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Yet again anohter ATI card issue


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recently downloaded the February updates for my ATI Radeon 9550/X1050 Series Video Card. Since then KOTOR 2 I notice some strange things that never happened before. Overall it looks better, but a few things like when your running it's supposed to make things blur like your going fast. Instead I get things like white lines, weierd circuit board looking bars, or sometimes things will get dark. Only happens when I use Force Speed. Otherwise everything looks fine.http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx?p=xp/radeonx-xp As you can see

So I wondering could it be because of the bundle I downloaded and that I simply should have only downloaded the driver updates? What I downloaded is this: http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html and then selected Windows XP Professional/Home>Radeon>9550 Series or X1050. You can do either they lead you to the same place. I then ended up here: http://game.amd.com/...p=xp/radeonx-xp

I downloaded as always the Catylyst Suite. So what is the Catalyst Control Center and WDM Integrated Drivers for? Should I keep those or just simply keep the display drivers? Simply trying to find out why the last time I updated I didn't have this problem and why now that I do.

My computer is a 2001 Dell Intel Pentium 4 XP Pro with 1024 MB of DDR RAM. It use to have a hard drive capacity of about 50GB disk space. But now has 200 GB disk space. The video card use to be a NVIDIA GeForce MX 420. Now it is an ATI Radeon 9550 /X1050 Series video card.

So what would you suggest I do to resolve this issue with this 2005 game with regards to the driver software issues, what do I not need and what's what, and anything else that you can suggest? Thank you.

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I've tried asking on the what the tech forum and they say since this is a game specific graphic issue I am to ask on a forum related to the game. What better than Obsiden the maker of the game. So yeah would like some help please. I remember I got some help last time a video card issue here by a helpful fella here. I hope I can get some help again please. Thanks.

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Yes this is a triple post. But I have yet to get a response. I don't believe my problem is un common. The ATI Radeon 9550/X1050 Series Video Card is a current card of today. I'm sure there are others with ATI card who update them regularly and still play KOTOR 2, If so you should have also noticed this strange graphical error too. And since there are those out there still buying KOTOR 2 I'm sure Obsidian wants their product to work with todays cards and updates. I don't think they would like that an ATI card update prevents their fan base from seeing their KOTOR 2 character using force speed. I would like some help please to resolve this error.

This problem didn't happen in the January ATI update. It happened since the February update. Something's wrong in the February update. I've determined I don't need the ATI Cytalist Contol Center. So I just need help with the rest. Please someone respond back and help me. Just like the time before with my last graphic issue. Which I'm happy someone then came along and helped me.

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This happens with both Kotor 1 and 2 with ATI drivers versions: 7.12(december 2007), 8.1(january 2008), 8.2(february 2008). It's been confirmed by many users from other forums (first time I've seen it discussed here) but ATI hasn't said anything about this problem and I doubt it will solve it anytime soon. It screws up frame buffer effects with KOTOR and there's no fix other than disabling frame buffer effects altogether, which I find unacceptable.

I recommend that you use ATI drivers version 7.11, it's the one I'm still using and it works fine with everything else I've played. I'm using a x1600pro by the way.

Edited by racofer, 24 February 2008 - 06:50 PM.


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Which month is that driver update your recommending? Also since yours is a 1600pro does that mean my x1050 is not really up to standard as far as video cards are concerned? Have people tried to e-mail, forum post, things like that to push ATI to correct this issue? Thanks for responding to my thread and for your recommendations.

Edited by RA-Jeff, 24 February 2008 - 07:32 PM.


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The driver version I recommended you is from november 2007. It's the latest version known to work fully with KOTOR. The x1050 is not a top of the line video card but it should be enough to play both KOTOR 1 and 2.

People at Rage3D forums (it's like a dedicated unofficial ATI forum) have mass emailed ATI about these issues (myself included) among other various problems introduced since driver version 7.12 but ATI has yet to acknowledge anything. Lately it seems as if their drivers are not even beta tested anymore since there are various bugs from years ago emerging once again.

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Maybe over time they will get tired of the messages and will take care of it.I'll get that version you recommended. Thanks.




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