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So just months ago i was building my system on an MSI 865PE Neo2-Platinum and a Sapphire Atlantis 9800SE. By the way, this is NOT a softmoding question . Anyways this card needed a floppy power connector for its fan. I plugged one in, but there was no power going to it, so it soon overheated. When I realized my dumb mistake I redid some settings and wireing and got power to it again. Apparently the fan had gotten totally screwed over from the overheat and when it tried to spin, a puff of smoke came from it. I immediately shut off my PC and popped in an old Radeon 7500.

For an early christmas present I got a Zalman VF-700 CU, which would easily cool my hopefully still working 9800SE. I installed the fan and gave it power, but my MSI board complained about not giving the card's fan power. See, the cooler doesn't plug into the card at all like the stock cooler did and my board freaked out on me. There's no BIOS settings to turn off to bypass that and nothing on either Zalman's or MSI's site, so I did the thing that created this mess in the first place and plugged in a floppy cable with no power going to it.

It booted but I noticed artifacts on the XP boot logo. No big deal, it's not like I want to see that anyways . I did a clean Omega drivers install and when I'd reboot, the driver would try to reset and then it seemed like my computer would go on standby and refuse to come back. My monitor went to sleep and everything! This went for both the softmoded drivers and the regular. When I tried to reset the regular driver and play a game, what I saw brought new meaning to the word "artifacts." That was just the menu of the game. When I tried to, say, play battlefield 1942 - wake island, it would do the same 'standby' sort of thing. I've tried forcing AA & AF, but it barely made a difference at all and my computer would still go unresponsive. Any ideas, or should I start looking for a midrange budget AGP card?

Edit: I just did another fresh install of the omega's after going down to AGP 4x and guess what? I got a blue screen of death during the driver reset. "Device driver stuck in infinite loop. Problem with device or driver." Of course the driver listed is ati2dvag. Something's telling me it's the deivice, not the driver.

Gotta love stop errors.
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Originally Posted by FlamingJello
So just months ago i was building my system on an MSI 865PE Neo2-Platinum and a Sapphire Atlantis 9800SE. By the way, this is NOT a softmoding question . Anyways this card needed a floppy power connector for its fan. I plugged one in, but there was no power going to it, so it soon overheated. When I realized my dumb mistake I redid some settings and wireing and got power to it again. Apparently the fan had gotten totally screwed over from the overheat and when it tried to spin, a puff of smoke came from it. I immediately shut off my PC and popped in an old Radeon 7500.

For an early christmas present I got a Zalman VF-700 CU, which would easily cool my hopefully still working 9800SE. I installed the fan and gave it power, but my MSI board complained about not giving the card's fan power. See, the cooler doesn't plug into the card at all like the stock cooler did and my board freaked out on me. There's no BIOS settings to turn off to bypass that and nothing on either Zalman's or MSI's site, so I did the thing that created this mess in the first place and plugged in a floppy cable with no power going to it.

It booted but I noticed artifacts on the XP boot logo. No big deal, it's not like I want to see that anyways . I did a clean Omega drivers install and when I'd reboot, the driver would try to reset and then it seemed like my computer would go on standby and refuse to come back. My monitor went to sleep and everything! This went for both the softmoded drivers and the regular. When I tried to reset the regular driver and play a game, what I saw brought new meaning to the word "artifacts." That was just the menu of the game. When I tried to, say, play battlefield 1942 - wake island, it would do the same 'standby' sort of thing. I've tried forcing AA & AF, but it barely made a difference at all and my computer would still go unresponsive. Any ideas, or should I start looking for a midrange budget AGP card?

Edit: I nearly forgot! Merry christmas everyone.

My 6800GT did the exact same thing, I ended up buying a new card. But if anyone can figure out the problem that would be brilliant for me aswell.
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Does anyone have any ideas? Anyone?? I'm desperate.
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this happens to both 7500 and 9800 se send me a email with ur answer blankmind@mchsi.com
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