I have the stealth 3 s540 video card and it's been a pain in the bottom since the day i bought it. Anyone else had problems and found a good resolution?
Incase you need to know, I have tried:
Exchanging the card twice!!!
Formatting again with only video card installed.
different motherboard with pentium 233.
BIOS settings recommended.
Latest flash for video card.
Latest flash for motherboard.
different PCI slots.
different computer all together PII 450 64ram.
Direct X 6.x 7.0 8.0.
different video card for a while, then s540.
The following is the list of drivers tried:
savage4 82033 16 and 32 bit versions.
stealth 3 82021
stealth 3 82016
stealth 3 82011
stealth 3 81024
Original cd-rom drivers
and a few drivers (which seemed to work better) that diamond reps had never
heard of when they had me check the versions
Symptoms of failure (None of which appear with my other card):
DDhelp errors in module stl50032.dll
Freezing on any sort of video playback
Freezing during any direct x application
windows just coming up to the desktop and then being at the POST screen
dxdiag reporting that there is no accelerator card available in the system
OR if it detects the card, then it only reports 1mb vram.
This one i didn't see last time, but it was the first sign of failure on
the new card. When in display settings, clicking the advanced button
makes the screen go blank. however using key combinations to perform
actions in windows assures me that the system is indeed not frozen. This
only occured on a few of the drivers.
If anyone has any ideas on what my problem is, please let me know.
Current system config:
WD 7200 20.5GB
Sound Blaster Sound card built into the MB
no overclocking at all
win 98 se
4mb riva video (cause s540 won't let me online before lockup)
Sony GDM-20seII(cost 200, hehe, msrp 1,999)
I have a PCI SS540. I first tried to put it into a machine with a "TX-Pro" chipset and a K6-2 CPU. That was an utter failure. I then put it into a system with a BX chipset, and a PII CPU. It has worked like a champ, under both NT4.0 and W98 since.
Overall though, it isn't really a great card, and it would be cheap enough (and a whole lot easier), to replace it with a V3, TNT, or GF2/MX card. For cheap and reliable I haven't found anything to beat a V3/2000 if you can still find one.