Radeon 8500 won't work any more.

By DigitAlex
Jul 12, 2004
  1. Hi guys

    You may remember that I got myself a pretty 9800 Pro a couple of weeks ago. I then decided to replace the GF2 MX in the PC of my girlfriend by the one I had before in my PC, a Radeon 8500.

    In my PC it worked absolutely without any trouble. The GF2 MX worked fine in her PC also.

    Now that I have pu the 8500 in her PC, it won't work any more.
    She has a *cough*Packard Bell*cough* computer which is not that bad ( Athlon XP 1600+ ).

    If I use the 4.7 or 4.6 catalyst drivers, I can't even go past the XP loading screen. After it switches to the resolution I have set (1280x1024 on a 19" monitor), it goes black with some color pixels scattered there and everywhere.

    What I don't understand is that I also have the same monitor and was using the same resolution on my PC without any trouble, but I had 2000, not XP.

    I tried to install the 4.5 cats also. With those I can boot up, but eventually after like 20 minutes the VPU recover thing says the GPU has crashed and the display is switching to software and 16 bits.

    I also tried to do a clean XP install (new HDD) and it's absolutely the same.

    I have no clue of what I can do with that stuff .... Try alternate drivers ? (DNA, others ?) Some other ideas ?
  2. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    I would suggest putting back in the GF2 and completely uninstalling the old drivers, then reboot, and put in the 8500 and go from there.
    Although with a fresh install on a new HDD, that doesn't make sense. I'd try putting it back in your box to verify it still works.
  3. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    A few things you might wanna try :
    1. Disable AGP Fast-Writes
    2. Disable Sideband Adressing
    3. Lower the AGP speed tp 2x (or worst case 1x)
      If you can identify the chipset used on the board, try installing chipset drivers.

      Via 4in1s (4.51) if you have a Via based board, nForce forceware (4.24) if it's a nForce 1/2 chipset & SiS drivers if it's a SiS chipset.
  4. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 536

    Hey, don't joke Didou ... packard bell with an nforce board ? hehe

    ok i'll try all that guys. anyway, lowering AGP to 1x shouldnt affect performance because I saw benchmrks on Tom's Hardware and there was absolutely no difference between 4x and 8x
  5. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Well there were AMD systems from Compaq with nForce boards so you never know. OEM are quite fond of chipsets with lots of integrated devices & for AMD chips, the nForce is the best "integrated" chipset you can get.;)
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Wow. I thought Hewlett Packard went out of business. I haven't seen one of those since the days of Pentium II.

    Taking a look at their website, looks like they only cater outside the U.S though. So that may explain it. :)

    Probably still the same old s@#$. ;)
  7. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 536

    Ok guys.

    I tried disabling AGP, disabling FastWrites. Even rtied very old (3.1) CATs. None of them work. Underclocking the core / ram screws the display totally.

    I got here a screenshot of the CPUID and of the chipset information.
    Apart from that, I checked and the PSU is a 215W one, maybe not enough power ?

    What do you think ?

  8. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Did you install the Via Hyperion drivers then ?
  9. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 536

    No, I don't even know what that is.
    I didnt have any problems with the GF2 MX card though, without those drivers
  10. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Yes maybe, but you have nothing to lose by installing them.;)
  11. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 536

    Installed Via drivers, no change
    Installed a 300W PSU, no change

    Any other ideas ? :p
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