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"New" Elsa 6800 GT AGP Not Working. Wavy Lines! Please Help!
I'm having some massive troubles with a 6800 GT AGP that I just bought. It is an open box product I got from an online vendor. The card and my CPU are not overclocked. Here are the details:
Its an Elsa Gladiac 940GT 6800GT 256MB AGP card. It is being used on an ECS motherboard with an AMD Athlon XP 2400+, 512 MB PQI PC-3200 RAM (single stick) and a 430 Watt power supply unit all running Windows XP Professional SP 2. The PSU powers also (1) DVD-R/RW, (1) CD-R/RW, (1) 80 GB 7200 RPM IDE Hard drive and (1) 60 GB 7200 RPM IDE Hard drive -- all connected at the time.
Until I got the card today I was running a Kaser ATI 9600 SE. While still running the 9600 I downloaded and installed the latest version of Riva Tuner. I then used the Control Panel to Un-install the ATI Display Driver and the ATI Tool Suite. When it asked to reboot after each I said "no." I then shut down the computer. Even though the 6800 GT is an open box item it came with the power cable splitter (which I used) and driver CD. I put the card in, rebooted and the system POSTed. All went as normal and when Win XP was loading it asked for the device drivers. I told it to skip them and when it finished I loaded the CD and ran the "autorun.exe" loading the drivers.
I didn't reboot at this point. I tried to set the screen resolution to 1280x1024 (it was an option in the settings) but when I clicked "OK" the entire screen went wavy. It looked as though there was a box in the center of the screen that was a dark color and the background was blue. Imagine a really windy day on a pond -- that is what the screen looked like. I waited 30 seconds, expecting the screen to change back as windows always ask to keep the new settings or change back but it never did. I hard restarted the computer. It went through and at Win XP, after everything finished loading all looked good. I moved the mouse around and it was smooth. I then right-clicked to change the settings and instead of the options box popping up the wavy-water-box screen appeared. I tried, after another hard rest, right-clicking n the nVidia icon by the clock in the bottom right of the screen and the wavy lines happened again. I did a hard reset again and this time while the programs were loading while Win XP did I double-left-clicked a folder on my desktop. It opened. I was able to open more folders and navigated, after/while Win XP finished loading, to the Riva Tuner folder. I ran it and it updated/loaded the registry items with no problems. I hoped to change the screen settings in here but couldn't find it. It showed the card as a 6800 GT with 16PP and running at stock speeds for core and RAM. I navigated to the control panel and then the wavy-water-lines appeared again but this time when I moved the mouse around the big box in the middle of the screen moved. The boxes I had hoped to open were not there -- Just the big way box representing the mouse cursor.
I have Direct X 9c installed. And all this time I had run the computer without the side on so I do not think it is a heat related or air flow issue but I could be wrong. Also, the monitor is a 20" CRT that runs at 1600x1200 MAX. I connected it to my 6800 GT with the S/VGA on the back of the card. It was originally connected to my 9600 SE with a DVI-2-VGA adapter.
Now, I have taken the card out and can only think of a few last things to do to test before I RMA it back for either a refund or a replacement. I figure my last options are to:
1) Fresh install of Win XP Pro SP2 and hope that there is a left over file on my current installation that is causing the trouble.
2) Run Knoppix 4.0.2 off a Live CD to see if the problem is there. If so, I would assume it is a driver conflict in Win XP or Win XP error. However, Knoppix 4 will not be able to use any hardware acceleration so it will not be a "real test" of the card.
3) Try the card under Safe Mode for awhile.
4) If I can find a friend with an AGP board try the card there.
The thing that strikes me is, I once flashed the 9600 SE to a regular 9600 and had similar but not exact way-lines. I flashed it back and it worked. Also, the wavy-lines of the 9600 SE started from the beginning of the boot up NOT after Win XP had been on for awhile (approximately a minute).
Please help! I'd really hate to have to RMA this back. If you need any more details or questions please ask. Any help you can give is much appreciated.
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