it so I just used my laptop.

    Fast forward til now. I move to a city and want to fix my computer. For kick and giggles I turn it on and golly gee it works. I can game and everything for hours on end. This works for about two weeks and then just last night my screen goes blank in the middle of a game. It didnt lock up like last time, it just went black, but the pc was still "on". Now im back to the black screen when i turn it on and only being able to get anything through my integrated graphics.

    I tried switching my graphics on the PCI slot and that didnt seem to do anything.

    At first I thought it was a dead slot or a dead video card but with it all working again, I got really confused. Now that it has stopped working, Im really at a loss.

    Any avenues of approach to check and rule out the motherboard to the video card would be nice.

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    Default Re: ASRock z68 issues with radeon 6950

    Welcome to the forum.

    Are you using a modded bios for your HD 6950 video card?
    Are you using the latest Catalyst driver version?

    Which version of the Catalyst drivers are you using?
    As of today, the most recent non-beta win7 x64 version is 14.9 released on 9/28/2014.

    Is your cpu, memory and/or video card overclocked?

    Are you running any monitoring programs to verify that video card temperatures are not too high?
    With HWiNFO, GPU-z and other programs you can enable sensor logging and later check the saved results to see if there were any heat related problems.

    If you note the time of the problem, the windows Event Viewer might have some useful information.
    Check out Socket 771 Mod Xeon X5460 GA-P35-DS3L Overclock, posts #631 and #632 to see how the Event Viewer might be able to help track down a problem.
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    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
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    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
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    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
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    Default Re: ASRock z68 issues with radeon 6950

    One more thing to check, make sure that the dual bios switch is securely set to the #1 position.
    If it still doesn't work, slide the bios switch to the #2 position and reboot your system.



    HD 6950 Dual Bios Switch
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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