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So I installed a new PSU in my gf's computer today, thinking it would fix the artifacting and crashing issues that occured when I installed a Visiontek 2600XT. I was wrong.

What I'm in the process of doing is attempting to determine whether the card is faulty or drivers are at fault. First, a couple of notes...

- The system works flawlessly in safe mode.
- The system works flawlessly in normal mode with no drivers installed.

I first attempted to install Catalyst 7.1, which is what was included on the CD that came with the card. This resulted in occasional tiny artifacts under normal use and lots of artifacts when Kombuster was started.

I did a little research online and apparently it's very common for AGP version 2600XT's, especially Visionteks, to have driver related artifacting and 3D crashes. I found that ATI released an AGP card hotfix starting with Catalyst 8.1. I went through AMD's site, as recommended in all the old threads I found. After selecting my card, OS, etc. I was provided with the AGP hotfix version of Catalyst 10.1. I did the proper uninstall of the old drivers, etc. and installed this newest hotfix version.

Upon reboot, there were artifacts everywhere on the login screen. The system crashed and somehow recovered (never seen XP manage that) while logging in. Starting Kombuster yielded an explosion of artifacts and a system reboot less than fifteen seconds later.

Uninstalling these drivers and rebooting with no drivers installed once again resulted in flawless operation.



What say you, ATI gurus? Any suggestions from previous 2600XT owners? Has anyone here heard of this issue? Does anyone have an AGP 6600GT for sale?
Edited by AyeYo - 1/1/11 at 6:59pm
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I'd point at the card, you've tried multiple driver sets with the same result.

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Uninstalling these drivers and rebooting with no drivers installed once again resulted in flawless operation.
Not using the actual driver doesn't implement a lot of the card's features.
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Sounds like the card is failing. Get a new video card.
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I'd point at the card, you've tried multiple driver sets with the same result.


Not using the actual driver doesn't implement a lot of the card's features.
But you'd think if the card was failing so badly that it's artifacting all over the log in screen, I'd get at least SOME artifacts while running driverless, right?
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But you'd think if the card was failing so badly that it's artifacting all over the log in screen, I'd get at least SOME artifacts while running driverless, right?
Not necessarily. I have seen bad cards that didn't artifact until drivers were installed.
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yeah that is how my HD4870 was acting and sent it in for RMA and it worked for a while and then well it is dead completely now.
 
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Thanks everyone. I'll browsings craigslist for cards now. Sorry my stay with ATI was so short. lol
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Thanks everyone. I'll browsings craigslist for cards now. Sorry my stay with ATI was so short. lol
All manufacturer's have faulty cards. Also the HD2600 was never exactly a great gpu.

ATI has some great offerings. I had only used Nvidia in my main rigs from 1998 to 2008, but since the 4870 I have been using ATI and it has been great. Both companies have some really great products out right now.
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All manufacturer's have faulty cards. Also the HD2600 was never exactly a great gpu.

ATI has some great offerings. I had only used Nvidia in my main rigs from 1998 to 2008, but since the 4870 I have been using ATI and it has been great. Both companies have some really great products out right now.
I don't doubt the quality of the products and I was really pulling for that card to actually work. I just found the drivers to be a pain in the nuts, the AMD site sucks, CCC takes a month to load after boot, offered really wacked-out resolutions and I had tons of issues without it, just lots of stuff along those lines that had me running screaming back to Nvidia. I ended up finding her a vanilla 6600 and it works great. It's not as powerful as the 2600XT would have been, but it's a solid card for Minecraft and runs hassle free on my favorite 186.18 drivers. Maybe I'll try to OC it to GT specs...
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