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HELP! I can't play games with my new Radeon 9600 Video Card!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Marrvia, Feb 12, 2005.

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  1. Marrvia

    Marrvia Thread Starter

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    I just bought an ATI radeon 9600 Series, I installed it and installed the newest drivers for it from the ati site, along with Catalyst Control Panel. Whenever I try playing Doom 3, I load it up, and it plays for about 1/2 second, and the screen turns a bunch of different colors and it freezes. I try playing Half-Life 2, it works okay for the most part, but there are all kinds or weird colors and lines all over the screen. I tried Halo, and whenever I start it up, it says "A problem occur initializing Direct3D" and it say to check if Hardware accerelation is disabled in DXDIAG. I checked, and it is not disabled. I haven't even tried all my games yet, but I have having a really low success rate, only a couple work good. What should I do?
     
  2. Skivvywaver

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    Are you running the latest directx 9C? Do you have your motherboard chipset drivers installed?
     
  3. Marrvia

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    I do have Directx 9c. But I'm unsure about the motherboard chipset drivers. I'm actually totally clueless on where I would look for those. I'm not sure why type of motherboard I have, how do I find this?

    I have a program called Belarc Advisor, which tells you your system spec. I'm unsure if it shows the motherboard though. There's "main circuit board" which I "assume" is it. This is what it shows

    Board: ASUSTek Computer Inc. P4SD-VX To be filled by O.E.M.
    Serial Number: To be filled by O.E.M.
    Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
    BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 1004 05/24/2003

    Is this it?
     
  4. Skivvywaver

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    I am guessing this is a Sony Vaio computer. What model number please?
     
  5. Marrvia

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    it's a pcv rs320.
     
  6. Skivvywaver

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    http://esupport.sony.com/perl/swu-list.pl?template=EN&mdl=PCVRS320

    6/23/2003 IN-G10090801EG.EXE

    6/23/2003 IN-B34850801EG.EXE

    Go to this page and download and install the two drivers I have listed above. You may have to reinstall your Catalyst drivers from the ATI site when you are done.

    If it is a chipset problem, this should fix it.
     
  7. Marrvia

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    I did what you said and installed those, and then reinstalled the Catalyst drivers, but I still have the same problems.
     
  8. Skivvywaver

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    Well, hang in there. I am out of ideas for the moment. The only things I can think of at this point would be.

    1-Not enough power.

    2-Bad card.
     
  9. CarlssonMB

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    Not enough power could be an issue here, do you know the wattage of your power supply?
     
  10. Marrvia

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    I'm not sure what the wattage of my power supply is. I never would have thought that would be an issue. What should I do? I'm clueless on this.
     
  11. Skivvywaver

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    Open the case and read the tag on the power supply. It will say how many watts.
     
  12. Marrvia

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    I took a look at the power supply, here's what it said

    Input 100V-240V ~ 4.7A
    50,60HZ

    Output
    +5V 28A max
    +3.3V 13A max
    +12V 17A max
    -12V 0.2A max
    +12Vsp 1.2A max LPS output
    AUX +5VB 1.8A max
    +12V +12VSP Total 209W max
    +5V +3.3V Total 165W max
    DC output Total 295.4W max

    ????What do you think????
     
  13. Marrvia

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    By the way, here is a picture of the problem in Half-Life 2.
     

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    Well the power supply is typical of a Sony; low quality and underpowered. Does the video card have a fan? Is the fan working? It might be a faulty card.
     
  15. Skivvywaver

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    Wow, that is terrible. I don't know whether low power would cause that or not. If this is a new card as you said, and not just new to you, take it back or send it back. That is rough.

    One thing you might want to do is ask a friend if you could test it in their machine before you return it.

    Edit: The more I look at it the more I think bad card. That is terrible.
     
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