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ATI Radeon 9550/X1050 series constant problems

By andjustice81
Jul 11, 2007
  1. Hey guys as the title states I am having constant problems with my graphics driver crashing with the following message "your graphics driver has stopped responding to commands" (something along those lines anyway lol)
    I am using an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ processor
    With the ATI Radeon 9550/X1050 series 256MB VGA graphics card.
    512MB DDR RAM.
    I recently tried updating to the latest drivers from ATI but had severe installation problems and ended up having to do a system restore. So i am using the standard driver. I can play counter-strike and battlefield 2 reasonable consistantly (Wont crash out for a few hours or so) Which points out this cant be an overheating problem. But when i try to play WoW i get about 5-15 minutes game time before it stops responding. If anyone has any knowledge about how to fix this, it would be great :)
    Edit: Since doing the system restore my CPU speed has gone from 2.2ghz to 999mhz? wtf is up with that?!
     
  2. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 527

    Try "undoing" system restore. You should get get back your 2.4ghz processor speed. Since you are running only 512 mbs of ddr ram, you are operating with minimum ram. Try doubling that, it will help and might stop the crashes. Does your "paging file" (virtual memory) have at least 1 or 1.5 gigs? You have to have that. Good Luck.
     
  3. andjustice81

    andjustice81 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    im not sure how to go about "undoing" the system restore. How did my processor speed drop anyway??? It seems really strange. It has enough ram to play WoW and other online games, so i dont think that is the problem. My virtual memory is allready 2.0Gb. If the system meets the minimum game requirments, this shouldnt be a problem should it? Any other help would be great :)
    Edit: i just checked my processor speed and it has gone back up to 2.2Ghz Lol.. hmmmm... my computer is going crazy.
     
  4. andjustice81

    andjustice81 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    "BUMP"
    Cmon guys any help would be great as i really want to fix this lol.
     
  5. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

  6. andjustice81

    andjustice81 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Im not sure how to determine which AGP slot i have, could you tell me please?? Yeah im running XP with Sp2. Im not really too worried about the ram as it seems to be running the programmes smooth as until they crash lol.
    Edit: the model you refer at tigerdirect.com is not the same as my one. My one is the X1050 series. My one is AGP/VGA/Tv-out but does not have DVI.
     
  7. andjustice81

    andjustice81 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Any other ideas on what could be causing this guys?
     
  8. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 527

    Go back to system restore, select "undo my last restore". For serious gaming response you won't get it with your 9550. It has 6 GB's/sec. bandwidth. I really believe that you should have at least one ghz ram (minimum). Is your integrated graphics(if applicable) disabled? I used "catalyst" drivers when I used a 9550. Seriously: A) higher end GPU B). 1 or 2 gigs ram. C). more powerful psu. Good Luck.
     
  9. andjustice81

    andjustice81 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My processor speed has gone back to 2.2ghz. I dont see why i should need more ram or a better processor because as i said the games are running smoothly until they crash. Im just trying to figure out why the driver stops responding to commands. I updated my processor driver and it went back to 2.2ghz.
     
  10. thebaronjocelin

    thebaronjocelin TS Enthusiast Posts: 158

    Update to the official Catalyst or Omega drivers.

    Like everybody has said...UPGRADE! 512 MB of RAM is not particularly expensive (you just need to find the correct speed and DIMM (socket) , nor is a decent AGP 8x/4x (probably your socket) card like the nVidia GeForce 6800, or the ATI Radeon X800. And power supplies are possibly the cheapest components available.

    Sometimes, it will stop responding if it tries to run an effect or process that the card is not capable of. World of Warcraft is not particularly good at telling you what is necessary beforehand. Although, frankly, if it's running BF2 at all (and on a 9550, I'm not sure how the hell it is), then it should do World of Warcraft admirably. However, it is most likely an issue with you just having the wrong drivers.
     
  11. andjustice81

    andjustice81 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Its runs BF2 Mint on 1280X1024 resolution with the texture and terrain setting on high. around 40-50fps, no lag at all, neither with World of Warcraft. I tried to load the official catalyst driver on but it came up with the error message: "setup did now find a driver compatable with your current hardware or operating system". I wrote to ATI asking what the story was and that i'd like a reply to confirm they heard me. 5 days with no reply so far lol. Useless turds.
     
