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This is not a review. This is just me complaining.  If you like that sort of thing, keep reading. If you're looking for a review, check back in a month or two.

My Radeon 9800 AIW card was serving pretty well under Vista, but I hadn't upgraded in a few years and figured why not...  time for a boost.  My ASUS mobo isn't PCI-e so I looked around for a high end AGP card.  I found the Radeon HD 2600 XT (512MB, AGP 8x) and thought... hey this looks like a good card.  It says it supports Vista and DX10 so I ordered it.

First off, out of the box there is no support for Vista. So that was a little frustrating. Downloading drivers isn't anything new to me though, so after a few false starts and reboots, I eventually get the machine stable long enough to DL the ginormous install package and then uninstall the card, reboot and begin the process again of installing proper drivers.

The most recent drivers are dated 1/16/08 so that seems pretty recent, although I do think it's odd that my card doesn't show up in ATI's drop down list with all the others. (The PCIe edition is listed, just not the AGP) Oh well... I grab the latest Catalyst drivers and off I go...

Except, well... I don't. For some reason, the installer keeps crapping out. It can't find the card, then it can, then it can't. It says I have a generic VGA (which for the record would make it one hell of an expensive generic vga card) then it sees my card.  I get spontaneous freeze, reboots, etc...

I check all the obvious stuff. Very frustrating. extra power to the card, reseat the card, uninstall reinstall, etc...  eventually I get to a more or less stable environment again... only none of my games that worked before will work now. Except WoW... good old WoW works fine.  Hellgate claims to support DX10 but it crashes when running with the new card. Oblivion crashes with the new card. etc...   HA! runs fine of course, but who the hell needs 512MB of Video RAM to run an ascii based console app?

So... I'm selling off my arcade games and of course, my 360 is still busted.  I almost caved in and paid the $99 but I remembered how much I had wasted on this stupid video card and decided I was just throwing good money after bad. 

Now that I can't do any gaming, maybe I'll finish that Sharepoint book I've been forcing myself to read. Who knows. It's either that or stick my head back in Azeroth and flush the remainder of my free time. Jason did it... I guess I could too. Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2008 1:29 PM General Interest , Reviews | Back to top


Comments on this post: Radeon HD 2600 XT

# re: Radeon HD 2600 XT AGP 8X 256MB GDDR3
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i bought the smaller ram sized version of this card in AGP 8X and it supported Vista right out of the box and it runs ALL of my games at higher frame rates than my old 7600GS did... Which version of vista do you have?, Home Premium works fine with my card...
Left by Matt on Feb 05, 2008 10:47 PM

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I have problem with my Ati card it's just crash in game in Vista works great in Xp working bad for games the textures are diferent colors I don't know what to do. I try install SP 1,2,3 nothing happend and drivers,DX9 nothing please help.
Left by sdavor on Mar 01, 2008 5:22 AM

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I've read that this specific card, the 2600 XT is NOT properly supported by the official ATi drivers.
You need to install the Omega drivers, which are drivers that have been improved by an independent programmer.
Read the wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega_drivers
Get the drivers here: http://www.omegadrivers.net/

Hope this helped!
Left by Angelo Lobo on Apr 01, 2008 4:51 AM

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The Omega drivers actually made the same problem worse for me. Now, instead of just crashing the game, it crashes the whole damn machine. I just want to play a game uninterrupted for an hour or two.
Left by Jeremy on Jul 31, 2008 12:54 PM

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By the way, I have the pcie card, not AGP.
Left by Jeremy on Jul 31, 2008 12:56 PM

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I have the 256 AGP and it ran fine for a few days... now it crases in bioshock smoetimes.
Left by leathery whale on Jan 01, 2009 1:52 AM

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hi
i got an hotfix ati driver for the hd2600xt because i couldnt find and good driver too, its just the same as the standard driver but now its optimized for agp you can download it at the ati website.
Left by Crevan on Jan 04, 2009 5:14 AM

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Could you provide the link for the AGP driver (hotfix) I cant find it on ati.com.

Ty
Left by Tc on Jan 13, 2009 3:01 AM

# re: Radeon HD 2600 XT
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esta tarjeta tiene 2 problemas basico:
A) Fuente de alimentación... minimo 650w
B)Driver, olvidate de los drivers de sapphire y ati, te aconseja el siguiente
http://visiontek.com/teksupport/drivers/DOWNLOAD/Cat_8.6/XP_nw/?C=S;O=D
Disfruta de esta grandisima grafica.... XD.
Left by juanantonio on Apr 06, 2009 3:54 AM

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I'm having a similar problem I believe. I have the HIS Radeon HD 2600 XT card (just bought this week), and ever since I installed all the drivers (the ones I could find at least), I try playing my games and I get severe lag that makes the game unplayable. I've tried uninstalling drivers, reinstalling, etc. and nothing works so far. I also looked for the hot fix but sure enough couldn't find it on the ATI site.
Left by Tim on May 19, 2009 7:45 PM

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I know how hard it is to get this card working properly. So to make it easier for everyone, here is a link to the Catalyst 9.4 Hotfix for Windows Vista and XP on the ATI site.

http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/CatalystAGPHotfix.aspx
Left by GetDustin on May 22, 2009 1:22 PM

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