Defective Radeons in the Wild

Defective Radeons in the Wild

DigiTimes is reporting that a number of defective ATI Radeon HD 2400 and 2600 series graphics cards slipped into the channel due to a bug in AMD's diagnostic and validation software.  And it appears that in addition to some smaller players, many of AMD's largers partners, like Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte were all affected.

"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."

According to the report, only a small number of the defective cards actually made it into the hands of consumers; the rest are either still in the channel or on their way back to AMD for repair.
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It looks like AMD won't have to recall the cards and they can be fixed with a simple software update.

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