Soyo Dragon II Platinum motherboard
Pentium 4 2.4C processor
ATI Sapphire X800 GTO flashed to 16 pixel pipes (at least 5 years ago, never any problem)
OCZ (extreme?) ram, but timings are set to default low, not to the maximum settings
I think the power supply is a 450 or 500 Watt power supply, I know I got something that would handle the board, sound, video, floppy, 2 sata and 1 ultra ata hard drive.
If anything else is needed, ask.
I have an ATI Sapphire X800 GTO card that I bought and installed about 5 years ago. This was the special r430 core version, so of course, I flashed the BIOS to the X800XT type BIOS that opened the 12 pipes into the 16 that are actually available.
Also, I removed the basic crap heatsink that came with it and installed a nice large copper Articool dual side heat sink. The fan works fine. Temps stay around 30-35C at all times.
I have never gotten to actually use anything graphics intensive on this card that would generate any real heat. The most I have really done with this card, aside from some Minecraft (which I haven't played in about 3 months anyway) was doing stress testing with ATITool doing the fuzzy cube tests. I've never stressed the card in any way, as all I've really done is browse, view vids once in a while, etc... really basic stuff. I never had one single video problem in all these years... maybe 1 blue screen error trying to install the newest drivers that had me immediately go back, but this was like a year ago.
The card has worked perfectly fine until about a few months ago, when I would randomly, maybe once every few weeks, have an ati2dvag.dll has caused an infinite loop error on Windows boot, right when it's about to show the mouse cursor.
Restarting would go through fine and windows worked fine. It's only happened maybe 5 times until last Saturday.
Last Friday, my pc worked perfectly fine. Never had any graphics problems while the PC was running. Any error that did occur was only during boot, and it was always that ati2dvag.dll infinite loop error.
I go to bed Friday night, everything's fine, and I hadn't installed anything in months or changed any settings of stuff in at least many weeks. No viruses, though haven't done combofix... but nothing else is having a problem, so I doubt it's any virus, and I don't like combofix adding keys for stuff I didn't choose for it to add, anyway.
Saturday around noon, I'm up ad start my PC... it has the ati2dvag.dll infinite loop again. I restart and it still does. I keep trying and it won't go past there, so I go to safe mode to try to figure things out and do a system restore to try that. After that, it acts like my card isn't installed anymore and detects it 8 times, popping up the new hardware found 8 times.
I do everything from uninstalling everything ati related, including using Driver Sweeper, and try reinstalling them. If I install the drivers, I get the infinite loop error, or one or another error that's similar, such as:
STOP 0x0000007E (0xC0000005, 0xBAE28EF3, 0xF78E25C8, 0xF78E22C8)
win32k.dll showed up once... another ATI driver showed up once... all these during different tries at reinstalling the drivers.
I have even had a few times where I couldn't get into safe mode after installing the ATI drivers...
So right now, I have them all uninstalled. I can use the computer, but with a refresh rate of 1hz from these default drivers, it's getting extraordinarily annoying.
Also, every time I start the PC, I get the popup for new hardware found 8 times, and it shows up 8 times in the device manager. If I cancel, they all end up under Unknown Device as Video Controller (VGA Compatible). If I install and get into safe mode, or check before restarting the computer, it shows X800 GTO 8 times under the Display Devices.
What's more is, when I check the driver properties after insalling, it says it conflicts with stuff... when I check the System Information, it shows up 8 times there all with the same address conflicting with ITSELF, and the same thing goes for the IRQ 10... 8 times, conflicting with itself. It has 2 or 3 separate memory address ranges it conflicts with.
There's more, though.
In ATI Tool, when I check the extra info by holding shift and going to settings, it often says there's 0 active pipelines, but sometimes says 16 like it should. In the fuses, I could swear the fuses are supposed to say 0xA61, but maybe I'm mistaken for the r430 bios flash... it says 0xA60 right now.
Even more though.. I tried installing a new install of XP on a backup drive to test this card out... it was still detected 8 times, and installing the drivers still makes it blue screen.
There were 2 times where I was able to get it to boot past the error only when I used windows recovery console and chose to use the last settings that worked... but when it got to the desktop, the resolution was cut way down to the minimum with minimum colors, and shortly after, it does still crash with the ati2dvag.dll infinite loop error.
So long story short... I have the card show up 8 times in the device manager and have it detected by plug n play 8 times in a row. Installing the ATI drivers, no matter what, uninstalling completely and reinstalling, causes it to have some fatal error at boot when the cursor is supposed to show up.
I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling drivers... I had the last official drivers for this card already... I pulled the card out and cleaned it, put it back in... swapped my ram modules around... turned off hyperthreading and checked to see if it detected 8 times again, and it did... tried on a new windows install... tried installing it through the ATI installer and through the MS install wizard searching on the windows site, same result.
And... I have never even done anything that would cause this card to get hot, no graphics intensive games or software. It does get a lot of dust, but the temps had never shown any more than about 35C, and the temp sensor is reading right. I didn't install anything in weeks, or play any games in months, only doing ebay browsing... no viruses, and the fresh windows install on a different hard drive not connected to the net showing the same 8 times thing shows it's not that.
I have seen people talk about the 8 times thing before and the same thing, but never seen anything said after someone suggested reinstalling the motherboard chipset stuff. Only problem is, my board has an Intel chipset, and Intel's site says flat out that this does not install VGA driver stuff and won't fix VGA driver problems... and even though I did try on the fresh windows install, installed the drivers from my motherboard driver disk, still the same thing.
I have no idea how my card could be perfectly fine, then OVER NIGHT when the PC is off, it just suddenly has a permanent problem the next day, or how any kind of hardware problem could happen considering I don't stress the card or do anything that makes it get even lukewarm, and haven't even done anything resembling a program that might make the card start to get warm in 3 months.
Let me know if you need more info.
Oh, yeah, to add to the confusion on my end, the whole reinstalling chipset drivers part... there was one post I'd seen where someone said they fixed their vid card showing up 8 times in the device manager, which was also causing the boot failure, by reinstalling the AGP drivers... but how the heck do I reinstall those, and why didn't a new XP install work on a separate hard drive change anything?
Edited by hamluis, 17 April 2011 - 07:01 PM.
Moved from XP forum to Internal Hardware.