Defective Radeon HDs are on the loose

— 9:22 AM on August 1, 2007

A flaw with AMD's diagnostic and validation software has caused a number of defective graphics cards to slip into the distribution channel, according to a report by DigiTimes. The site has word from its sources at graphics card makers that Radeon HD 2400- and Radeon HD 2600-series cards from companies like Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte are all affected.

The source of the problem is said to lie with an error in the BIOS application process, and affected cards need to be returned to their manufacturers to have their BIOSes repaired. One unnamed first-tier manufacturer, for instance, has reportedly recalled somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 units already. Luckily, DigiTimes has heard from vendors that only a "small number" of defective cards have actually made it out of the channel and into consumers' PCs.

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