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"No Signal" problem when playing games

By distroyer_1980 ·
Hey there, I'm having problems playing games with a recently (newly) installed ATI graphics card. Here is some information about my current adapter:

Adapter Type: ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro
Chip Type: ATI Radeon Graphics Processor (0x9589)
Memory Size: 512 MB

I run on a Intel() Inside motherboard and the computer is kind of old (about 3 years or so) and I had decided to upgrade it recently. I installed several hardware such as a bigger HD (250 gigs to be exact), a bigger power supply (550W) than the previous 300W, and I also bought an extra Memory Chip (512 MB) which brings me to a total of 1024 MB of memory.

The problem here, as I see some other people have, is that all the games I try to play end up with the same result. Which happens to be the "No Signal" message which appears on my monitor shortly after I start a game, see screen tearing, endure the painful "screen freeze" and then a short blink of orange or yellow on the screen.

The first time I had trouble with this graphics card was the day I had brought it back from the workshop. It worked fine for about an hour or so but then I saw screen tearing and it eventually got worse from there. I would get a blue screen saying a "Ati2dvag driver" was the cause of the error. Later on through the month, It had stopped showing the error, but continued to have problems (the "No Signal" message). I also tried reinstalling drives, downgrading to (some) lower drives (wasn't sure of which specific drive, but was sure it fixed ati2dvag problem) and reinstalling Windows (XP Home Edition) without any positive result.

If you need any more information, I will be glad to give it to you. Does anyone have a working solution for this particular problem? If so, please inform me here, thanks in advanced. :)

EDIT: Here are the games I have tried without success;
-Supreme Commander
-Battlefield 2142
-Archlord
-Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
-World of Warcraft
-Warcraft 3

Problems also occur while I watch High-Definition videos as the screen turns an inverted color scheme and is slowed down, possibly lagging.

DF

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What is the game?

by ComputerCookie In reply to "No Signal" problem when ...

What is the monitor?

If you press 'esc' escape what happens?

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by distroyer_1980 In reply to What is the game?

I have edited my topic post with the current games I have tested out that failed. My monitor is a V7 17" Flat-screen @ 50/60 Hz.

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If I found the right one! Monitor is 75MHz

by ComputerCookie In reply to "No Signal" problem when ...

change dispaly to this setting, a lot of newer games require more than 60MHz to run!

Only guessing! Old Mycroft would be the best to ask.

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Quite a few possible problems here, I think....

by OldER Mycroft In reply to "No Signal" problem when ...

"I installed several hardware such as a bigger HD (250 gigs to be exact), a bigger power supply (550W) than the previous 300W, and I also bought an extra Memory Chip (512 MB) which brings me to a total of 1024 MB of memory."

I take it ALL these upgrades occurred simultaneously. I'm also assuming that by your comment of "The first time I had trouble with this graphics card was the day I had brought it back from the workshop." that someone else did all these upgrades for you.

What you have NOT said is - what kind of motherboard all this was done to?
What processor sits on this motherboard?
Also what type of connection does the ATI card have?
And - what speed of memory makes up your 1024MB?

When you mentioned that your computer is about "3 years or so" old, I was amazed that you had carried out so much upgrade work. You may have a system that is over-burdening the motherboard.

There may be an incompatibility between CPU, system RAM, and GPU/RAM.

I'd be interested to know which games (if any!) actually do run on this system. Rather than cite which ones don't run - which one's DO?

Your HDD upgrade is of interest - you didn't say what size it was upgraded from?

"Problems also occur while I watch High-Definition videos as the screen turns an inverted color scheme and is slowed down"

You didn't mention having installed a HD-capable optical drive.

Much more info required, as above.

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A GUESS

by david.wallis In reply to Quite a few possible prob ...

sounds like whatever your playing doesnt support the screen resolution your using

as a test change your resolution to 800x600 16bit

try that and see what happens

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Quite a few possible problems here, I think....

by OldER Mycroft In reply to "No Signal" problem when ...

"I installed several hardware such as a bigger HD (250 gigs to be exact), a bigger power supply (550W) than the previous 300W, and I also bought an extra Memory Chip (512 MB) which brings me to a total of 1024 MB of memory."

