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Video card help please?

Discussion in 'AMD / ATI' started by sammy18, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. sammy18 New Member

    Jul 31, 2009
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    I have a dell dimension e510 pentium d 2.8
    with a radeon x600 hypermemory 256 video mem.
    Recently i upgraded the firmware from 256 video memory to 512.
    The computer runs ok till i try to play a 3d game then freezes and screen goes black.
    Then the ati catalyst comes up and says something about the graphics processor is not
    responding to commands from display driver
    i have to 2gb of memory in the system.
    is there a way to pinpoint whats wrong?Did i fry my video card by doing this firmware?
    Or is there a way to downgrade the firmware back to 256 video memory?Or should i just go
    buy a new video card?

    Thanks for any help!
  2. a_ump


    Nov 21, 2007
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    yes you can downgrade your firmware to your origional. Also you can't firmware upgrade a card from 256mb to 512mb of memory as the memory is preinstalled on the card, something software or firmware can't change. You may have messed up your card if by 512 you mean you used a firmware for a 512mb version of your card.

    As for your video card, that thing is quite dated. i would look at purchasing a HD 4650 you'll see a remarkable boost in game performance compared to your x600. i believe HD 4650 power consumption is around 50watts so your PSU should be able to handle it if its 350watt.

    EDIT: even with a 250watt power supply, a HD 4650 should run fine. power consumption. in this review you see the peak draw of that system with a HD 4650 is 148watts, your system would probly draw 190watts max
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