My girlfriend has built her self a new PC. The PC is built on the following components:
MSI K9AGM3-F motherboard
AMD Athlon X2 4200+ AM2 socket
Corsair value RAM PC5300 4*1GB
Samsung Spinpoint 500GB 16MB SATA
Western Digital 250GB 16MB SATA
Optiarc AD-5170 IDE DVD burner
From the start she used the on board VGA grafic board (ATI X1200) and it all worked fine. She then bought a PowerColor X1650Pro grafic board and installed ATI Vista driver and it worked fine. Unfortunatelly the X1650Pro got defective after 1,5 month and she got a new one on warranty. Unfortunatelly the second X1650Pro also got defective after 1,5 month. Same fault on both.
She uninstalled the driver for X1650Pro.
She then got a GeCube HD2600Pro and installed the grafic board on the MSI K9AGM3-F.
Now the problems begun!
When she powered up the PC Vista found new hardvare and started to install the driver for the board. Vista found HD2600Pro and requested to be rebooted. She rebooted the PC and when Vista should start it crached. The PC booted twice and the she booted up in Fail safe. A new rebbot and Vista started. When the desktop showed Vista informed her that the system had recovered from a serious fault and she was recommended to search for a solution to the problem.
In the Hardware manager the grafic board was found to be a standard VGA board.
She rebooted the PC again and when starting up Vista found new hardware and tried to install driver but failed. She then inserted the installation disc for the GeCube. The ATI window splashed up, red and nice and stayed in that position for about one hour before she rebooted the PC again. No menue from the installation disc appeared during the hour.
I came to her help and I spent 3 days trying to install the ATI HD2600 Vista driver to her system. It failed all the time.
We then removed the GeCube HD2600Pro and brought i home to me. I have a Gigabyte GA-M56S-S3 motherboard and a Sapphire HD2600XT running Windows XP Pro. We removed my grafic board and installed her GeCube HD2600Pro to my system. When booting my system powered up and run fine!
We then made a clean installation of Vista Ultimate on my system, with her GeCube installed. The installation run fine and when Vista was installed Vista also had found the HD2600Pro. We then inserted the ATI Driver disc and it took 30 seconds and the menue on the ATI windows splash was shown. The driver from the disc was installed successfully and the Vista system run fine.
We confirmed that her GeCube HD2600Pro did not have any fault.
Once again back to her home. We uninstalled her SATA drives, installed a Western Digital 80GB IDE drive, installed the GeCube HD2600Pro and made a clean Vista installation. When the Vista installation was finished and booted it crashed once again. We struggled for 1,5 days again to find out how to get the HD2600Pro to run with driver.
I finally found that if I forced Vista to install the driver for Windows XP the HD2600Pro was running fine and Vista was stable. Unfortunatelly all grafic functions does not work, like Vista Aero.
I borrowed the 80GB drive, installed into my system, made a clean Vista installation on the drive and did only install the driver for HD2600. I then got it back to my girlfriend, installed the drive and booted the PC. Vista craches as soon as the Vista driver is installed to the system.
I have now updated the BIOS to the latest BIOS, V3.3. Still the system refuses to run with Vista HD2600 driver in the system.
I have removed everything than can cause problems, changed the BIOS settings in all ways I can figure out but nothing helps getting the system to run with HD2600 grafic board. I have installed my Sapphire HD2600XT to her PC but still Vista crashes as soon as the Vista driver is to be installed.
If the XP driver is installed to the system the system runs, but Vista Aero does not work.
Now I have come to the conclusion that the fault is on the MSI K9AGM3-F motherboard. Mabye it is the on board VGA that causes the fault, even when it is "disconnected". Unfortunatelly there is no way to disable the VGA in BIOS. BIOS only allows "Auto detect" of external PCI-e grafic board and the disables itself from on board VGA.
Does anyone have any sollution on how to get around the problem, except for buying a new grafic board or a new motherboard? ATI HD2600 based grafic boards seems to create conflict with MSI K9AGM3-F.
Any help is appreciated!