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Ati2mtag causing crash - ATI vid card

I have an ATI radeon 9800xt AGP 256 video card *the listed is the closest one i could find* . Ever since i upgraded with Catalyst, the video card causes my PC to crash when I play games. In the event log, i get spammed with ati2mtag errors which seems to coincide with the crashing. I have since reinstalled my driver, deleted and reinstalled World of Warcraft, and even reformatted my Pc to fix the problem. Nothing so far as worked. The crashes cause my pc to lock up and the more I play, the more frequent I crash. All of my searching indicates it's my video card causing the crashes. Is there anything I can do to fix it short of buying a new Nvidia card? Please help =/

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  • Anonymous Dec 29, 2007

    same problems with ati radeon 9600 pro, systems hangs, ati2mtag: crt invalid display type and I use newest ccc. I'm going back to an older version.

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2007

    Newest version 7.12 ati drivers fixed all the problems i had! (ATI 9600)

  • E_f_o Apr 11, 2008

     I have the same problem with video card.The PC time to time freesing and I have to restart it. Event viewer shown  error:
      ati2mtag / CRT invalid display type
    The PC have:
    Motherboard    ASRock K7VT4A+
    CPU               AMD Sempron, 1500 MHz
    Video             ATI Radeon 9550 / 256MB/ (RV350)
    Ram              512

    How can I avoid restarting the PC every time ?

  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2008

    ati2mtag

  • xlang Apr 24, 2008

    Yeah, I got the same exact problem, but with a ati x700 pro.

  • Anonymous May 17, 2008

    My pc crashes constantly I had to remove the card altogether

  • Anonymous Jun 09, 2008

    computer shuts down saying

    CRT invalid display type

    source ati2mtag

    no start up errors when booting again

    runs web and editing photo

    only when playing etc wow, cod etc.

    my graphic card is a ATI RADEON X850 256mb

    any solutions?

  • Anonymous Jun 19, 2008

    My computer suddenly reboots when viewing U-Tube videos or when editing
    jpegs or just about anything else. There is no definite pattern. I have
    an ATI Radeon X700 graphics card. I'm ready to get rid of this card as
    I've tried re-installing drivers. The events folder always shows error
    ati2mtag at the exact time of the reboot. This problem has only been
    apparent in the last couple of months. There was no problem when I
    originally installed the ATI card years ago. (I can't recall just when
    I got the card.)

  • tylmoore Jun 26, 2008

    Same exact problem. ATI Radeon 9800 128 i believe

  • Anonymous Jul 18, 2008

    same problem: shut down at any times, no further steps taken...

  • Anonymous Jul 25, 2008

    bjk

  • cmastersin Aug 16, 2008

    computer crashes and has to be unplugged for anywhere from 30 seconds to five minutes before it will reboot. sometimes ti happens every couple weeks, sometimes every five minutes! HATE IT!

  • Anonymous Sep 17, 2008

    Exact same problem. Oh well, I guess we know to move on to the next brand!

  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    Mine has just started doing it...driving me f%^$%cking nuts....anyone know of a solution?
    mysilentshadow@hotmail.com


  • Anonymous Dec 24, 2008

    ATI RADEON 9550 are not good, my computer can not load windows, ATI RADEON 9550 crash my computer. ati2mtag.sys are problemet.

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    9600 pro and I have the same issue. computer locks up for no reason. drive light stays lit. I thought maybe it was a hard drive issue but I see all these ati2mtag in the event view at the time it happens and I have to power off. I am on driver 8.301.0.0. I think I try a archived drive set from ATI website to see if that resolves the lock-ups.

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Give this a shot - solves the problem for sure:
Right click-mouse over My Computer
Properties
Hardware(Tab)
Device Manager(button)
Click [+] next to System devices
right-mouse on CPU to AGP Controller (or whatever your controller is called, mine was SiS AGP)
Update Driver(button)
Select Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)
Next(button)
Select Don't search. I will choose the driver to install.
Next(button)
Select PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge
Next(button)
Finish(button)
Reboot.

