AMD R9 BSOD / Black Screen

Category: Hardware

I recently purchased an AMD R9 290 and like many people I suffered the black screens and BSOD's after install.

AMD R9 290

After much digging and reading the tons of other people that experienced the same issue, I then completely removed the driver with the Guru3D Display Driver Uninstaller. I allowed it to restart my PC, I was then presented with a Windows logon screen, already further than various attempts before.

The next step was installing the latest Beta driver from AMD http://support.amd.com/en-us/download

The important part of installing this was to Only install the driver. Nothing else, no AMD video, not HDMI (because I use DVI, I guess it would be okay if you're using HDMI), and especially not installing Catalyst Control Center (CCC). Various installs of this on fresh copy of windows regularly seemed to result in CCC crashing when installing first time. 

With the driver installed, and hopefully not a black screen, restart Windows. At this point it should be okay to re-run the installer with CCC enabled.

One of the other things that may be relevant to the BSOD issue is the layout of power pins.

There's an 8 pin connector on an R9 290 and a 6 Pin. I simply used a 6 and a 6+2 pin connector from my PSU and assumed all would be fine, but apparently not. The adapter cable supplied with my card was not a 6 to 8, but a 6 to 7 pin adapter. See below image:

This seemed to solve the BSOD and the buggy BIOS I was getting on POST. By buggy BIOS, I mean tearing, slight unresponsiveness, and an overall generally slow POST.

Hopefully this can help someone else out there get thier card working without an RMA.

Posted 2 weeks ago (15th Nov 2014) - by

Zeroshell is Awesome

Category: General

Zeroshell is awesome.

You can read more about Zeroshell here at http://www.zeroshell.org/.

I live in the UK and unfortunately am connected directly to a telephone exchange, this means no cabinet, and therefore no fibre broadband in the near future.

I've been using Zeroshell for some time now, but recently discovered that it could be used to create a VPN from my home with multiple internet connections to give me an increased bandwidth with failover setup

I have 2 20MB ADSL lines which for some is pretty good, but with tons of internet TV about, and being a web developer, it really isn't. Combined I get a reasonable speed of over 20MB but more importantly an uninterrupted network connection where I can download files while others watch TV and such without and pauses on the streams.

The ideal setup for this is 2 zeroshell boxes linked together, but I went for the dedicated server setup with a local zeroshell box. This involves installing open VPN, creating 2 virtual network interfaces locally and on the dedi. These are configured as 2 separate VPN connections and are then bonded together afterwards. This can then be set on the zeroshell box as the default gateway and hurrah! a working VPN with failover and increased bandwidth!

Support Zeroshell and spread the word. http://www.zeroshell.org/ Thanks.

Posted 2 months ago (16th Oct 2014) - by

Windows 8.1 DNS Issue

Category: General

Since upgrading to Windows 8.1, i've been having major DNS issues. On my PC, at work and on my Surface Pro.

Many other people also have the issue and have tried various things such as the following:

netsh winsock reset

or constantly having to

ipconfig /flushdns

Both of which only gave a temporary solution and would soon give me DNS errors again. I tried manual IP configurations, disabling IPV6 and trying fixed DNS such as Google or OpenDNS.

I then tried disabling the firewall for local networks and discovered I wasn't having to refresh pages very often. At all.

Opened up over 100 tabs in chrome from bookmarks, everything loaded fine. Still going fine hours later.

So, is the firewall blocking DNS requests?

It might be, for now i've opened up port 53 and will continue to watch the DNS issue as it can be extremely irritating.

The commands for anyone who wants them (run as administrator)

netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="DNS Port 53" dir=in action=allow protocol=TCP localport=53
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="DNS Port 53" dir=out action=allow protocol=TCP localport=53
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="DNS Port 53" dir=in action=allow protocol=UDP localport=53
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="DNS Port 53" dir=out action=allow protocol=UDP localport=53

Posted 5 months ago (21st Jul 2014) - by

Google Play Services cannot be installed to the default location

Category: General

While trying to update Youtube on a friends phone, I was promoted that Google play services needed to be updated. Clicked to update and receive a notification that it cannot be installed to the default location. After playing around simply unmounting the SD card, then updating Play Services solved the issue.

Posted 5 months ago (1st Jul 2014) - by

Google Domains

Category: Media

So, Google recently launched Google domains.

Copyright Google 2014 - Google domains image

It looks simple, the interface is clean, what more could we ask for?

Well from reading around, it doesn't look like Google will be offering hosting with the domains, so businesses offering hosting won't have to panic too much. But for all those companies offering domain registration, is google going to be cheaper and take all the business? Will google automatically be indexed higher when one searches for 'domains' or 'buy a domain'? 

I don't know, I guess it's an interesting step, and hopefully Google just helps to make it easier, without taking everyone else out the market.

 

Posted 6 months ago (29th Jun 2014) - by

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