I've been trying to put an old card into use into my PC. However I can not get it to start mining, After I installed the drivers I launched xmrig-AMD and tried to start mining however after detecting the gpu it just hung, did not respond the keyboard. After closing it and reopening the computer BSODed and gave the error: "thread stuck in device driver". I've tried other miners such as xmr-stak and all fail to start mining. I've also tried attaching a monitor to the gpu but to no avail. I can't think of anything else to try, is the card dead? I can just use it for normal usage though so I can't understand why I can't mine.

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I'm mining with HD 6950 in Windows 7 x64 and xmr-stak 2.1.0 using the drivers 14.1 beta, download drivers here: http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/amd-catalyst-14-1-beta-1-6-(13-350-1005-january-31).html

Remember to use an app like MSI Afterbuner to regulate the fan and clocks (I don't recommend to OC), my card is hot and is the reference card so I have to set the fan to 55% and the card does not reach 65°

I get: ~300 h/s


You can download here the binary that I compiled with VS 2017, I didn't modify anything, I just compiled using the guide provided in xmr-stak github, I think it works because I installed the latest AMD APP SDK, with the binary provided from the official github I also get 90 h/s

  • Probably correct but seems like my graphics card has a hardware issue, I'm going to shove it in the oven and pray. Or as techies call it I'm going to reflow the card
    – Joss Bird
    Jan 16, 2018 at 22:04
  • Are you getting artifacts? Download this program to list the BSODs to see if it comes from the card, I forgot to mention one important think, is that I compiled xmr-stak, let me know if you are insterested so I can give the one that I'm using
    – tttony
    Jan 17, 2018 at 2:07
  • no artefacts just a black screen when installing drivers. I seem to have gotten it working by cooking it for 8 minutes at 190 Celsius. Ghetto fixes ftw. I appear to only be getting 40h/s with a max overclock so would appreciate to learn how you got 300.
    – Joss Bird
    Jan 17, 2018 at 16:48
  • I compiled it, when I get home I will provide the compile that I'm using, remember that you may not get 300
    – tttony
    Jan 17, 2018 at 18:17
  • much appreciated but I hope I can reach a little higher than 40h/s
    – Joss Bird
    Jan 17, 2018 at 19:02

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