Sapphire Tri-X R9 290 (VBIOS 015.043.000.005.000000)
AMD FX-9370 8-Core Processor
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 Motherboard (BIOS 2501)
16 GB RAM
Aerocool VP-750 Power Supply
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit >/23.03.2016/> Windows 10 Pro 64bit
AMD Radeon R9 200 series, HDMI cable to TV. I don't really know a lot about these type of things so excuse me if I mess up.
Tried all kinds of versions: 13.1, 15.7, 15.11, 15.12, 16.1, 16.2, 16.3
Either uninstalled via AMD Cleanup Utility or DDU. I can't System Restore to a date before I did the update anymore, there's just too much time passed. I did the "check disk" stuff.
I tried only installing Display Drivers, tried with minimal versions. Nothing seems to work.
I disabled my graphics card from the Device Manager, that way at least I can watch videos but that's all. It only says AMD Radeon R9 200 series. I should specify, installment of all the versions are without problem I think that's why I couldn't see any messages in Windows Reliability History regarding any driver errors except for the ones I made while I trying to delete,install,disable and all that. It simply gets to Windows loading screen, then turns black even though it sounds like everything working correctly. I should clarify that computer doesn't crash or freeze. Screen simply turns black. I can still open files and hear them opening.
I checked sapphire's site and downloaded an AMD autodetect program which is downloading "radeon crimson 15.11withoutdotnet45" which is different from what I tried named as "amd-catalyst-15.11.1beta-64bit-win10-win8.1-win7-nov14"
-And it's the same. AMD Autodetect shows "R9 3xx" yet Device Manager says R9 200 series. Regardless, both get directed to the same crimson update.
- I learned that in some cases turning a small switch on card on can fix the issue if it's power related. Tried that, nothing changed.
-After I detected true model of my graphics card, I searched it from the Sapphire's site which led me to crimson 16.1 hotfix. Installed following the steps given in clean install page. Same as before.
-Updated video card bios
-So I tried to upgrade to Windows 10 but during installation screen went black for hours and nothing happened. I searched the internet and found that some people had this problem and it was caused by HDMI cable. I don't have any other cables except the one I use which is HDMI on one head, DVI-D on the other.
I'm considering updating my BIOS motherboard but it's .cap file and I'm not so keen on all this, so I worry I might simply fry my stuff.
-AMD support replied back asking for Dxdiag and System Info, so that's something.
-Upgraded to Windows 10 and did all the updates finally. Now Cataclyst does open for CPU but the moment I enable the graphics card from device manager, black screen comes again. Upon my research I've found that some people merely changed their cables. I've been using HDMI (TV) x DVI-D (PC) for a long time and it's my only cable. I've ordered HDMI x HDMI cable and a Display Port converter from the interwebs. In couple of days it'll arrive in my hands, from the start I was hovering over this and I do believe cable is my issue.
Above, all the things that I've tried and didn't work. Here's how I did:
While waiting for my new cables, I decided to resume my research since I got nothing else to do. I saw somewhere how a guy said that AMD forced display to a non-existent monitor and that he used Team Viewer to manually choose the correct one. Although Asus M5A97 doesn't have an integrated graphics card for Catalyst to misread, I went to my neighboors house to try it anyway. Turns out since Tri-X is a beastly card, AMD (Not just Catalyst but display driver too) took upon itself to change resolution to 3200x2400 which is no way near my TV can show. So I changed the display settings to a acceptable one.
TLDR; AMD changes resolution by itself, causing it to black screen without cursor. Used Team Viewer to change it back.
Thank you guys for everything. I hope this helps to someone, somehow.
Message was edited by: lupus sativa