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ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 Serious Display Problem

by gohankidd / January 7, 2006 9:40 AM PST

Hi, I am using a Dell Inspiron 8200 with an ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 video card. Just a few days ago, while using the computer, out of nowhere the display has color distorions that flicker and change constantly. It can begin as blue rectangles and then change to other colors. Mouse and keyobard strokes seem to affect it also. I am running Windows XP Home Ed SP2. I tried reformatting the whole drive and reinstalling Windows but that didn't work. I also tried reinstalling drivers but that hasn't worked either. I hooked it up to another monitor and it also displays the distortions, leading me to believe it was either a driver problem or something with the video card. The problem occurs everywhere, including BIOS and Windows. I have no idea what to do next. Here is a screenshot of the problem:

All help appreciated.

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Next Step...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 7, 2006 11:09 AM PST
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...although you mentioned "reinstalling" the drivers, visit the ATI site and install the most recent updated drivers..Also try UNINSTALLING the device from within the Device Manager, then restart to let Windows recognize and reinstall drivers. If still no joy, replace the card.

Hope this helps.


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I am having the same exact problem
by mbaquirq / January 31, 2006 1:48 PM PST
In reply to: Next Step...

I am having the same exact problem. It started out of no where a week ago. I tried running the diagnostics and it didn't report anything. It's a good thing that I extended my Dell warranty for another two years. It ended a week before this problem surfaced. If anyone found a solution I would appreciate it. I don't want to have to call Dell and have them give me a run around across three continents (experienced it last time, no pleasure cruise).
Thanks in advance.

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Same thing here...
by b-tech / February 22, 2006 9:39 PM PST

I'm experiencing flicker on certain textures and colours too. I've completely removed the ATI drivers three times using Driver Cleaner Pro 3. I've installed normal windows drivers, ATI drivers and Omega drivers. Although they all work, there is this continuous flickering problem.

Sadly, it really does reek of a damaged card....

Oh, and I've noticed the problem at startup on a really cold day (in case anybody thinks that it may be overheating). Probably need to buy a anew card unless someone else has a suggestion...

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First, I'd Swap In A Known 'Good' Monitor
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 22, 2006 11:34 PM PST
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Just to test whether it's the monitor having issues. If a second monitor shows similar results, then replace the card.

Hope this helps.


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Swapping A Laptop Monitor?
by lateball / February 25, 2006 2:13 AM PST

I noticed from the first post that the user is using the ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 card on a Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop. Is it really possible for a user to swap a laptop monitor on his/her own without taking the laptop to a service center? If yes, can you detail the steps on how to do that? I guess that it would be a lot of hard work.

Or what you mean here is just to connect the Video Out port to an external monitor? Will it work the same way and produce the same results as the embedded laptop monitor (meaning: is it possible that video card problems will only affect the embedded monitor but doesn't show any problems on external monitors - or they will always look the same)?


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(NT) (NT) Blue, My Mistake...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 25, 2006 7:30 AM PST

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