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Hi, as you can see I am new to the www.overclock.net forums and new to Overclocking in general. Most of my information on the subject and inspiration has come from www.overclock.net.
And now, regrettably, I am asking for ANY help on a major issue I am having.

The story goes like this...
I have had my current computer for just under a year now, and it has run without any serious problems for all that time. (Apart from a HDD issue I had in October 2007.)
But it really annoyed me when I attempted to play 'Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfare 2' the other day and the graphics where really jittery and laggy, these are the best words I can think of to describe it. Every other game I had played previously seemed to be fine.
But, having played around with ATITool and 'Radlinker' with the intention of squeezing a little extra out of my cheap/budget card (ATI Radeon X1550 Series), I seem to have done this for a short period of time, but ultimately either temporarily messed up/permanently damaged my Graphics Card. (I really hope it is the previous and this mistake is reversible)
Or at least, this is what I think I have done...Because like I said above, everything was running smoothly (Apart from the exception of GRAW 2 with it's gittery graphics).
First of all I downloaded ATITools after reading up on it and watching a short tutorial on using it from Youtube. I then went through the process described in the video... "Step 1: Click the 'Find Max Core speed' button and leave it to work, after this is finished click the 'Find Max Memory' button and wait for it to work"... The guide said something along these lines. So this is what I did, 3-4 times in-fact, because after the slider started going up (Going up in increments, trying to fine my Maximum Core Speed), it got to a certain point and my screen would just freeze, and after about 10 seconds of a frozen screen it just went black, as though it had turned off. And I assure you it was switched on. Each time I tried to find the Maximum Core Speed the screen just kept freezing and going black. I.E. not displaying anything, Like I say, this happened 3-4 times.
So, the next time I started ATITools up, I had remembered the last 'working' slider values (by working I mean the values just before the screen froze) and manually raised each of the sliders to this level, and then decided to decrease each slider by around 10mhz to be on the safe side. Well, I saved the profile and I noticed that my FPS rate had gone up by something like 20FPS (Still only around 160-165FPS on average), But I thought Great!, I noticed there wasn't any 'artifacts' in the 3D Fuzzy cube on the left of the main ATITool window, and it seemed to be running smoothly, I couldn't, however, Use the 'Scan for artifacts' feature as it kept showing a error message each time I tried.
Next, I set 'Radlinker' with the same values as I had used with ATITool. All seemed to be going well up until around 2 hours ago, after many frozen screens and restarts later, I had found a more fine tuned value in ATITool for the Core Speed and the Memory speed and kept it as it was. But now every time the profile I saved in ATItool is loaded up, which is at System start-up as that is how I set it, my screen freezes for no apparent reason and again, I have to restart my computer in order for it to return to it's previous state. I am not even doing anything 'Graphically Intensive' so to speak, it does this even when a few programmes are running in the System-tray and I am on my desktop. This has happened around 5 times in the last 2 hours, it also happens when I try and run the Benchmark tests in 3D Mark 2006, it just crashes, and when it does run, I seem to only be getting around 3-6FPS on the tests . No mouse movement or anything, so I have to restart, YET AGAIN.

Can someone please suggest (if they know of course) what the problem may be and if I have damaged my Graphics Card with my stupid, n00b, antics.
Any help is GREATLY appreciated as always!
Also, sorry for the lack of information, I was planning on getting some screen shots of the 3D Mark Tests in action, and also some of the Main ATITool Window, showing the Core speed... etc.
However when I tried to do both of these early to try and help the situation, and make it easier for anyone willing to help me, it crashed YET AGAIN!! And continued to do so, until I finally gave up. It has got to the point where, when I turn my computer back on, I have to immediately go into Task Manager and kill the ATITool process before it fully loads.
If any additional information such as System Specification or such is needed, I will try and get them. Just say if they are needed.
Sorry for the rather long post, and I hope I have made the situation more clear, instead of actually making it more confusing. Let's just hope I don't need to buy another graphics card with what very little money I have, and it will just be a lesson to take things more slowly next time.

Thanks for reading. And like I said before, ANY HELP IS ALWAYS DEEPLY APPRECIATED!!

