[G4] Radeon 8500 trouble

Jim Pacyga jim.pacyga at earthlink.net
Tue Nov 9 22:38:44 PST 2004

Just for the record...I also have an 8500 that has gone crazy since I 
updated the firmware with the latest version.  I finally gave up and 
trashed my Panther 10.3 disk .  The machine still boots to my 10.2.8 
backup without issue.  I am planning to reinstall 10.3 tomorrow.  I 
have reset the firmware to the 126 version and will install only the 
4.2.5 version of ATI Displays.  This seemed to be a working config.

The problems started with failure to wake the card after sleep (no 
display).  A PRAM reset buried the system - no video on restart on the 
10.3 disk.

More later if you like.

On 9 Nov 2004, at 16:34, Kevin Willis wrote:

> I bought a used Radeon 8500 card off e-Bay a few weeks ago. It was 
> listed as a Mac edition. I installed the firmware update and the 
> latest drivers from ATI. It worked fine for a week or so, then Sunday 
> I noticed my screen was locked up. I restarted, and put a DVD on. A 
> few minutes in to the DVD, it froze up. I tried playing a game for a 
> while, but it froze up. This happened a few more times, until I 
> replaced the video card with my old Radeon 7000. I have gone through 
> an entire DVD twice and had no problems since. Is there a affordable 
> way to get one of these fixed, or do I need to start looking for 
> another one?
> Thanks--
> Kevin
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