Radeon 9800 pro booting with corruption

By baronvf ยท 10 replies
Oct 6, 2003
  1. Ok, I have been at this for some time now and it is ready to drive me crazy

    Athlon XP 2500+
    Asus a7n8x Deluxe
    350 no name PSU
    120 gig Maxtor HD
    Built by Ati Radeon 9800 Pro

    I recently put together this system and it looked like everything went in ok.

    However when I turn the PC on it boots and posts but the screen is all garbled and there is lots of distortions in the words and strange colors and stripes.

    I can get into CMOS but it is hard to make out what is in there.

    Things I have tried:
    Trying new 430Watt Antec True Power PSU with just video card and mobo plugged in

    Disabling Fast Write capability

    Cleaning video card contacts with eraser

    I received the card used and was modded with a Gilman Gold Heatsink and a 40mm 8000rpm fan. I am positive that the card was working when it was sent to me. So the only explanation is that it got messed up in transit OR there is something I need to be doing like flashing the bios or other to make it work.

    I hope that someone has an answer isnt time to get another card, but that seems to be the final conclusion that I am drawing.
  2. ryszardx

    ryszardx TS Rookie

    I have the same problem with my 9700 Radeon. I'm suspecting it has something to do with the card boot up or the drivers. Try restarting. Mine comes up clean if I restart.
    Once in a while my card locks up. oh well. . .
    I also have a Leadtek TV card but I'm not really sure if there is a driver conflict.:confused:
  3. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    You have narrowed the problem down to one of those three components then. Personally, I'm leaning toward faulty card, but it is possible that the mobo could have a fault. Try another card and see if the problem persists, if not, the card is dying.
  4. conradguerrero

    conradguerrero TS Rookie Posts: 310

    maybe the card was overclocked before and damaged
  5. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Faulty cards do actually make it out of the factory. I had one, as have several others here. Try another/different card first to verify.
  6. baronvf

    baronvf TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Tried out a new radeon 9000 and it booted perfectly...looks like a broken card.

  7. stilup

    stilup TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Rare occurance

    Not recently I have had corruption upon boot but after restart was fine.
    I cleaned (with Radio Shack contact cleaner) the card contacts and reseated in the motherboard.
    I believe it is touch sensitive and need to keep grounded handling it.
    I have tried three Bios and three drivers sets and have not seen it for awhile.
    This 9800pro card is brand new.
  8. Mando

    Mando TS Rookie


    Hi I had thee exact same corruption in green speckles also and in d3d and opengl really bad page tearing. Turned out to be damaged ram chips on the card and im currently awaiting my replacement. :confused:
  9. andrys

    andrys TS Rookie

    I have almost the exact same problem with my new system.

    Athlon XP 3200+
    Gigabyte 7NNXP
    2 x 80GB Maxtor hdd
    dvd burner
    AiW 9800 Pro
    Antec 380W psu

    I had a lot of trouble getting the system to POST at first, but I saw that it was recommended to *not* use Gigabyte's dual power source add-on, so I pulled that out and now it boots every time. I still have a problem with distorted graphics though. I can get into the BIOS menus, but I can't really read them and I'm unsure of what I should change anyway. The system appears to work, but I can't even really install an OS cause I can't tell what is on the screen.

    Have you had any luck resolving the problem?

    Coincidentally, both of our motherboards have the nVidia nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset. I'm not spouting conspiracy theories, but I wonder if the chipset has anything to do with it...
  10. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    ATI Radeon 9500 Pro Hardware Issue

    I had same kind of distortion with my All-in-Wonder Radeon 9800SE, so I sent it back to store, now just waiting for a replacement.

    I don't think mainboard chipset has anything to do with it, because I have VIA Apollo Pro266T chipset.
  11. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    Just for grins try this (I had to)
    Turn off Fast writes and write combining - reboot
    Turn on only one of them - reboot
    When I did this the corruption I had went away.
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