Hey everyone, how's everyone doing?
I'm in a bit of a pickle here, thought i'd pick your brains.
I've got a Sapphire 256mb ATI RADEON 9800 PRO graphics card, installed on an ASUS A7V880 motherboard that fully supports 8x AGP.
Unfortunately, when ever i play any "old" games that are a few years old and probably designed around the 4x arcutexture, Quake 3 Team Arena for example, they crash.
After 2 minutes of game play, the game freezes, and then resumes again but with a much lower brightness, eventually, the game will freeze altogether and i'll have to restart.
Funny enough, all the games that crash seem to be based around the "Quake 3" engine now i come to think about it, RTCW, Quake 3, Team Arena etc, so maybe it's just their code, but surely why would the speed of the AGP cause any issue at all?
All the games are fully up to date, and i've changed every single bios setting and updated my computers bios without any luck.
I even went as far as swapping out the card with my friends RADEON x700 PRO, and with bios settings at default, this graphics card runs FLAWLESS with all the games.
I don't get it myself, x700 maybe 2 generations ahead of my 9800, but surely it's only slightly updated in terms of how it functions, with only performance enhancements.
I've completely ruled out over heating issues as i've put ram sinks on the ram and upgraded the heatsink to a copper based version and the card works flawlessly in my friends system with the same games my pc experiences problems with, so it's got to be my motherboard.
I had a brainstorm today and decided it was time to test the card at 4x set in the bios and guess work?
The thing works f**king flawlessly!
So it looks like i'm going to have to switch between 4x/8x depending on what games i am running as all other games work fine at 8x except for the Quake 3 based games, even Quake 4 works fine!
I'm leaving the card on 4x at the moment, but my question is, can i get an app that will allow me to switch the speeds with a single click without restarting the computer?
I'm using the latest Omega Radeon Drivers just to let you know.
If anyone can help me out, it would be very much appreciated