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ATI Radeon X1650 PIC-E

Ok, pc is an Intel D915GEV, Version AAC63667-504
Running Windows XP Pro.
The processor is an Intel Pentium 4 630

I've got a gig of memory in two sticks. DDR2, 533

I've got a 120 gig hard drive, with 60 gig free.

All works well, all is fine. Right up until I try to play a game.
The games I want to play would mostly be happy with a 64 mb card. This is an ATI Radeon X1650 512 Mb, DDR2 graphics card, pci-e x16

The whole set up is a 2nd hand office computer with no graphics card fitted originally. The disc drive was new, it was a whole new, clean install. The card was fitted about a month after starting to use the pc. I installed it following their instructions to the letter. When I first ran the pc it was with the drivers supplied. I have since gone to the website and added the latest drivers for XP pro for this card.

If I try google earth or any games it runs ok for a few moments. Then the screen goes black. Completely black. Or I just get a cursor which connects with nothing. The hard drive light is off, and I cannot get it back without pressing the button on the case.

I have only a few days before I can take this card back if there is a problem, but I don't believe the problem is with the card. It definately seems like an incompatibility issue or driver issue.

Please help? Thank you.



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  • EvilRed Jan 20, 2008

    The power supply is a P4 at 450W, it's running exactly 1 DVD drive, and 1 120 gig Hard drive. If it can't cope with also running a graphics board then something is *seriously* wrong.

    The only other boards I have in there are a 2 slot fast USB card and a *very* basic sound card. I had already removed everything from the USB ports.


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My guess is you don't have enough power to get the best performance out of the card. Obviously you have enough power to get a display but under load it is having a bit of trouble.

Upgrade your PSU to 500W or more, should solve your problem.

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