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Glide
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Napoli


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Posted - 18/12/2002 :  11:07:08  Show Profile  Visit Glide's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Following you can read the best settings for Amigamerlin 2.5 under Windows XP OS and Voodoo4/5 card.

This setup gives a good ratio quality/performance.

GLOBAL SETTING

-AGP command fifo 2x
-Highest quality video enabled
-Refresh optimization disabled
-Via chipset performance

DIRECT 3D

-3d filter quality high
-Alpha blending sharper
-Auto mip mapping enabled
-D3D guardband clipping enabled
-Anti aliasing a scelta (consigliato)
-Edge aliasing enabled
-level of detail bias 0
-Maximum buffered frames 1 pending buffer
-Mip mapping dithering disabled
-Rendering color depth software controlled
-Speed setting fastest v-sync disabled
-Trilinear filter disabled
-Triple buffer enabled
-Z buffer optimizzation enabled

OPEN GL / GLIDE

-16 bit depth precision fast
-32 bit depth precision fast
-3d filter quality high
-Alpha blending sharper
-Anisotropic filter 4 tap
-Anti aliasing a scelta (consigliato)
-Edge aliasing enabled
-Force 16 bit texture disabled
-Force 3d now! instruction a scelta(consigliato solo se di dispone di cpu potente)

-Force mmx instruction a scelta (consigliato solo se di dispone di cpu potente)
-Force voodoo rush emulation disabled
-Glide 32bpp rendering software controlled
-Glide guardband clipping enabled
-Glide refresh rate 85Hz (minimo)
-Glide triple buffer double buffer
-Hidden surface removal disabled
-Legacy texture compression enabled
-Level of detail bias 0
-Limit texture memory software controlled
-Maximum buffered frames 1 pending buffer
-Mip mapping dithering disabled
-Open gl guardband clipping enabled
-Open gl Z culling enabled
-Speed Setting fastest v-sync disabled




Ciao ciao

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gcc
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Posted - 15/01/2003 :  19:01:50  Show Profile  Visit gcc's Homepage  Send gcc an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
I use the default settings, i didn't changed this. My pc (voodoo 5 5500, win xp) freezes in every game.
Can be this the cause?

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gcc
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Posted - 16/01/2003 :  15:21:24  Show Profile  Visit gcc's Homepage  Send gcc an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
It is not the cause. I tried this settings and got the same blue screen problem.
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Glide
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Posted - 16/01/2003 :  16:06:34  Show Profile  Visit Glide's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You must configure your sistem before video driver installation.

Follow these steps:

- Remove Voodoo driver and reboot
- Configure video card as "VGA Standard" by device manager and driver update
- If you are able to do...remove 3dfx data in OS regedit
- Install DirectX 8.1b (you can get this file on Hardware Setup or 3dfxzone.it too)
- Install AM 2.5XP (see readme for driver setup info)

Now you could run games with good system stability (no blu sceen or os errors): only now you can read to optimize AM performance.

If need...i'm here

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gcc
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Posted - 16/01/2003 :  18:26:25  Show Profile  Visit gcc's Homepage  Send gcc an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
I had done all this you told, except by directx. I'm using direcxt 9 and amigamerlin 2.5 se.
This has to be done in order?
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gcc
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Posted - 16/01/2003 :  19:21:01  Show Profile  Visit gcc's Homepage  Send gcc an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
I followed all steps in order, but when I run dxdiag it is still showing directx 9 (I had it previously installed).
In the link you put I found directx 8.1 redist and 8.1 SDK. I installed the first. Is it correct?
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gcc
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Posted - 16/01/2003 :  20:06:50  Show Profile  Visit gcc's Homepage  Send gcc an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
Now I installed directx 8.1b for winNT.
Is is still showing in dxdiag directx 9, but during the installation of direcxt 8.1b it seems files were copied, what hadn't happened with the directx from the link you provided.
Is there a way to get rid of direcxt 9 without reinstalling win XP?
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Glide
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Posted - 17/01/2003 :  12:39:25  Show Profile  Visit Glide's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
My pc (voodoo 5 5500, win xp) freezes in every game.
Can be this the cause?


a bad software configuration...

Try removing DirectX 9 with DirectX 9 Unistaller located at this HWSetup.it page.

