Radeon 4870 Driver problems

Discussion in 'Videocards - AMD Radeon Drivers Section' started by .:WoLf:., Jul 22, 2008.

  1. .:WoLf:.

    .:WoLf:. Member

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    Here is the video, how it "works" now:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm-bcSqyBvo

    Hardware is same.
    OS: Windows XP64
    Drivers: 8.7

    Oh... video is in Slovenian language.

    First you can see it working. Then i RESTART it and it still works. Then I turn it off and then ON - and then it's NOT working.
    Then is turn it off and then ON again, and it's working..

    i can do that 145352 times and it will be the same.
     
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  2. .:WoLf:.

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    I deleted drivers from PC and it start up normally every time (even if i turn it off), so it's 99,9% problem with drivers.
     
  3. rflair

    rflair Don Coleus Staff Member

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    Its hard to say. I do remember when the 38x0 series was released there were BIOS updates for Gigabyte boards to address a compatibility issue. Have you upgraded the BIOS on your motherboard to the latest?

    I watched the video and saw your other picture of the corruption, still not convinced its the video drivers, just cause the fact is you reboot and it works. Have you tried just running one stick of RAM to see if it happens?
     
  4. .:WoLf:.

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    Why i think it's drivers?

    Without them it startup normally every time (not just restart).

    Now i installed:
    http://support.ati.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=894&task=knowledge&questionID=35298

    Best of all drivers i tried so far. Start up normally, no bluescreens, errors (so far..),..

    Now i'll install COD4 and report you later if it's runing as it should.
     

  5. rflair

    rflair Don Coleus Staff Member

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    What drivers were you running previously? In an earlier post you said you tried all drivers, but now the 8.6 hotfix seems to work.

    Well good luck and hope your problem is solved, and not to beat a dead horse but upgrade the BIOS on your motherboard to the latest, Gigabyte forums seem to tell all users to upgrade the BIOS because of the shortcomings of initial BIOS released with their motherboards.
     
  6. .:WoLf:.

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    I tried:
    http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-8.7-Windows-XP-64-bit-download-1999.html

    http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html

    And from CD.

    I never updated BIOS, so i really wouldn't do that.
     
  7. .:WoLf:.

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    Ok, after half hour problem appeared again..

    I tried all combinations with:
    Windows XP32
    Windows XP64
    Windows Vista 64

    And 4 different ATI drivers (from cd, 8.6, 8.7 beta, 8.7).

    I took graphic card to friend who has:
    Motherboard: Gigabyte P35-DQ6
    CPU: Core 2 Duo 2.4(E6600)
    Graphic card: nVidia 8800GTX
    OS: Windows Vista 32bit

    We removed his nVidia drivers, replaced his graphic card with mine and install Ati drivers (same i used).
    It worked.

    Then we removed Ati drivers from my PC, replaced Ati with his nVidia and installed nVidia drivers.
    It worked.

    So i was really really wrong. There aren't problems with drivers but something else - not Ram (we replaced mine with his and it was same).

    So there really could be something with BIOS.

    My bios version is F4 and nevest is F8 as i know.
    [​IMG]

    He have other motherboard (Gigabyte P35-DQ6) and F3 BIOS version.
    [​IMG]

    Should i flash bios?
     
  8. kapu

    kapu Ancient Guru

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    Hello Wolf

    1. Its not driver problem

    2. RMA your card, most probably its damaged in someway.

    3. borrow RAM from your friend and try with them (a possiblity , doubt its ram)

    4. Update your mobo bios ( also i doubt that will help)

    5. There are 4 LEDs on your cad, can you say something about them?
    Are they lighting ? Are they off all the time?


    I say 85% chance that your card is damaged.
     
  9. .:WoLf:.

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    Read my last post.

    My card is working in his PC and his card is working in mine. He borrowed me RAM and it was same.

    As i know LEDs are turned off. I can check tomorrow.
     
  10. pedropaulo

    pedropaulo Ancient Guru

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    Didn't real trough the entire thread so ignore if i repeat something:

    -Use Memtest and check for memory errors.

    -Install Vista X64 with just 2GB ram, update it fully with all updates available trough WU, then put the extra 2 GB of ram.

    Good luck;)
     

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    Ok, i have updated BIOS from F4 to F8b. Now i'll try those drivers and windows again and report you tonight.
     
  12. KillerSneak

    KillerSneak Banned

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    So your running the plain CAT 8.7 WHQL drivers on 64x VISTA ?
     
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    KillerSneak Banned

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    also, did you try the Catalyst 8.7 4800 Hot Fix drivers yet ?
     
  14. ReDi

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    Is that a new version or do you mean the 8.6 Hotfix?
     
  15. .:WoLf:.

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    I'm running XP64 with cat 8.7.

    Everything is working good so far.

    SO: if anyone has same motherboard as me, flash BIOS with program you get on CD (which came with motherboard).
     

  16. rflair

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    Glad it worked, Gigabyte is kind of notorious for the BIOS thing, usually takes them a few updates to get the BIOS right, good boards though.
     
  17. .:WoLf:.

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    Windows Vista (64bit) is working now too :)

    so: drivers are OK.


    EDIT: Thanks to everyone who help or try to help me. :)
     
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  18. ReDi

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    Should I boot into safe mode before flashing BIOS? Or will flashing the BIOS not work in safe mode?
     
  19. Jarrstin

    Jarrstin Master Guru

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    Don't use the windows flash utility, there's a great chance with that you'll brick the board. You're better off using a floppy disk/usb drive and qflash.
     
  20. ReDi

    ReDi Member Guru

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    QFlash is the BIOS flash utility, right?

    I don't have a floppy disk, the GigaByte website only refers to using a floppy with the tool. Are you sure it works with a USB stick as well? Does it work with DVD, i.e. when I burn the BIOS file on a CD/DVD?
     

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