Connect3d ATI Radeon 9550 AGP 256MB keeps resetting and crashing

By Eccles
Sep 23, 2006
  1. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    You don't need a 64 bit driver unless you have Windows XP x64 Edition.
  2. Eccles

    Eccles TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    OK, I've installed the very latest 32bit system driver, but still no joy. In fact, I went into Catalyst Control Centre to check the 3D preview it has there, and just like previous times, it decided it couldn't view it and offered me an error report. It froze up as I was trying to copy the details into notepad, but one thing I did notice was that it said "Windows NT 5.1 build 2600", whereas my dxdiag says "Windows XP Professional 5.1 build 2600". Is that any sort of clue?

    I'm going to call ATI in the week and see if I can talk to someone there about this.
  3. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    I am beginning to suspect that the driver is not the problem, and that your wondows installation is at fault!!!!!!
  4. Eccles

    Eccles TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Should I do a full reinstall, then, from the ground up, with the card in place as I install windows, see if that solves it?
  5. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Dont buy a PSU just yet, the newest ATI drivers dont work with cards below 9600, so get the next latest drivers, and see if it helps.
  6. Eccles

    Eccles TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    really? how do they work that?! which is the best driver set for 9550, then? i'm on 6-9, the latest one, how far back should i go?

    odd, on this driver, i can only have a refresh rate of 60Hz....
  7. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    F1n3st, so you recon i shouldnt try catalyst 6.9 with my 9550? Im using 6.8 with no problems at all at the mo!
  8. Eccles

    Eccles TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    ATI says that "The Radeon 9550 series processors are supproted under the Catalyst 6.9 drivers" [sic]. Rik seems to have no problem, so I can only assume either there is something interfering on a fundamental level, or the card is faulty. With that in mind, at my earliest opportunity I'm going to try some older drivers, then when fails I'll do a full reinstall. Hopefully starting from scratch with the card in place might clear out whatever doesn't like the card.

    If that doesn't work, I'll have to conclude that the card is either faulty or doesn't work well with my mobo - either way it'll have to go back and I'll try a different one, maybe go back to Nvidia.

    How's that sound?
  9. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    You misunderstood, im using catalyst 6.8 with no problems, not 6.9, i havent tried it as yet.

    [Edit] Try running scandisk, just incase you have any bad data written to your hard drive as ive seen that cause the problem you are having before!!
  10. Eccles

    Eccles TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    I did scandisk a while ago, about three weeks back. It didn't bring up any errors, but I'm loathe to do it again because it just keeps restarting after the scan and starting a new scan! Took me ages to get it to stop last time, maybe that's due to a messed up OS.....
  11. Eccles

    Eccles TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Well, that took longer than I thought it would, but I've finally reinstalled everything, and I've still got the problem, so I'm sending this bl**dy card back.

    After I installed my mobo drivers, I started getting odd red line effects all over the screen untill I installed ATI drivers, and the crashing problem is still with me, so I'm going to return it as faulty and try a different card altogether.

    I'm going to go back to nVidia, methinks. Would anyone recommend a particular one to me, that has DVI and 256M for roughly a £35-40 price tag?
  12. Eccles

    Eccles TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Well I sent it back to Ebuyer, and they agreed it was faulty, hurrah! Now I need to decide what to spend the refund on...
  13. Matches30

    Matches30 TS Rookie

    ATI Radeon 9550 issues

    I have this same vid card / mobo combo and currently go nuts dealing with it LOL

    But I have repeatedly done THIS and it has worked for me over n over...
    as soon as possible right after booting, go into catalyst, and then into GART settings, and drop the AGP speed down to 0. I have yet to figure out a way to put my agp speed BACK to where it should be, but this has repeatedly stopped crashing and blanking problems for me :)
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