ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 8500 crashing
Posted on 2003-02-25
Here's my problem...after a series of upgrades over the weekend, my system has become very unstable. I think it's the ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 8500 card (the AGP version), and I'm over my head on how to fix it.
I've got a PC I assembled myself about 1 1/2 years ago, with an FIC AD11 motherboard and AMD Athlon 1.4Ghz. I had a video card installed, a network card, and a modem card. I was on Windows 98.
Over the weekend, I upgraded to Win XP Pro. Due to a variety of problems, I eventually ended up completely wiping out my hard drive (on purpose) and doing a clean install, although that was later in the weekend. The second upgrade was to add some memory, going from 256MB to 384MB. No problem. I upgraded to a newer, faster CD-RW. No problem.
Then I swapped my old video card for the new ATI card. Lots of problems! I reinstalled Windows and the drivers many times. I've got all the Win XP updates from Microsoft, and I've got the latest drivers and software from ATI. I have not flashed the BIOS - I'm a little nervous about that and unsure whether it would make a difference.
The problem I'm experiencing happens only when I'm watching the TV tuner. It either crashes (often leaving the audio playing), or the system suddenly shuts down and reboots. If I'm watching it through the TV window in Internet Explorer, IE often crashes as well, followed very quickly by ATIMMC (ATI's multimedia center).
I actually thought I had it pretty stable, but in the last 24 hours I've reinstalled MS Office and my printers (HP laserjets), and now it's definitely unstable again, although not quite as bad as before (I can often watch for long periods of time before it crashes, instead of only a minute or two). Maybe I just got lucky last night and it wasn't actually fixed?
This seems like a driver problem, but if I've got all the latest updates, what else can I try? I would go back to my old video card, but I really want the TV tuner, and I don't want to spend any more money.
I am grateful for any and all suggestions.