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Windows 7: Problem running ALL games with DirectX 10-11

30 Jun 2012   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I'm so sorry that I've marked this thread to unsolved because the problem still exists.

Okay here's the story : I thought that the problem solved so I turned off my computer and the next time I turn it on again and playing Max Payne 3 using DX11,it could only get past a cutscene and then it exits itself again while sound still playing
This time I couldn't even get 5 minutes in game.

Tried playing Just Cause 2,I could only play to 15 minutes
And I used Driver Sweeper again,still no luck.

So,any suggestions that this issue could come within the hardware?

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30 Jun 2012   #12

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1

Oh dear me... it does sound more likely there's some hardware instability on your system...

Time to narrow this down further... do you overclock your CPU and/or your graphics card using software like MSI Afterburner or the like? If so, can you try and revert all your clocks back to default....

Another set of stress tests i'd like you try to rule out hardware instability would be LinX (LinX - A simple Linpack interface) for your CPU and RAM, and also Furmark (FurMark: VGA Stress Test, Graphics Card and GPU Stability Test, Burn-in Test, OpenGL Benchmark and GPU Temperature | oZone3D.Net) for your GPU.

For maximum stress run those two applications seperately first to isolate which component is cause, and then together (for at least an hour or until they complete), side by side while monitoring your temperatures... If your system passes those tests (i.e. doesn't crash or hard lock) then we can safely rule out hardware instability and blame it on the software 100%
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30 Jun 2012   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hi solarmystic,sorry to bother you again.

I've reverting back all of my configurations to their stock speed. CPU,RAM,everything except Graphics Card.
I've no idea how to revert it to its stock speed because it's like factory-over clocked or something.
The reason that I bought this graphics card is that it has 3 fans so I thought it would be cooler than reference,I have no idea of this factory-over clocked. Here's the pic :
And no,I don't use MSI Afterburner or something similar. I do overclock via BIOS.
But the thing is: It doesn't make any difference . Stock speed or overclocked,the problem still exists.

Okay I'll try those stress tests and I'll post the results here :).
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30 Jun 2012   #14

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1

I eagerly await your stress test results!
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30 Jun 2012   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I did a clean reinstallation of Windows however,so I get a fresh OS to play and to make sure that there is no other software that might interfere when I'm playing.

Done installing Windows,I proceed to install essential drivers and 2 games: Just Cause 2 and Max Payne 3.

Even worse,this isn't solve anything. I could only play Just Cause 2 up to 45 minutes and Max Payne 3 (DX11) only 15 minutes. BUT there is a notification pop up message when Max Payne 3 exits itself saying something about "Nvidia driver error has crashed and recovered" (I don't really remember the exact message because it disappears so quickly).

So I used Driver Sweeper again but still no luck.
Next, I run the FurMark software and these are the results:
1920x1080 0xMSAA
FPS: Min 17,Max 29,Avg 22
Temperature: Min 34 degrees,Max 68 degrees (in celsius)
Time: 1 hour 5 minutes.

However I don't know how to use LinX because when I press start,nothing happens..CPU still 0-1% load and there's no increase in RAM use. And once I click start,the stop button does nothing when pressed..strange..
SO I used hyperpi and it runs without problem (I don't know if this equivalent or not).

EDIT : I managed to play around with Unigine Heaven and this happens :
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30 Jun 2012   #16

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1

Thanks for all the effort fnnoname!

That's really good work there refreshing your OS to exclude all other software possibilites... hmm if Furmark runs for an hour without any issues, your GPU should theoretically be in the clear... BUT that fatal error for Unigine still makes it suspect...

There're two last things i'd like you to try before i recommend a GPU replacement (I'm sorry =(),

1. Can you take a screenshot of GPUz and your game in windowed mode side by on your desktop with the sensors tab selected (e.g. for Max Payne), like below? (before it crashes of course)

Problem running ALL games with DirectX 10-11-test.jpg

2. Download MSI Afterburner ( and either reduce the clocks (core, shader and memory frequencies) or increase the voltage of your graphics card slightly?

Your default clocks should be:-

732/1464/950 for core/shaders/memory respectively

(You mentioned your card was factory overclocked, perhaps the supplied voltage is not enough to run DX11 games stable enough)

How to: Once inside the program go to settings then check two boxes saying "unlock voltage control", and "unlock voltage monitoring"

After that just bump up your voltage and hit apply.

Try running the games after a small voltage increase?

Once again, thank you for your patience mate!

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30 Jun 2012   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

No,it should be me for thanking you for your efforts and patience :)

But I'm using Gigabyte graphics card,is this OK with MSI afterburner?

Okay,I'm going to test it now.
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30 Jun 2012   #18

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1

MSI Afterburner works with most dedicated desktop graphics cards from AMD/NVIDIA, so it should be okay...

Don't forget to post screenshots of Max Payne and GPUz, plus the MSI Afterburner windows of your detected clocks and voltages, and the lowered clocks too!
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30 Jun 2012   #19

windows 7 x64 pro sp1

you dont state what your PSU is

try this site for graphics card power requirements. it has a very good DB

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jun 2012   #20

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit


This is the screenshot of MSI Afterburner at default :

So far I've only increased the Core Voltage from 1025 to 1038 and I think games are going well..I played Max Payne 3 for 30 minutes and Just Cause 2 up to 1 hour,but because I have other things to do I stop playing it and now I leave my PC running Heaven DX11 Benchmark.

So far so good though,15 minutes running Heaven without any problems now.

and this is the screenshot of Max Payne 3:

@w1dpc :

Oh yes,I use FSP Aurum Gold 700W. Is it good enough?
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