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AntiMatter_16
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USA


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Posted - 16/12/2005 :  19:46:32  Show Profile  Visit AntiMatter_16's Homepage  Click to see AntiMatter_16's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
What would it take to build a set of voodoo2 drivers from the ground up to be compatible with windows XP Direct3D, OpenGL, and GLide? I don't know much about the D3D and voodoo2 problem. Is it possible to solve it from a software level if it was started from scratch? Or is there some sort of conflict between how Windows XP handles hardware and the hardware of the Vooodoo2?

SLI Voodoo2s 12meg
Voodoo3 2000 16meg

ps47
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Slovakia
1461 Posts

Posted - 16/12/2005 :  21:53:28  Show Profile  Visit ps47's Homepage  Send ps47 an AOL message  Send ps47 an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
you can have limited D3D under xp (800*600 max resolution),but this is only recommended for adwanced users,as the special driver was never finished.look for voodoomage2 driver if you want to try it out.

glide and opengl support under xp is very good,koolsmokys driver should be all you need.and maybe the v2 tweaker as well.see here.

The 3Dfx Helppage and Game Guide / Voodoo3/4/5 enviromental variables

Edited by - ps47 on 16/12/2005 21:54:23
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AntiMatter_16
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USA


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Posted - 16/12/2005 :  23:24:12  Show Profile  Visit AntiMatter_16's Homepage  Click to see AntiMatter_16's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Yes, I know about voodoomage, etc. But that's not what I'm asking. I'm asing if a project started from scratch, and not built up from old drivers, could overcome the D3D shortcomings.

SLI Voodoo2s 12meg
Voodoo3 2000 16meg

Edited by - AntiMatter_16 on 16/12/2005 23:27:26
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ps47
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Slovakia
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Posted - 17/12/2005 :  17:33:20  Show Profile  Visit ps47's Homepage  Send ps47 an AOL message  Send ps47 an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
yes,I see,maybe I should read more carefully next time .as for your question,I have no idea.I dont think its impossible to solve,but it would probably be very hard..maybe adding v2 d3d support to the nt kernel,but that would be extremely hard,not mentioneing legal issues.or you could just do it like voodoomage2,basically switching between two primary adapters via special executable,but that will never allow you to use SLI under D3D..this will be tough.

The 3Dfx Helppage and Game Guide / Voodoo3/4/5 enviromental variables

Edited by - ps47 on 17/12/2005 17:33:46
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bloodworm
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Posted - 19/12/2005 :  17:36:52  Show Profile  Visit bloodworm's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You all need to stop worrying about any "legal issues" on this extinct hardware platform. no one would come after you, there's NO money in it.......... besides, D3D is "open source" and has been for YEARS. So is GLIDE. openGL i'm not so sure of, but we purchased the rights to use all THREE video OS's when the hardware was created. 3dfx bought "licences" inperpetuity to use D3D and OpenGL when they made the hardware. all you have to do is read the fine print. And yes, i HAVE read the fine print.

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enthomologist
Initiate

Poland


66 Posts

Posted - 19/12/2005 :  21:26:23  Show Profile  Visit enthomologist's Homepage  Reply with Quote
@Bloodworm: guess PS47 was rather about messing with Win NT core itself when mentioning about modifications possibilities, than recompiling D3D or OGL (not only newer DX versions do not support V2 but the NT kernel itself also). Of course i dont't think that it could stop some people from any attempts towards possible D3D/GL capable V2 driver creation (this reminds me of the Win NT 4.0 DX5.0 hack), but it requires both hard skill and knowledge.

"The board authorized you? Hm. The board doesn't know the first thing about science. All they want is something to make them more money, a product. Don't worry...they'll get their product..." - dr Malcolm Betruger
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bloodworm
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Posted - 20/12/2005 :  23:08:34  Show Profile  Visit bloodworm's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes, now that i re-read the post, the
kernal issues could pose a problem legally.

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