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Video card problem or power supply???

By jayman11 ยท 11 replies
Feb 18, 2005
  1. HI,

    Got a new computer about a month and a half ago from BBY, and bought a new ATI Radeon 9550 256MB AGP video card for it. I recently got Medal of Honor Pacific Assault and have been playing it with no problems until recently...my monitor starts to flicker and then it looks like the game has "melted" on the screen - everything seems to run together...it just started happening and it doesn't take very long for it to start once I get into the game. My machine came with only a 250W power supply and I've been meaning to upgrade that, but I was wondering if these issues are related to the card or not???

    My system:

    Athlon XP 3200, 2.2Ghz
    512 MB PC2700 DDR SDRAM
    160GB Ultra DMA HD
    8x Dual Layer DVD/RW
    52x CDROM
    Onboard sound
    ATI Radeon 9550 256MB AGP Video Card

    Thanks for any help!!
  2. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    Well in a nut shell your power supply is way to small for that card.. Did some quick figuring i got 248watts for a answer there abouts ...I would think about getting a bigger powersupply like a 420w power supply..

    check out here and be your own judge..

  3. isatippy

    isatippy TS Rookie Posts: 307

    yah your psu is quiet small I would upgrade to a 350 or even 400w. But that might not be all of the your problem. :bounce:
  4. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,341

    I think the power supply could be the problem as well. If you decide to upgrade, i would not always look for wattage. I run this rig below one a good quality 300w PSU.

    P4 3.1 GHz prescott
    1 SATA 80 GB Maxtor
    1 SATA 37.6 10,000 RPM Maxtor
    1 GB RAM
    8 Fans + 1 heatsink
    ATI raedon x700
    1 DVD-ROM drive
    1 CD-RW drive

    So it is not always the wattage that matters. A good quality 300 or 350 PSU will outperform a crapp 480w.

  5. pizzada

    pizzada TS Booster Posts: 65

    Here's a link that might be worth checking regarding decent Power Supplies:


    They list 'Brands' to avoid, and also list ones worth buying..and even more, the best ones in each price range, all the way from 'Super Budget', to 'Extreme Cost'.

    Hope that helps, peace.
  6. jayman11

    jayman11 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Thanks everyone. I bought a 450W power supply that I didn't see on the "un-recommended" list and will give it a try. I appreciate the quick responses!

  7. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    I agree with most of them on that list but Raidmax but I like raidmax been using for years with no problem.
  8. jayman11

    jayman11 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Not power supply...

    Well, got the 450W psu in the machine and still have the problems (and now it is pixelated all of the time - had to remove card and use the onboard video just to be able to do anything...). Is anyone aware of issues with the the ATI Radeon 9550? I'd be ticked if it was the video card since it was bought new with the machine...if, in fact, it is the video card, would I be better running an nVidia chipset card??? Any other recommendations!?!?!

    Thanks everyone! I'll become a pro yet...
  9. pizzada

    pizzada TS Booster Posts: 65

    Hey Jayman..

    I don't know if this'll work, but when my moniter died last year, it started giving a 'warpy, wobbley' picture. If yours is a new moniter then it's probably not the problem, but it may be worth hooking up one that you know works, if you have one handy..

    just a thought...
  10. mahavatar

    mahavatar TS Rookie

    Video Card

    Please consider doing the following:

    1. Update your motherboard's BIOS.

    2. Update your video drivers and the latest Direct X version (if your card supports Direct X).

    3. Upgrade your memory (the games you're playing might be using much memory resources than you think).

    4. Your system (along with the card) comes with a warranty. Check it with your supplier. The card might be defective.
  11. shadow_29

    shadow_29 TS Rookie Posts: 208

    well.i think this could because of a number of things.first your card might be overheating check to see that by opening the case.also check for any interfierence around your pc something with a transformer in it could cause "strange" behavior like this.check your monitor on a different system and your system on a different monitor (if you have one available).check your agp settins in bios and see what speed the interface is running at,try running it on a slower interface.
  12. mahavatar

    mahavatar TS Rookie

    conflict with the built-in video?

    You did not specify what mobo you are using. If your board comes with a built-in video, you should disable it in you CMOS settings (just hit "Del" before your PC boots up to Windows) Most mobos however, automatically detect a video adapter card when inserted when you power your PC up). But is it an AGP or PCI Express video card?

    One thing is that, does your card support Medal of Honor? Or is it capable of playing such a processor and memory-intensive game? If your built-in video is an Intel Extreme Graphics 2 or 3 then I would fairly say that it is good enough. Nonetheless, please consult ATI for game compatibilities and issues.
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