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 09/22/2012 11:29 AM
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I have an old Radeon x550, and I intend to use a dual monitor setup with 1280x1024 resolution each monitor (total working area 2560x1024) while the second monitor is supposed to be rotated 180 degrees. When I try to run X-Plane 9 with this setup the graphics are glitched. There is a vertical band on the second monitor 256pixels wide on the right edge of complete clutter while the rest of viewport is compressed on the remaining area. If I set the resolution not to have that last 256pixels its fine, add an extra pixel and everything is gone terribly wrong.

I know that this is a display driver problem because if I install the display drivers that come with the catalyst 6.12 (that I found after great pain) everything is fine and there is no glitch, If I install the drivers that come with catalyst 7, 8, 9 or 10 (I think the latest available for this hardware is the 10.2) then I have a problem. Plus noticed  at least  in version 10, even in lower resolutions in certain situations polygons blink frenetically in a very annoying way, I don’t have epilepsy but I can totally see that giving someone seizures.

Version 6.12 however is totally fine, the only problem is that I can’t rotate the desktop with this version (I only managed to rotate it on version 10.2).

So here is my problem, how can I get non-glitchy drivers that allow me to rotate the desktop?

Please help.

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OS: Win XP SP3 32b

Display connections used: VGA and DVI with VGA adapter

CPU: Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz

Memory: 1GB RAM (don't know which type)

Don't know of more information (not allowed to look into the system)



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 09/23/2012 07:42 AM
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Originally posted by: MGK-Mike

So here is my problem, how can I get non-glitchy drivers that allow me to rotate the desktop?

Unfortunately you can't. Driver support for that card ended 3 and a half years ago.



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 09/24/2012 03:39 AM
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Really? Is that it? So there was never a single driver that made the X550 work right? That was disapointing. I would be quite happy to just frankenstein my own drivers if I could get some documentation on the .dll used in each version.



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 09/24/2012 08:39 AM
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He didn't say that, he said that since that card is 8 or 9 years old and far outclassed by the lowest end sub $50 cards on the market today, and not supported by Windows Vista/7/8, AMD discontinued driver development because it is both to weak for modern games and not necessary.

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 09/24/2012 05:17 PM
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He didn't said that but that is what it means. If the latest drivers are hopelessly glitchy and the earliest can't handle the graphic functions it should, and that there is really nothing any one can do about. Then that means that there was never a driver in existence that worked properly with the x550. A frankly this should be embarrassing.

And despite your insinuation that it so hopelessly outdated as to be useless anyway, then I might remind you that I am an example that it is not. I am running a lab setup with tones of these devices, due to the nature of research and development it is common practice to freeze the technology in time. This generally isn't a problem because it is assumed that the equipment at least worked once in history, which god knows why it is not the case here.

I never had this sort of issues with Nvidia graphic cards, yet with the 8 models of AMD graphic cards I have worked with I had 8 disasters. And we have this fan boys telling me how AMD is so much better that Nvidia, how Nvidia is a frying pan. Yeah, it is a frying pan, it is a frying pan that works! Unfortunately I can’t say the same thing for AMD. Do you think that if I am forced to acquire new graphic cards because of this that I am going to do that from AMD? Hell No! I don’t need expensive paper-weights. And frankly I will advise every lab I worked with to never acquire AMD components for future projects.

But I mean if you are willing to buy for me new graphic cards for my lab setup then I am fine with that. If not then I guess I will just try to get them to work as they should have been when they first got out on the market.

And that is all I want, get them to work. But this has so far been less than helpful.



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 09/24/2012 06:34 PM
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Oh, it's going to degenerate into another one of these discussions...Mods: lock this topic before it goes any further. I don't think there is any more to be gained when a person refuses to grasp the concept of 9 year old discontinued hardware.

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http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Legacy/Pages/integrated_mce-xp.aspx



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 09/24/2012 08:05 PM
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I agree, I think that this one has run its coarse.  OP....AGP slots died off many years ago and considering computer tech renews roughly every 6 months that makes your situation that much worse...everything has an EOL and sometimes that comes before the official announcement.....time to upgrade!

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