Posted on Jan 13, 2008

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The ATI Web site says; they are aware of this problem, since (in their opinion) it does not represent a problem they have no 'Fix', if you don't want the CRT error is Event Viewer roll back to
Catalyst 7.6 and that version does not have the problem.
Personal opinion; they have known for the past FIVE months and done nothing.... is it a coincidence that is about the same time AMD took over ATI?
So, bottom line, roll back to ATI Catalyst 7.6 and loose all the improvments since to get rid of a bug that they really do not care about. "Merry Christmas" from ATI.
lol
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Posted on Dec 25, 2007

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I also started getting this problem after updating the driver. Mine's a Radeon x800gto agp - as it's not pci-express I won't be trying the "agp to pci" change.

Indeed I had other problems before and rolled back, but hoped the recent update would be OK...

Maybe only the newer cards are considered in the updates these days. AMD certainly seems to have little interest in older ATI cards.

Posted on Jun 06, 2008

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Its not the video card, it is the software from the video card interacting with the Microsoft OS and causing corruption. Use Windows 7 Manager (a 15 day free trial app) to correct the problem.

Posted on Dec 27, 2009

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I'm running a Dell Optiplex GX270 (2.8GHz P4) and a Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro. It would lock up after a couple of minutes of playing flash content in my browser, or about 2 minutes after I fired up my Leadtek TV tuner card. Sometimes I'd get the BSOD, but with the text so badly garbled I could not read the error. On rebooting, I noticed event viewer was also reporting atimtag.sys errors and that my video card was not responding to the driver and getting stuck in a loop. It turned out the cooler fan on the GPU died. I rigged a cooling fan from an old AMD Athlon XP processor to the video card's heatsink and it fixed the problem.

Posted on Oct 24, 2009

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I tried the lastest drivers from ATI's website dated March 2009 and the problem still happens.

How do you downgrade the driver version when you don't have the install CD? What drivers do you need if you don't want this garbage to continue. I can't believe that ATI would not address this problem ASAP!

I have an x800.

Posted on Jun 30, 2009

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I've been trying to find solutions for this for 2 days and the only thing that has worked for me was to lower my AGP speed to 0 using SmartGart in the ATI Catalyst. Doing this automatically turned off Fast-Write, AGP Write, and AGP Read, but it allows me to play the games without too much performance loss.

Posted on Apr 22, 2009

  • jakemcg01 Apr 22, 2009

    UPDATE:

    I also had problems with my ATI Radeon 9550 AGP card freezing up my system whenever I tried to play a 3-D game. I have the Dell Optiplex GX260 and my PC would either freeze or I'd get the dreaded BSOD. Finally, the only thing I found that fixed my problem was uninstalling the ATI driver (EVERYTHING, including the Catalyst, driver, and ATI chipset) restarting the system and replacing with the modified Radeon driver from "Omega". [urlhttp://www.omegadrivers.net/[/url]
    It's an updated version of the old ATI Catalyst 7.12 but this one is modified for those of us with the AGP system crash issues. Just be sure to choose the correct version for your Operating System.

    Good luck!

    Jake


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I had the same problem as being reported here when playing BattleField2. Would get this crash within 30seconds or after 1 hour of game play. I have a ABIT Radeon 9600XT 256M.

Tried a Solution#4 but this left the game unplayable due to poor graphics.

What seems to have corrected the problem was downgrading the drivers. I had previously been running the latest but I downgraded to the drivers that I originally got when I purchased the card.

I havent had a crash since (1+month of gaming glory :-) Hope this helps someone.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008

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Hallo, das Problem ist der Chipset vom Motherboard.Habe andere Treiber und Hilfsprogramme probiert - ohne Erfolg. Dann habe ich nur MSI PM8M3-V mit Via Chipset ausgebaut und gegen ASUS P4P800E-Deluxe mit Intel-Chipset getauscht - Fehler behoben.

Posted on Jul 11, 2008

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I had the same problems, with the ati2mtag stucked into a loop, and i finally changed my power supply, havent got any more freezes or artefacts since this.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

I had this problem with SPORE. Whenever I started spore it would bomb out after the initial splash screen. And spit this error to my logs.

I changed my AGP aperture from 256 to 128 in my bios and it let me play. Now it's doing it again. Why? I have no idea.

Radeon x800XT 256 AGP

Posted on Jun 22, 2008

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Ugh. This was painful. My system seems to be stable and working now.

