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 Amigamerlin 3.0XP 3dfx Tools Lacking Good Help
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Posted - 02/12/2003 :  07:54:03  Show Profile  Visit VIAN's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have a couple of questions about the help file. First of all, you ever read it. Check out the description for 3D Filter Quality just as an example.

3D Filter Quality - The display image can be filtered by averaging pixel values. By using this overlay filter, the image quality for full-screen 3D applications can be improved. Selecting the High option will average more pixels than the Normal option, resulting in a smoother but blurrier image, while the Normal option averages fewer pixels for a sharper image. The High setting uses two adjacent horizontal pixels from a line and the two pixels on the line below (a 2x2 box filter) to create one output pixel. The Normal setting uses four adjacent samples on a line (a 4x1 linear filter) to create one output pixel.

Automatic - Select this option to allow your system's software to use video filtering as needed.
Normal - Select this option to use the 4x1 linear filter.
High - Select this option to use the 2x2 box filter for a sharper video image.

Does this make sense to you people?


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Posted - 02/12/2003 :  08:02:30  Show Profile  Visit VIAN's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Here are my questions or comments on Help file that makes it more difficult to understand.

There is no description for 2 Pixel-Per-Clock Rendering.
What setting for 3D Filter Quality actually makes the image sharper.
There is no description for Trilinear Texture Filtering.
There is no description for Hidden Surface Removal.

Thats about it I think. These things are confusing to be there without descriptions. I didn't know what they were for, but now I do, but I'm still curious as to any side-effects of them, like they dont tell you that trilinear filtering enabled - disables mult-texturing.

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Posted - 02/12/2003 :  22:31:49  Show Profile  Visit amp_man's Homepage  Reply with Quote
well, just FYI, I'm fairly sure the help file has not been modified since the last original 3dfx tools. Just please, be thankful for the drivers and don't worry about the help. Also, there is a list of the best settings Amigamerlin 3.0, so you don't need to know what every single option means, just the basic ones.
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Posted - 03/12/2003 :  01:51:05  Show Profile  Visit lecram25's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That was pretty mean amp_man...he was just asking a question...I'm sure he was pretty confused...If you don't know what it means, then don't post something to put him down... *sigh*

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Posted - 03/12/2003 :  12:10:37  Show Profile  Visit Glide's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Some Help file comments are for advanced users: those explain the driver functions and/or the algorithm to get this or that result. You can read best settings pages for a quick help.

3D Filter Quality setting gives you a chance to boost image quality when High value is selected: of course a fps loss can occur at high resolutions.

HSR is a trick to reduce VSA-100 calculations.

For other controls read 3dfx glossary.

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Posted - 04/12/2003 :  01:32:28  Show Profile  Visit Nightbird's Homepage  Send Nightbird a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
about the HSR, an excellent paper here


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Posted - 05/12/2003 :  06:41:46  Show Profile  Visit VIAN's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I don't like those Amiga best settings. I don't us AA and those settings cause some stability problems and kill performance when playing Day of Defeat. This is why I'm trying to do my own settings. And I have completed them.
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