Missing polygons

Entropy_5

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I installed my new Radeon 9800 pro card in my computer last month. It ran fine for several weeks then one day I started seeing missing polygons all over the place. There are also some other graphical glitches (like additional polygons in random places).

I thought it would be fixed by just updating the drivers. But I ran into another problem there. Whenever I try to install new drivers I get a message saying "Update failed. Try updating your Display Adapter with a VGA driver." I tried uninstalling my drivers so the regular VGA driver was showing and I got the same message.

I e-mailed ATI three times and I just keep getting form letters that have nothing to do with my problem. I have:

Windows ME (I know...I know...)
Athlon 1.4ghz
512 RAM
Radeon 9800 pro

Does anyone have a solution to either one of these problems?
 

marneus

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Try the ATi Catalyst 3.8 drivers, these are the most recent drivers I have tested successfully with my W98se build (& I have a R9700pro BTW)

Oh and try;
1. running your system with the side of the case off
2. a second fan to blow across the card (my bros fanless 9600 seems to need it)
3. Was the card ever overclocked ??? Make sure the card is not overclocked
4. try a fresh install of your OS

if these dinnae work, RTB you card, looks to be a tad duff...

Trust me I know what I'm doing... ooops, grab the cat...
 

Slava

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1. boot OS in safe mode
2. in Add/Remove programs remove drivers
3. in Device Manager make sure your Display adapter is set to VGA. If not, set it manually to generic VGA
4. reboot
5. Windows says it found new device and asks to insert Disk or whatever CANCEL out of this nonsense.
6. in device manager double-check that it still says VGA
7. run Catalyst installer and reboot.

If problem persists, chances are the card is getting too hot. Is your case small? Is it tightly packed? Is there enough airflow? This card is known to run HOT. Judging by your system specs it is a pretty old system... all of the above may be true about it. What power supply do you have? 200W? 250W? 300W?

<font color=green>Stingy people end up paying double. One kick-ass rig that will go strong for three years or one half-good one every year?</font color=green> :cool:
 

Titanion

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Spray the dust out of your heatsink... at least take a look...

<font color=red><b>NF7-S/Mobile Barton 2600+
210x12.5 1.8V
GB XMS PC3200
9500np modded to 9700np</b></font color=red><font color=green><b>
NF7-S/Unlocked Barton 2500+
200x11.5 1.76V
512MB XMS PC2700
Ti4200
 

Slava

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Oh, and one more thing. If you are at all familiar with REGEDIT... after you boot in safe mode and do driver uninstall do this:

1. Start => Run => regedit => OK
2. Edit => Find => NVIDIA (*or whatever driver you need to remove completely)
3. Once key is found => Del => F3 (=find next) and repeat 2 and 3 till you get "Finished searching registry"

There are also freeware utilities for Detonator removal but I never use them - I do my stuff manually. You may wanna check guru3d.com for downloads...

<font color=green>Stingy people end up paying double. One kick-ass rig that will go strong for three years or one half-good one every year?</font color=green> :cool: