graphics card problem.

By focus_water ยท 8 replies
Dec 16, 2006
  1. i keep getting a message saying
    VPU recover has reset your graphics accelerator as it was no longer responding to graphics commands

    i have a radeon 9550.

    when im in a game it will work for a couple of mins then the screen will turn off. i have updated everything. it isn't over heating because i felt it and it will be cool.
  2. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    What are your System Specs, Include everything and what watts your PSU has ;)

    Go to and search Everest and get the free version to get your system specs then open the side of your case and look at the sticker on the box thing and tell us what Max Volt it has :D
  3. focus_water

    focus_water TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 168

    the max watts is 250.

    how am i meant to post the system specs? the file size is to large.
  4. chuck4456

    chuck4456 TS Rookie Posts: 37

    250 watts is not very substantial. Do you have another PSU that you can use for test purposes?
  5. focus_water

    focus_water TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 168

    nope. ive only got the one. but i guess i can use all my money to get a new one.
  6. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    The power supply may be the problem, but not for sure. Good place to start looking though. For a 9550 graphics card, 250w MAY be enough. You'll need to do three things.

    1. Go HERE and calculate how many watts your total system needs.
    2. Open up your case, and look at the sticker attached to your PSU. What make is it and how many amps on the +12v rail?
    3. Download and run THIS to test your PSUs voltage output. Tell us what it is reading on your +3.3v, +5v and +12v rails.

    If we can rule out the PSU as the problem, we can move on to other possibilities. PSU is the prime suspect though.
  7. focus_water

    focus_water TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 168

    with the calculator thing i got 207 that my be a bit wrong because there was some things i wasnt quite sure of.
    the make of the PSU is 'ever power' and there are 13 amps on the +12v rail.
    on the program it was reading
  8. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    Well, your voltage readings aren't that bad. You are close to being 5% off on the 12v rail, but I wouldn't say your PSU is failing according to that reading. Tough call really. Your system doesn't seem to be all that demanding (hard to say as you haven't posted your system specs) so your PSU may actually be enough for your system. It is low on the amps (12v rail) and you are almost maxing it out if you calculated 207watts.

    If you have access to another PSU (friend's system) you can use to test, I'd say that's your first priority. Regardless if whether or not this is your problem, if you have $40 or so to spare, you should seriously consider getting a new psu.

    If you buy that PSU, the worse case scenario would be that it doesn't fix your problem, but you have a high quality PSU in your case. Low quality PSUs are the top cause of system problems. You'd be ruling that out as a possibility in the future.

    Best case scenario, your system problems are solved for under $40.

    (Note: before buying that PSU, you should probably post your system specs. Specifically motherboard make/model and whether or not your current PSU is ATX or microATX. If your system is a pre-build like a Dell or something, you may not be able to use that psu I have recommended, as Dell etc., tend to use proprietary parts).
  9. focus_water

    focus_water TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 168

    i got a new 400 watt PSU today and it still has the same problem
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