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Graphics Card Hello, I recently bought an ATI X1650 Pro graphics card, AGP, 512MB, Sapphire. It's running on XP Home with a Dual Core CPU, It will periodically reset the machine, it's very annoying. It has a 450 Watt PSU which should be sufficient. It came with the Catalyst 7.7 driver which I installed, it is running on an old crappy monitor, could this be the problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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  • SCIFIFan2001 Jan 23, 2008

    Thanks for the quick response. It's a Corsair VX series PSU which cost over £40 and is brand new. I'll try the ATI Tool and RivaTuner programs and see what happens, I've also just bought a Phillips monitor to replace the old dinosaur it was using, this may make all the difference.I've heard rumours of ATI drivers being a bit funny with AGP cards so it may just need to be using an older or newer version of the Catalyst! Thanks again for your help.

  • SCIFIFan2001 Jan 23, 2008

    Thanks A.J. I appreciate your time and effort. Cheers

  • SCIFIFan2001 Jan 24, 2008

    Thanks A.J.

    The PC and problematic X1650 are my brother's so I can't always try things out straight away. I've downloaded ATI Tool and RivaTuner and tried them out on my laptop which has an ATI 9000 GPU with 64MB of RAM and there is no mention of fan speeds in RivaTuner, I guess it can't detect my old laptop card properly. I've had a look at ATI Tool but it seems a bit complicated for a simple man like me, but I'll persevere! My brother has just emailled me saying the the programs set off alarm bells with his anti-virus program and I think he's scared of using them (I virus checked the download - all clear) It's probably because of the type of things they change on your system.

    I'll keep trying with the ATI card but I'm leaning towards buying an NVidia replacement to simplify things!


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    Alex J. May 11, 2010

    What kind of PSU are you using? it can be 3 things:

    • PSU is too weak. Unlikely, but depends on the quality of the power supply, not only the power rating.

    • Card overheats, make sure you have good airflow in your case, and it's a good idea to force your graphics card fan on 80% speed (card manufacturers usually keep the fan speed as low as they can to kep them quiet) you can do this with utility like rivatuner or atitool.

    • Try updating your drivers

    There is an article there talking about crashes due to fan speed and memory speed, not your exact graphics card, but it applies to all of them really. Check it out also :




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My bad, i was going to just ask about your PSU and went on trying to fix your problem :) If you do download rivatuner, check how hot your graphics card is running in graphics intensive games (it has a chart recorder). BTW I have a 1600XT and speeding up the fan helped a lot!


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    Alex J. Jan 24, 2008

    You're very welcome, I have an 8800GT, 7900XTX and 1600XT, and all of them have issues, and rivatuner fixes all the problmes, lowering the vram speed or speeding up the fan. I guess the race for the best graphics card makes them squeeze every bit of of power they can but the stability suffers.


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    Alex J. Jan 24, 2008

    Wll there is probably no fan on the graphics card in your laptop, most laptops are not designed for graphics intensive applications. But Rivatuner detects what graphics card you have in your computer and displays options depending on that. I know rivatuner is safe, so I would not worry about any antivirus warning, Antiviruses are driving me nuts, it's becoming more and more restrictive. I would not buy an other card just yet, remember I had problems with my 1900XTX (artifacts when overheating), bought an 8800GT and it had even more problems with the memory overclocked too much from factory. The fan adjustment is really something you should try.



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  • Device Type Graphics adapter

  • Enclosure Type Plug-in card

  • Vista Capability This graphics card is capable of running the new Aero interface featured in Windows Vista Home Premium and higher.

  • Interface Type AGP 8x

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  • Technology DDR2 SDRAM 128-bit

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Video Input
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Video Output
  • API Supported OpenGL 2.0,
    DirectX 9.0

  • Max Monitors Supported 2.0

  • TV Interface HDTV out

  • Analog Video Format S-Video,
    Composite video

  • Digital Video Standard Digital Visual Interface (DVI)

Expansion / Connectivity
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    1.0 x VGA

  • Compatible Slots 1.0 x AGP

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    Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005,
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  • Peripheral / Interface Devices CD-ROM

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