Crossfire trouble, help needed....

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  1. A M D BugBear

    A M D BugBear Ancient Guru

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    Ok I installed my 6th hdd as a project, had to take out the graphic cards cause they were in the way a bit from the sata connector ports.

    Cut the long story short, Re-installed win7 and installed 11.4 early preview drivers.

    Device manager under display shows 5800 series, 5900 series, 5900 series.

    Now I went under ccc and the option for xfire is not even there.

    went to gpuz, and it says xfire disabled.

    I went to afterburner 1.5 final build, 3 gpus are there, tested 3dmark 06 with blasted up settings, only 1 gpu is being used.

    gpuz shows 3 gpus but xfire is disabled, device manager shows 3 gpus.

    I know the voltage in my mobo's bios, the ioh voltage I think it is, if its over 1.2v, sometimes you might not even see your graphic adapter in the device manager list, its on 1.5v so its safe, even 1.75v is fine.

    The original xfire connector was on the before got damaged, I had another one in the other radeon box, looks like never been used, looks the same thing, it dont work.

    I think its a cable problem, what you guys think????


    Gpuz shows correctly 3 gpus but disabled, device manage shows all 3 and msi AB shows all 3 gpus but when you do benchmark only 1 is being active.


    I tried to re-seat the card, no go, reverse the cable, no go, uninstall drivers, along with many 3rd party cleaning tools, re-install drivers no go, re-flash bios, all 3 gpus, no go. re-installed win7 still no go, I also tested the cards individually, 5970 by itself, under gpuz it says xfire enabled but in ccc no option for it but in gpuz it says enabled 2 gpu's.

    When I do all 3, when I did 3dmark 06, only 1 gpu is being active, assuming the 5870 like usual.

    So yes, the gpu themselves are working properly, its just xfire aint working worth crap for some reason, my take is on the cable.

    I even went under device manager and uninstall the 5900 series, 2 of them on the drop list and did re-install of the same exact drivers, re-boot, still the same outcome, still shows 3 gpus though but xfire is disabled.


    going to go sleep for a bit, will try some stuff out later.
     
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  2. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Check if it works with a WHQL driver.
     
  3. A M D BugBear

    A M D BugBear Ancient Guru

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    I am using the ati whql 11.2 drivers, fresh after win7 install.
     
  4. Mufflore

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    Remove the 5870 and try to get crossfire working with just the 5970.
    Try an older driver like 10.5 to see if its an issue with later releases.
     

  5. A M D BugBear

    A M D BugBear Ancient Guru

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    Sir, if you read the long ass post in the beginning, I stated that I tested the 5970 by itself and under gpu-z it says 2 gpus enabled however in ccc, xfire dont wanna even show up as an option but it does say 2 gpus enabled in gpu-z.

    I will try the 10.5 drivers,. I'll brb. I will even flash the gpu to its original state.

    I'll even re-flash my mobo with the same bios revision, other bios revision for the most part sucks for this mobo, I always use bios revision 64, others sucks cause I cant get no where near my clock speed, the latest one, 77, I load my profile up, bios doesn't want to even post.


    I'll brb in a bit.
     
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  6. Krogtheclown

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    5970 doesn't show up as crossfire in ccc so you wont see it.
     
  7. A M D BugBear

    A M D BugBear Ancient Guru

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    At one time I did, maybe after I flashed the bios at one point
     
  8. A M D BugBear

    A M D BugBear Ancient Guru

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    ok here the deal folks, it dont work. I am going to reseat the graphic cards see what happens then. I might put the 5970 in the first slot just to see if any changes.

    But everything I mentioned before, it dont work. mobo at stock speed, 5870-5970 both at stock voltage and clocks. re-flashed mobo and both cards. installed 10.5 drivers, no go.

    Cable problem????
     
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    Happened once to me also. The system would not recognize the Xfire. I had just removed the parts for a clean up. Pulled out the GPUs, re seated and used another Xfire Bridge. Clean the Bridge contacts (on the GPU) lightly with your fingers. Basic guck..!
     
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    hydrogen peroxide works excellent on stuff like nes,snes cartridges, might give this a shot.
     

  11. A M D BugBear

    A M D BugBear Ancient Guru

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    Also the xfire connector was new in one of my ati video card box.

    I also cleaned the xfire connectors themselves on both cards, no go still.

    still says xfire disabled in gpuz, in ccc, non option for xfire at all.

    under information, in hardware tab selection, it says:

    primary 5870

    linked adapter 5970, disabled adapter 5970
     
  12. Mufflore

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    I've read a few posts with people having trouble using the 11.4 drivers and crossfire.
    I know you arent using them now but the uninstall of ATI drivers doesnt clear all the config data and something from the 11.4 driver might be left behind.

    As much as a pain this is, it might give a direction to troubleshoot:
    Install Windows on a spare drive and see if using the 10.5 driver works from the virgin install.
    Be sure to update the motherboard drivers before installing the ATI drivers.
    Try with just the 5970 first.
     
  13. A M D BugBear

    A M D BugBear Ancient Guru

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    well I have already said that the 5970 works by itself, it says 2 gpus enabled.


    Also I was reading a particular forum, and this is what I just did and it didnt work:

    url:

    http://www.sevenforums.com/graphic-cards/89049-crossfire-disabled-need-help-3.html

    second page, second post, I did just that, didnt work.
     
  14. Mufflore

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    You've mentioned a few times that you dont get the option for crossfire with the 5970.
    I thought this was something you wanted fixing.
     
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    A M D BugBear Ancient Guru

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    I said the 5970 by itself had an option for xfire however when I bought it brand new, it never had an option, flashed bios then it appeared after that, the 5970 by itself.


    I am looking around some forums, holy poops, this is a freaking nightmare.

    Tell you what I am going to do, ever since I installed the 6th hdd, this happened, I am going to pull the power plug on the 6th hdd that I just recently put in, going to raid 0 on 5 hdd like I been doing for long time, re-install win7, I'll brb on update.

    yup, this is very crazy. brb in a few.
     
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  16. A M D BugBear

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    Ok I re-installed win7 with the 5hdd that I always use, the 6th one is deactivated, same outcome.

    3 gpus are shown under device manager, gpuz however xfire is disabled, installed 11.4 early preview drivers, no option for xfire.

    Thinking about changing cables.

    Could it be a mobo issue????
     
  17. Mufflore

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    Dude, the whole point was to NOT install the 11.4 driver.
     
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    are you still using the sli board ?
     
  19. A M D BugBear

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    I had xfire working before with 11.4, oh well.

    I will try to re-install again however I can tell you the outcome will be the same, guranteed.

    I even tried doing some stuff with ati tray tools, messin' with the advanced tweaks to see if I can change anything, nope, natta.
     
  20. A M D BugBear

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    Its an x58 board(either sli or xfire), and to answer your question yes.
     

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