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Windows 7: 2 x Radeon X1550 64 - 'Cannot find enough resources...'

20 Jul 2009   #1

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2 x Radeon X1550 64 - 'Cannot find enough resources...'

Hi All,

I'm having problems getting my dual ATI Radeon x1550 64bit video cards working on windows 7. The second card always reports a resource problem saying...

"The device cannot find enough free resources that it can use.

if you want to use this device, you will need to disable one of the other devices on the system"

It was all working properly in XP so I guess its a hardware issue rather than software.

I've tried several driver versions ranging from the one shipped with the cards (8.36), 8.1 as was suggested on another forum and the latest available from ATI (not sure the version number).

There was a 'pre-release' version available via my windows update but for some reason it failed to update and now I cant see how to initiate the update again.

So, two questions really, first off does anyone know how to solve this problem or does anyone know how I can tell windows to try the failed update again as it does not appear in the list of available updates any more.



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20 Jul 2009   #2

Windows 7 7600.16384 x64

To answer #2 you can open your Windows Update applet and select "View Update History" This will show you the listed of installed updates.

As far as getting an update from ATI, I didn't even see the card listed under windows 7, only Vista... but I found a similar video card thread while Binging

ATI X1550 OpenGL Problem

But I guess that was for something else, but it may provide some insight on the driver you need...

Who is the OEM of this card??

I guess ATI doesn't support that card on Windows 7 as of yet.... sad to say... since the card is so old.
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20 Jul 2009   #3

Windows 7 7600.16384 x64

The resources part usually means it has run out of IRQs. Did you recently add any other peripherals or install more RAM or any other hardware at all?

If no, have you tried adjust the IRQ manually? Although not recommended. Windows Should be able to handle this by itself.

I'm going to be away from my PC for a bit but I'll check later. Hope this helps get you on track....

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21 Jul 2009   #4

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thanks for the replies, yes it seems that ATI are just not quite there with the drivers yet, hopefully they update them for the older cards before long as I dont really want to have to buy 2 more video cards just to support windows 7.

I remember back in the good old days of win95 (the last time I had to deal with a resource conflict!) I was able to manually change the settings to clear them up but although I can view the active settings for the video card thats working I cant seem to change the settings (change settings button is greyed out), and the card that is not working simple says that there are not enough resources without the option to change them around.

As far as re-installing the failed update, I am still not clear on how to do this, I can see it the failed update in the update history but there are no options to try the udpate again (see screenshot).

I'm not sure who the OEM of the card is, I purchased the cards separately a couple of years ago when I built the system.

I've not added anything new to the system, it was all working fine in XP but and since the Win7 install I've not been able to get it working, I dont really have anything else on the machine apart from a printer plugged into the USB. Audio is onboard, no onboard video, DVD writer and SATA HDD.

I'm going to have a look through that link you provided and see if I can find anything on there.

Thanks again for the help
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21 Jul 2009   #5

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still no joy, tried 9.1 which I believe is the latest driver released for x1550 but still the same problem and cant see any way of changing the resources manually (options all greyed out).

Pending any further suggestions I think I'm going to look at getting a couple of replacement cards ordered. Bit of a pain but never mind.
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22 Jul 2009   #6

Windows 7 7600.16384 x64

Sorry I couldn't be of more help. THe more I look thru the forums, the more disappointed I am with ATI. It seems like ATI video cards own like 90% of the unresolved/weird video issues.
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22 Jul 2009   #7

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no probs.. i've actually just finished installing 2x nvidia 7200gs cards.. not the most high spec of cards but they both work together on win7 without any problems and only cost me about 50 pounds so its not the end of the world.

I'm now back to my lovely dual screen setup which is so much nicer than being limited to 1 thanks for trying to help, I hope ATI manage to get their act together before long as there seems to be quite a few people out there with similar problems.
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24 Jul 2009   #8
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

It's getting disheartening to see post after post of folks with "older" card (and yeah, I'm one of those people), who are holding out for ATI to publish new drivers for their cards.

So, this needs to be clear: THEY ARE NOT GOING TO DO THIS! Period.

They said back when they brought out Catalyst 9.4 that they were discontinuing support for a bunch of cards and that they would no longer be providing driver updates for those cards. They did not, as some have alleged, say that they would be providing driver updates for the older cards on a quarterly basis.

So, the only options now are (1) install an older working driver in compatibility mode (this is what I did for my X1600, with Catalyst 9.3.1, and it works fine), or (2) install a newer card that is supported, or (3) switch over to an Nvidia chipset card.
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