you changed drivers, so it set stuff back to default, with new power efficiency settings, namely your power limit setting which I believe is too low for the r9-290 to operate correctly..
just a suggestion, try this
Go into the Radeon settings/ gaming/global settings/global overdrive and increase your power limit to +30 to +35, +35 is where my r9-290 stopped acting flaky...I think you can even max it out and wont hurt anything... also increase your fan speed while your there.. I used 80% fan speed first, then i decided to use msi afterburner to control the fans... When you installed new drivers it resets your fans to too sloooow (in my opinion) and I'm thinking it decreases the fan speed too much to cool the card effectively, again just my opinion...
I installed msi afterburner and used it to create a custom fan profile to control the fans.. now at idle Irun at 52c.. highest temps I seen last night was 75c.
As I was looking at your post last night, the computer proceeded to have even more white lines than I have seen in the past, and then blackscreened... I put my GTX 760 back in and everything is working fine. (yes I used DDU in safemode to remove the crimson drivers and then installed the nvidia card)
At this point I am not against AMD cards, but I am against buying second hand ones...
I'm having the exact same issue, and having mixed results with the band-aid fix of raising the power and fan settings. I also notice that when the card is put under visual load it performs better, but that just means it will crash on startup before you get an opportunity to do so.
While the band-aid fix Brucer suggested does seem to help 'somewhat', the drivers or the Radeon program can still randomly crash because of whatever error is causing this, and when they crash, that fix stops working. Same situation as it glitching out on startup of Windows, it can black-screen before Radeon settings are even loaded to increase the power/fan speed...
The only actual way I can actually use my computer with drivers installed and play games at this point, is if I start the computer with no Radeon drivers installed (after a clean uninstall), install them, then adjust the power/fan settings and use it (without a restart). Literally everytime I turn the PC off, I have to uninstall the drivers first so I don't crash on startup.
Not sure what to do at this point!
EDIT: Upon further investigation I've found at least 5 threads with this issue in varying forms, and almost all have a Radeon R9 290 card like myself. Hmm!
What I've been told in another post on youtube messaging, the card throttles when its not under load.. When it does this the power is taken away from the card to the extent it basically crashes.... If you can, try increasing your power limit setting even further, it wont hurt anything..
You might also try reverting back to older drivers..
I really think the amd engineers are dropping the ball. Whether they are too busy on the newer cards that are suppose to launch in the summer, or they just dont know how to fix the issue.. This issue has been known about for sometime now, to my understanding approximately 7 months and its still not resolved... I'm also suspicious of them dropping the fan speeds so low with the current default driver settings, kind of makes me think they want to decrease the life of your current gpu (heat kills), if you know what I mean..
Where in the world did all this inaccurate advice come from? Obviously no one understands what these settings do....and a third party controller causes more problems than it 'fixes'. And I say this as a 290 owner. The facts > AMD graphics performance
Installing graphics cards >
1. Using steps 1-5 , manually select your graphics drivers HERE and download/save to your desktop. Do not use automatic find and install.
2. Remove old drivers using 'uninstall a program' in the computer control panel****
FOR COMPUTERS WITH INTEL PROCESSORS***
Select AMD Catalyst Install manager and uninstall the entire package. Reboot. Install the new driver suite. Reboot.
FOR COMPUTERS WITH AMD PROCESSORS***
Select AMD Catalyst install manager and uninstall the graphics driver only. Reboot. Install the new driver suite. Reboot.
Disable all anti-virus/anti-malware/anti-anything before trying to install AMD drivers.
If you do not wish to have raptr on your computer, choose 'Custom' install the new drivers and uncheck the box next to 'Gaming Evolved'.
This is a proven installation method that will work 99% of the time for everybody. However, there is the 1% who will need to use the 'Clean' install method. Use this if you run into issues
Spent the entire weekend with my Gigabyte GTX 760 installed and have experienced no problems (Yes I used DDU to switch drivers again). Though its performance is lower than my R9 290, I am going to have to stick with team green for the time being. I would like to go to an AMD GPU as I like both AMD's business practices and their driver interface better, but the instability of my 290 has forced my hand.
I am going to give the 290 a chance when I update my CPU + MB + RAM later this year with a Zen setup, but until then, I think I have a $200 paperweight.
As an update, I have been running the FX4300 and the GTX 760 in my computer and they have not given me any issues. I will try the R9 290 again when I get a Zen CPU in October, but it has been sitting in a box for the past two months doing nothing.
Why put such an aged gpu with such a new cpu and motherboard? I'd just sell the 290 and put that money towards a more modern gpu.