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John_Tavendale

Radeon 9700 users.. HELP.

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"hehe no Bill, it was meant to be a fill in"Seriously John I have been closely monitoring this Radeon 9700 card, read countless amounts of reviews on it and appears to be King of the castle at the moment. Believe me I am very tempted on this baby and I am off to the States in December for a couple of weeks and should the NV30 not be released to retail before then I will be seriously considering buying one of those Radeons......so go and get your one working the way it is supposed to , show us what she can do :-lolBill :-wave

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Bert, again thanks for the suggestion, but it's a no go :(Good luck Bill! I have seen a mixed bag, lot of users who have them and have no problems, and a large number that have them and do have problems.

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Sounds like ATI hasn't done much in the way of upgrades since the 7500 which I just recently attempted to install. I had the same trouble with it. It appeared to install ok until I ran a few graphics-intense apps like FS2002. It immediately locked up solid. I tried installing new drivers, wiping all traces of the previous video systems first and only succeeded in hosing my DirectX with the new ATI drivers. I finally got it repaired and proceeded to put my old Elsa Erazor X back in because it WORKS, which is something I've NEVER had an ATI board do without seriously involved troubleshooting. All this talk about "reformatting your hard drive" and "reinstalling your OS" are pure bs. WHY SHOULD THIS BE NECESSARY??? Short answer - it is not! The customer should not tolerate this crap. If ATI can not or will not make a video board with the correct bug-free drivers why the hell should I buy it? I will NOT buy another ATI product, ever. I've had these problems too many times. Enough is enough. I'll gladly pay twice the cost for a video board which actually works the first time it's installed and does not crash my entire system.

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I seriously doubt its all the drivers. My guess is that it's experiencing a lot of hardware confilcts. I've seen similar things with my 8500LE. It was originally for my brother, he experienced really poor performance, lots of hard boots and high operating temps. I asked him to let me try it in my system to see if he had a bad board. The thing ran like a dream in my system, the only major difference between his and mine was the motherboard. I'm now happy 8500LE user and he's playing quite happily with my old GF3Ti200. If you can't get your 9700 to work and have another system to test it in then I suggest you try it, if it doesnt work there either see if they'll send you a replacement. A lot of ppl send theirs back for a new 9700 and that did the job. If that doesn't work, try to get your money back and go with what you know will work in your system.

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I tend to go with hardware conflict too.I might strip all my PCI cards and try some other things before writing it off.

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Hello John, I bought a new AMD system from Cyberpower a couple of weeks ago, It's an AMD 2200, 512 Corsair DDR, Gigbyte 7VAX, with 420w's of power and the 9700 Radeon. I have 3 case fans, and an upgraded heatsink. I had terrible problems with the card, thought it might be heat, then power, then i called Cyberpower, and they told me that alot of the cerds they installed were bad. They are going to replace mine, or give me the option of the 4600ti. I would really like to stick with the 9700, but it seems to be alot of headache right now. Guess i'll stay ATI and see what happens.Good luck to you.Jay

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I have had enough :-lolI found someone who is willing to swap over their Ti4600 and some cash for my card, so it's all good. I am sure they are great cards (When they work) But to me they're just not worth the headache.I could have spent the last few days painting instead of messing with this POS :-lol

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Well john, i'm with you. i spent a couple of hours researching info on the net, and found that the 9700 isn't worth the trouble. I've boxed mine up and it's going out inthe mail to get swapped with the 4600. Hope we both have better luck with the geforce.jay

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An update on my issue which is to re-boot the system twice before I can get FS2 to function properly with 9700 card. Updated with latest official drive and control panel to instructions. Still have the same problem. Since I have another AMD 2200+ system with a SOYO KT333 MB/GF3 Ti500, I may trade-out cards just to see what happeneds. At present I am not totally pleased with the 9700 card although I will admit when it is working - it's great! Good luck to all.Erv

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The GeForce 4600 is the one I've had my eye on also. Let me know how it performs! I need to buy something to replace this Elsa soon. It's dying fast.

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