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9600 VPU Recover Problem

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November 30, 2004 10:00:17 PM

Okay, got my 9600pro back from ati on wednesday [woot go me] and i bought a cheap antec case and an ok powersupply to fill in while i send my burnt out case/powersupply back to newegg. i also purchased two 80 mm fans to cool the components. At first when i installed the video card i could not play half-life 2 or rome:total war because of missing textures [replaced by solid colored textures] in hl2 and a very odd looking menu in RTW. That was with the 4.11 drivers. I reinstalled hl2 [thought it was a problem with those files] and tried again, no dice. I downloaded the 4.12 beta ones [the hl2 ones] and tried. worked fine for a while. Now heres the problem. i can play hl2 for about 20 minutes or so and then it will freeze up and i will get a VPU recover screen. I can restart and it still happens. I also tried the drivers in rome total war. It is playable but i get flickering textures in the sky and it freezes my computer during heavy action scenes.

video settings in hl2: this happens on recommended settings: everything at high, no aa/af, reflect world, wait for vsync = off. also happens on medium with simple reflections.
video settings in rtw: everything at high besides grass, no aa, normal unit scaling.

resolution: same for desktop, rtw, and hl2 = 1152x864

How much of this problem is driver issues if any and what steps can i take to fix this problem. [if its a hardware not software issue i will be pissed off because im not in the mood to send my video card back to ati for 10 days+]

p.s. im really not sure about driver #'s... got used to nV ones when my card was away. device manager tells me that my driver # is 6.14.10.6497 which is not a catalyst number so if someone with an ati card could check their device manager that would be great.

thanks
-lawler

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ | MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum | 1gb Kingston HyperX PC4000 [2x512] | ATI 9600 Pro [upgrade soon] | Sound Blaster Audigy LS | Samsung 120gb hd
November 30, 2004 10:03:18 PM

forgot to check display properties heres ati # thing:
8.08-041111a-019253E

and i found out that the 6xxxx number was my 2d version.

-lawler

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ | MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum | 1gb Kingston HyperX PC4000 [2x512] | ATI 9600 Pro [upgrade soon] | Sound Blaster Audigy LS | Samsung 120gb hd
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November 30, 2004 11:50:13 PM

Did you try running without FastWrites?

That did it for me before with unexplained VPU recovery crashes.

Haven't had much time to play recently.

That's my suggestion for now.


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December 1, 2004 1:13:59 AM

yep, and it works thanks a bunch !

used driver cleaner and then reinstalled one of the two drivers i have downloaded... turned off fast write and it works like a charm

thanks
-lawler

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ | MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum | 1gb Kingston HyperX PC4000 [2x512] | ATI 9600 Pro [upgrade soon] | Sound Blaster Audigy LS | Samsung 120gb hd
December 1, 2004 1:55:16 AM

I've had a few VPU errors too, I will try turning fast writes off..

<font color=blue>AthlonXP-M 2500+(12x200)</font color=blue>|<font color=green>Abit NF7-S</font color=green>|<font color=red>Kingston DDR400 2x256Mb</font color=red>|<font color=purple>NEC Accucync90 19"</font color=purple>|<font color=black>Sapphire 9600XT</font color=black>
December 2, 2004 2:42:48 PM

The northbridge fan on my NF7-S first got out of whack then stopped entirely... and with my bus at 210, I was getting a lot of VPU errors... I lowered my bus and the problems went away... I ordered a new fan/heatsink for my motherboard, but I have not installed it yet...

<font color=red><b>NF7-S/MBarton 2500+
210x11.5 1.82v SP-97
GB Corsair XMS PC3200
BBA 9800 Pro 423/369</font color=red><font color=black>
NF7-S/MBarton 2600+
210x11.5 1.76v
512MB CVR PC3200
Sapphire 9500@9700
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