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ATI 9700 Major Problems

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March 3, 2003 12:58:10 AM

I just built a new system with a Gigabyte 7VAXP Ultra and an Athlon XP. Along with it I purchased a RADEON 9700. The 9700 seems to hate the VIA 4in1 drivers, specifically the AGP drivers. When I first booted up in vga mode it worked fine. But then I installed the AGP driver and upon boot, the system would freeze on the win2k load screen, have to reset system. I tried an old Nvidia TNT card and it worked fine with drivers. I then only uninstalled the VIA AGP driver and the system booted no problem.

Now I'm running the system without the AGP drivers and it seems to be working. I havent tested anything to see if I'm running in a lower speed due to not having AGP 3.0 support on the mobo. Anyone else have issues with this card and VIA chipsets? Its really frustrating.
March 3, 2003 1:35:05 AM

I don't have any problem with VIA chipset. I am using ne VIA 4 in 1 drivers(4.45). My system is running fine with AGP set to 4x. See below for detail.

XP1900+
MSI KT3 Ultra 2(KT333)
512 MB Samsung PC2700
AIW 9700 PRO(Catalyst 3.1+DX9)
WD 80.0 GB @ 7200 RPM
LG 19"
LG 32x10x40x CDRW
Windows XP SP1
a b U Graphics card
March 3, 2003 2:38:16 AM

Doesn't Win2k have it's own VIA AGP driver? I've seen that before, where the included driver worked but the newer driver didn't.

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March 3, 2003 6:37:36 AM

I have a 9500pro and an MSI 6380 MB. I'm currently running without any 4in1's installed also and have no problems what so ever now. Before I would get the most random reboots, and almost exclusively in windows too, not in games. I was able to test with and and without the 4in1's. I only used 3dmark2001se, but I found I had the same performance. I wouldnt sweat it much.
March 3, 2003 8:01:46 AM

I used to have a MSI KT4 Ultra with a Radeon 9700 Pro and everytime i installed the VIA drivers abouve 4.41 i got huge problems and nothing would work. THen i got an nforce2 board..........so things are good now.

AMD Athlon xp 2700+ @ 2.4GHz & 380MHz FSB
Asus A7N8X Mobo
1024MB Corsair XMS PC3200 RAM
ATi Radeon 9700 Pro @ 350/335MHz
March 3, 2003 10:43:52 PM

Well after alot of grief and trying everything I started going backwards in VIA 4in1 drivers. (I don't even think 1.41 exists) Anyhow, finally it seems 1.38 works fine, I'm installing everything now and am gonna try some 3dmark to see how stable this sucker is. If I had to do it again.....VIA SUCKS!

Athlon 2100+xp
Gigabye GA-7VAXP Ultra
ATI Radeon 9700
WD 120GB 8mb Cache System Drive
2 - 80GB WD 8mb Cache RAID Array
Sony CD-RW
SONY DVD-RW DRU-500
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