First I upgraded to the latest Catalyst software 8.6 from ATI.com (part of AMD these days)

The key appears to be an updated motherboard AGP chipset driver that I installed from my manufacturer's website (MSICOMPUTER in my case). Windows update didn't catch it.

The particular game that was causing me problems (Spore) also need a minor adjustment to the firewall to allow it to connect to the internet.

Good luck.
MSI K8T Neo-V motherboard/AMD 3700+/2GB RAM
ATI All-in-Wonder x800 AGP

Posted on Jun 20, 2008

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Here another frustrated player. Gonna smash that raedon A9600 card to the wall. grrrrrr

Posted on May 08, 2008

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Posted on Apr 02, 2008

I'm having the same problem with my ati card. but when I change CPU to AGP Controlller to PCI standard my computer stopped freezing but my fps was lowered with around 40... anyone know why? My ati card is Radeon x800 GTO.

Posted on Apr 02, 2008

Your Awesome Thanks for the tip

Give this a shot - solves the problem for sure:
Right click-mouse over My Computerati2mtag causing crash - ATI vid card - 1.gif
Properties
Hardware(Tab)
Device Manager(button)
Click [+] next to System devices
right-mouse on CPU to AGP Controller (or whatever your controller is called, mine was SiS1.gif AGP)
Update Driver(button)
Select Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)
Next(button)
Select Don't search. I will choose the driver to install.
Next(button)
Select PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge
Next(button)
Finish(button)
Reboot.

Posted on Feb 07, 2008

I have tried the uid download and another site i tried mentioned that a fully up to date .net framework could be another problem. Like crumb82 im trying to run CoD4 and its just not stable, sometimes i can play a level or two and other times it will crash before it loads properly.
Its defo around this issue of the drivers i think, i've tried using an older version of Catalyst Control Centre with a newer display driver and that doesnt seem to have helped.
If i update past version 7.6 of the catalyst drivers none of my games including world of warcraft will work, 3d acceleration will just not initiate when any game attempts to load.
However, using older drivers i can play virtually any game including wow and im getting a solid 40 - 60 fps on wow during raids with graphics at moderate settings.

i Just dont understand why this is happening, other avenues i need to explore is to try some omega drivers and try the uid update now i've fully updated the .netframework but im not holding out much hope, seems to me i just need to replace this absolute runt of a card which is a pain in the ass as i only got this one as money was and still is tight for me :S

one odd thing is that it will run, just wont run stable which is what is really baffling me.

System specs :-

AMD 3000XP "Barton"
2 gig of ram
RADEON 9550 AGP 256MB (AAAAARGHHH!!!)
Windows xp home

blah blah more specs

Posted on Dec 30, 2007

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I have the same card and the same problem, but with call of duty 4. you could try flashing the gpu bios , the latest i could find is version 008.015.058.00. this didnt help me but this time but has helped me before with other games. i am now going to try going back to catalyst 7.9 and see if it helps. oh, i am using omega drivers based on catalyst 7.10 and also tried regular old ati drivers, i will let you know how i go!

Posted on Nov 16, 2007

Go to micrisoft update and into the hardware updates and get the uid download after a year of crashing my pc and replacing ever thing but mobo that fixed it

Posted on Oct 30, 2007

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I'm having the same problem as "ati2mtag : CRT invalid display type" .
and also roll back to CAT 7.6.
changed CPU to AGP Controller to PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge
modified the Monitor type to VGA 1024 x 768.
and also use the MOD radeon OMEGA drivers but all failed to works on it.
i'm still looking forward the best solution. Seriously, i'm regret to buy this ATI's card.

Posted on Mar 05, 2008

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This error normally occurs if the card becomes unstable due to overclocking, heat or is faulty. The fact that the more you play the more it crashes lends credence to this being an overheating issue with the gpu. The options to resolve this are to make sure the gpu fan is functioning probably on the graphics boards and replace if necessary. While doing that I would look at the cooling setup for the entire system to make sure their are adaquate front, rear and if possible side fans to circulate air properly. Obviously the more a gpu overheats the more it's life cycle is shortened. You may want to take the second option of replacing the card.

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