Wednesday, June 27, 2012

AMD and Windows 7; Shame on Both of You!

I have a Acer desktop and I wanted to speed up my graphics over the onboard video controller.  I purchased a  SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card ( 100292DDR3L) from New Egg.  

After one of the ubiquitous Windows upgrades I started getting the error message: display driver stopped responding and has recovered”.   Being curious and annoyed I researched the issue and discovered many, many comments and suggested solutions online.     I tried every solution I could find on the net to no avail.  Contrary to what AMD suggests it was not generated in a game(don't play them) nor was it any particular program.  I was unable to find any common thread.  I pulled the card and "gasp" the problem disappeared. 

It is a shame to have to trash a nice video card.  I spent 25 years in the small computer arena so I don't give up easily, I GIVE UP!

My suggestion is to avoid the ATI/AMD chip set if you are running Windows 7.   

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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