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Discussion in 'Tech Support' started by Stwongbad, 11 Jul 2006.

  1. Stwongbad

    Stwongbad What's a Dremel?

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    I apologize i cant fit everything in the title but there is so many problems with this computer right now >__> so let me quickly list them in order

    First (months ago?) all my settings on cs:s wouldnt be saved so everytime I'd have to manually set my res back {keyboard settings would stay} and AA and AF. And already had problems playing other games like Quake4 would get as far as "Initializing menus" then it would exit with something like "Nocomprende DX8" <-- I reinstalled DX9 just incase but nothing else would get that far and just exit before anything even started.

    After finally being fed-up with it I speak to a friend and he says to reinstall the drivers so...i do , seems fine...same problems. So i un-install drivers again then i use driver cleaner pro to make sure they are gone for sure then reinstall now I cant play any game other than cs:s and there i cant change any video settings if i change res,AA,AF from stock it crashes. Aswell as changing video settings from the ATI drivers makes the screen go all...>_> weird lets say


    I tried dealing with it and thinking i spent 300$ on the damn card and more overall on the computer I really got fed up and thought i should be able to play more than one game. :grr:

    Specs: Graphics : X1800XT 512mb
    Cpu : AMD 64 3200
    Ram : DDR400 1x 1GB corsair XMS , 2x 512mb generic ram (3-3-3-8)
    Mobo: ASROCK dualsata2 (interesting board and not toooo bad for 75$)


    If anyone needs any extra info or even screenshots I'd love to do anything as I really need to settle this!
     
  2. mattthegamer463

    mattthegamer463 What's a Dremel?

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    Sounds pretty messed up.

    In this much of a pickle I (personally) would reformat, mostly because it takes just a few hours and cleans up all my crap anyway. 99% that will fix your problem, but if you don't want such a drastic solution, it could be much harder.

    Could be a incompatability with the video card in that motherboard. What OS are you running?
     
  3. Stwongbad

    Stwongbad What's a Dremel?

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    I donno...It could possibly some driver conflicts >_> maybe is shoud reinstall again because whenever I change the video settings while in the desktop it kinda...spazzes out by phreaking out the desktop and making duplicates of the desktop

    Windows XP; but on the issue of video card compatibility it worked fine for awhile but the funny thing is the mobo has agp and pci-e :hehe:
     
  4. TheoGeo

    TheoGeo What are these goddamn animals?!

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    as Matt said, I would format. It doesnt take too long and as long as you backup your data you dont lose anything. That would at least eliminate any software problems

    edit: maybe try updating your bios as well
     
  5. Glider

    Glider /dev/null

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    I third a format... from the looks of it, there are many small problems leading to a big one... Clean drive will probably even out the bubbles
     
  6. Stwongbad

    Stwongbad What's a Dremel?

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    Bios is updated.

    A format...ive done one before but I really want all my Installed games and would kill myself if i'd have to update steam again!

    aswell as Im not sure how to back up things properly and all I have to backup on are dvds that have often become coasters.


    Anyone have any suggestions that...wouldnt involve me reformatting? Sounds like a cut/run strategy and....I dont generally swing that way <-- Its an american thing
     
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  7. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    Did you ininstall your old drivers before putting your new card in?

    Always use ATi Driver Cleaner before installing any new drivers or a new card
     
  8. Stwongbad

    Stwongbad What's a Dremel?

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    what do you mean i dont get whhat you mean installing the old drivers as i upgraded from an NVIDIA 6600GT (agp)


    Does that help

    Edit: [Engine Error] Message displayed when trying to change res in cs:s "Failed to lock vertex buffer in CMeshDX8::LockVertexBuffer

    And then the regular The memory could not be "read" message
     
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  9. Stwongbad

    Stwongbad What's a Dremel?

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    I really hate to bump/doublepost after only a few hours but >_> I just received the elderscrolls oblivion as a gift from a friend and I am dying to play it!! So does anyone have any other suggestions other than a reformat?


    And if not what forum would i post for info on how to reformat properly aswell as any software you guys use.
     
  10. Pookeyhead

    Pookeyhead It's big, and it's clever.

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    I'd go with what the others say, and do a reformat. Just make sure all your favourite games have the saved game info backed up somewhere. If you're not sure how to do that, post a question in the games forums about each game in turn, as all games store their saved game info in different places.

    Formating is easy. Just set your BIOS to boot from CD as the first boot device, reboot with your windows CD in the main CD/DVD drive, then follow the on screen prompts. If you have SATA drives, you may need drivers on a floppy, and you'll have to press F8 when prompted to do so.. it will say "hit F8 if you need to install 3rd party RAID or SCSI drivers" or words to that effect, and make sure you have your SATA drivers in the floppy drive.

    Have you searched the forums re: reformatting? I find it hard to believe there isn't a thread that has all the answers you need already out there.

    There are LOADS of web sites dedicated to this however.

    Try this one, or perhaps this one. Seriously, just type "Reformatting Windows XP tutorial" into Google, and everything you need to know will be there.
     
  11. Stwongbad

    Stwongbad What's a Dremel?

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    Anyway to reformat without your windows disk?....I never actually started with a windows disk as this computer was originally an HP computer and reformatted once with my friends disk (intel)
     
  12. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    There should be a driver cleaner (google) that will remove all your graphics drivers completely. Have you gone to the control panel and uninstalled all nVidia drivers for your graphics?
     
  13. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    Do as Doug suggests. Download Driver Cleaner. Read the instructions that come with the download and follow them to the letter. I did and an ATI/NVidia gfx card switch worked perfectly, no need to format! I might also be tempted to force an install of DirectX9c, too. Download it from Microsoft then run.
     
  14. Stwongbad

    Stwongbad What's a Dremel?

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    Yep ive used driver cleaner if you read the first post and reinstalled directx9 >_> although i may try the whole vga driver issue again

    Its uninstall drivers/use dc/reinstall?
    Or just use the drivercleaner and...then reinstall? c.c anyone help me?
     
  15. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    So there are NO nvidia drivers on the system atall?
     
  16. Stwongbad

    Stwongbad What's a Dremel?

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    None at all! i uninstalled them before i started to install my ATI card.

    Aswell as I used DC just in case.
     
  17. sk8ter646

    sk8ter646 Minimodder

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    REINSTALL i had similar problems with my machine not long ago
     
  18. Stwongbad

    Stwongbad What's a Dremel?

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    if you mean reinstall drivers if you'd look at my first post you'd see ive done it twice already but i should do that reinstall one more time before the day is done.
     
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    Stwongbad What's a Dremel?

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    Darn it...i reinstalled it again with following all the instructions in driver cleaner (uninstalled all ati drivers then reinstalled them) and nothing!

    So....a reformat?
     
  20. Stwongbad

    Stwongbad What's a Dremel?

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    Bump.


    So a format would be the only solution now?
     

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