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No Joke! Drivers needed for HD 3850 AGP version video card.

Recently got an HD 3850 agp video card for practically nothing, and now I know why. I thought it would be fun to install into an older P4 system and see what it could do. The screen is all messed up at start-up, and then has 4 sets of 8 colorful vertical lines. I installed catalyst from AMD, and then rebooted. It got worse until I restarted again. Now back to 4 sets of lines. The computer recognizes a VGA compatible device, but of course it cannot locate drivers, and I cannot find them anywhere. Even went to AMD's website, and they don't have em. Super old card, and all that, but would be cool to get it working right if possible. Thanks
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  1. http://support.amd.com/us/Pages/drivers.aspx if it's none of those OS's you may be SOL.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/247124-33-best-radeon-3850-drivers according to them the "newest" ones. I suppose they are like NVIDIA and have all GPU support in one package.
  2. I have the Sapphire 3850 AGP card in my older desktop (which is still running and sometimes used) running Windows XP Pro. The issue is likely that the current driver package does not include AGP support. I usually get the driver by running the Autodetect on AMD's site. It has always offered me the right driver. If it hadn't, my other source would have been to try and see if Sapphire might still have the driver on their site.
  3. Martell1977 said:
    I have the Sapphire 3850 AGP card in my older desktop (which is still running and sometimes used) running Windows XP Pro. The issue is likely that the current driver package does not include AGP support. I usually get the driver by running the Autodetect on AMD's site. It has always offered me the right driver. If it hadn't, my other source would have been to try and see if Sapphire might still have the driver on their site.


    Yep, already went to AMD's site, and entered my info. No drivers found. Seems pretty odd that even back in this video cards day, drivers were elusive.
  4. It's strange, because my computer recognizes "new hardware found VGA compatible card", and I installed AMD's Catalyst software suite, but anytime I try to run it, it just keeps giving me the red x error message that no drivers found for the device. No kidding, that is exactly what I am trying to get....sheesh
  5. http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/CatalystAGPHotfix.aspx

    Can you install one of the drivers from there? Does the Auto-detect feature on AMD's site not find your card and offer a driver download?

    The way to get to that page is in the drop downs:
    Step 1: Desktop Graphics
    Step 2: Radeon HD Series
    Step 3: All Radeon HS Series AGP
    Step 4: Pick your Operating System
  6. Martell1977 said:
    http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/CatalystAGPHotfix.aspx

    Can you install one of the drivers from there?


    I actually went to that page first, and downloaded the hotfix for windows XP 32 bit. That basically just downloaded the AMD ccc, but everytime I try to go into it/run it, get that same error msg. I wonder about this. I did go AMD's site, and looked up previous drivers. I went to the oldest one i could find, just as a start, and was able to succesfully download it, (version 8.10). Got a free trial of W.O.W. with it for some reason. I am going to roboot my system, and if that does not work, do I need to try each and everyone of the drivers until it works? Will take a long time, but I am willing to hack away at it over time. Nice truck by the way.
  7. Try uninstalling CCC and run CCLeaner (free online), then reinstall the 12.6 hotfix driver. Maybe when you had a problem earlier is left some fragments of the bad install. CCleaner will remove those. Also make sure that you are current on all Windows updates, especially .net framework.
  8. Martell1977 said:
    Try uninstalling CCC and run CCLeaner (free online), then reinstall the 12.6 hotfix driver. Maybe when you had a problem earlier is left some fragments of the bad install. CCleaner will remove those. Also make sure that you are current on all Windows updates, especially .net framework.


    Oh man. Just rebooted, and computer is all messed up. The video is worse then before, and then computer just sits there, nothing. The only thing new to this computer is the HD 3850, otherwise it was running fine before. If I can get it running again, I will try to do what you suggested. Unfortunatley at this point I cannot even get to my desktop. I really appreciate your help.
  9. How about safe mode?
  10. How about safe mode?[/quotem

    I will give that a try.
  11. Martell1977 said:
    How about safe mode?


    Okay, was able to finally get back to desk-top, but staryed out with worse video as before. I was able to delete previous version of driver, and went back and did the most recent version. Rebooted computer, and again had to go through the whole black anf white screen, (badly messed up), and start from last known good config. Computer again recognizes a VGA compatible video device, and this time when I have it search, it finally finds the drivers for 300 series video card. However, no fix on 4 sets of vertical lines, and on restart screen is really bad. When I get to the desktop, it again recognizes new hardware...VGA comptible video card, and when I go to reinstall drivers again, get "no device driver found (code 28). One of the previous times it was a (code 1). From the sluggish way the comp has been going, I have been using the on-board video all along, and the 4 sets of vertical lines are courtesy of the messed up HD 3850. Any other thoughts. It may very well be just a bad card, but cannot see any damage to connections, solder, etc...No visible sigh of it ever having been "fried" either.
  12. Went back to AMD, and tried downloading drivers again. Rebooted system, and computer just sat there, and screen shut down. After about 10 seconds, blue screen comes up which ultimatley stated that a problem was apparently casued by ATI2dvag. Driver stuck in an infinite loop. My system shut-down to avoid problem causing damage. Memory dump succesful. I abbreviated quite a bit of course. Stated either a hardware problem, or driver problem, and to consult manufacturer for driver(s). Already did that, so am I right in thinking this card is just toast?
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    Yeah, sounds like its just giving out. Probably why is was so cheap. Not much else I can think of trying.
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