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November 21, 2006 8:59:14 AM

Yesterday while I was playing TitanQuest on my (3 years old) ATI9800PRO the grafic became glarbed, I closed the game and also on my desktop I had some shadows under the mouse pointer and the icons (vertical thin lines), restarting the machine also the BIOS screen was dirty with blue squares on background. I tried to reinstall the drivers, but nothing changed. now on every 2D application there are shadows under every items and the 3D games generate many star shaped polygons.
Is it the grafic card broken?

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November 21, 2006 9:52:23 AM

Is the fan working?
November 21, 2006 11:13:26 AM

I will check the fan this evening for now I only tried to remove and reinsert the card in its AGP slot, but I closed the case without checking the fan

I never overclocked the card, nor any other component

If it is a temporary overheating problem when I will switch on the PC this evening it must not be present at first, if the heat damaged something the problem will be present from the power on

I will let you know the outcome
thanks for your replies
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November 23, 2006 7:49:16 AM

I'm baffled, I insalled in the system a spare ATI9200 and installing the drivers all went well (alas the 3D performances are a lot lower and there is not T&L support)
But the strangest thing is I tried the ATI9800PRO in a different machine in the office and there it work perfectly
I will try to reinstall the operatin system from scratch
I wonder how many board are trashed as broken...
can it be that the problem is on the DVI output?
in the office I used an analog VGA connection
November 23, 2006 12:25:32 PM

It workED in the office, but now that is some hours running, it isn't working any more. Same problems presented themself again... :cry:  :cry:  :cry: 
November 23, 2006 1:34:25 PM

Sounds like the ram on the card overheated.The 9800pro is a good card in its day,but now it's time for an upgrade.Even a 1600pro 512 outperforms the 9800.There are still a few agp cards around,might have to look a little though.Goodluck.

Dahak

AMD X2-4400+@2.4 S-939
EVGA NF4 SLI MB
2X EVGA 7800GT IN SLI
2X1GIG DDR IN DC MODE
WD300GIG HD
EXTREME 19IN.MONITOR 1280X1024
ACE 520WATT PSU
COOLERMASTER MINI R120
November 24, 2006 2:08:53 PM

which of these cards can be a good upgrade from my poor dead 9800pro?

VERTO GF6 6200 AGP8X 128MB 32-BIT DDR VGA/DVI/TVOUT 41,30€
XFX GF 6200A 256MB DVITV LP AGP DDR RETAIL
48,21€
VERTO GF 6200 256MB DDR AGP8X 64BIT DVI TVO RETAIL
50,38€
SAPPHIRE TECHNOLOGY RADEON X1600PRO 256MB DDR2 128B AGP VGA DVI-I TVO L-RETAIL ROHS
95,56€
PNY GEFORCE 7600GS AGP8X 256MB DDR VGA/DVI/TVOUT
103,41€
November 24, 2006 10:47:57 PM

Either the 1600pro 256 or the 7600gs.Do not get a 6200 whatever you do.7600gs I believe outperforms the 1600 so best deal is 7600 but 1600 will kick butt as well.Goodluck.

Dahak

AMD X2-4400+@2.4 S-939
EVGA NF4 SLI MB
2X EVGA 7800GT IN SLI
2X1GIG DDR IN DC MODE
WD300GIG HD
EXTREME 19IN.MONITOR 1280X1024
ACE 520WATT PSU
COOLERMASTER MINI R120
November 27, 2006 7:30:10 AM

thanks for your answer
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