Faulty HD 2000-series graphics cards on the loose

Written by Tim Smalley

August 2, 2007 // 4:47 p.m.

Tags: #2000 #2400 #2600 #amd #ati #cards #faulty #graphics #hd #radeon

AMD has acknowledged that several batches of faulty ATI Radeon HD 2400- and 2600-series graphics cards have made it onto the market but at an event in Taiwan, company representatives insisted that there was no need for alarm and that there would not be a recall.

The company says that the problem is not industry wide and it has already sent a fix to graphics card makers to solve the problem.

Sources inside graphics card manufacturers have confirmed that the issue is BIOS related, and that the affected batches of cards have just been re-flashed with a new BIOS revision.

AMD reiterated the fact that it thoroughly checks all graphics chips before they’re shipped to the add-in board manufacturers, claiming that this was an isolated issue. The source of the problem was an issue with AMD’s diagnostic and validation software wasn’t picked up on, but the company says that this has now been fixed.

One graphics card manufacturer is said to have already recalled over 20,000 units, while other manufacturers speaking on terms of anonymity have said that the problem has disrupted their supply channels.

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