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ATI admits 9700 Pro bug with AGP8X

Engineers slaving to fix it
Mon Sep 16 2002, 15:56
CANADIAN GRAPHICS FIRM ATI recently launched a graphics card - some of you may have heard about it.

The Radeon 9700 Pro, boasting the highest performance card on the market is packed with features, oh and undocumented free bugs too.

If you have recently bought one of these cards you are unlikely to be able to run it at the 8X AGP which was boasted by the company at launch. Finally ATI has admitted there is a problem with the card and it has engineers looking into it.

We have yet to hear about boards which the cards work on, but this problem, coupled with driver issues under NTFS (See here), means ATI has a card which doesn't work on "normal 8X AGP systems".

This is what ATI says:

"In certain cases, after installing the RADEON 9700 PRO 128MB in an AGP 8x capable motherboard, the system will not post, or boot up.

"Not all AGP 8x motherboards are affected. Some customer's have reported that lowering the AGP transfer speed in some instances, will allow the system to then post.

"ATI Engineering has been advised of this issue and is investigating. Any updates will appear on this page when they become available."

You can read more here. µ


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