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Sapphire Radeon X1650 problem.

Discussion in 'ATI' started by Tom Cotton, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. Tom Cotton

    Tom Cotton Guest

    I bought a Sapphire Radeon X1650 PRO 512MB AGP graphics card in August 2007.
    This year it failed after overheating badly. It was bought in the UK from
    CCL and came with a two year warranty. I returned it to them and they
    pronounced it dead and said that the second years warranty comes from the
    makers and I would have to wait for it to be replaced.
    Eventually the new one arrived in a Power Color branded box. I unloaded all
    of the ATI drivers from my computer before installing it and also used a
    little program called 'atikill' that always seems to get rid of any bits. I
    also ran a registry cleaner before fitting the new card and loading the
    drivers from the CD that came with the card. My system became intermittingly
    unstable with the mouse and keyboard freezing and the picture from my TV
    card went fuzzy.I tried updating drivers without any benefit.
    I spoke to CCL support who suggested going to omega\drivers.net and getting
    more reliable ones from there. That site just has a lot of programs similar
    to Uniblue Driver Scanner that I already had that checks your system and
    guides you to official update sites.
    I took the X1650 out and replaced it with an old ATI Rage Fury Pro and they
    system became stable again. I left it like that for six weeks before phoning
    CCL again. Once more thy try to wash their hands of it by saying that it is
    a Driver problem. If I send it back to them for testing and they find no
    problem with it they say that will charge me up to £50 for their time or
    that if they send it back to the makers and they find no fault they will be
    charged by them.
    I ask if they tell me the card is not faulty and I refuse to pay what will
    happen. They reply that they will then keep the card:) I have a RMA number
    to send it back with.
    Any advice here on what to try next before sending it back. I intend to
    speak to our local Trading Standard department on Monday as to whether such
    charges are legal or just downright bad customers service.
    Tom Cotton, Jul 11, 2009
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  2. Tom Cotton

    Tom Cotton Guest

    I'll put the card back in tomorrow and try the catalyst drivers.
    I've used CCL before but of course with products that have not given me a
    I had a rather similar problem on another computer years ago with an ATI
    Allinwonder. I spent hours on the phone to their support in Ireland at that
    time after the supplier gave up on the problem. Eventually ATI replaced the
    card themselves and all was well. They told me to return the dud to the
    supplier who then gave me a refund:)
    Tom Cotton, Jul 11, 2009
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  3. Tom Cotton

    Augustus Guest

    My advice is to try the card with 7.5's or 7.4's. See if it's functional
    with those drivers. If yes, it's likely the newer drivers causing the issue.
    I eventually got rid of an X1650 Pro AGP card simply because every other
    driver past this point would not function in 3D mode, even after applying
    all the hotfixes. I gave up after the 8.6 or so Cats. The X1650 Pro AGP
    series seems to have this issue more than others from what I could glean at
    the time....X1950 AGPs had very little issues in comparison. No idea why.
    Augustus, Jul 16, 2009
  4. Tom Cotton

    Tom Mix Guest

    OK, I will try that. It puzzles me why the replacement is problematic and
    the original was perfect.
    Tom Mix, Jul 19, 2009
  5. Tom Cotton

    Tom Mix Guest

    I downloaded 7.4 and 7.5. I tried 7.4 and my system was just as unstable a
    before. Have gone back to my old Rage Pro 128. The X1650 will go back on
    Monday.... it's either that or sell it n E-Bay:)
    Tom Mix, Jul 25, 2009
  6. Tom Cotton

    Tom Cotton Guest

    All worked out well. CCL found it to be faulty and returned it to the makers
    for replacement. Problem as always, suppliers give you the runaround for
    weeks with try this, try new drivers.
    Tom Cotton, Aug 25, 2009
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