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Catalyst driver install problem...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ian80, Sep 12, 2004.

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  1. ian80

    ian80 Thread Starter

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    Hi guys,

    My ATI Radeon 9200 recently started going wonky on my. Screen was going black during games, and I was getting a LOT of UVC recoveries.

    Anyway, I figured the first I'd do would be to update and reinstall the driver. So I got the latest catalyst file, and I uninstalled the old radeon driver. However, now when I try to reinstall the driver, I get the 'severe' warning that:

    "Setup was unable to complete the installation. Try to setup your display adapter with a standard VGA driver before running setup."

    So, what does that mean and what should I do?



    PS - Also, while troubleshooting with my graphics card before deciding to get a new driver, my internet explorer 'favourites' thumbnails went funny on me. Thay looked deformed and pixelated. I've restarted many times, still there. Thing is, only about half of them went weird, the other half still looks fine. Any ideas?
     
  2. ian80

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    Hi again,

    Okay, so I've been doing research on this for the last two hours. I am still nowhere near having a solution.

    I sort of get the impression that I should be updating my motherboard driver; that maybe it will help. I also understand that it can totally screw up your machine if you do it wrong. So, do you think it could help my situation? And is it worth it?
     
  3. gotrootdude

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    Are you useing the newest drivers? If so have you installed the .net 1.1 framework useing windows update?
     
  4. ian80

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    newest drivers for what? my motherboard? my graphics card?

    And no, I have not gotten that .net thing. I'll try going to do that now.
     
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    For the newest catalyst drivers, if your useing the one with the control panel, you need the .net framework.. It's posted on ATI's website.
     
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    Shoot. I must have missed that. That would have saved me a lot of time. I'll let you know if it works.


    ALTHOUGH, I tried installing the original driver that came with the card, and I got the same message. So, I am not too hopeful actually.
     
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    If not, reboot into safe mode by pressing F8 while booting, then enter the control panel/ device manager, and remove all the display adaptors then reboot again.
     
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    Awesome, it worked. Drivers installed. However, the original problem still isn't fixed.

    Basically, when I play a game, I just get a black screen and nothing happens. After awhile, it crashes to windows and I get the VPU Recovery error.

    It only started happening about 3 monthes ago. Before that, all was fine. At first, the problem happened only occasionally. Now I can't even play a game. Any ideas?
     
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    Sounds like a directx error. Try hitting the start button, run, type in "DXDIAG". run the test and see if it shows errors. Maybe updating to Directx 9.0c would help.
     
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    Okay, well at least we're getting somewhere.

    First, I installed 9c. Then, I ran the two tests. The 'draw' test works fine. The first two 3D ones work fine, and then the third one freezes up. I have to CTRL ALT DEL to get out and then just close down DXDIAG, so I can't be given a report on what is going on. But again, it is the VPU Recovery that is comeing up.
     
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    Maybe we should get this thread moved over to software. Sounds like we've discovered a directx flaw.. I'm gonna ask for it to be moved over there..
     
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    Is it for sure though?

    I should have given a little more background, because I think it COULD be physical.

    It is a Radeon 9200SE. I never gave me many problems EXCEPT for this: If I leave the computer of for long periods of time, the graphics card just won't be recognized. I'll have to convert back to the old on-board card (by switching over the monitor connection) to get the computer 'warmed up'. Then, it usually works. But sometimes, I have to opent he computer up and giggle the card. I never really worried about it, as it always seem to go back to normal. But maybe it is another clue.

    That said, I'd like to pursue the DirectX thing first.
     
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    Thanks for the link. Went through every thing he said. Same problem.

    Edit: Just wanted to add. I pulled my graphics card out and blew on it, and plugged it back in. Now, the Direct3D 9 test finished, but it flickers with flashing pixels. Now, this improvement made me think it was the card (as in pulling it our and plugging it back in fixed it a little), BUT why would Direct3D 7 and 8 work perfectly fine?
     
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    Per chance, is the card under any warranty?
     
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