This is tool readme:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
<< DirectX 9 Uninstaller for XP / .NET >>
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This uninstaller uses your original XP or .NET CD to restore your original DirectX 8 files.
Extract these files to C:\DXTEMP! You must extract these files to this directory and run
the UnDx9.bat that uninstalls the DIrectX files in SAFE MODE. Enjoy!

--GxV of #betas


so you need WinXP setup cd.

Thus you could recover begin status for your OS...after install Directx 8.1b and then AM 2.5SE.

This is all, for now.




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gcc
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Posted - 17/01/2003 :  14:09:06  Show Profile  Visit gcc's Homepage  Send gcc an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I had reinstalled windows already.
Now I have the directx that came with it and amigamerlin se. Got the same old problem.
Should I install directx 8.1b first, and after the video driver? Is the file DirectX 8.1 Redist in that link you provided?
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gcc
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Posted - 17/01/2003 :  19:34:50  Show Profile  Visit gcc's Homepage  Send gcc an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
I did exactly what you said. Installing directx 8.1b doesn`t seemed to change it, because i got the same version from before (directx 8.1 (4.08.01.0810)).
Something that I noticed is that FIFA 2003 crashed not in the game itself, but in a pre-game screen - team management.
Is there a possibility that another thing that not video driver are crashing the system? I already tested audio drivers, both win and creative, and all crash.
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gcc
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Posted - 19/01/2003 :  15:11:06  Show Profile  Visit gcc's Homepage  Send gcc an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
The normal crash that uses to happen is that the game freezes and the sound comes repeting.
The last crash I had that also happens but not very often is the blue screen saying that it is possible that 3dfxvs.dll is crashing the system.
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gcc
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Posted - 20/01/2003 :  14:05:36  Show Profile  Visit gcc's Homepage  Send gcc an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
Maybe I should have told you that I use an Athlon 800 with Asus K7M board. I did`t installed any bios patch but this: http://www2.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ProductInformation/0,,30_118_756_759%5e871%5e2367,00.html.

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gcc
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Posted - 20/01/2003 :  15:39:57  Show Profile  Visit gcc's Homepage  Send gcc an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
Another thing: when I first installed win xp over win me (updating) my voodoo worked perfectly with any driver.
I had to reinstall win xp alone (no previous win me), so my problems started.
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gcc
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Posted - 25/01/2003 :  17:49:11  Show Profile  Visit gcc's Homepage  Send gcc an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
Where are u man??
It's 5 days I'm waiting for an answer...

Atlhon 800
256 MB PC 133
Voodoo 5 5500
SB Live MP3+
Win XP Pro
Directx 8.1
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Glide
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Napoli


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Posted - 25/01/2003 :  20:57:41  Show Profile  Visit Glide's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Dear gcc, sorry for my delay...but i can't be anywhere...
Now I finished reading above replies and i think that you must configure motherboard chipset before video driver setup. With a good chipset driver agp bus works well under XP OS too.

Which is your mainboard? Visit chipset manifacturer site for latest driver update.


I'm waiting for yours

Ciao ciao

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Nightbird
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Posted - 26/01/2003 :  19:40:17  Show Profile  Visit Nightbird's Homepage  Send Nightbird a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
if you have installed the "Microsoft Windows® 2000 Patch for AGP Applications on AMD Athlon™, AMD Athlon XP, AMD Athlon MP, mobile AMD Athlon 4 and AMD Duron™ Processors" with your card, this is not the good driver because you're using XP

well, if i remember a K7M, this also a AMD 751 with a Southbrigde VIA 686A
i will try
http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ProductInformation/0,,30_118_756_759^871^2336,00.html
Windows® 2000/XP AGP Driver - Microsoft Digitally-Signed, Version 5.33 (Windows® 2000/XP only) Download Now! Mar. 2002
AMD AGP Driver Version 5.33 for Windows 2000/XP

REQUIREMENTS:
Motherboard with AMD-751, AMD-761, or AMD-762 System Controller (Northbridge), Windows 2000/XP, AGP video card

and this a link towards Asus
http://www.asus.it/support/download/download.aspx
choose Motherboard -> Slot A and you will see all items Asus for the slot A


Edited by - Nightbird on 27/01/2003 02:49:03
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