I'm not sure whether it's drivers. Or the card itself. It would be a shame, though. Seeing as i've bought a new cooler, and been running it for almost a week now. It performs very well. And cost me nearly $50...
I've got Catalyst Install Manager open as i type...I feel like just going right ahead and uninstalling the card. But on the other hand, i'm skeptical of the problem being the actual card.
It DID say "ATI driver has stopped working properly"...
I did always have issues with the drivers. Now that i look back. I remember starting a thread (you can find it if you look on my profile, i have MANY posts there) about artifacting. It took me the longest time to figure out it was actually the drivers. I kept uninstalling and reinstalling drivers. I had been given that as a solution to the problem. People thought i was messing with them or something after i said i had done it about 10+ times...
. Turns out it was the drivers themselves that were the cause of the artifacts. The solution: Don't install ANY drivers. Just the ones from the factory CD that came with the card. Artifacts never appeared again.
Why i can't install drivers other than the ones the card came with, is my guess...
But, all in all... How do i determine what the problem is here? Drivers (especially taking into account what i said above ^^), or card?
Oh, almost forgot, system information.
Vista 64 Home Premium
Phenom X3 8550
Radeon HD 4850 512MB
4 GB DDR2 @ 400MHz
UPDATE: Windows installer doesn't run in Safe Mode...So.... What the HELL can i do? This SUUUUUUUUUUUUCKS!