Howdy all, I'm having an issue with a new card I just purchased.
The card is an ATI 256mb X850XT PE PCI-E. The rouble started after gaming for a couple of hours (BF2) and I crashed to desktop,
I restarted the game and about 5minutes later it crashed again so I thought maybe drivers, maybe heat. I unloaded the drivers and installed the new 5.8's and everything was fine for awhile but out of the blue I got a VPU has restet your graphics as it stopped responding to the graphics controller/driver. I turned off VPU recovery option and verything seems fine again but once in awhile when I reboot my machine I see a bunch of white squares
on the post screen right up until it starts to load Windows XP and it seems ok again after that. I checked and double checked to make sure it was connected/seated properly, drivers seem good so I'm thinking heat but am still unsure. Will adding thermal paste help do you think or would it void my warranty? I have read these cards run hot but I'm not sure what I should do aside from returning it but if I do I have to return the whole system and I'll probably be without it for months and I really want to aviod that if at all possible. I'm not too concerned about warranty (Dell system) if it's something I can fix myself. The rest of my system specs are:
Dell mobo I955X
3.2 640 CPU/HT (800FSB)
2GB PC4200 Ram @ 533Mhz
Said Video Card.
Soundblaster Audigy2 ZS Sound Card.
Any help wouldbe greatly appreciated and thanks in advance!