Ati Radeon HD 3870 Crashes in the middle of the game
Posted on 2009-05-04
I've got a ATI Radeon HD 3870 VGA card and it started crashing randomly in games, latest crash happened in the game HAWX. I'm able to play the game sometimes for 10 mins, sometimes for 30... When it crashes the screen goes black, the sound freezes and the computer restarts by itself. I was using windows xp and then installed the beta version of the Windows 7. With it's default drivers I was able to start the game. It also crashed but didn't frose my computer. It just went black, stopped for couple of seconds and came back to the game and this repeated couple of times. In the event viewer I had a message that my VGA driver has crashed but has recovered... or something like that. After I've downloaded the test drivers from AMD site for Windows 7 the game started crashing again like before restarting the computer. It's interesting to see that it crashes in some games and in other not. If I start Half Life 2 it crashes immediately after loading the main game menu. If I play COD4 it doesn't crash nor in Settlers 2 10th Anniversary. So, what could be the problem? I'm guessing the VGA memory or something. I've tested the computers memory with a built in memory test in Windows 7 and it said it's ok. I still haven't tried that VGA on another computer.