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Old 05-04-2011, 01:10 PM   #1
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Yesterday I had 1 bsod and then also a screen freeze with me doing a hard restart. This happened during the time I was changing my drivers for 4870. I'm assuming the bsod was caused because of the driver change. Since then it seems to be running fine, with no more freezes or bsod.

Now i just need some advice I know my pc is bottle necked, but that's just until i can afford to upgrade. Right now my specs are

Had system since Nov 2007
Windows 7 32 bit ultimate retail (installed now for 1 year)
E4400 2.0ghz (never overclocked)
dg33fb motherboard
4 gb ram
Antec sonata 3 case with 500w psu
Seagate 300gb
xfx 4870 1 gb

I'm thinking its best to put a q9550 in here as well as replacing the 500w psu with a corsair 750, but until then this is how it is.

Now, obviously the 4870 is not the best match inside my system, replacing the previous 8600gts which I did over clock until it also had the bsod a few times and then stopped working altogether. But the difference here is I don't attempt to over clock the 4870. However, I will say i think its strange that games do not run that well even compared to when i had the 8600gts, i thought that the bottleneck just means it doesn't use its full potential, not that it can create really choppy gameplay. Only on 2 of my games do I notice a better difference, such as Grid and Dirt 2.

This is why i was trying different drivers. I've been on 11.3 driver for a month since I've had this card, but yesterday I tried installing the 10.5 driver to see if i can atleast get some smoother performance. To make it a little more complicated i have to force manually install the driver through the device manager because auto install fails. So, I'd like to ask is it ok to change drivers all the time? I mean is it normal that a driver change can cause a bsod? I would like to try some other drivers but now im nervous that if I do, it will cause another bsod.

Remember, this is just until I can upgrade my system, replacing everything except for the dg33fb motherboard I have. Also, when adding ati card into an intel board, is it necessary to flash the bios or update them? Anyways, here is the error report from the bsod. (I followed the instructions on the posting bsod but had difficult time attaching the zip file. So I hope this "Bluescreenview" report can help a little for now, but if you need those attachments specifically I will try to attach again)....

Dump File : 050311-25046-01.dmp
Crash Time : 03/05/2011 5:19:37 PM
Bug Check Code : 0x1000008e
Parameter 1 : 0xc0000005
Parameter 2 : 0x0000006c
Parameter 3 : 0xaebefbd4
Parameter 4 : 0x00000000
Caused By Driver : halmacpi.dll
Caused By Address : halmacpi.dll+5b48
File Description : Hardware Abstraction Layer DLL
Product Name : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Company : Microsoft Corporation
File Version : 6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850)
Processor : 32-bit
Computer Name :
Full Path : C:\Windows\Minidump\050311-25046-01.dmp
Processors Count : 2
Major Version : 15
Minor Version : 7601
Dump File Size : 144,088
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:34 AM   #2
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It is not normal for a driver change to cause a BSOD, however if you do not receive any more BSODs then there is no reason to worry. BSODs that occur only once every year or more are not worth troubleshooting.

I am moving this thread to hardware so they can advise you on your upgrade, if the BSOD does re-occur please follow these instructions - Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions - Windows 7 & Vista - Tech Support Forum
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If you are not getting any BSOD's you're good. If/when you get a BSOD, write down the Error Codes and post them.

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