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Thread: Major graphics problem with ATI A-I-W 9800 pro




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    Sorry I'm a bit of a newb so I'm not so good with the technical jargon but I have a problem, and will do the best I can to explain:

    I'm getting some weird graphic flaws when I try to play games, Americas Army specifically. I have disabled Fast Writes but I'm still getting the flaws, and they seem to get worse with higher graphic settings.

    Could this be because of my Power Supply(330 Watts)? According to ATI I only need 300+ but from browsing around these and other forums everyone is saying 400+. I'm also using the CAT 3.9 driver(have already tried 3.6, 3.7 and 3.8).

    I don't know if this makes a difference or not but I bought this card barebone so I don't have an installation disc. Also, my power cable that plugs into my card is split off of the HD.

    Here's an example of what I'm seeing <a target=new class=ftalternatingbarlinklarge href="http://www.thebloodbros.com/pics/garbled.JPG">Click Me</a>
    That's just a small example, the graphics I get in the game make it completely unplayable.



    Any suggestions?
    Pentium 4 2.4ghz 533 FSB
    768 DDR PC 2700 (512 and 256)
    Maxxtor 80g 7200 RPM
    ASUS P4P8X intel 865p
    ATI 9800 pro 128 mb (CAT 3.7)
    330 Watt Power Supply (Not sure of manufacturer)
    Sound Blaster LIVE! 5.1
    Envision 985e 19" CRT

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    You are having artifacts, which happens when you overclock a card. Did you happen to overclock it? It could also be your monitors refresh rate, which messes up the image if set to a bad refresh rate for the resolution your using.
    CPU: Opteron 165 @ 311x9 - 2817.8 mhz - 1.47v
    Mobo: Abit KN8-SLI
    RAM: 2x512 Crucial Ballistic Tracers500 @ 202 mhz 2-2-2-5 T1
    GFX: Asus EAX1950pro @ 648/1408
    PSU: Thermaltake 500w
    SC: Audigy 2 zs
    LCD: 22' Samsung 225bw
    Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 Ultra
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    Quote Originally Posted by AsianBatman
    You are having artifacts, which happens when you overclock a card. Did you happen to overclock it? It could also be your monitors refresh rate, which messes up the image if set to a bad refresh rate for the resolution your using.
    No I have not overclocked at all. My refresh rate is at 85 which is the maximum for my monitor at 1024x768

    Also take a look at this pic, it shows I have 2 cards installed, is that wrong? <a target=new class=ftalternatingbarlinklarge href="http://www.thebloodbros.com/pics/stuff.JPG">Click Me</a>
    Pentium 4 2.4ghz 533 FSB
    768 DDR PC 2700 (512 and 256)
    Maxxtor 80g 7200 RPM
    ASUS P4P8X intel 865p
    ATI 9800 pro 128 mb (CAT 3.7)
    330 Watt Power Supply (Not sure of manufacturer)
    Sound Blaster LIVE! 5.1
    Envision 985e 19" CRT

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    Looks like what used to happen to my NES! Except the actual graphics in the back werent as good of course. Did you try blowing into the cartridge slot?? :D

    Your power supply isnt the problem, it should go fine with 330W. I have heard of problems with 3.9 drivers, but you have already tried the 3.8 so thats not it either. Maybe you just got lucky (or unlucky i guess) and got a flakey card.

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    Disable eveything you can think of in your bios related to video that applies. Caching, shadowing, read, write, AGP Trans, ect. Also use the 3.7 drivers if you play alot of games. The newer ATI drivers are seriously not for gamers I'm afraid:cry: .

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    I read some where that some Radeon cards that are shipped have reported some artifacts, i don't know where i heard this but its just a thought. To explain the cards you saw in your device manager, Radeon cards do that, the first card is for your crt(regular output) and the second is your dvi out port for digital displays. If you just bought this card then return it, if you have a warranty send it to the manufactuer, or you can try downloading a overclocking utility like Rivatuner to underclock your card to a stable clock, thats all i can offer you. So, besides that your pretty much screwed.
    Other TT members might beable to help with this problem. Good Luck. :cheers:
    CPU: Opteron 165 @ 311x9 - 2817.8 mhz - 1.47v
    Mobo: Abit KN8-SLI
    RAM: 2x512 Crucial Ballistic Tracers500 @ 202 mhz 2-2-2-5 T1
    GFX: Asus EAX1950pro @ 648/1408
    PSU: Thermaltake 500w
    SC: Audigy 2 zs
    LCD: 22' Samsung 225bw
    Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 Ultra
    Mouse: Logitech G5

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    wow I have mobile Ati radeon 5000 on my laptop and I have EXACTLY the same problem. It is not often but from time to time the screen will look exactly the way it looks on that pic of yours... no idea what's this all about :( :( any1 help?

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    I get that problem sometimes when playing bf1942 only when i exit the screen and go back to the game. I think its a common radeon glitch? So Ivor, me and you kinda have the same problem, but it doesn't affect me much because the card gives me alot of performance that i need :D
    CPU: Opteron 165 @ 311x9 - 2817.8 mhz - 1.47v
    Mobo: Abit KN8-SLI
    RAM: 2x512 Crucial Ballistic Tracers500 @ 202 mhz 2-2-2-5 T1
    GFX: Asus EAX1950pro @ 648/1408
    PSU: Thermaltake 500w
    SC: Audigy 2 zs
    LCD: 22' Samsung 225bw
    Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 Ultra
    Mouse: Logitech G5

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    when i installed the newest Nvidia drivers for my Geforce4 ti 4200 Bf1942 went nuts and only played in wireframe mode. I lost all my textures. The only textures that showed up were the vehicles i was driving. hehe if i was a cheater i coulda easily seen through walls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Need4Speed
    Disable eveything you can think of in your bios related to video that applies. Caching, shadowing, read, write, AGP Trans, ect. Also use the 3.7 drivers if you play alot of games. The newer ATI drivers are seriously not for gamers I'm afraid:cry: .
    I gave in and sent it back, going with a retail 9800 pro instead, AIW's just aren't worth the extra from what I've read. I've underclocked as much as I could and games are still unplayable.

    Thanks for the help:cheers:
    Pentium 4 2.4ghz 533 FSB
    768 DDR PC 2700 (512 and 256)
    Maxxtor 80g 7200 RPM
    ASUS P4P8X intel 865p
    ATI 9800 pro 128 mb (CAT 3.7)
    330 Watt Power Supply (Not sure of manufacturer)
    Sound Blaster LIVE! 5.1
    Envision 985e 19" CRT

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