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VooDoo 3 2000/XP Issues

By BorgInva ·
I run XP Pro on IBM 400MGZ, 256M+ RAM, 32bit sound, and 16M Voodoo 2 3000 graphics card. I am using the drivers from 1.08.00-XP that gives:

Voodoo3/4/5(tm) Driver kit: 1.08.00-XP
Voodoos Win2k(r) Display Driver and Miniport: 5.00.2195.0232
Glide(tm) 2.X Driver: 2.61.00.0674 XP
Glide 3.X Driver: 3.10.00.0674 XP
OpenGL(r) Driver Version: 1.0.0.0761 ICD XP

Even on a fresh copy of XP and these drivers, my graphics will not work correctly. Let me give you examples:
- Jedi Knights II - Cannot see the opening credits. They are a bunch of squirmy lines.
Sky is messed up on level 1. A bunch of polygons.

- Bourderon 3D Home Architect- crashes machine and reboots when I execute doing the home in 3D view (yet works fine on a computer with a generic VGA card).

- Star Trek Armada II - Game will crash with a "Fatal error in Direct 3D. Reboot."

- Grand Theft Auto III - Game is very light and all words are white boxes.

When I use Ontrack System Suite 4's diagnostic tool (the only hardware tool I have), get only one failed error on my card. It is a test that shows some roller blades doing something, but I get nothing but wavy lines (like when your resolution can not be friends with your monitor). The error result is:

3DAnimation Test
Started at 9:58:41 PM on 6/26/2002
Ended at 9:58:57 PM on 6/26/2002
Wider Animation: False
Signature Value: 0
This test failed. This may have been due to
A DAC (Digital/Analog Converter) problem
The color guns may be misaligned
An element in the LCD panel may be burned out

All other tests pass:
Color Depth: 32
Display Initial Test Message: False
Video RAM Test
Line Drawing Test
Polygon Drawing Test
BitBlock Transfer Test
Color Palette Test
VGA Palette Test
Color Separation Test
3D Effects Test

Short of a faster processor and several $$$ for a new video card, what can I do? What could be wrong?

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by dmiles In reply to VooDoo 3 2000/XP Issues

The problem being that the softwae drivers from VooDoo do not work well with Windows XP

You may want to consider getting a new card from another manufacturer

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by TheChas In reply to VooDoo 3 2000/XP Issues

Short of a new video card, your best option is to try one of the 3rd party XP drivers from www.voodoofiles.com

http://www.voodoofiles.com/type.asp?cat_id=1

There are no "official" Windows certified drivers for any of the Voodoo cards, as they were out of business before XP was released.

Chas

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by csmith In reply to VooDoo 3 2000/XP Issues

The error message about the DAC problem is not correct.
The problem is in the input to the DAC.
Big Deal, a symantic difference..
There is a problem in the video card.
Transfer the video card to a PC that is used for word processing/ internet, and get another card.
BUT! Before you give up. Check the card for dust/trash/damage.
I have seen instances of shorts caused by trash, and also bent leads caused by the chip leads on the video card being hit by loose power connectors.
Yes, I am talking about the tiny wires that come out of the chip, and are soldered to the card.
If a lead is bent, so it touches another, a short occurs, and a function does not work.
This work requires a magnifying glass, and be very careful. The leads are delicate.
This is a good possibility, because you are missing only one function, and the DAC is good.
(If the DAC was bad, there would be other symptoms that you do not have.)(The display is also OK.)
Regards, Christopher

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