Asus EAX850XT Platinum problems

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  1. pgamble

    pgamble New Member

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    I have a machine that is the main 100% stable, however the graphics card is causing me real reason to worry and no one to date seems to be able to point to a cause.

    I installed the machine from scratch with a clean formatted system disk.
    I installed XP Pro (S1a edition)
    I installed DFI drivers
    Upgraded to SP2

    Installed Drivers from supplied ASUS CD

    Installed 3dMark05, Aquamark03 (+ patch), PCMark04, Sandra, Prime95
    Installed Nero 6, Nortons Internet Suite (and disabled all but AV)
    Installed HL2, Far Cry, GP4 and Combat FS3.

    I ran Prime - 10 hours - no errors, Memtest 1.51 - 5 hours - no errors
    Ran all the benchmarks without issues and got good figures.

    At this point, I put the Asus CD in again to install Smartdoc - as it began autorunning setup, the PC hung and after 20 seconds rebooted.

    This happens every time I run (autorun or otherwise) the CD setup program, downloaded versions of Smartdoc or Asus VGAInfo.

    This same problem had happened with my previous EAX800XTPE which ASUS said was probably a fault with the card so I RMAd it.

    I have since removed all the Asus s/w - Enhanced Driver, Display drivers, uninstall util and Control Centre and successfully installed the latest Catalyst.

    The next problem occured when I ran HL2 for the first time and set options. Before playing for the first time, I set display options to 1600x1200 with max of all. I then selected play game. The screen resync'd and put the usual blurred background up whilst it loaded. After a few seconds an Engine Error occurred -
    1. Engine Error - Failed to lock index buffer in CMesh DX8::Lockindex buffer
    this was followed by
    2. Application Error - The instruction at "0x241f94b7" referenced memory at "0x010800cc8". The memory could not be read. Click OK to terminate program

    I hit ok and then rebooted the machine (I chose to !).

    On reboot first the memory check pre BIOS screen and then the XP Splash screen appeared with a superimposed matrix of white blocks covering the screen. Following the XP Splash, I got a blank black screen with some disk activity and then nothing. I had to power off and on.

    Since then, I've had no repeat of this problem.

    Has anyone seen something similar before.

    I'm desperate to get to the bottom of this and I'm praying it's Asus s/w related but the latter problem is worrying.

    Paul.:(
     
  2. sc3000

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    what is your PF usage while playing HL2?
     
  3. pgamble

    pgamble New Member

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    PF - Page fault ?

    As far as I know .... none.

    Every thing runs flawlessly except these two problems.

    I think it is specifically related to the SLI-DR and Asus version of the X800XTPE and X850XTPE - the asus s/w issue that is.

    Regarding the white blocks ... all Asus could think of was a possible failure to flush the memory properly around the power down reboot.

    At a complete loss.

    Paul.
     
  4. PeeAir

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    ok try this if its asus mb go into the bios and go to advanced then chipset look for peg link mode if it is set to auto change it to slow and try that and let us know if it works then . if its not a asus mb try not overclocking the graphics card set it to stock speed, i had the same problem and i had over clocked mine by only 8% but as soon as i set it to stock all was well
     
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  5. sc3000

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    PF- page file usage
    its in performance in ALT CONTROL DELETE
     
  6. lewis_johnstone

    lewis_johnstone New Member

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    HL2 crashes alot for me when using cat 5.3 or 5.4

    I get that 'memory cannot read error'

    I just went back to catalyst 4.12 CP and HL2 runs fine...

    This is the 1st game i've had that causes me problems, i thought new drivers were supposes to improve things. Not make them worse:duh:
     
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    Apparently Cat 5.3 and 5.4 break half life 2 at maximium settings
     
  8. Vasot

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    I do not have a problem with Cats 5.4 and Half life 2 at maximum settings (playing at 1600x1200 4xAA 16xAF everything else HIGH)

    What are you talking about. It runs totally Stable to me :confused:

    Do you have overclocked your cards a lot or something like that??
    Maybe that's why you are having these problems

    It sounds to me that your card is overheating or maybe some driver is causing these (Catalysts or Motherboard driver etc)

    or maybe your Mobo(have you tried to install a new bios?) or the PSU is causing these
     
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