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Ati Radeon 8500 : screen flickers very often

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mrodier, Jul 11, 2002.

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  1. mrodier

    mrodier Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    Recently I bought a ATI Radeon 8500 64Mb. Since I installed it, my screen flickers very often and I can only see lines of color. It happens randomly in different programs (Outlook, IE, Netscape, games, etc...).

    I have Windows Me with Direct X8.1. DxDiag tells me that Direct3D works fine but when testing DirectDraw, it keeps crashing. I do have the latest video driver, latest BIOS update for my motherboard... I even tried the drivers from rage3d.com, but the same problem occurs... I must say that this is my first AGP video card, so I do not know if it is a hardware problem with the video card, the motherboard (which is not a recent one: Abit BX6 rev.2), a driver problem or something else... Any suggestions?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Couriant

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    Sounds like a hardware problem. The only thing I can think of is that check the display settings and make sure the card is in tightly. Other than that, send it back as DOA and get a new one
     
  3. Paul Nagel

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    Your motherboard only was built to support AGP 2X and the card you installed is AGP 4X. I would go into the Bios setup program and see if you have an option to change some setting for the AGP. I dont know what will be available, but do some changes to see if you can find a stable combination.
     
  4. carltasha

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    thats a good guess none of us know much about the 4x agp,
     
  5. mrodier

    mrodier Thread Starter

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    Thanks everyone for your help... I contacted ATI and then sent me a list of settings to change in the BIOS, but after doing that I still had the same problem. Finally they told me that my card was defective so with the warranty I'll get a new one.
     
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