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February 7, 2011 10:04:13 AM

Hello,
i have a hp HDX9000 entertainment system laptop as such, 21" screen with windows 7 o/s
i am having problems with the display drivers keep stop responding then recovering with in few seconds,it has the ATI mobility radeon HD 2600xt grapix card in it, i have done every thing windows advise, uninstall the drivers and re install,check for updates, still do the same, so could it poss be my grafix card on its way out or is it common for ATI drivers to have issues,
if its the card on way out can i upgrade it to something that wont have these issues any more, hope some one could advise, thanks
a c 126 U Graphics card
February 7, 2011 11:08:36 AM

with almost all laptops you wont be able to upgrade/change the graphics card, the syptoms your describing sound like the graphics card is overheating or you've overclocked it and it isn't stable.

Check the GPU temps with GPU-Z 0.5.1 (its free, just google it)... go to the sensors tab and check "log to file", then play a game and when your done check the file to see what the temps were whilst gaming, then report back.
February 7, 2011 9:27:06 PM

hi omgitzfatal,
thanks for reply, the thing is my laptop is total standard apart from the O/S swap'd from vista to win 7 , nothing has been overclocked, and I'm not even playing games on it yet, just using it for work as such searching the net, and then it freezes screen go black resets its self and message says display drivers stop responding and have successfully recovered, i would understand if i was playing games and running this to its limits but I'm not, i didn't think searching on eBay would "drain" it so much lol, i have had this for approx 2years now and all i have done to change it is put windows 7 on it as i hate vista, the past few months this issue has been happening , and it seems to be getting worse, happening more often, after reading on the net it seems to be ATI that are crap with drivers and allot of people having the same issue so on 1 hand its a relief that its not my system on way out, as at £2,500 i would expect it to last longer then 2years just by "browsing" the net, i have run all the driver doctors to see if there were any out of date drivers and the likes, but still no change, i searched eBay for the same graphics card as the one in my system and there on there so it is poss to change / replace them but if i was to do this i would rather change the make of it as well as if its the ati drivers at fault issue solved, the question is can i do this, or is it a matter of waiting for ati to pull there finger out and sort out a "fix" for this issue, :bounce: 
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February 7, 2011 9:40:51 PM

just downloaded that aswell and check log, within seconds of just scrolling down ebay page it happens again, this is the log results, and nothing changes please view and if poss advise, thanks,
Date , GPU Core Clock [MHz] , GPU Memory Clock [MHz] , VDDC [V] ,

2011-02-07 23:35:53 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:35:54 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:35:55 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:35:56 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:35:57 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:35:58 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:35:59 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:00 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:01 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:02 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:03 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:04 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:05 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:06 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:07 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:08 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:09 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:10 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:11 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:12 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:13 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:14 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:15 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:16 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:17 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:18 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:19 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:20 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:21 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:22 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:23 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:24 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:25 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:26 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:27 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:28 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:29 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

2011-02-07 23:36:30 , 675.0 , 693.0 , 0.900 ,

February 7, 2011 10:46:30 PM

the problem with upgrading your graphics card in a laptop is that usually the graphics cards etc are incorporated into the motherboard, and you cannot actually buy a card and install it yourself like you could if you had a traditional desktop. you should try reverting to an older version of the catalyst suite, and see if that might fix your problem. Also, i forgot to mention this the first time, but you havent added the actual GPU temperatures in your log, so we cant know if it is overheating or not.
February 7, 2011 11:00:29 PM

hi andyman,
thanks for reply

here is a link to the grafix card i was talking about on ebay,
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=14...
if you read the messages at the bottom it says you can change/replace the grafix card, i no usly they are afixed to the mobo, but in this case it seems they can be replaced,
but still i dont think it is the bored its self, reading a few other posts it says there are others suffering this same issue, so im thinking it somting to do with ati drives them selfs, tech name "a glitch" lol, but its just p''sin me off now keep crashing, even tho it is only for a matter of a few seconds, :fou: 
oh i will add the temp of the gpu in mo, sorry about that, im not that clued up on this kinda thing so please bare with me, ;) 
February 7, 2011 11:15:02 PM

hi andyman,
how do i find the temp of the gpu,
thanks,
a c 126 U Graphics card
February 8, 2011 11:02:41 AM

GPU-Z should have logged the temps to the log file, but that doesn't matter now as your having issue's just when browsing the web. Just open up GPU-Z, go to the sensors tab and keep an eye on the temps whilst browsing.

The issue your experiencing is differcult to troubleshoot as it can be caused by any instability or corrupt files. Just because it says the ATI driver has stopped responding doesn't mean its an issue with the ATI driver, although it could be.

For example if you have faulty RAM or your CPU is overheating you could run into this issue....
Try a different driver from AMD's website (just google "AMD driver" click on the first link, then fill in the steps).
Also download Hardware monitor (Free ware) to check CPU temps.

If all seems fine with the temps and the new driver doesn't solve the issue then it might be time to stress test the CPU, RAM and GPU.

Let us know how you get on.
February 8, 2011 5:01:01 PM

hi omgitzfatal,
thanks for reply,
i checked all the gpu-z last night and today and there is nothing about temp of the gpu, infact there nothing about temp for anything, but i have try'd something else today ,
right what i have done today is download internet explorer 9beta, and wiped off google chrome and explorer 8, and so far i have not had any issues at all, now i could be wrong but it seems it could have been that coursing the problems, this would have been the only other thing changed on this system, as i think it was explorer 7 to start with, i will keep you posted if anything happens but so far so good, :D 
a c 126 U Graphics card
February 8, 2011 5:08:23 PM

Maybe internet explorer 7 was corrupted, or just needed updating, hope that its resolved now :) 
February 8, 2011 7:58:20 PM

yep fingers crossed, still no issues :sol: 
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