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New, ATI Radeon x1600, New Problems

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Just bought a new ATI Radeon X1600 PRO (AGP) with 512MB of video memory and installed it all and everything. Now, my desktop occaisionally sports funny coloured lines (which disappear on refresh) and flickering. THAT I could live with, but playing a game that sports 3D graphics and textures will result in funny colored textures and/or occaisional freezing. Most notably, Civilization 4 shows off some tiremark looking streaks across the landscape and models sometimes stretch to edges of screen in comically ugly stretches of texture. Problems always go away on restart of game or refresh, but always build up as gameplay continues.

HELP! I've updated all I could from the ATI site!

2 Problems I may think of are my power supply (250W instead of the recommended 300W), and my monitor, which is a Samsung Syncmaster 750s (which Windows update can't locate anymore drivers for, so I assume it is up to date).
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Hi and welcome to Geeks to Go. Since you already know the power supply is not adequate per the manufacturer's specification I suggest upgrading your power supply. You should get a quality power supply that at least meets the 300 watt requirement. Keep in mind that many psu manufacturers overstate wattage by 30% because they use an "ideal conditons" bench mark that does not exist in the real world. Here is a good source of information on power supplies, ones to aviod, how to decide which one to buy, calculators to determine needed wattage etc. http://www.hardforum...isplay.php?f=93
See the sticky post at the top of the forum.
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Well, I upgraded it to a 380W power supply and the thing still doesn't work properly. Any ideas now?

Operating System System Model
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 1 (build 2600) Compaq Presario 061 DN000A-ABA S5030NX NA311 0n41411RE101CROSS10
System Serial Number: MXR4110316
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.13 gigahertz AMD Athlon XP
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD MS-6390 3.0
Serial Number: 3910493154
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 3.09 07/01/2003
Drives Memory Modules c,d
80.00 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
10.99 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

CyberDrv CW089D CD-R/RW [CD-ROM drive]
IDE-DVD ROM 16x [CD-ROM drive]
WV6042C DPN923S SCSI CdRom Device [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

WDC WD800EB-11DJF0 [Hard drive] (80.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WCAHL4041999, rev 77.07W77, SMART Status: Healthy 768 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' has 256 MB
Slot 'A1' has 512 MB
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 74.68 GB 10.02 GB free
d: (FAT32 on drive 0) 5.32 GB 970 MB free

Network Drives
None detected
Users (mouse over user name for details) Printers
local user accounts last logon
Owner 23/08/2006 2:02:57 PM (admin)
local system accounts
Administrator never (admin)
ASPNET never
Guest 10/08/2006 4:04:04 PM
HelpAssistant never
HOME never
SUPPORT_388945a0 never
SUPPORT_fddfa904 never

Marks a disabled account; Marks a locked account Microsoft Office Document Image Writer Driver on Microsoft Document Imaging Writer Port:
Microsoft Shared Fax Driver on SHRFAX:

Controllers Display
Standard floppy disk controller
Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller]
VIA Bus Master IDE Controller Radeon X1600 Series [Display adapter]
Radeon X1600 Series Secondary [Display adapter]
Samsung SyncMaster [Monitor] (15.7"vis, s/n HDBX306546, March 2004)
Bus Adapters Multimedia
VAXSCSI Controller
Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller
VIA Rev 5 or later USB Universal Host Controller (3x) Realtek AC'97 Audio for VIA ® Audio Controller
Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Device
Communications Other Devices
Agere Win Modem

VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter
primary Auto IP Address: / 24
Dhcp Server:
Physical Address: 00:0C:76:65:D9:29

Networking Dns Server:
PC Camera (6029 CIF) #3
Compaq PS2 Keyboard (2K - 3)
PS/2 Compatible Mouse
USB Root Hub (4x)

Heh, just wondering if that will help at all.
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Yeah, it sounds like either a defective GPU or defective VRAM. You are going to have to RMA it.
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