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sithpigeon

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I've been working on building a good computer from free parts(no laughing) and recently received an ATI Radeon 9600 XT graphics card that was supposedly broken. I tried installing it onto my ubuntu desktop and as one might expect it was indeed...broken. The odd thing was that it worked fine doing all the simple tasks (desktop management, file browsing, program running) and I could hear its little fan running, which means it was getting info. But, whenever I would try running a game, it slowed way down and gave me like 8 fps. Any ideas at what could be causing this?
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Well first of all have you installed the proprietary 3d drivers? I don't know if Ubuntu includes then or not.... Debian does not as they are not "free" according to their definition.... Also the 9600xt does tend to run hot as I recall... maybe the fan isn't cutting it anymore...


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You could also look at the capacitors ( small can-like components ) on the card and see if any are bulged/leaking

Edited by shard92, 10 June 2008 - 11:28 AM.

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Have installed propriety drivers. Will look into capacitors.
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Ok so I don't see anything weird with the capacitors but I noticed this little switch on the card and remembered that the card seemed to be treated as two different cards by the computer (in hardware info it had the normal one and then was listed again with secondary in parenthesis. What does this switch do and are they related? Posted Image
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Well does the card have more than one output? If so then that would be the secondary output. As far as the switch you'd need to get the documentation for that card.... Is it actual ati ( from the picture it looks like it but it is kind of blurry...
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