ATI Radeon 9000 with no picture!

March 25, 2011 at 16:51:06
Specs: Windows XP, Vista/7, Pentium4 3.20ghz; 1gb RAM
I have an ATI Radeon 9000 with AGP4x, and 256MB VRAM and I have no picture whatsoever. The fan was spinning so I know the card is working, I tried installing the driver, I even uninstalled the old driver, and there is know picture. I have a Dell Optiplex GX270 currently running Windows XP, and NO, I didn't see the BIOS Boot Screen.

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#1
March 25, 2011 at 17:55:37
The Radeon 9000 viideo chipset supports 2X /4X / 8X AGP modes

The GX270 series specs
http://support.dell.com/support/edo...

has the Intel 865G chipset

8x /4x AGP modes at 1.5 V

Apparently installing an AGP card that has a video chipset that supports 2X mode which uses 3.3v can DAMAGE the mboard that has the 865G main chipset and the video card !

E.g.
see page 8
ftp://174.142.97.10/manual/P4i65G.pdf
.......

You need to use a card with a video chipset that does NOT support AGP 2X / 3.3v mode .

E.g. Radeon AGP chipsets and what AGP modes they support - scroll down:

http://support.amd.com/la/kbarticle...


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#2
March 25, 2011 at 18:27:30
theres an option for hyper threading. should i turn it on? on page 8, it said something about hyper threading".

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#3
March 25, 2011 at 18:30:38
It says:

"7. Do NOT use a 3.3V AGP card on the AGP slot of this motherboard ! It may cause permanent damage !"


You CANNOT use a card that has a video chipset that supports 2X / 3.3v mode !!!


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#4
March 25, 2011 at 18:43:12
ok, i see. soo, im going to sell this card and get a pci card. thanks for the help. ;)

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#5
March 25, 2011 at 19:21:59
"The fan was spinning so I know the card is working"

All that means is the fan works, nothing more. Where did you get the Radeon 9000? Have you ever had it working before?

"im going to sell this card and get a pci card"

Why the heck would you do that? PCI cards suck. The AGP slot is specifically designed for graphics. The Radeon 9000 is an outdated DX8 card & is worth maybe $10-15. If you paid more than that, you got ripped off.

Here's a Radeon 9100. It only has 64MB memory, but you'll get an idea of it's worth:

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?in...


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#6
March 25, 2011 at 20:31:18
mickliq

He'll have the same problem with a Radeon 9100.

mickliq
mickyd110011

See the info at the end of response 1.


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#7
March 26, 2011 at 06:45:48
I wasn't suggesting that he buy a Radeon 9100, I just posted the link to show him it's only a $10 card.

However, being that it's a 4x card & supports AGP 2.0, it can run at either 1.5v or 3.3v, so I highly doubt voltage is an issue.

http://www.interfacebus.com/Design_...


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#8
March 26, 2011 at 07:08:50
mickliq

You're not "getting" it.

There are some mboards that have a main chipset that supports 4X AGP (only), or 4X / 8X AGP (only) that you CANNOT use a card with a video chipset that supports 2X AGP - 3.3v - on - the card won't work and the AGP circuits on the mboard can be damaged in a short time.
Usually there is a WARNING about that in the manual for a retail mboard model when that's the case, but I found nothing in the Dell manuals for the GX270 series about that, so I searched on the web and found that DOES apply to the Intel 865G main chipset.

There are other mboards that have a main chipset that supports 4X AGP (only), or 4X / 8X AGP (only) where it doesn't matter whether the video chipset on the card also supports 2X AGP - in that case there is no WARNING in the retail mboard model's manual about using cards that support AGP 2X / 3.3v .


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#9
March 26, 2011 at 08:32:05
all im trying to do is get a card that can run windows aero, and i didn't sell the card yet.

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#10
March 26, 2011 at 10:00:32
everyone, this computer has handled an agp 8x graphics card with no problems before, so there has to be something thats conflicting the card. btw, this computer came with an agp 8x.

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#11
March 26, 2011 at 10:01:28
i got this card off of ebay for $30.

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#12
March 27, 2011 at 08:03:14
See the info at the end of response 1 !

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#13
March 27, 2011 at 11:04:44
after going though these links, the ATI Radeon 9000 is an AGP 2.0 and my motherboard is an AGP 3.0 compatible. There has to be something that I can do, this card is universal, and the gx270 specs says that it can do a 1.5v card. im confused... :?

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#14
March 27, 2011 at 11:18:16
wait, could changing agp aperature do something?

(one more thing: i just upgraded to vista)


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#15
March 27, 2011 at 15:25:31
YOU"RE NOT GETTING IT !

YOU CANNOT USE AN AGP CARD THAT HAS A VIDEO CHIPSET THAT SUPPORTS 2X AGP MODE WITH YOUR MBOARD !!!


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