9th September 2007
Just do get an RMA.
"I'd shush her zephyr." ~ Zephyr.
Could be borked drivers. rah66jr, did you try using older drivers? Or maybe newer ones from the AMD or ATI website (not sure who hosts them anymore).
Well no but I doubt it can be the drivers.... I've been using the drivers flawlessly for months and since I did a reformat and then redownloaded the ATI 10.2 drivers they were a fresh install.... has to be a physical problem with the card.
Well something wack just happened.... I've been using my backup card to play (a GT230) and it started doing the same thing! I put my 5870 and for now it works perfectly again..... so its not my video card!!! Could it be my mobo??? Or would hard drive be more likely?
Not that I know all of the specifics but to me it sounds like a power issue. PRovided software issues have been ruled out it definitely sounds like power. What's your PSU demand versus output and or the age of it?
Had a friend who had similar problems to you, PC was gimping out real bad, half power, third power, and sometimes none. Tried it with replacement ram and video but the problem persisted, found out later that the PSU was under-supplying the hardware. New PSU and everything was fixed. Ran the old PSU through a multimeter and it wasn't even operating at 60% of it's claimed strength.
If you have an integrated video card on your MB, try using just that to see if your problem doesn't get better, at least in part. The missing video card wont drain on your PSU, giving you an indicator of its cause or not.
Just a thought.
Dont think its a power problem. But you can never be too sure.
I have a 2 month old Antec 1200 watt PSU.... unless it's defective I don't think that's the issue. I doubt that a power issue would cause the exact same effect in two totally different cards..... I guess it's something to think about though.
Well, was worth a shot. It' only takes a multimeter to find out. Incidentally, my associates computer was a Gateway FX, somewhat high end, and about 5 months old at the time of his gaming crisis.