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3DFX card identification

By Oz_Media ·
I have a customers computer in dire need of a reformat. I don't want to wipe it until I find the correct drivers to restore it, note PC has dead hard drive that I will be replacing.

There is a 3DFX card installed, but no indication of Voddo 2,3,5 or anything.

The card does not reqie it's own power supply.

3DFX USED to have pictures of all their cards for easy ID, no more 3DFX means I need to find a diagram or something to ID the card by.

It appears to have 8 chips but there are no real identifying numbers I can see other than the chip ID's.

Any suggestions or links to where I can find info is greatly appreciated!

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by D_V Ant In reply to 3DFX card identification

Try looking at www.voodoofiles.com

This is the unofficial support site for 3dfx cards.

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by Oz_Media In reply to

Thanks but, I know about Voodoofiles. I don't see how they help identify a card. If you find a page on voodoofiles, please post it here.

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by dmiles In reply to 3DFX card identification

This procedure is used for identifying the manufacturer and chipset name and version of the video card, using the DOS "DEBUG" command. You'll need to do this typically when debugging problems or when you are looking for updated video drivers. An alternative option is to look carefully at the labelling on the video card and its components, but the advantage of this procedure is that it can be performed without the need to open up the system case.

Procedure Overview:

Difficulty Level: 1 (Very low).
Risk Factor: 1 (Very low).
Hardware Required: None.
Software Required: Any version of MS-DOS or Windows 95.
Time to Perform: Less than five minutes.
Preparation / Warnings: Make sure you have all work saved in open applications on your system before starting.


Procedure Steps:

Get to an MS-DOS Prompt: If you are running a version of Windows, you need to either open an MS-DOS prompt or shut Windows down to MS-DOS mode.
Enter the "DEBUG" Program: From the DOS prompt, type "debug" and then {Enter}. The system will display a single dash ("-").
Display the Video Card BIOS Area: Type the following, exactly (and nothing else, or you risk doing something to your system that you really don't want to): "d c000:0010". This will display the contents of the beginning part of the video BIOS ROM. The system will display a bunch of hexadecimal digits across most of the screen. On the left-hand side you will see text letters that correspond to these codes. For most video cards, you will see the name of the manufacturer and information about the video chipset type and version number.
Scroll Down If Necessary: On some systems you may need to scroll down further to find the information. Do this by typing just "d" and then {Enter}, one or more times. More information will display on the screen.
Exit "DEBUG": Press "q" and then {Enter} to quit the debug program

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by Oz_Media In reply to

Sorry but that's not an option. The card is on the counter, the PC is in Nanaimo. I will note your info and refer to it at another time if needed though.

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by dmiles In reply to 3DFX card identification

Video card identification using DEBUG via command prompt...

You can run the following without opening the case to get an idea of the manufacturer and make:

Click Start,
Click Run...,
Type CMD,
Click OK,
In the command prompt,
Type DEBUG and press Enter,

A single dash will appear at which point,
Type DC000:10 and then press Enter, (DC000:50 may also work for newer cards).

You may need to type D at the second dash and press Enter for more of the information to appear.

Click Q to exit...

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by Oz_Media In reply to 3DFX card identification

Point value changed by question poster.

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by Oz_Media In reply to 3DFX card identification

Point value changed by question poster.

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by maxwell edison In reply to 3DFX card identification

Here ya' go:

Identification options:

by manufacturer
by type
by serial number
by picture
by a "guide me through the process" link




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