Never actually got to the bottom of this, just haven't played much of anything since feb !
The problem is still there and It's intermittent on WOW but happening almost straight away on Doom 3.
It's not overheating and I've tried different drivers with no success but reducing some graphics quality settings in WOW seems to be keeping it at bay.
Are there particular settings that are worth looking at in all games that can cause this kind of problem ?
I forgot all about this thread and have since bought the very same graphics card and have had no problems at all with it. However, you do need a pretty beefy power supply to use it. I put in a 600W one but that was overkill in case I ever want to put a second one on my CrossFire motherboard.
Is it AGP or PCIE/PCIE x16 ?
Are the motherboard drivers up to date?
Is the Catalyst AI function set to advanced ? (this used to cause problems for me in the past)
thats all that springs to mind atm.
Not receiving enough power is what I'd now go for (good call Blood!). The XT version of this card is the most powerful AGP card you can get (one of my mates bought one for his Pentium 4 based machine and it trounces my AMD dual core in 3DMark06 by about double the points).
Powerful cards are certainly thirsty, and with a modern motherboard and chip those watts can certainly be slurped up by other components too. Doom 3 corrupting instantly and WoW doing it slowly is a good symptom to describe. Doom 3 uses parts of the card that no other rendering engine went near when it was released, and is still useful for stressing cards.
Temp solution: If you have extra hard disks, fans that don't do an awful lot, strip the case off and remove the extra disks and see if that cures it.
Perm solution: Get a good power supply (£50+) and it'll run anything you can throw at it, will be quieter, and will usually be modular so you just have the cables you need in the case.
Hiya, it's pci express and the motherboard drivers are up to date. Catalyst has been advanced, should I try basic ? I've got a 400w power supply but I really don't want to change that unless I can prove it's the problem ?
Cant hurt to try.
It also helps if the 3D settings are set to "let the application decide" were available.
The recommended power requirements are 450W with 30A @ 12V. It sounds like you are quite a way below that.
Ok well I unplugged the 2 dvd drives and an extra hard drive but still hit the same problem, does that imply that it might not be the psu ? I'm loathe to do a rebuild but that is one thing I haven't tried yet
I gave up trying to diagnose weird computer problems a while back. If stuff starts severely malfunctioning on me i try a rollback and if that doesnt cure it i just backup and reinstall. Not worth the hassle to waste loads of time trying to track some of this crap down.
Do a clean install to a diferent drive, and see if the problem persists. That way you can test to see if its the operating system without risking your current instalation.
well for now I've lowered the doom 3 settings to medium quality graphics. It doesn't say what that actually changes but it appears to be working. I'm not sure what that says about the problem, wiill it potentially consume less power on a lower setting ?