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Palit HD2600XT Sonic KEEPS CRASHING

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August 13, 2007 4:30:47 PM

I recently purchased a Palit HD2600XT Sonic, 256MB/128Bit/DDR3 Core clock:800/ Memory clock: 1600

I keep having the " VPU RECOVERY MESSAGE" popping up. especially when or after i run 3D games or surf web pages with alot of pictures and the like. The Message reads something like this: "VPU recovery has resetted your graphics card as it no longer respond to current driver settings"

I have tried: Reinstalling the drivers, reslot the card countless times..I even remove the casing as i thought it could be a heating problem but the CCC states that my card temp is at 42-46 C... I have got the latest Catalyst driver( 7.7). I even tried to underclock it with Rivatuner and it still crashes on me

I have run out of ideas...I'm thinkng a faulty card but i doubt it...Please help..any suggestions or solution to this?

My hardware specs:
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Board: Intel Corporation D915PGN AAC64144-400
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Intel Corp. CY91510A.86A.0040.2006.0926.1010 09/26/2006
August 13, 2007 4:56:27 PM

Format your PC and do a clean installation of windows, if that doesn't help, then take it back to the store.
August 13, 2007 5:03:27 PM

That is what the store technician told me to do. Hmmm i guess i better start backing up my files...thanks emp..I really do hope this works..is this the only solution?

It has nothing to do with me having an old and low-end PC right?
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August 13, 2007 5:06:56 PM

No it really doesn't have anything to do with your PC. And it may not be the only solution, but it is definitely the fastest and most certain solution to route any possible software problems, other solutions may just patch the wound which may end up opening again in the future, this one heals it by brute force. That's why I like it so much :) 
August 13, 2007 5:47:57 PM

:)  Brute force.....I like it. BTW this crash happens at random, sometimes it doesn't happen at all, sometimes once a day, and sometimes it happens every 5-30 minutes and it usually goes away after i reset the PC...but after a few hours of use the problem comes back

anyway thanks again, i really appreciate it...i was at the verge of yanking my hair off..
August 13, 2007 6:16:17 PM

The reason why Im so fond of formatting is because I got a virus once that I just couldn't get rid of... Spent like 3-5 hours just like you, trying to find an answer, but then I realized, why not just format and reinstall everything that takes about an hour. :p 
August 13, 2007 6:23:46 PM

Well said, its the randomness that bothers me, if it was a persistant thing, then I would accept that the card is faulty or some other related issue. Like for example the last VPU reset i had was almost 6 hours ago, eveything seems fine now. I've got a 30 day return policy with the vendor. I think i'll just format the thing after i get my work done.
August 13, 2007 6:28:35 PM

Im pretty sure that card has nothing wrong other than a software conflict issue (it shouldn't be a power issue, since those cards dont draw much), but have you thought about returning it for a X1950Pro/XT or 7900GS/7950GT? Those are better cards if you can get them.
August 13, 2007 6:32:56 PM

Do i need any specific software or programs to clean my hard disk thoroughly?
August 13, 2007 6:35:56 PM

Windows XP/Vista Installation disk should suffice, that's what I use anyway, works just fine for me.
August 13, 2007 6:36:54 PM

I would if i could, way over my budget :) ...a 7950GT cost around 1k++ bucks in my currency of course..that is around 320++ USD
August 13, 2007 6:42:04 PM

Oh alright, well have fun
a c 130 U Graphics card
August 13, 2007 6:46:39 PM

You could always try turning the vpu recovery off in the settings
Mactronix
August 13, 2007 6:48:06 PM

Thanks and have a nice day!!! :) 
August 14, 2007 3:59:06 AM

Mac :)  I did that once and the whole system crashed....
a c 130 U Graphics card
August 14, 2007 10:58:32 AM

Definatly something going properly wrong then i had a card that did that and was sugested to turn the vpu recovery off and it was sweet untill i replaced it 2 years later.
I would rma the card if i was you
Mactronix
Ps do you get any beeps or other mesages if so you can google them to find out what fault they signify
August 14, 2007 2:15:43 PM

Only the VPU recovery message and yeah i do hear some beeps if my hearing serves me correctly..:) 
August 14, 2007 2:39:55 PM

OK it is officially confirmed, I will get the VPU Recovery Message when i view photos, photos imported from my digital camera. I have not encountered any problems with games so far. Any ideas?

P.S. I haven't formatted my PC yet
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