ATI 2600 artifacts during boot of Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by chakosticks, May 14, 2008.

  1. chakosticks macrumors member

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    I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this so I can write it off as "normal" and move on.

    Refurb 2.8 8-core, stock configuration + Airport Extreme card
    Display one: Samsung 204T via DVI
    Display two: AG neovo M-15 via Apple DVI-VGA adapter

    During start-up, some artifacts appear on the upper left corner of my Samsung display...basically rows of lines, maybe 4 inches of them vertically that stretch about 2-3 inches horizontally each (like a multi-pronged fork or hair pick through wet sand for a mental image). Upon boot, only the Samsung is running, then the artifacts happen for a second or two, then the display goes dark and then both displays come up without further incident. Haven't noticed any problems during regular use, which has been 4 days worth.

    Didn't have this sort of thing on my Sawtooth G4 using the same displays hooked up to a flashed ATI 9200 AGP, so I feel safe in saying it isn't the displays or cables...and both cables are securely connected. Also, with the G4 the displays both came on together and didn't go dark/come on again.

    Thoughts, comments and observations appreciated!
     
  2. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    Weird. Usually artifacting is due to overheating memory due to how it corrupts the integrity of the data.

    The only thing I can think of is maybe your fans aren't going on enough to cool them, but that doesn't really seem right at all. If you can find a way to permanently underclock the RAM on the hardware level (which you can of course undo), you might try that. I know how to do it with Rage 128s through X1900s (there's a program for it, but I think it's PPC-only, and doesn't support past the 1900).

    Usually though, artifacting affects the whole screen, or large portions of it. So it's probably something else. .
     

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