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Installed a Sapphire 9800 Pro 256MB AGP card last night to an old motherboard, after a few hours of running I was getting VPU Recovery errors and eventually when resolved the graphics in my games resembled the image at: http://photobucket.com/albums/b163/...nt=graphics.jpg

We've tried reinstalling drivers, installing catalyst drivers 5.6-5.8 and Omega 5.8 drivers, tried new motherboard with more BIOS settings, is this a hardware overheating problem? It was running hot earlier but we added some better thermal compound and it seems to be running cool now, no XT so no temp. monitoring =/

Suggestions/Comments? Help needed, kthxbye

By the way, the anomaly isn't related to texture, it looks like it's covering the graphics instead of a problem with the graphics, just FYI

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That link ended up at a 404 error page. Have you tried to turn down the AGP speed and disable fast writes? The next step is to try running it with a small fan blowing over it. If that still doesn't then you underclock it using ATiTool. If that fixes it, then get an RMA, that's an unacceptable fix for a new product.
 

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Looks like damaged pixel pipelines. Underclocking might fix it but it's unlikely. Do the artifacts come up suddenly or over time? If it's over time then it may be a temperature issue. Give the cooling and underclocking tricks a try and let me know how it works out. We may be truly looking at an RMA.
 
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