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ATI X1600 PROBLEM!!

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July 20, 2008 10:48:52 PM

i just bought an ati radeon x1600 pro PCI EXPRESS 512mb
i unistalled the drivers of my old video graphis card,turned off pc, and installed the new radeon x1600, for my surprise,when i turned on the pc, the display was full of lines, dots,squares colors, it looks so crewed since the POST, after the POST i can enter windows but it freezes and look like full color green with lines bars,etc.
cany any one help me with the problem?

my pc especifications

motherboard: biostar P4M890-M7 TE
processor: pentium 4 with HT 3.0ghz socket 775
power suply: starview 450w
1 pci-e 16x slot
monitor: 17" samsung lcd syncmaster 740n
1gb ram DDR2

thanks for the future help

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July 20, 2008 11:44:48 PM

Judging from the fact that the x1600 is such an old card, I'm guessing you bought it used. From what you say, it sounds to me like the card died. Take it back, get a different card.
July 21, 2008 12:16:06 AM

i just whanted a cheap card, and i bought it new, so u say the problem is the card right? do u think and nvidia 8500 would be better?
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July 21, 2008 12:47:52 AM

umm...unless you bought that x1600 on newegg when it was like 20 bucks, there should be no reason you should buy it...
July 21, 2008 1:00:04 AM

but does any one nows why the screen goes bad?
and witch one is better,ati x1600 or nvidia 8500?
i just wanna play assassins creed or bioshock, but in normal graphics, just playable performance, i dont want all the effects.
July 21, 2008 1:18:44 AM

The x1600 should be the faster card. The 8500GT is so cut down that it performs around the speed of the 7300GT. There is a chance that your PSU isn't good enough to power the x1600, but its probably the card.

Where did you buy the x1600 new? The x1650 phased out the x1600, and the x1650 was phased out by the 2600XT. The 2600XT was phased out by the 3650, which will so be phased out by the 4650(?) if/when it gets released. What I'm trying to say is that this card is several generations old, and shouldn't be a new card anywhere.
July 21, 2008 1:24:08 AM

Ahslan your an ass, please dont post here unless you got something useful to say.
July 21, 2008 1:56:48 AM

macer1 said:
Ahslan your an ass, please dont post here unless you got something useful to say.


Take your own advice, please.

As far as the card situation goes it could be 1 of 2 things that come to mind:

1) Faulty card
2) Faulty slot on the motherboard

PSU really shouldn't be a problem, however I can't say I know of that brand, and it may be wearing out due to old age. That said, 450W is plenty for that system, so if your PSU is performing properly you can scratch that off as a possible cause.

You said you replaced your old card with the x1600, so I'm going to guess that the slot's fine since this is a new problem after putting in the new card (assuming you didn't accidentally damage the slot or motherboard with excessive force in the wrong direction, static, etc.)

So that all comes down to: faulty card.

At least, that's my opinion on it.
July 21, 2008 2:05:51 AM

You might want to check your drivers because my friends new PC did that too. he has a 3850 256mb card and with 4gbs of ram in the pc the screen would freak out and crash. But it was fixed by updating the Mobos BIOS. so you could check that...
July 21, 2008 4:36:46 AM

4745454b said:
The x1600 should be the faster card. The 8500GT is so cut down that it performs around the speed of the 7300GT. There is a chance that your PSU isn't good enough to power the x1600, but its probably the card.

Where did you buy the x1600 new? The x1650 phased out the x1600, and the x1650 was phased out by the 2600XT. The 2600XT was phased out by the 3650, which will so be phased out by the 4650(?) if/when it gets released. What I'm trying to say is that this card is several generations old, and shouldn't be a new card anywhere.


It may be old but there is still quite a bit of old stock out there on the shelves, so it is quite possible to buy the "old" product new. And, yes, the symptoms as described are typical of a bad card, return it.
July 21, 2008 4:54:53 AM

But that old? A quick check on newegg only shows the x1650pro available for sale. To come up with an old card like the x1600 new would mean your probably shopping at a site/store you shouldn't be. For computer, this isn't old stock, its starting to border on ancient.

I'm glad that everyone else who came into this thread agrees. Its most likely the card, send it back.

Macer, you might not like the advice, but I don't see anything wrong with his comment. I to would not bother buying an x1600. There are newer better cards now available.
July 21, 2008 5:42:10 PM

4745454b said:
But that old? A quick check on newegg only shows the x1650pro available for sale. To come up with an old card like the x1600 new would mean your probably shopping at a site/store you shouldn't be. For computer, this isn't old stock, its starting to border on ancient.

I'm glad that everyone else who came into this thread agrees. Its most likely the card, send it back.

Macer, you might not like the advice, but I don't see anything wrong with his comment. I to would not bother buying an x1600. There are newer better cards now available.


Strange as it may seem to you, not everyone shops at newegg. They only ship to the continental US, which constitutes only a small portion of the world.
July 21, 2008 5:49:48 PM

rgsaunders said:
Strange as it may seem to you, not everyone shops at newegg. They only ship to the continental US, which constitutes only a small portion of the world.


And with the Euro/Dollar exchange, its even more of a pity. And Customs Fees also. Oh well.......
July 22, 2008 2:14:28 PM

macer1 said:
Ahslan your an ass, please dont post here unless you got something useful to say.


jesus christ...I was just noting that if he didn't get the card on sale, that he could have gotten a better deal getting something else...YOU WANNA FIGHT MACER?!?!?!?
July 27, 2008 12:25:21 AM

lol... ok
heres the screen shot of what i see in windows with my ati, after i install all drivers and restart pc, windows crashes and monitor doesnt get any signal

http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/5041/asdvz7.jpg

monitor= lcd 17" samsung syncmaster 740n
July 27, 2008 4:57:24 AM

diego044 said:
lol... ok
heres the screen shot of what i see in windows with my ati, after i install all drivers and restart pc, windows crashes and monitor doesnt get any signal

http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/5041/asdvz7.jpg

monitor= lcd 17" samsung syncmaster 740n


The card is toast.
August 3, 2008 2:34:36 AM

Just offering a suggestion, try older drivers.

As for the card being too old to be new I find it very believable the card can be new. The low/mid end cards are the ones that stick around the longest.

Newegg is still selling TONS of FX5200 cards and look how old they are.

Also have some X1300 and 6200 cards.
August 8, 2008 7:54:04 PM

i cleaned the card but still the same problem lol
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