I recently purchased a XFX 7600GT AGP for a dell 8250 after my 9700 Pro died - Its pentium 4 - 2.4 GHZ, 1 Gig Memory Dell stock 250W PSU.
I played Half Life 2 for 2 or 3 days and it ran great with no issues.
After a couple of days off I loaded it up yesterday and when I hit The menu screen for Half life 2 I get tearing / flickering / artifacts??.
Same problem with Fear as well.
I reinstalled the drivers, reseated the card, let the computer cool with no change. The temps in Windows are 50-54 degrees.
I tried ATITool and get immediate heavy artifacts when scanning.
The video is fine otherwise.
Can the damage be undone
Did I fry this card already??
Yes it is. My 305w Dell has 22amps and I run a 8600GT and could run a GTS on it. Dell's run 7600GT's on the 250w all the time. That's not to say the psu could of went bad though. What driver are you using? If 162.18 and having only 1GB ram might be your problem.
I found that after couple years the stock PSU does not always provide stable power, espeically the 12v rail.
Now i am using a new Corsair VX 450 PSU for close to a week.. so far no problem at all! No more crashes or freezes. I guess the PSUs i used to test before were not supplying stable power because SpeedFan shows the Corsair VX always at full 12.22v for the +12v, not matter what games i throw at it. While the other PSUs (even the Antec) i tested before all ran between 11v49 to 11.89v while under stress..
PS. i am using 94.24 becasue the latest 162.18 actually made my games ran slower. Be sure to use Driver Cleaner if you reinstall your driver!
On second thought, have you tried the card on another system?