Defective Radeon HDs are on the loose

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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    • ChrisDTC
    • 12 years ago

    good thing Im going to buy a Sapphire 2600 Pro

    • flip-mode
    • 12 years ago

    Why doth no one use the reply button?

    • albundy
    • 12 years ago

    just wait til the suppliers put them on sale! This just feeds the NV monster! Nice one.

    • Vaughn
    • 12 years ago

    lol I believe you just got told!

    • Ryu Connor
    • 12 years ago

    q[http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=391&pgno=0<]§<]q That's an April Fools article. It's not true. §[<http://www.techarp.com/0104.htm<]§

    • Fighterpilot
    • 12 years ago

    Luckily NVidia cards don’t suffer from foulups like this……..oh wait…..
    §[<http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=391&pgno=0<]§

      • PRIME1
      • 12 years ago

      Seems ATI has defective fanboys as well.

      §[<http://www.techarp.com/0104.htm<]§

      • Krogoth
      • 12 years ago

      Nah, that is a April Fool’s Joke.

      There were a couple of cases where Nvidia side had release defective cards to the public. IIRC, there were a few 8800s at launch that had voltage problems. There was a large number of factory overclocked 79xx cards that developed problems a year or so after their purchase.

    • Vaughn
    • 12 years ago

    Good thing I don’t buy shitty low end models =P

      • Vaughn
      • 12 years ago

      i’m kidding, before all u HTPC users get your panties in a bunch!

        • eitje
        • 12 years ago

        FANLESS!!! :@ 😉

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 12 years ago

    y[

    • morphine
    • 12 years ago

    I already see some trolling and I think that the 2×00 series is a dog, but honestly, stuff like this happens every now and then with every manufacturer.

      • flip-mode
      • 12 years ago

      Bull’s eye.

    • Rectal Prolapse
    • 12 years ago

    I’ve had a defective Sapphire ATI 2400 Pro card. It went straight back after seeing green lines and blobs while playing back h/w accelerated HD video.

    I’m not the only one with this problem.

      • eitje
      • 12 years ago

      your user name is really gross.

        • ssidbroadcast
        • 12 years ago

        I second that.

          • Palek
          • 12 years ago

          Well, you two are can poopoo all over his user name. He doesn’t give a crap.

            • eitje
            • 12 years ago

            those were real stinky, man.

    • Deli
    • 12 years ago

    OEMs are eating up the 2400s and 2600s like crazy. AMD is making thin margins from them, however. But considering its perf compared to 8600s, then it’s understandable. With low tdp, good price, these things are selling crazy to the OEMs – not too confident in the retail market, however.

    the inq even claims ‘millions’ being sold

    §[<http://www.theinq.net/default.aspx?article=41329<]§

    • PRIME1
    • 12 years ago

    None of the problems with ATI recently are a surprise. It’s going to take AMD time to fully integrate ATI and get things running smoothly. They have done a pretty good job with the chipsets as that’s closer to what they know. However graphics cards are totally new to them. I would be more surprised if there was not any problems.

    • Code:[M]ayhem
    • 12 years ago

    Once again proving that only fools buy ATI garbage.

      • Jigar
      • 12 years ago

      Oh Really??? you have a very very short memory don’t you?? You might want to check Nvidia’s history..

      • Fighterpilot
      • 12 years ago

      You are an idiot.
      ATI cards rule the AGP market,are selling millions of 2400/2600 series cards to OEMs,have the fastest GPU in the $400 price market and currently hold the World Record in the most widely used graphics benchmarking program,3DMark 06. (HD2900XT Crossfire).
      I’ll bet every ATI card owner here at TR is pretty satisfied with it as well.
      Go away Troll,your worn out trash talk will look better on page 27 of the Tom’s forums.

    • imtheunknown176
    • 12 years ago

    “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. ”

    In other words sales suck. Haha I kid. I’ll be nice and say that since it’s the new shipment they haven’t been on the shelf long enough to sell.

    • NeXus^
    • 12 years ago

    I’m sure glad I haven’t bought a Radeon since my X800.. :S I’ve had enough problems with that card!

    • orthogonal
    • 12 years ago

    I’m actually more surprised that a manufacturer has sold 30,000 cards than the fact that they’re defective.

    • melvz90
    • 12 years ago

    hahaha…. another blunder!!

    looks like AMD and ATI are the new Bebop and Rocksteady!

      • alex666
      • 12 years ago

      This gives you pleasure?

        • melvz90
        • 12 years ago

        looks to me like you never heard of them…

      • TakkiM
      • 12 years ago

      LOL… kinda like bill and ted… or beavis and butthead…

    • PerfectCr
    • 12 years ago

    Ouch, that’s gotta hurt.

    • wingless
    • 12 years ago

    At least the silicon isn’t the defective part LOL!

    • herothezero
    • 12 years ago

    God DAAMIT, can they not get anything to roll out correctly?

      • Jeff Grant
      • 12 years ago

      I have a HIS 2600 XT running smoothly in my HTPC. No problems with it so far with the 7.7 cats.

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