I take it ALL these upgrades occurred simultaneously. I'm also assuming that by your comment of "The first time I had trouble with this graphics card was the day I had brought it back from the workshop." that someone else did all these upgrades for you.

What you have NOT said is - what kind of motherboard all this was done to?
What processor sits on this motherboard?
Also what type of connection does the ATI card have?
And - what speed of memory makes up your 1024MB?

When you mentioned that your computer is about "3 years or so" old, I was amazed that you had carried out so much upgrade work. You may have a system that is over-burdening the motherboard.

There may be an incompatibility between CPU, system RAM, and GPU/RAM.

I'd be interested to know which games (if any!) actually do run on this system. Rather than cite which ones don't run - which one's DO?

Your HDD upgrade is of interest - you didn't say what size it was upgraded from?

"Problems also occur while I watch High-Definition videos as the screen turns an inverted color scheme and is slowed down"

You didn't mention having installed a HD-capable optical drive.

Much more info required, as above.

All other things being equal ~ if this work was carried out on your behalf by a techie workshop ~ you have redress against them since the upgrade work has not turned out to be "of merchantable quality". :)

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Thanks for the input

by distroyer_1980 In reply to Quite a few possible prob ...

"I take it ALL these upgrades occurred simultaneously." Actually the only upgrades the workshop had done for me were the installation of the graphics card and the installation of the HD (which were not simultaneous). The HD was installed about a month after the graphics card. So basically, I had to install the power supply and the memory chips myself (which worked fine).

"what kind of motherboard all this was done to?" The motherboard is an Intel Desktop Board.

"What processor sits on this motherboard?" I am currently using an Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.93GHz processor.

"Also what type of connection does the ATI card have?" The ATI card uses a DVI connection (I use a VGA to DVI connector for my monitor).

"And - what speed of memory makes up your 1024MB?" I'm not exactly sure what the speed is but I think its around 220 or something.

"I'd be interested to know which games (if any!) actually do run on this system. Rather than cite which ones don't run - which one's DO?" surprisingly enough, only the games found on the web (such as flash/java/etc) are playable.. all other highly or mildly graphical games do not work. Before I had updated my system with the ATI graphics card, all the games I had worked exceptionally well with the exception of lag and so forth.

"Your HDD upgrade is of interest - you didn't say what size it was upgraded from?" It went from a 39 GB to a 250 GB upgrade, I hope that answers your question correctly.

"You didn't mention having installed a HD-capable optical drive." Im not sure where to get one. Before the upgrade, HD videos worked fine.

"If this work was carried out on your behalf by a techie workshop ~ you have redress against them since the upgrade work has not turned out to be "of merchantable quality"."

If only that was the problem, unfortunately (well kind of fortunately) it wasn't the workshops' fault. They had came up with several solutions such as cleaning out my computer (both physically and virtually) which I had done and that did not solve the problem. They had also recommended upgrading my drive and getting extra memory which I had done, which had little results (after 1 hour, game play was impossible).

I hope that answered all of your queries. Aside from that, I'm still pretty clueless as to how I can fix this problem other than getting a different card (which I don't have the time nor money to waste on).

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you could try

by david.wallis In reply to Thanks for the input

reinstalled DirectX

as a final last resort i would take it back to the workshop and get them to try a different card in the (same make and model) to see if the card is faulty.

Do you still have your old graphics card?

you could put that back in and see if it runs ok.......

my gut feeling though is theres something screwy with the screen resolution, your graphics card is kicking out something your monitor cant cope with......

test it.. set your screen res to 800x600 16bit and your monitor refresh rate to 60hz have aplay with that and post the results :)

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by distroyer_1980 In reply to you could try

Thanks david, Il try those solutions and see if they work :)

Unfortunately, i don't have my old graphics card but Im pretty sure its something to do with the graphics card itself.

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ATI2DVAG.DLL Solution

by oshea00 In reply to "No Signal" problem when ...

I just built a new system including RADEON PCI-Express video card and Windows XP PRO SP2. This problem started ocurring.

Despite numerous driver updates, reboots, and internet searches, the problem failed to get resolved.

Neither Microsoft or ATI/AMD are talking about this problem - strange, because it results in the solution I found:

Remove the ATI RADEON-based card and replace it with nVidia based card. Problem solved!

Too bad, because I really was a fan of ATI hardware up until now....

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