video card to blame?



greg
07-10-2005, 01:33 AM
my computer has been hanging and restarting - the retailer identified failing
hard-drives so I bought a new one - same problem - with a clean install of xp
I get an error related to ati radeon driver (looks very similar to a post
someone else made) -I can't translate the "serious error" code I get, so how
can I be sure it is a driver problem now? also, how can I update the driver
if I can't get the computer to work long enough to do that before it hangs?
any help much appreciated
Greg

Rich Barry
07-10-2005, 01:33 AM
Greg, you should be able to download a different driver in Safe Mode with
Networking. And then install it in Safe Mode.
Download the ATI driver remover also. You can probably get them at
www.rage3d.com
http://www.driverheaven.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=76416
When you are at Rage3d scroll down to the "Most reliable Catalyst
Drivers" article.

"greg" <greg@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:70373037-76EE-4F3F-B88E-6C099099A651@microsoft.com...
> my computer has been hanging and restarting - the retailer identified
> failing
> hard-drives so I bought a new one - same problem - with a clean install of
> xp
> I get an error related to ati radeon driver (looks very similar to a post
> someone else made) -I can't translate the "serious error" code I get, so
> how
> can I be sure it is a driver problem now? also, how can I update the
> driver
> if I can't get the computer to work long enough to do that before it
> hangs?
> any help much appreciated
> Greg

greg
07-10-2005, 01:34 AM
Solved! It WAS the video driver, but my workaround was to remove the video
drivers altogether (forcing XP to use the most basic generic driver)...then I
installed the latest driver from the manufacturer. Seems to work fine now. I
suspect that Windows automatically updated the video driver (one it didn't
like). I have now turned that auto-update function off. Thanks for the help.


"Rich Barry" wrote:

> Greg, you should be able to download a different driver in Safe Mode with
> Networking. And then install it in Safe Mode.
> Download the ATI driver remover also. You can probably get them at
> www.rage3d.com
> http://www.driverheaven.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=76416
> When you are at Rage3d scroll down to the "Most reliable Catalyst
> Drivers" article.
>
> "greg" <greg@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:70373037-76EE-4F3F-B88E-6C099099A651@microsoft.com...
> > my computer has been hanging and restarting - the retailer identified
> > failing
> > hard-drives so I bought a new one - same problem - with a clean install of
> > xp
> > I get an error related to ati radeon driver (looks very similar to a post
> > someone else made) -I can't translate the "serious error" code I get, so
> > how
> > can I be sure it is a driver problem now? also, how can I update the
> > driver
> > if I can't get the computer to work long enough to do that before it
> > hangs?
> > any help much appreciated
> > Greg
>
>
>


video card to blame?