  12. thebaronjocelin

    thebaronjocelin TS Enthusiast Posts: 158

    Well, when AMD bought out ATI, the customer service that ATI had got loaded on the techs at AMD (plus a few from ATI) and they both got screwed.

    Are you sure you're running a 9550? Send us a dxdiag.
     
  13. andjustice81

    andjustice81 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I found somethings that could shed some light on this. I hope one of you guys know how to fix it :) hehe
    In the catalyst event veiwer i have been getting some messages that could help discover the problem here they are:

    Warning: Removal of an assembly from the global assembly cache failed C:/Program Files\ATI Technologies|ATI.ACE|Core-Implementation|inerop.WBOCXLib,Version=1.0.0.0
    Source COM+SOAP Servies.

    There are honestly too many others for me to list and i cant copy and paste lol But they all seem to go: removal of an assembly from the global assembly cache failed.

    If anyone knows what this means and how to fix it that would be rad. Or i wouldnt mind trying an OMEGA driver is someone know where to download one thats right for my system. cheers :)
     
  14. thebaronjocelin

    thebaronjocelin TS Enthusiast Posts: 158

    Yes, I posted a link to your proper Omega driver in one of my earlier posts. It's in blue.
     
  15. andjustice81

    andjustice81 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Oh sweet thanks dude! I'll give this one a wazzy daz now n see how it goes lol hmm i dosent mention anything about a 9550 but ill give it a shot it does say "all" radeons. If not i can just do a driver rollback instead of restore which is what i should've done the first time.
     
  16. andjustice81

    andjustice81 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Just installed the omega driver and it has not fixed the problem, while installing, the setup also failed to find a file atiogi2 or something like that. Any other ideas guys?
     
  17. thebaronjocelin

    thebaronjocelin TS Enthusiast Posts: 158

    It must have been a corrupt download. Is your 9550 onboard?
     
  18. andjustice81

    andjustice81 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ive set the OMEGA Driver up correctly cause i found the files i needed located elsewhere. Its installed correctly on primary and secondary. Its still crashes :( lol. During the setup it detected my card fine n all but still, the driver stops responding to commands.
     
  19. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    u may just need to replace the card.
     
  20. thebaronjocelin

    thebaronjocelin TS Enthusiast Posts: 158

    Puzzling. I may have to go with Nick. If it's onboard, see if there's an auxiliary PCI-Express or AGP 8x/4x slot.
     
  21. grundoko

    grundoko TS Rookie

    i have the exact same problem. it cant be his ram cause i have 1 gb of ram, and pentium 4 2.6 ghz. im getting the omega driver now to see if it will help me
     
  22. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    This may not be it but I notice the original poster never mentioned uninstalling his old drivers before installing the new driver. Did you?
     
  23. grundoko

    grundoko TS Rookie

    awsome. you can all thank me cause i have fixed the problem. all you have to do is get the old catalyst 6.0 drivers

    it works for me anyway, and i hope it helps you too
     
  24. DuraK12

    DuraK12 TS Rookie

    Hey, im also expirencing some problems with most games...

    My Specs are as follows...

    ATI Radeon 9550/X1050 256mb APG Graphics Card
    Realtek AC97 Audio
    1GB of DDR2 RAM
    AMD ATHLON 64 Processor 3000+
    Windows XP SP2

    Now the problems im having with is with BF2142...

    -I can sometimes get into a game and be fine for a hour
    -Sometimes it opens up...a black screen then closest to desktop
    -Randomly kicked from game due to punkbuster reasons...even though it is activated and is up to date.
    -Sometimes i get just guns/or terrain turning pure black...and no detail.


    For CS:S
    -It just Freezes and says and error...forget what it is...ill try to get a screenie of it.

    If anyone can help with this would be appricated...I did have trouble finding where a update for my soundcard would be located, if anyone can find a link would be awesome, not sure i got the right update for my video card either.


    IF any links could be found for updates for any of this would be helpful, thanks.
     
  25. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    OK, the only time I've had a video card driver repeatedly stop responding was when the video card was broken. The only other thing I can think of is that the card may be overheating but that is not very likely. One of the cards I looked at was passively cooled with a small heatsink. You can purchase a small tube of Arctic Silver for a few bucks and re-seat the heatsink if you wish, but more than likely you'll need to replace the video card with something else to be rid of the problem.
     
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