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Hello, I just recently reformatted and reinstalled windows. Ever since then, my ATI 9600SE has been acting goofy. Every once in a while, it just flicks the screen on/off a few times then shows a message saying that the VPU recovery had restarted my graphics acceleratr because it had stopped responding to the graphics driver. This has just started happening after I reinstalled windows. Never happened before. The only thing I can think of is that it is getting too hot in my comp because I have the case open and no air is moving around it somehow... maybe with it closed, the fans end up indirectly pushing air by it... I dunno. I tried under clocking it with ATITools, but it just messed up the picture so I wont be doing that anymore. Any ideas short of buying a new card? Thanks Dwiel

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I havnt played a game yet (with the new install of windows that is) And actually, come to think of it, I've been too busy to even install OGL/DX, might that have something to do with it?

I'm simply running dual monitor, nothing fancy

Dwiel

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Huh.... I suppose it could be heat, but unless you have a toaster oven in your case, it seems unlikely. Do you have the latest Catalyst drivers from the ATI website installed?

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Yeah, I installed the newest drivers, and and even tried some older ones thinking that maybe there was something wrong with the new ones.

It just now, locked up the comp, had to reboot, and so I put a spare fan pointing to it because the heat sink was too hot to hold my hand on for more than a few seconds. I have no clue what actual temp is at though.

Any more ideas?

I also just turned off acceleration through the driver settings so we'll see if that helps. I really dont mind currently, as Im way to wrapped up in other thing to use it for gaming...

Dwiel

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I suppose it's worth making sure that air circulation in your case isn't teh sux. The most foolproof method is to ensure that fans at the front and bottom of your case blow IN, and fans at the back and top of your case blow OUT. (If you have a wacky power supply fan that blows in, reverse that.)

Also, if concurrently with reinstalling you messed with anything in your case, try reseating the card.

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I guess part of the problem might be that I only have a fan on the PSU and on the CPU. That is it. I also only have a 950mhz athlon, so it doesnt generate much heat.

The only thing, is that I have had this comp for at least 2 years, never with any heating problems. I also bought the vid card atleast 6 months ago, and it never had any problems (it might be my fault for going cheap and getting the SE version :()

Thanks for the fast responses!

Dwiel

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I've propped a spare fan pointing up to the vid card, and it seems to be helping a lot. It might be that I have acceleration turned off though.. not sure which...

I'll just keep trying stuff. Might just have to buy some new computer parts. shucks! ;)

I guess some more fans would probobly help too, though they arent nearly as exciting to buy ;)

EIDT: Damn, just flicked off as I posted this message. Its not even that hot.

Dwiel

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I have this problem too with a 3.2 Ghz Pentium + Radeon 9600XT (it's the reason i can't play the farcry demo [sad]). It's likely to be a heat problem but i don't see that happening with a 950Mhz Athlon.

Anyway you can use MBM (Mother Board Monitor), it shows your cpu, case and motherboard temperatures, fan speeds, processor speed and voltages.

EDIT: i also remember something about disabling recovery in the ATI configuration utility, i don't know if you want to take the risk of disabling it.

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I just installed motherboard monitor and it dyad my CPU temp is 28C, so that is most likely not the problem.

About the mobo drivers: I went to the website and none of the drivers will install on my machine. I tried the BIOS and the drivers. The driver simply unpacks itself, then syas it cant find the files it just unpacked. The BIOS said it wasnt for my mobo. The thing is, I've checked, double checked and tripple checked, and I do have the right ones. Another person even confirmed this from me.

I have also determined that it is no temperature problem because the past few times its happened, the GPU isnt even hot to the touch, only warm.

Thanks!

Dwiel

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