Sapphire X1950XT 256mb

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by David Warburton, Feb 5, 2007.

  1. Anyone else having problems with this card and windows vista ultimate (I'm
    getting hardware and driver faults) with the new catalyst 7.1 drivers. I
    know the card is ok as it was working perfectly before under win XP, and
    also works ok on another up machine.

    Any Ideas
    David Warburton, Feb 5, 2007
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  2. David Warburton

    BSchnur Guest

    Anyone else having problems with this card and windows vista ultimate (I'm
    Just a thought, it may have to do with cooling on the card -- Vista is
    going to push the video processor and video memory more than say XP.
    So you might be seeing problems that way.

    Personally, the money saving I've seen on high end video card fans
    seems foolish as that is a very obvious point of failure -- even more
    so with all the tools to over clock the cards.
    BSchnur, Feb 5, 2007
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  3. David Warburton

    iMac Guest

    Yeh, I have this card and have problems with vista just freezing. Not sure if
    it is down to the card but, on a system with not much else on it, this has
    been where my focus has ended. I would be surprised if Vista is pushing this
    card to anywhere near its max which makes me think it's a software problem. I
    installed the 7.1 update for vista and it stopped vista complaining about the
    graphics driver but didn't help with the freezing. What problems are you

    iMac, Feb 5, 2007
  4. This has nothing to do with temps >_>
    The card had a 2D and a 3D mode. My card runs at 500/594 in desktop mode,
    and 621/1800 in 3D mode. Before you start complaining, read some reviews, go
    to the company website and read. People have been complaining about this
    issue since this card was released. There are forums full of people saying
    WOW this thing only runs at 500/594
    now, Vista is such a tightly made OS, that I think that when the card trys
    to change to 3D mode when playing a game that it just doesnt allow the card
    to do it, so thats why
    I hope this problem gets fixed in ati catalyst 7.12
    you have 3 options to bypassing this problem, all of which only allows you
    to use 2D mode :(

    1. Use the latest Cat 7.1 but DO NOT install the CCC (or if you do, be sure
    to disable the ATI Hotkey Poller service) - Not acceptable because you lose
    3D speed functionality and support for profiles and features such as AA, AF,
    etc etc

    2. Use the MS WDM - Not acceptable because you lose 3D speed functionality,
    support for profiles and features such as AA, AF, etc etc and you are using
    an outdated driver that is crippling the card.

    3. Wait for ATI to release a better driver (are they even aware this problem
    exists? I posted on 4 forums over 3 weeks ago about it),or purchase Nvidia
    (who currently isnt doing much better with their drivers).

    this is some complete BS that is happening, but atleast if you do step one
    or two, you get to atleast play games >_<
    there are many topic on many forums on this problem, unfortunately its only
    limited to the x1950xt because atm it seems that the x1950xt is the only card
    that has a 2D and 3D mode
    pissed off x1950xt owner, Feb 6, 2007
  5. David Warburton

    dody Guest

    dody, Feb 22, 2007
  6. oh this is some complete BS!!!!
    on the friggin front of the box, it says "Vista Ready", when it is obviously
    NOT vista ready
    friggin AMD gotta clean up their game, ima contact my lawyer and see if I
    can take any legal measures against this
    pissed off x1950xt owner, Feb 25, 2007
  7. David Warburton

    Hugh Jass Guest

    Please explain how the 1950 is NOT Vista ready? I was looking on getting
    Hugh Jass, Feb 25, 2007
  8. David Warburton

    BSchnur Guest

    Currently (at least with the 7.2 Catalyst driver version) the 1950XT is
    not supported (I suspect it will be in the next month or so -- but
    that's a guess). From the release note:

    Caution: The ATI Radeon™ X1950 GT is currently not supported under
    the Windows Vista operating system

    Another note -- which is a similar issue with the lack of SLI support
    for Vista from nVidia is lack of support for Crossfire configurations.

    Another note -- there are PCI-X16 cards ATI is apparently not
    supporting (outside of generic Vista support via Microsoft):

    The X200 (often embedded in MicroATX motherboards is not listed).

    The Capture driver is not supported for Crossfire X1600, regular X1100,
    and the x200 series.

    With the 7.2 driver there are still unresolved issues with a number of
    games as well.

    So the race is on, which will be really ready first, ATI, nVidia, or
    Vista <smile>
    BSchnur, Feb 25, 2007
  9. pissed off x1950xt owner, Feb 26, 2007
  10. David Warburton

    BSchnur Guest

    The thing is, video drivers and Vista, especially for gamers, is going
    to be 'interesting times' for a while.
    BSchnur, Feb 27, 2007
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