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 126.96.36.19997 which is not a catalyst number so if someone with an ati card could check their device manager that would be great.
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
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...