Radeon 9200 card crashing

By Mario007 ยท 17 replies
Jul 10, 2012
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  1. 1. screen freezes.
    2. Screen corruption - blurry lines
    3. screen refreshes and system can be used again.
    4. ATI Catalyst Centre informs me there has been a crash and an error report will be sent.
    5. Graphics are really slow (moving a window across the screen is done in jagged slow movements instead of one quick smooth motion for example).
    6. We reboot to get the system back to normal state

    Please tell me how to fix this.
  2. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,777   +242

    Laptop or desktop computer?( Post your system specs in order for someone to help you). Here are three things it could be. 1. It could be a heat issue. 2. Update the drivers. 3. card is going bad. Hang in there someone else might have some suggestion to help you to.
  3. Mario007

    Mario007 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Desktop computer.
    Specs: AMD Athlon XP 2500+
    1.83Ghz, 512 Mb RAM
    Windows XP Professional SP3
    This problem just happened, I wasnt instaling new drivers or anything.
    I tried reinstalling Windows, same thing...
    I have much problems when turning it on, like 10-15 tries. so I wont turn it off anymore until I get some solution.
    I tried updating the drivers, same thing. I opened the box and put a small room fan for cooling it down. same problems remain.
  4. magaman598

    magaman598 TS Booster Posts: 188

    I would have to say that the card is going bad or it's overheating, the graphical artifacts are caused by those 2 things, but I think there would be a little more consistency if the card was failing, judging by what you've posted OP, it's overheating. I would suggest you download a temperature monitoring software like HWMonitor, link is below, come back and let us know the temperatures and I'll do my best to further assist you. =D

  5. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,777   +242

    Have tried cleaning the card with a can of air? Plus making sure it fan is working.
  6. Mario007

    Mario007 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I tried downloading HWMonitor, doesnt support my processor, and I dont have a cooler on the graphics card :(
  7. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,777   +242

    Try downloading Speccy at www.piriform.com/speccy This will give you your hardware temps. Plus will work with your system.
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    The 9200 is a super old card. I doubt it even has a temp probe on it to be read by software.

    The card is probably just dying. Turn the computer off, remove the card, and put it back in. It may just need to be re-seated.

    If your community has a Craigslist page or a classifieds thing online make a post saying you have a dying Radeon 9200 (specify AGP or PCI) and you want a replacement. Those old cards are so worthless that I bet someone will just give you one.
  9. Mario007

    Mario007 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    so there is no way of fixing it ?
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

  11. Mario007

    Mario007 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    tried it bro. like 10 times, I dismantled it and cleaned it so its like new, no dust at all
    I cleaned every socket on the pc with compressed air. im not a newb ffs, just want to know is it a software issue or hardware need changing
  12. HuntForTheWOrst

    HuntForTheWOrst TS Member Posts: 27

    It's is probably overheating issue then so you probably do need a cooler I cant tell until I see the thing in person sorry im a visual type of guy.

    Good Luck;)
  13. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

  14. HuntForTheWOrst

    HuntForTheWOrst TS Member Posts: 27

  15. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Then take the rest of my other advice and replace the card 'ffs'. A replacement card of similar performance should be obtainable for free just by asking some people that have built computers over the last 10-15 years. That card came out 12 years ago.

    Cleaning the card is worthless, the heatsinks sit "upside down" and that card doesn't have a fan, so you aren't going to cake up enough dust on it to mess with it. Those things never got very hot to begin with, hence the lack of a fan.

    I suggested reseating it in its AGP socket, nothing else. Cards can work loose over time with thermal expansion and contraction. Loose contacts can cause odd behavior.

    Having a processing unit last 12 years is fairly respectable. Considering you should be able to find an equivalent replacement for free I don't understand why you took my reply of quotes so personal.
  16. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    OK are you getting screen corruption before boot, during boot or just after boot. If you're getting corruption before boot then you need a new video card, It may be possible to get a free video card like SNGX1275 said. Your card is OLD and you might just run into a giving soul.
  17. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +50

    Well, for all I know you might be the type of person who has become very attached to your now dying Radeon 9200. If that's true and you want to get another one, I took the liberty in doing some searching. The following are some replacement options. Mind you, I tried keeping this search relevant to cards that came out around the time of the Radeon 9200. The old school cards might be the only type that will work on your system, I took that into consideration while searching.

    Radeon 9200

    Nvidia GeForce FX 5200

    Nvidia GeForce 4 MX 4200

    Nvidia GeForce FX 5500

    A.T.I. Rage 128 Pro Ultra GL

    Well I hope if anything that some of this helped. But yeah, facts are facts, it's time for a new card or a gently used card!
  18. Code Butcher

    Code Butcher TS Enthusiast Posts: 60

    FWIW here is a picture of my Radeon 9250 with blown caps. It started to do all the things described. Mostly making the PC crawl at a snails pace.

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