Request for help with stable driver for Radeon HD 6670 / Windows 10 64-bit

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Message 1819488 - Posted: 25 Sep 2016, 0:03:35 UTC

Since taking the update from windows 8.1 to 10, I find myself unable to go more than a few hours (and sometimes minutes) before I get "Display driver stopped responding and has restarted", or simply stops progressing, errors out, or even causes a complete system reboot, when running Seti@home.

I discovered that Windows 10 had been automatically updating the graphics driver, and have disabled that, but still haven't found a stable configuration. This is after several day's effort installing/uninstalling (over several weeks). Having previously been offline for several months, I cant remember the last configuration that worked under windows 8.1/64.

I've recently tried catalyst driver versions 14.4, 14.9, 16.2.1, 15.7.1, 16.7.3, 15.11 and a modded 14.11.1.

Can anyone advise any particularly stable versions to try for this card/os combination?
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Message 1819494 - Posted: 25 Sep 2016, 0:29:15 UTC - in response to Message 1819488.  

May be of help.
Tdr tweak.

Are you using your integrated GPU to crunch Seti work?
If you are it might also be worth disabling crunching on that, and if you are running work on your CPU, free up one or 2 cores from crunching to allow them to take care of general system work.

I had the Tdr timeout issue on my Core 2 Duo & was unable to resolve it when running the SoG application & even the CUDA application due to having a 32bit OS resulting in limited free RAM & system resources. Just increasing the Tdr timeout delay, and freeing up a CPU core or 2 should resolve your issues.
And someone should be along that's running similar video cards and knows of a stable driver to use.
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Message 1819518 - Posted: 25 Sep 2016, 1:31:25 UTC

I have also had success turning off Timeout Detection and Recovery (TDR) spanning a wide range of NVidia GPUs; my crunchers that were having problems and I've been burning along every since I disabled TDRs without any problems.

If you want to just do it with regedit Microsoft documents how.
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Message 1819592 - Posted: 25 Sep 2016, 7:48:25 UTC

Cat 15.12 does work stable on my host with win 10 but i have GCN based GPU.
Make sure you use DDU to remove old driver.
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Message 1819599 - Posted: 25 Sep 2016, 9:13:09 UTC

Unfortunately, I had to drop Win10x64 with my HD6950. All tried drivers caused driver restart on VLAR.
Absolutely no issues on the same host under Vista x86.
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Message 1819653 - Posted: 25 Sep 2016, 13:55:18 UTC - in response to Message 1819494.  

OK, I've now tried the 'Tdr weak', and now get a message "Application has been blocked from accessing graphics hardware", with a comment identifying the application in question as Seti@home 8.1. Progress then freezes, as before.

It is difficult to disable the APU integrated GPU - I was rather surprised to find that it still appears in device manager after disabling it in the bios! Simply setting the 'use all GPU's' option in the Boinc config file back to zero was no good - Boinc startup identifies it's performance as equal to the PCIe card, and identifies it first, and uses it for seti in preference to the PCIe card. After unpicking it from 'dual graphics' mode, and disabling it in device manager, I get the HD 6670 to be the only GPU running, and get the above result.

I only run with 3 of the four cores of my A10 6700T APU available to Boinc, running 'Climate Prediction'. Since Seti only claims to need 0.0515 CPUs for each task, I would have thought that one free core should be ample for Seti plus everything else.

Thanks for everyones help so far... I'm beginning to think that an AMD APU + GPUs combination is the wrong one for seti crunching, and I may have to go inactive again, until my next hardware upgrade... to CPU/Nvidia.
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Message 1819669 - Posted: 25 Sep 2016, 15:13:39 UTC - in response to Message 1819653.  

that an AMD APU + GPUs combination is the wrong one for seti crunching

To be honest don't forget to include Win10 in that combo. It's crucial part, actually.
Even C-60 ancient AMD APU can handle SETI work... but under Win7 x64 (w/o free cores need to say, netbook body destroyed in some places inside due to excessive heat but it still works on full load!).
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Message 1821807 - Posted: 5 Oct 2016, 2:22:06 UTC - in response to Message 1819592.  

Cat 15.12 does work stable on my host with win 10 but i have GCN based GPU.
Make sure you use DDU to remove old driver.


Hi Mike, Have you found a way to prevent Windows Update from installing newer versions of Crimson?
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Message 1821867 - Posted: 5 Oct 2016, 6:23:09 UTC - in response to Message 1821807.  

Cat 15.12 does work stable on my host with win 10 but i have GCN based GPU.
Make sure you use DDU to remove old driver.


Hi Mike, Have you found a way to prevent Windows Update from installing newer versions of Crimson?

http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/stop-automatic-driver-updates-windows-10

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Message 1821953 - Posted: 5 Oct 2016, 13:24:26 UTC - in response to Message 1821867.  

But you don't have Windows 10 in your list of computers

It was posted many times by Jeff Buck that "that setting turned out to be little more than a placebo"
https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=77121&postid=1818349#1818349

I also don't have Windows 10 but here are 2 programs that change that Setting (and maybe others) but they have to be tested how well the Settings are persisted:
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=80289&postid=1821423#1821423
 


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