Radeon x1600 Pro Pci-e Black Screen on Boot

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Brad Rothman, Jun 9, 2006.

  1. Brad Rothman

    Brad Rothman Guest

    I have a Radeon x1600 Pro 512mb PCI Express x16. Everything during the
    install of vista seems to work fine, however after the install's final reboot
    (when its supposed to get you to create your windows username) all I see is a
    black screen with the mouse cursor (which does seem to move - not frozen).
    The only way I can get to a desktop is if I boot into safemode where I can
    install the ATI Catalyst Vista drivers which seem to work. Once I restart the
    computer from safe mode Windows seems to work correctly with Glass enabled
    etc. However if I reboot again, I get the black screen. So it looks like if I
    want glass I have to boot into safe mode and reinstall the ATI Vista drivers
    before I can boot into regular mode.

    I know that the Radeon Mobility x1600 has had some issues and only works
    with the standard VGA display adapter driver (which obvisouly doesnt support
    glass). Is it maybe because the Mobility and the PCI-E versions are built on
    the same chipset?

    Is anyone else having problems like this? Please let me know.
     
    Brad Rothman, Jun 9, 2006
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    Adam Guest

    I have been having the same issue, only difference is my card is the AGP
    version. Everything works great when i'm in the regukar desktop but as soon
    as a driver installs and restarts the pc it has to go into safe mode or it
    will go to a black screen.
     
    Adam, Jun 10, 2006
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    Adam Guest

    A quick update even though I just posted, now after the black screen I am
    getting a BSOD. I was updating my graphics card drivers to the ATI Vista Beta
    drivers in Aero, upon restart I got the usual black screen but a few seconds
    later it was followed by a BSOD that said something to the effect of crash
    dump and logged some data and automatically restarted. If I try to go right
    back to start normal it does it again.
     
    Adam, Jun 10, 2006
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  4. Brad Rothman

    Brad Rothman Guest

    Yes, It is quite frustrating. There must be some kind of solution or driver
    configuration that will make this more workable...

    Anyone else having these problems?
     
    Brad Rothman, Jun 10, 2006
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    Adam Guest

    Update from earlier, if I disable my display adapters and leave them that way
    then vista will restart without any problems whatsoever. I have been running
    it this way since the last post and not had any of the issues, but I
    shouldn't have to have my display adapters disabled either.

    I have tried both the current ATI Vista Beta drivers and the Vista system
    installed drivers but still have the same problem in the end.
     
    Adam, Jun 10, 2006
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  6. Brad Rothman

    Brad Rothman Guest

    You and I are in the same boat my friend... Disabling the adapter or using
    the builtin Windows generic VGA Driver seems to work however this is not too
    usefull since it obvisouly doesn't support the glass theme. It also seems a
    bit slower when moving windows around and such.
     
    Brad Rothman, Jun 10, 2006
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    Brad Rothman Guest

    OK, I just reinstalled from a XP installation as a new installaion on a
    another hard drive. This time I told it to check for updates before install,
    and everything seems to work fine now! Glass is finially working and I can
    reboot the pc WITHOUT HAVING TO GO INTO SAFE MODE FIRST! if you can dont
    install from DVD boot, rather just install from XP or something.
     
    Brad Rothman, Jun 11, 2006
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    Adam Guest

    So your saying you did an upgrade from WinXP then and it all works fine now
    right?
     
    Adam, Jun 11, 2006
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  9. Brad Rothman

    Brad Rothman Guest

    No, I didnt upgrade my XP installation, I just installed it to another
    harddrive while still in XP. I have it setup as a dual boot now... Just stick
    the DVD in the drive while youre in XP and ask it to get all updates etc and
    it should work... it did for me at least... Good Luck
     
    Brad Rothman, Jun 11, 2006
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    Adam Guest

    Might try that this next week, I did end up getting a driver to work finally
    so I could enable my card. I'm using Catalyst 8.5 for WinXP and the drivers
    are working so far, now I only have issues 25% of the time when I restart.
    Glad to hear that yours is working well though.
     
    Adam, Jun 12, 2006
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    Trever Guest

    Unfortunately, I cannot get the Catalyst 6.5 for WinXP to even install. (I
    assume you meant 6.5, as it is the newest version) I can't try the method
    Brad posted either, so I'm still stuck with black screens. I've tried both
    the windows and ATI drivers, and turned down hardware acceleration to none.
    I am running the AGP version of the card.
     
    Trever, Jun 12, 2006
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    Trever Guest

    Unfortunately, I cannot get the Catalyst 6.5 for WinXP to even install. (I
    assume you meant 6.5, as it is the newest version) I can't try the method
    Brad posted either, so I'm still stuck with black screens. I've tried both
    the windows and ATI drivers, and turned down hardware acceleration to none.
    I am running the AGP version of the card.
     
    Trever, Jun 12, 2006
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    Brad Rothman Guest

    Just wanted to let you guys know that I'm using thw Windows WDDM driver dated
    4/26/2006 Driver version 7.7.9.0 which seems to be working fine still.
    Benchmark isnt as good with the wondows drivers but it works...
     
    Brad Rothman, Jun 13, 2006
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    Neffit Guest

    I was having the issue where I got a black screen after I installed Vista
    Beta 2. I have the AGP version of the card. I could boot into safe mode,
    uninstall the driver, and boot normally. After I installed the Catalyst
    driver in normal mode and rebooted, it would blue screen. I then had an idea
    since I'm using an older Intel motherboard. I went into the BIOS and AGP
    aperture was set to 64MB. I changed it to 256MB, the highest it would go, and
    voila! Its working now. Won't help you folks with PCI-e I guess.
     
    Neffit, Jun 13, 2006
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