ATI Radeon 9600 Issue

I bought a Radeon 9600. When I'm playing in a game, the whole screen becomes blurry like. I’m not able to see anything. I have to Press Alt + Tab to get out of the game, and then I have to get back in. I tried changing resolutions and refresh rates.

The monitor is a Compaq FS740.
OS: XP Pro SP 2

Thanks,
Ryan
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Ultimate_NescaFeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
In this case it is unlikely, but it could be overheating...whats yours card''s temperature and CPU's temperature?
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thefourthgunmanCommented:
this could possibly be a flawed product

my friend had a problem like this and a few days later it began to create colored boxes on the screen also

he had to replace it
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bottlegreenCommented:
Firstly, try reinstalling the Catalyst drivers for your graphics card: http://www.ati.com/support/driver.html
then reinstall DirectX 9.0c: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=0A9B6820-BFBB-4799-9908-D418CDEAC197&displaylang=en
Does this happen in all games or one specific game? Also, is it blurry when you playback video?
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ryanscoolAuthor Commented:
I tried reinstalling the Catalyst Drivers a few times. Didn't work.
I'm going to try and reinstall DirectX 9.0c now.

I have noticed that this happeds in all games that I play. I havent noticed it when doing video playback.


Ryan
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thefourthgunmanCommented:
its the card itself

im telling ya
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bottlegreenCommented:
Yep, could possibly be a hardware problem. If reinstalling DirectX 9.0c does not work, try using a different
graphics card (if you have a spare one or another one in a different computer).
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ryanscoolAuthor Commented:
CPU Temp is around 39 - 42 C.
I cant be exact, but I can estimate my Video Card Temp at around 45 C.

Could the issue be hardware related?


Ryan
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bottlegreenCommented:
Those temps seem normal to me.
It's probably the graphics card. Have you tried replacing it with a different one?
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ryanscoolAuthor Commented:
I dont have an other Video Card to try out on the current system. The weird thing is that the only place it doesnt work is when I play games for a little bit. I think I can try and replace the video card. If anyone has any other suggestions, Im open.


Ryan
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Justin MaloneSystem AdministratorCommented:
does your motherboard have onboard video? (stupid question but i gata ask) :)
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ryanscoolAuthor Commented:
Nope it doesnt have onboard video. My motherboard is an Intel D865PERL.



Ryan
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stockhesCommented:
This might help

shut off "fastwrite" even if your gfx card supports it, your mobo might not.

Either do it in bios or under the GART table in screen options

You might as well try lowering AGP speed to 4X, same place

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hateralligatorCommented:
I had this exact problem with my ATI Radeon 9600 XT 256MB. Wierd colored boxes and blurriness and blank screens and wierd shapes and the such. Like you said, I had to alt+tab or even sometimes ctrl+alt+delete out of the game. It only happened when I played call of duty, doom 3 or any of my other games. Even changing resolutions and stuff didnt work. Installing catalyst drivers and omega drivers didnt work, and i made sure i had direct x 9c. I tried everything. In fact, I just shipped my card back yesterday to get it replaced. I'm pretty sure that the card itself was the problem. If both of us have tried everything and nothing is working, then it is likely that we both had bad cards. Like I said, I just shipped mine back yesterday to have it replaced. I hope a replacement will solve the problem for us both.



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ryanscoolAuthor Commented:
This seems to be really weird. I moved the computer that was having an issue to a room that was a little bit cooler and I dont seem to have an issue. Would that be the problem? Could running the game heat up the Video Card to where it would make the screen blurry?


Ryan
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Ultimate_NescaFeCommented:
hehe, si i was  right after all...
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Sajen JoseCommented:
Dunno if this helps, sometimes playing around with the Hardware Acceleration also helps.
sajen
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jacaucCommented:
Yep... For Sure... Any graphic intense application will DEFNITELY heat up your CPU and GPU becaused of the increased workload!!

No doubt about that!

Try opening the case and leaving the panel off as an alternative.... maybe a desk fan blowing into the PC will work too... as a test scenario..

Hope this helps..
Cheers
J
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ryanscoolAuthor Commented:
I currently have my case open. I think what I'm going to do is pick up a few computer fans and put them in the computer. It doesnt look like I'm having any more issues. Is there a good way to make sure it doesnt happen again?


Ryan
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bottlegreenConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Getting a few case fans is a good idea. One intake fan in the front and two exhaust fans in the back of the case would be optimal. Try to go for larger (120mm ish) fans as they move the same amount of air but with a slower rotational speed (therefore quieter).

To prevent this from reoccuring, you just basically need to ensure that temperatures inside the case remain reasonable. Clean out your computer periodically, removing any dust in the case and on the fans. You can try to move your computer to a different room where it is cooler (with a aircon maybe) as room temperatures have significant influence in the temperatures inside the case.

Hope this helps.
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ryanscoolAuthor Commented:
Thanks for everyones help. I have found it to be a temp. issue and I will be getting some more fans. If any other issues come up on the video card I will get it replaced.


Ryan
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