Computer crashes when using Direct3D 10

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Amagic

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Basically in the title. Whenever I run something that uses DX10 my computer screen goes black and nothing functions, so I have to restart. I haven't touched any of the hardware and software, reinstalled DirectX a million times and checked my drivers. The GPU is an ATI Radeon HD 4870 and has worked fine for the past 2 years, the problem only came up recently.

I've tried running a bunch of tools like VMT and Kombustion. The problem disappeared for a while, I thought reinstalling DirectX fixed it, but it came back only hours later.

Running older games works fine, but anything with DirectX seems to crash my computer instantly.

I would prefer helpful advice that didn't include "get a new graphics card lol", thank you.
 

Amagic

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No. I think DX9 worked before, but I must've messed that up as well when I fiddled around with stuff to fix my problem.
 

ancalimon

Baron
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Does this happen also with a newly installed Windows? (To rule out software problems you did this?)
 

Austupaio

Duke
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I'm no expert but perhaps fully troubleshooting the video card should come before reinstalling the entire operating system.
 

Amagic

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Troubleshooting told me that my video card is 100% functional, which is horse****.

ancalimon said:
Does this happen also with a newly installed Windows? (To rule out software problems you did this?)
I'll probably try to format.
 

Rujasu

Archduke
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A virus scan probably wouldn't hurt, either. Can't say I've had video card failures from viruses, but I have had programs simply refusing to launch because of one.
 

Splintert

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Do you have an integrated GPU? Try enabling it and using it if you know how. If DirectX works there, it's a driver/hardware issue with your GPU.

If not, uninstall DirectX and your video drivers, then reinstall both and see if any simple game works.

If not, nuclear option.
 

Amagic

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My graphics card is an ATI Radeon HD 4870. I actually discovered some windows updates that I hadn't applied (55 of them, wtf), but halfway through my computer crashed the same way when I try to use DirectX. I have a feeling that uninstalling and reinstalling them will still make it crash. Might as well give it a try though.
 

Austupaio

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Try to complete your Windows updates, definitely. It's not good to let them pile up that much. :razz:

I leave my automatic updating off completely, it rather irritates me, but I still make sure to turn it on at least once every couple months.
 

Amagic

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Thing is, I've always kept mine on. Constantly buggering me about installing and restarting my computer and I let the process go through. Now it tells me I got 55 ****ing updates and that I haven't done **** since ****ing 2012. It's bull****.

And I try to update but it keeps crashing. I'm guessing at the part where its updating video card stuff.
 

Splintert

Count
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I don't think Windows updates video cards.

Go here: http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/desktop?os=Windows+7+-+64

The link is for a Windows 7 64-bit installation.
 

Amagic

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Nothing seemed to work and a few of my more savvy friends took a look at it. The card is toast. :sad: