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ATI Mobility Radeon X600 continuing problem

Don't know what "modding" is...
Don't know how set up video memory from 256 to 128Mb...
Which Catalyst driver version do I download?...

As you can see, I'm not as tech savvy as you, so I'd need some help. Any chance you can walk me through it step-by-step? you can send me an email directly to jr0824@comcast.net if you're up to it, thanks!

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  • eltury May 23, 2008

    Mike, first I'm going after the explanation for "modding", then I'll go to ATI and get the CCC (I'm curious to see what the functions of the Catalyst are), then I'll post my rating. So far you've been very helpful, so I'd appreciate it a lot, look for my next post after I try this fix, and wish me luck!

    Jess.

  • eltury May 25, 2008

    map9966,

    My notebook model is PD726AV#ABA, HP Pavilion zd8000, but there's also one thing I forgot to ask you yesterday. In your original note you say that you used two steps, the first one was using ASO or Advanced System Optimizer, and that the purpose was to force the system to write the swap to memory instead of the HDD, but in the modder you changed the graphics memory to 128MB from the original 256MB. My graphics memory is also 256MB, but I don't understand why you reduce it?



    I don't have ASO, so it really doesn't matter but I'm still curious of why reducing it to 128?



    Thanks!

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Hi eltrury,
Here is a link to explain Modding. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modding
You're notebook share's you're main system memory with you're onboard (Video card built into you're notebook's main board).
If you're notebook has a total amount of system memory of 512MB & you're video card is using 128MB to function. Than you're notebook will only have 128MB to run. (And that is not enough for a Windows XP system to function. It will run! Like a dog with two broken legs. You're video card is an ATI. That said, ATI comes out with newer versions of its software drivers quiet often. So upgrading you're software can be preformed once a month, if you like. ATI's catalyst control center is part of the ATI's software. CCC is a section of software where you can adjust a range of settings to you're preference. Like add more red color to your monitor. Adjust you're display screen. It's a long list. There is a Help button within CCC.
Most people never need to enter CCC. It's for people who know what to adjust & why. CCC's greatest function allows people to run dual monitors. CCC can detect when two monitors are connected to the video card & the user can adjust the color for each display separately. CCC is also acts like a software manager. It helps keep the video running stable. For those who do not have an abundence of hard drive space you can elect not to install CCC & just download the driver software.
This next link will take you to ATI's web site.
http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html
Here you need to click on three choices. In the first window you would click on you're operating system. EX: Windows XP home or pro. Than you would click on ATI Mobility Radeon. Than click on, Mobility Radeon X600. Lastly, click on the GO button.
Suggest you run the Installation Verification Software on the site. When it finishes the ATI software should start the download.

Enjoy!
If I can help you further, feel free to post.
Suggestions & comments welcomed.

Mike

Posted on May 23, 2008

  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso May 24, 2008

    I forgot to tell you how to adjust the amount of video memory. To do this enter you're bios menu. Go to the title Advanced.

    There are a bunch of settings within Advanced. (Tough suggesting such adjustments not knowing the notebook model.)

    One of the settings will allow you to change the total memory used by the X600. Save & exit.

  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso May 25, 2008

    Hello again Jess,

    You ask me how to reduce you're video memory from 256 to 128!

    This was stated in you're question to me. You can read this at the top of this post.

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    ( "posted by eltury on May 21, 2008

    Don't know what "modding" is...
    Don't know how set up video memory. Which Catalyst driver version do I download?... " ).
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    Comment by eltury, posted on May 25, 2008
    ---------------------------
    I never mentioned or posted this statment: ( "In your original note you say that you used two steps, the first one was using ASO or Advanced System Optimizer, and that the purpose was to force the system to write the swap to memory instead of the HDD" )!



    You can read what I posted driectly under my picture above.



    To download drivers for you're HP Pavilion zd8000 CTO Notebook PC. Click on this link.

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softw...



    On another note. In my experiance, any notebook that use's 512MB of memory will run slower than a notebook with 1GB of system memory. Every notebook share's their system memory with their onboard (intergrated) video card. The video card use's the notebooks system memory to function. That video memory can be adjusted to use 32,64 & 128MB of memory to run. The more system memory a video card uses the less the notebook has to run the operating system & programs.













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