Reply 20 of 25, by H.W.Necromancer
Alistar1776 wrote on 2022-07-26, 15:21:
Update: I got back around to messing with the system a few days ago, and the Radeon 8500 has kicked the bucket entirely. 8 beeps with no display. So, ill be in the market for another gpu. maybe a pci one? ive heard those are more reliable
Hallo, that is a sad story but shit happens. I wouldn’t say PCI / PCI-E cards are somehow more reliable. The problem is more that performance GPUs are more prone to fail as there is more thermal stress etc.
You will very rarely meet for example dead GeForce4 MX440, unless it is broken mechanically. These slower cards are almost immortal. If you need a cheaper and reliable AGP try to get Radeon 9600 / 9600PRO, or if lucky XT.
These are good cards and much more abundant than 8500. DUNO why...but it is. If you don ´t mind Nvidia, try Gf4TI4200 - it is I think 2002 and easier to get than Gf3Ti..again don ´t know why.
If the PC beeps and do not detect the GPU at all the most probably the main chip is not communicating at all, or it has no power on some of the main rails.
Considered the artifacts you have experienced before I am afraid the chip is a toast, or the solder connections are screwed too much.
If you don ´t insist on keeping that dead 8500 I would be happy to have it to try some repair. Economically it has no sense, but I would like to give it a chance. My friend here is good as BGA soldering and rebelling…who know…