The curse of the HD 2x00 series
Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2007 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is having incredible luck with their HD2x00 series, all of it bad. From the lackluster performance of the top end, to the confusion about UVD, and now it turns out that some of the 2400 and 2600s that hit the market are defective, due to an error in the BIOS. Read more about this latest chapter in the sad story of AMD's new graphics series at DigiTimes.
"AMD's official graphics card diagnostic and validation software was recently discovered to have a bug that failed
to detect defective ATI Radeon HD 2400 and 2600 graphics cards, according to sources at graphics card makers.
Channel vendors pointed out the problem with the cards was due to an error in the BIOS application process.
The issue was not only encountered by small makers, Asustek Computer, Micro-Star International (MSI) and Gigabyte
Technology all experienced the problem too, noted the sources.
Although the problem can be easily solved by reapplying the BIOS, because AMD's software did not detect the defect
before shipping, the cards will now need to be returned to the makers to be restored. One first-tier maker has
recalled over 20,000-30,000 units already, noted the sources.
It is believed that most of the defective cards are still in the channel or on their way back to the makers with
only a small number of having already been purchased by consumers, noted the vendors.
AMD responded that Radeon HD 2400 and 2600 chips are throughly inspected before being shipped to graphics card
makers. This was an isolated incident and measures were taken to solve the issue as soon as it was detected, the
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