Hi fellas (back for a moment after a long sojourn - no, I don’t expect anybody to remember me),
Bought me a new pc back in July for video editing and finally got it working this last Thursday. Long story - the upshot is, be careful of Asus machines and don’t buy the Pundit-R. Anyway, after installing all my junk and getting stuff copied over, I went to fire up blender to work on some shots in the trailer for the film.
The first time, I was lucky. I got as far as moving the camera around, adding some text, moving the light a bit, deleting the default cube…and then it locked up. Couldn’t move the mouse, couldn’t kill Blender, couldn’t do anything. Total system freeze. Several seconds later, the monitor blinks at me and comes back to life in 8-bit colour, 640x480, sporting a snappy error dialogue saying that the driver “ati2dvag.dll” had errors. Restart, etc. Blender wouldn’t come back; I had to forcibly kill it. Good thing I didn’t get much work in.
I figured it was a fluke; tried it again the next day (the first time it happened was at 2am and by then I figured I might as well go to bed, since the chances of getting this - to quote one illustrious Pundit owner - ‘wossname’ Pundit to boot again right away were slim). Doggone if the same thing didn’t happen. Same error, everything - only this time, I didn’t get past selecting the text I’d created the last time. Blam, the whole thing locks up.
Funnily enough, I’m suspecting my ati2dvag driver.
I’ve done the proper searches and nobody’s ever had this issue without relating it to McAfee or Norton, and I’m not rich enough to license either of those. So, has anybody ever heard of this particular issue before or know any workarounds? Getting this whole mess working has been one big workaround after another, so I’m not opposed to the sledgehammer method if that’s what it takes to get Blender functioning as it properly should. That would be a first for this PC.
Any help would be appreciated. And, if nobody has any clue how to fix this, I have a very nice, very cheap, brand-spankin’-new Asus Pundit-R machine for sale. 2.8Ghz, 800Mhz FSB, integrated ATI RS300 graphics chipset, front firewire & audio, 4:1 card reader, dual-screen capabilities right out of the box…