ATI TV Wonder 650 Total Recall
August 28, 2006 6:56 PM
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ATI TV Wonder 650
In stores this week and immediately pulled out
In what appears to be a quick retail turnaround, ATI has issued a major nationwide recall of its ATI TV Wonder 650 graphics cards. Although details of the recall remain unclear and ATI has not issued official reasons for the recall, several readers have emailed
noting that the TV Wonder 650 cards have begun disappearing from store shelves.
Retail chains such as Best Buy were the first to take the new cards off store shelves. A few readers have emailed
claiming that ATI TV Wonder 650 was already off the store floor this morning. One
reader emailed us to claim, ATI has also asked Best Buy stores to note to customers that a "similar product [will be released] in the near future." At this time, no word has come out on what the new product actually is, or if the defective card actually made its way to customers.
The majority of the recall seems to affect Best Buy stores, where an ATI insider has noted that there is a problem with the boards. An ATI insider told
"the TV Wonder 650's have been removed and were mostly in Best Buy chains. They claimed to have 40 channels, but only about 30% to 50% of them worked." At the moment, it's also unclear whether or not more recalls will be issued in other retail chains such as Fry's Electronics.
ATI PR and official roadmaps have been talking a great deal about the TV Wonder 650, and the roadmaps indicate that the product is still on schedule.
covered ATI's release of the TV Wonder 650 as well as the TV Wonder 200 here
. The 200 model, however, appears to be safe from recalls.
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8/28/2006 9:48:34 PM
I bought this and registered it on Fri (08/25). Why couldn't ATI send me an e-mail telling me about this?
RE: Well, damn....
8/28/2006 10:13:01 PM
You're absolutely right...I'm one of the persons who reported the Best Buy 'Product Alert'...I saw the original fax in a store in New Jersey Sunday, and it was dated Aug. 25th. Obviously, ATI had time to warn new customers. Also, the fax said that Best Buy would "replace the sku with a similar product in the near future", not ATI. I hope this clears things up a little.
RE: Well, damn....
8/29/2006 2:52:03 AM
Me, too. I bought the card on Sunday, 8/27 from BestBuy. I guess they couldn't be bothered to pull the stuff from their shelves for several days.
Years ago I learned a painful lesson: never buy ATI hardware, because the drivers sucked, big time. It took them longer to get the bugs out than the product's life cycle.
I gradually forgot that lesson as they finally got their driver coding under control. But this 650 nonsense makes me think they still don't know what they're doing.
Several mid/high level people at ATI deserve to lose their jobs over this one.
"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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