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"Hardware Lockdown" when games played on 9600 XT

Discussion in 'ATI' started by matthew, Jan 18, 2004.

  1. matthew

    matthew Guest

    When I play Unreal 2k3, Halo, Max Payne 2, about 3 minutes into the
    game the frame freezes, then gets all fuzzy and exits to windows. In
    windows the ATI utility tells me that there was a hardware lockdown
    because of bad communications with the card due to the driver. I was
    origanally using version 3.8 catalyst drivers, and then I uninstalled
    those and installed 3.10 but the problem still persists,

    matthew, Jan 18, 2004
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  2. New one for me sounds like a dud card,anyone ?

    Make sure the card is pushed in all the way :)
    We Live For The One We Die For The One, Jan 18, 2004
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  3. matthew

    dino Guest

    I would say so...My9600XT has no issues so far..COD runs
    awesome..Spearhead...looped 3DMark03 5x with no issues..so you may just have
    a dud.
    dino, Jan 18, 2004
  4. matthew

    matthew Guest

    But why would the games play fine right when they start up if the cards a dud?
    matthew, Jan 18, 2004
  5. matthew

    Lithurge Guest

    (matthew) wrote in
    It may be that it needs to be pushed a bit first before it
    causes problems (heat problems?).

    However I found initially with my 9700Pro that I could play
    games for a few minutes then they'd lock.

    Initial cure was to reduce the agp speed to 4x rather than
    8x. Once ATI had released another couple of Cat driver
    versions I found I could up it to 8x with no problems.

    One day I may reinstall the 3.2's to see if they really were
    the problem.
    Lithurge, Jan 18, 2004
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    Psyke Guest

    I have the same problem with my 9600 pro extreme. Runs ok in 4x AGP, but 8X
    runs for a minute or so then crashes. 3D Mark 2001 is a good test. Crashes
    during the first test in 8x, but runs right through in 4x.
    Could be a voltage problem, not sure. I hope it's just a driver issue, as
    there may be hope for me too.

    Good luck.

    Psyke, Feb 9, 2004
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