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PC Crashing because of gfx card driver...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Aodmystic, Jan 15, 2006.

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  1. Aodmystic

    Aodmystic Thread Starter

    Mar 3, 2005
    When I go to play a game my computer locks up and I have to do a cold restart. When windows reloads an error saying that my graphics card driver has failed. I have the most recent up to date drivers install for it and it still does this. Im running the following

    Asus P4R800-VM Mobo
    ATi Radeon 8500
    80 Segate HDD
    20 Maxtor HDD
    386MB DDR Ram
    NEC DVD Rom
    P4 2.8Ghz HT

    Thanks for the help
  2. Scorpion


    Jun 13, 2005
    Try completely uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers.

    If that doesn't work, you might want to try Omega's drivers for that card, found here.

  3. Aodmystic

    Aodmystic Thread Starter

    Mar 3, 2005
    Ok I installed the Omega drivers and it still freezes and locks up so what now?
  4. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    Test the system memory: http://www.memtest.org/

    What version of the Catalyst drivers are you using? Is it the 5.13 drivers? Have you tried older drivers? This is a pretty old card and it doesn't necessarily need the latest drivers.

    However even though it says there was a problem with the video drivers you should update your Chipset drivers and sound drivers too. Chipset drierts are critical for a video
    card to work properly. You should also have DirectX 9.0c and Service Pack 2 installed for Windows XP.

    Southbridge and Gart drivers can be seperately downloaded (or wholely with the display driver) from here: https://support.ati.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=894&task=knowledge&folderID=27

    You should also disable the onboard 9100 integrated video in the BIOS if you are using a seperate Radeon 8500 video card. The two will conflict and cause you problems.
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