Thanks for the reply, Tyree.
1.) THANK YOU for your service to our country, and WELCOME HOME!
2.) There is NO warranty on the card as the entire system was purchased used from a reputable dealer. However, HE assures me the problem is NOT in the card. I agree with that MAINLY because I see SO much on the net about this same problem.
3.)Here is the information taken directly from the card by visual inspection:
ATI RADEON PCI-EXPRESS
102A6290800 128MB VIDEO CARD
NVIDIA P73 VIDEO CARD TS-M-8V01C
S/N 260639 000 552
PN 109-A62931-02 IMS
TopSearch TS-M-8V (see above)
E9016 V026-2 A
4.) Here is driver info pulled from Windoze:
Name ATI Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series
PNP Device ID PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_5B62&SUBSYS_0B021002&REV_00\4&FA8D773&0&0008
Adapter Type RADEON X600 PRO (0x5B62), ATI Technologies Inc. compatible
Adapter Description ATI Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series
Adapter RAM 256.00 MB (268,435,456 bytes)
Installed Drivers ati2dvag.dll
Driver Version 188.8.131.5262
INF File oem13.inf (ati2mtag_RV380x section)
Color Planes 1
Color Table Entries 4294967296
Resolution 1024 x 768 x 75 hertz
Memory Address 0xD0000000-0xDFFFFFFF
Memory Address 0xFE9E0000-0xFE9EFFFF
I/O Port 0x0000DC00-0x0000DCFF
IRQ Channel IRQ 16
I/O Port 0x000003B0-0x000003BB
I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF
Memory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF
Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\ati2mtag.sys (184.108.40.20662, 685.00 KB (701,440 bytes),
11/12/2012 1:10 AM)
5.) I got the driver from ATI.
Installed their automatic ident software, and their system told me the only driver available for this card was the X300/X550/X1050. So I D/L'd that and installed. It works superbly, but whenever the system is shut down and rebooted, Catalyst Control Center tells me there is no card installed. I reinstall the driver and everything works. (I keep a copy of the driver in a hidden folder, renamed, so Windoze can't find it and mess with it.)
6.) Perhaps I should also mention that the machine is a Dell Optiplex 745 SFF. I seem to have neglected to mention that earlier.
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.