Games don't use GPU... but GPU testers do? AMD Radeon HD 6850


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Victer Pereira

I recently came across an issue where my games all of a sudden started
having very low frame rates.

After running some tests with FurMark and CPU Shark I see what is
happening but dont know how to fix.

When I run any GPU stress tester my GPU activity jumps from 0 to 99%,
my GPU Clock goes from 100MHz to 820MHz and my Memory Clock goes from
150MHz to 1050MHz. I get excellent results from the stress tests and I
get very acceptable frame rates within the testers.

When I run any graphic heavy game my GPU activity is 0 and the GPU/
Memory Clocks both run at minimum as if I never started the game in
the first place. The only way that I have been able to make my card do
any work is to run stress tests.

Ever since issue started:
I have completely formatted and re-installed to Windows 7 32bit
I have purchased a completely new video card with a higher chip set
and issue persists.
I have completely re-installed video drivers. Current version is
8.911.0.0.
I have completely re-installed Divx drivers to Divx 11.
I have completely re-installed the games. So far testing on 2
different games on 2 different partitions of the same physical
hardrive.
I have bought new cord from card to monitor.
I have also run CPU/motherboard stress tests (for example Hot CPU
Tester Pro) ran test for 6 hours. Everything passes.
I have updated my BIOS to the lasted drivers. My motherboard =
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. H55M-S2H. Bus Clock: 133 megahertz.
BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. F7 08/20/2010.


Now this is were I think it all started.
3 days ago I was playing my games at normal frame rates but then I
cleaned the inside on my case with a vacuum and after that this all
started. Yes I know it is not recommended to do it this way and
believe me I will invest in canned air next time but I have done it
this way for years without issue. My vacuum has a very long completely
plastic hose so I don't see how any static electricity could bridge.

Is it possible that I had a static discharge that is messing me up? I
was under the impression that if I fried something it would either
work or not or at least give me some sort of system beep on start up.

Please help! I dont know if i should keep messing with software
settings or replace hardware. I have already replaced the video card
and that didn't help.

I am willing to post full hardware specs but am unsure best way of
gathering that information in text format to post on here.

Any help please?
 
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Peter Hill

My vacuum has a very long completely
plastic hose so I don't see how any static electricity could bridge.

Well rubber ballons when rubbed on nylon jersey develop static charge
that will hold them in place.

Plastic comb when rubbed can pick up bits of paper.

But's it's not likely if you had the PC plugged in. It would be
connected to an earth, the case and motherboard earth plane is
earthed. The power planes are as good as earthed as low impedance to
ground.
 
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KCB

Victer Pereira said:
I recently came across an issue where my games all of a sudden started
having very low frame rates.

After running some tests with FurMark and CPU Shark I see what is
happening but dont know how to fix.

When I run any GPU stress tester my GPU activity jumps from 0 to 99%,
my GPU Clock goes from 100MHz to 820MHz and my Memory Clock goes from
150MHz to 1050MHz. I get excellent results from the stress tests and I
get very acceptable frame rates within the testers.

When I run any graphic heavy game my GPU activity is 0 and the GPU/
Memory Clocks both run at minimum as if I never started the game in
the first place. The only way that I have been able to make my card do
any work is to run stress tests.

Ever since issue started:
I have completely formatted and re-installed to Windows 7 32bit
I have purchased a completely new video card with a higher chip set
and issue persists.
I have completely re-installed video drivers. Current version is
8.911.0.0.

How did you re-install the drivers? List exact steps that you took to do
this.
 

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