Several of you might already be aware of the fact that upgrading your PC’s graphics card can push your computers to the next level of graphics rendering. But like the usual case with adding extra hardware to a PC, graphics cards come with their own set of problems & issues. They can fail in several different ways, but there are generally some noticeable warning signs that give users plenty of time to line up with various solutions.
Since AMD and NVIDIA are the two biggest names at the forefront of the GPU industry & worldwide millions of PCs use AMD graphics to render & operate graphics. We’ll be sharing various common display issues caused due to them & their effective fixes!
The Symptoms of Faulty Graphics Card
So, what kind of problems can a problematic graphics card create & what can you do to fix them?
1. Computer Crashes
A rogue graphics card can cause a PC to crash. These crashes can be varied from frequent computer freezes to random restarts and powering off.
2. Screen Glitches
You might start seeing tearing or weird colors occurring on your entire screen while playing or watching a movie. Most of the time, a simple restart can fix the issue, but you can expect the same problem to occur again.
3. Strange Artifacts
Similar to screen glitches and shuttering, a bad graphics card can result in bizarre artifacts on the entire screen. This can also be caused due to excessive overlocking, heat issues and even dust build-up.
4. Blue/Black Screen
Sometimes there will be no visual clues at all. A faulty graphics card can simply decide to stop working and not displaying anything.
5. Driver Crashes
There can also be times when your screen goes entirely black for a moment and when it returns, you’ll be informed with message, “video drivers have crashed & has to be restarted”. This won’t lead to a PC crash, but it might get very annoying when the message is frequent.
What To Do When Your AMD Graphics Card Is Behaving Stubbornly?
Are you struggling with the AMD Graphics Cards display issues? If yes, then it should be wise to know that not all the problems mentioned above occur due to failed graphics card. These issues can also happen due to faulty hardware. So, before you invest in a hardware fix or replacement, it would be good to start with the basic fixes!
Solution 1: Check All Physical Pieces Are Connected Properly
Removing and then resetting the card in its expansion slot & reconnecting the auxiliary power cables can help you get rid of all the display issues on your Windows system.
Solution 2: Swap Monitors
There might be a possibility that the display issue is occurring due to the monitor. So, is you have a spare PC, hook it up and observe if the behavior is still pertaining. If the visual distortion still exists, then the monitor is probably not the issue.
Solution 3: Check Graphics Card Visibly
Try inspecting the graphics card by removing the side panel of your PC’s desktop tower. Ensure there’s no dust build-up and no visible damage. You can also try resetting the card by removing it from its slot and then placing it firmly back in.
Solution 4: Update AMD Graphics Driver
Since drivers are responsible for making all your physical devices with your computer OS. Make sure that there’s no outdated or corrupted AMD graphics Driver is causing the issue. If that’s the case, it is highly recommended to uninstall and then reinstall the latest AMD Drivers to fix the issue.
There are two ways to update your AMD graphics driver: Manually and Automatically.
Manual Driver Update: To manually update AMD Graphics Driver:
- Go to the AMD website.
- Search for the most recent compatible driver.
- Make sure you choose the correct driver with your exact graphics card model & Windows version.
Automatic Driver Update: If you don’t have enough time or computer skills to update AMD graphics driver manually, then you can get the job done automatically with the help of Advanced Driver Updater.
- Advanced Driver Updater is an effortless solution to update missing, damaged, corrupt or faulty device drivers on your computer. With one simple scan, the driver updater utility detects which device drivers need immediate action to get updated. You don’t require to know what graphics card model you’re operating on. Just install Advanced Driver Updater and never worry about making a mistake in installing a compatible device driver for your system.
- Once installed, run Advanced Driver on your Windows > click on Start Scan Now button to let the software identify old, missing, damaged or faulty drivers.
- A list of all the problematic drivers would be classified, click on Update All button to fix everything in one-click.
Latest AMD Graphics Driver would be installed properly, so this should automatically fix all the display issues. In fact, you’ll start observing a great performance boost on your system!
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Martin CookYOUR COMMENTS ARE GOOD, BUT NOT COMPLETE. MY PROBLEM IS WITH A RADEON PRO WX3200 CARD STILL UNDER WARRANTY, USED JUST OVER TWO MONTHS. THE CARD PERFORMED NICELY FOR A MONTH. THEN IT SUPPORTED JUST ONE OF MY TWO MONITORS. HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH THEIR SUPPORT AND TRIED ALL SUGGESTIONS. NONE WORKED, STILL HAVE JUST ONE MONITOR WORKING. AMD SUPPORT NOW ASKING ME TO RMA THE CARD TO THEIR CANADIAN FACILITY, AT MY EXPENSE INCLUDING ANY CUSTOMS CHARGES. NO MENTION OF A REPLACEMENT CARD, EVEN AFTER REPEATED ENQUIREYS. THIS IS NOT THE SERVICE I EXPECTED.
Preeti SethHello Martin, Thank you for sharing your feedback. Regarding the issues you are facing with the Radeon Pro WX3200 card, we suggest disabling CrossFire. You’ll have to go to Catalyst Control Center > go to Performance -> AMD CrossFireX and select “Disable AMD CrossFireX.” If you do not have Catalyst Control Center (or have the Crimson Manager), do the following: 1. Shut down and unplug the PC from the power supply. 2. Open your case and remove the CrossFire cable from BOTH cards. 3. Replace the case cover. 4. Reboot your PC. Note: If you have Crimson Manager, you may have to reinstall it. Also, if you are not sure how to remove the crossfire cable and the case, do not do it on your own.