All the best,
DoubleTShiftty
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ WinFast 6100M2MA Radeon X1550 Series DDR2, PC2-4300 (266 MHz), 2048 MBytes 
Hard DriveOSMonitor
Maxtor DiamondMax 20 160GB SATA Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 17" Viewsonic 
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post #2 of 6
well firstly and to be blunt...Welcome to OC.net...and 2 that vid card is a piece of crap to try and overclock.....ok to begin have you uninstalled ati tools to restarted to see if the problem persist. And what were the temps on the gpu, and ambient(i think they called it). and what is your system specs....fill those out will DEFINATELY help us out. if its a stock pc just look up the brand and fill in the blanks
 
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intel Core i5 3570k 4.5ghz 1.200v - 0.000 offset  Gigabyte z77X-UP4 TH Beta Bios F11C with lastes... Sapphire 7950 3GB GSkill 2x8gb 2400mhz 11-13-13-31 T2 @ 10-13-13-... 
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Crucial M4 128GB SSD SATA 3.0 M4-CT128M4SSD1 Corsair H80 v2i AIO liquid cooling Windows 10 Professional x64 47 inch Samsung LCD HD TV 
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Corsair 850w modular stock 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
C2Q Q6600 GO @ 3.2ghz 1.28 Gigabyte P35 DS3-L Pencil modded Nvidia 9800 GT 512mb 2x1gb Gskill 1066 5-5-5-15 & 2x1gb Gskill Pi 80... 
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Crucial m4 CT128M4SSD1 128GB SSD - OS Drive Samsung HD103UJ & SJ 1 Terabyte HDD LG 22x DVD burner Arctic Freezer Pro 2  
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intel Core i5 3570k 4.5ghz 1.200v - 0.000 offset  Gigabyte z77X-UP4 TH Beta Bios F11C with lastes... Sapphire 7950 3GB GSkill 2x8gb 2400mhz 11-13-13-31 T2 @ 10-13-13-... 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128GB SSD SATA 3.0 M4-CT128M4SSD1 Corsair H80 v2i AIO liquid cooling Windows 10 Professional x64 47 inch Samsung LCD HD TV 
PowerAudio
Corsair 850w modular stock 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
C2Q Q6600 GO @ 3.2ghz 1.28 Gigabyte P35 DS3-L Pencil modded Nvidia 9800 GT 512mb 2x1gb Gskill 1066 5-5-5-15 & 2x1gb Gskill Pi 80... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial m4 CT128M4SSD1 128GB SSD - OS Drive Samsung HD103UJ & SJ 1 Terabyte HDD LG 22x DVD burner Arctic Freezer Pro 2  
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Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64 HannsG 27.5" Widescreen Red thingy 750w Single rail old raidmax from 1st build beat to death 
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post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
I am aware that is a **** Card, but like I say it was a cheap option, and budget is everything for me at the moment.
Here is the link to the HTML Dump I quickly did and uploaded using CPU-Z, it explains my System Specification a 1000 times better than I could.

System Specification Download.

I hope this helps further.

Regards,
DoubleTS
    
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ WinFast 6100M2MA Radeon X1550 Series DDR2, PC2-4300 (266 MHz), 2048 MBytes 
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post #4 of 6
Welcome to the forum! Great detail in explaining your issue but it would be very helpful, as someone already state, if you fill in your system specs in the "User CP". We will then be well-armed in assisting you. Even if you're not completely sure on all the details, fill in what you can. Something is better than nothing.

If I am interpreting your description correctly, I understand that you were getting satisfactory performance from your card until you tried to play Ghost Recon. At this time you decided to overclock the card with various utilities and the problem surfaced shortly thereafter.

If the artifact test in ATiTools failed, it's probably because there was actually some instability present. Even after decreasing clock rates 10MHz from "maximum", you are really stressing out that little X1550. To be honest, I'm not surprised that it finally gave out on you.

I've experience similar symptoms with an X1950 Pro that I used to have. The screen randomly freeze even under light load, etc. I was able to back the clocks down and the card functions today as far as I've been told.

At worst, this is a little constuctive criticism:

When overclocking, you are increasing stress levels beyond what the manufacturer felt ideal. I found a great quote in another forum: "Don't overclock anything unless you are mentally and financially able to deal with damaged hardware".

In short, I think there's a good chance you've fried your card. You could try uninstalling all the utilities and try that but I don't feel it will resolve your issue.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Well..
I have un-installed all Utilities I used to try and 'overclock' my Graphics Card. And I haven't had any crashes so far. I have tested a few games since then, and everything seems to be running smoothly again. So, I hope this is the last of my problems, and I will bear in mind all the advice taken, I'll leave it until I have money next time, or better components that can handle the strain. Not to mention, I will really research what I am doing next time.
All the help I have received is deeply appreciated, and thanks for the prompt replies.

Regards,
DoubleTS
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ WinFast 6100M2MA Radeon X1550 Series DDR2, PC2-4300 (266 MHz), 2048 MBytes 
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ WinFast 6100M2MA Radeon X1550 Series DDR2, PC2-4300 (266 MHz), 2048 MBytes 
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post #6 of 6
In this case I am happy that I was wrong. Glad to hear you're back up and running again!
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