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you are absolutely right .....its coz aging and new games need new hardware to renderbut you could also chk the latest drivers for the same or try reinstalling OS as this is the major concern with ADD ON cards may be the OS has gone corrupt Rest seems ok Kindly rate this solution Thanks And Regards
I had the same problem (sorry for my English). Ive installed all the updates for XP, then i updated my drivers to top, but it doesn't work. BUT! I was installing drivers without ATI panel, only the driver. The last version of drivers on time of writing the post is 27/01/10 (catalyst 10.1 or something, dont remember)- installing this helped the video to run for an hour, copmparing to 4 minutes before using this drivers. After being stopped again(DAMN), i ve decided to slow down the clocking of card in ATI panel- originally it was 650-400 MHz, then ive made it 400-400 and black screen of death dissapeared for ages. I had very much troubles with this, so i hope it would help somebody. Dont feel any differience in games. the only thing for thinking is the count of triubles with this card- like ATI_AMD cant create a stable hardware.
Probably just need new drivers try uninstalling and reinstalling if this doesn't work. Graphics drivers or in this case the control centre for ATI are notoriously buggy. I know as I too use ATI card. Turn off ATI polling service and ATI Smart too in services.msc
On the other hand, what settings are you trying to change? maybe your asking too much of your card or perhaps the setting your trying to change is conflicting with other hard or software on your system. Perhaps you could be a little more specific regarding the setting/s your attempting to change when the crash occurs
If you have the latest drivers installed, try uninstalling them, and going back to the 2nd most recent driver released. Sometimes the latest drivers have issues. Work your way back trying multiple drivers if possible until you find the sweet spot. You might try this website, it has a driver cleaner that removes old drivers. Then try reinstalling the driver of your choice. http://www.afterdawn.com/software/desktop_software/other_tools/driver_cleaner_pro.cfm
I would go the www.amd.com web site. They now own ATI and have a section for ATI products. Find the support page and then find a user's forum. Chances are someone else has already had your problem, and a solution exists, or open a problem case. It may cost you, depending on whether or not your ATI card is under warranty.
Another option you may try while you wait for a solution from the forum, or ATI, would be for you to remove all ATI software, and reinstall from the CD that came with your card.
Their is a reason that it crashes and it is not because of the game if it crashes at other times too. Toom much HEAT is usually the problem. Look for slow or stopped fans. Dust on the heatsink.Run the antivirus. After that clean and defrag the hard drive. Let me knw that that did not take care of the problem.