Question about Power Color RADEON HD 2600 XT, Graphic Card

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New Vid Card, Comp Freezes when loading windows.

I just installed a new Radeon HD 2600 XT (AGP slot - 512mb, 128bit DDR2) into my mobo (DFI PE21-EL). Before I switched over to this card I uninstalled my drivers for my GeForce FX-5200 by way of add/remove programs. I then have tried every combination of new drivers I can get my hands on (From theDVD that came with it, to every source I can find online) and it all ends with the same result. I get the drivers installed, restart the computer like it tells me to, and I get to the windows loading screen with the tiny blue bar that shows its loading, then when it should be transitioning to the next screen, it freezes in a black screen.

My computer specs are the following:
Win XP SP3
DFI Pe21-el mobo 100mhz fsb (http://www.firingsquad.com/hw/268/DFI_PE21-EL/)
1.7 intel celeron cpu
2 gb RAM (1gb x 2 PC400) (I've also tried it with 2 x 256mb RAM, no go)
and the PowerColor Radeon HD 2600 XT

Does anyone have any ideas?

Also, I currently posess a 2.8ghz cpu that fits in the mobo, but I cannot get the computer to boot at all, I can't even get into the BIOS. The firingsquad page has specs about my mobo and it says it should handle the 2.8, but it doesn't. Could this be because I need to update my driver?

I Found the manual for my mobo online and it mentions that It can support up to DDR-333 aka PC2700 ram, but on the contrary I use PC400 aka PC3200 and it works just fine. The firingsquad page about my mobo says that I can use the PC400. So along those same lines the manual says that it supports up to a 2.53ghz cpu, but the firingsquad page says I can use up to 2.8. So going with the common trend, should and update allow me to use the 2.8 or not? Also another source for what cpu's the mobo can handle :http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/mb-DFI/PE21-EL.html and the mobo manual: http://209.85.173.132/search?q=cache:ktokqPYWVnoJ:www.dfi.com.tw/Upload/Manual/60100227.PDF+pe21-el+voltage+control&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=4&gl=us&client=firefox-a

Thank you for your time.

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  • jchicks87 Dec 27, 2008

    I may have found the solution for my CPU problem. I had recieved a Prescott 2.8ghz cpu, and needed a Northwood cpu. So Un tilI get a northwood and prove myself wrong or right we can disreguard that bit about the CPU.

    Thanks

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2009

    Well, in the end I decided to format my computer and start from scratch. What I learned was that prior to any of the service packs being installed, the driver for my wireless pci card was causing the computer to lock up. Once I got that out of the way, I kept installing all my drivers, updates, and programs to see which/if any were causing the problems. I now have all my drivers updated, and my windows updated to SP2. For some reason I get back to the freeze when I install SP3. Is there any logical reason for this?

  • jchicks87 Jan 07, 2009

    Well, in the end I decided to format my computer and start from
    scratch. What I learned was that prior to any of the service packs
    being installed, the driver for my wireless pci card was causing the
    computer to lock up. Once I got that out of the way, I kept installing
    all my drivers, updates, and programs to see which/if any were causing
    the problems. I now have all my drivers updated, and my windows updated
    to SP2. For some reason I get back to the freeze when I install SP3. Is
    there any logical reason for this?


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Fisrt you must Do a search online on how to make a deep uninstall of nvidia drivers.

Then...
Do "deep uninstall" of all ati drivers and programs present in the affected computer computer, remember to remove all ati or powercolor related programs from control panel's add remove utility, including the whole multimedia center. And finally reinstalling the new drivers.

You should have downloaded the most recent catalyst drivers from the power color manufacturer that are available for your card.

Now proceed with the "deep uninstall" following this directions, taken from somewhere on the internet, thanks to the one who wrote them...

1. Go into the Control Panel and under the ADD/REMOVE SOFTWARE icon uninstall the ATI Multimedia software and/or the ATI DVD software.
2. Uninstall the ATI drivers also found in the Add/Remove section. Once removed, it will prompt you to reboot....do so.
3. When returning to windows, the NEW HARDWARE FOUND wizard will come up and will tell you that it has found a new VGA card and will prompt you for drivers. Hit CANCEL!
4. Now, go to START - SEARCH - FOR FILES OR FOLDERS and do a search for all files and folders using the filename ati*.*
This search will normally give you 3 to 4 files found in your c:/windows directory and subdirectories (including the Windows/System directory). Select these files and erase them. Now go to your Recycle Bin and Empty your bin.

5. Next...time to go to your Registry. Go to START -- RUN -- regedit
Here go to key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -- SYSTEM -- ControlSet001 -- Control -- Video . Here there should be 4 entries. 3 of them are default Windows XP entries and the 4th one is put in by the ATI drivers. Expand each one by one until you see ATI entries. Once found, erase the entire key.
Now repeat the same step above for the ControlSet002 key and the CurrentControlSet Key. Normally, whenever you erase a key in the ControlSet001, XP automatically deletes it in the CurrentControlSet section too. So if the ATI key is not found in the CurrentControlSet section, don't worry about it.
Once all keys are deleted, proceed to the next step.

6. While still in the registry, go to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -- SOFTWARE section. Here you should find an ATI Technologies key. Select it and delete it. In that same section, look for an Installed Options key. Expand it and there you should find another ATI Technologies key. Select it and erase it.
7. Still in the registry, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER -- Software and there you should find another ATI technologies key. Select it and erase it. Once all this is done, close the registry. the registry is now clean. Though you might want to even run a registry cleaner, like the one included in the freeware program CCLEANER, it's very good, can be undone and it's safe enough to use it almost blindly.
8. Close all windows and reboot.
9. When in windows after the reboot the NEW HARDWARE FOUND WIZARD will pop up again. Cancel that. Now find the new ATI drivers that you have downloaded and extracted and run the SETUP file. Once complete, reboot and you are DONE!

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