New sapphire amd R9 290 giving me a black screen, any ideas?

Discussion in 'Videocards - AMD Radeon' started by Ohnooze, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. Ohnooze

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    I think I'll try Display Driver Uninstaller first and hope that, that will fix it. If not then I will try the bios. You would think that the cards with the wrong settings would have been replaced by now but maybe not.
     
  2. Extraordinary

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    If it's just a vCore issue, why not just use Afterburner to give it more voltage ?
     
  3. Ohnooze

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    I don't know...
     
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    You can increase vCore by 25mV in MSI Afterburner

    Indeed I did this until the BIOS fix came out.

    But the BIOS fix is superior because it is hardware level. MSI doesn't kick in until after you log in and get to the desktop. I still got blackscreens occasionally at the login screen because MSI wasn't running yet.

    The BIOS fix has no such issues (voltage is correct from boot before Windows even starts) and I haven't had a single blackscreen since.
     
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  6. The Mac

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    Its actually a memory voltage issue, not vcore.

    but unlike earlier models, memory voltage scales with vcore voltage. You cant change them independently.
     
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    @OP

    Also make sure that you are using 2 separate PCI-E power cables that come with your Power Supply because either there is too much power for a single cable or not enough power for a single cable. Also some high end graphics cards require 2 cables. That was the cause of my black screen issues even though I did the BIOS update to my card.
     
  8. Ohnooze

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    So is this black screen almost always a power issue or is there a chance it's my drivers? Just curious because honestly I'm dreading jacking with the bios.
     
  9. CalculuS

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    Then just add the extra voltage in MSi if you don't wanna go fiddle with the BIOS.
     
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    you can lead a horse to water...

    its so easy to do, why are you so reluctant
     

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    Because flashing an expensive GPU for the first time, not knowing what exactly to do, and thinking you might brick your card, is not exactly a fun experience
     
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    But it has dual bios hes literally fine...
     
  13. Extraordinary

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    Makes no difference when it's your first time trying
     
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    >flash it wrong
    >flip the switch on the gpu

    Wheres the problem?
     
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    In my case it was somewhat of a power issue because even though I flashed my card's BIOS to the updated BIOS I was still getting black screens. In your case it might be different. So I would just flash the BIOS and be done with it.
     

  16. Ohnooze

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    Because it's completely foreign to me. I'm not too worried about screwing it up because I'll just send it back...no big deal considering it's not working properly anyway and I'm having to deal with it.

    Beside incorrect voltage is their doing, not mine.

    I hope not to mess it up but still it's just not something I have done before so....
     
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    Not gonna break it down any simpler than I already have, when it's your first time flashing an expensive GPU, it is nerve racking - end of.

    If it was a fun as you're trying to make it sound, he would have done it by now
     
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    I'm with you I was nervous flashing my card's BIOS I thought something might go wrong and I did it and it was effortless.
     
  19. Ohnooze

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    I flash the bios in safe mode I'm guessing?
     
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    No not from safemode, you make a bootable usb stick like in my post and do it from the command prompt in that.
     

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