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Has anyone tried the new alternate drivers for the Vodoo cards, if so have noticed any difference?

I think this link doesn't have anything ilegal so I'll post it
Some drivers can be found here
 

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Thank's for the link Fou-lu ( muito obrigado ) .I own a V3 and a V5 and had no idea of how many unoficial drivers had been released for them.
Is any one successfullyruning w2k with any 3Dfx board?
 

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I've tried the omega drivers and found that they have (at least) one flaw...they can't run Half Life in OpenGL mode w/o random crashes, and the mini-GL makes things worse. Being forced into D3D is painful and I can't go thru and massacre ppl anymore even with a 1 Ghz CPU w/ 266 Mhz BUS :(.
 

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Getting back on topic :), I am running the CA's Vodoo3 drivers, i noticed it has an option for edge antialiasing, but I couldn't find any game that supports it (Quake3 surely don't), but I'm very hopefull as those drivers wil get improved or at least be updated :)

a portuguese bit:
Biased Turkey, você é um brasileiro (ou português) vivendo no canadá ou você é um canadense que aprendeu a lingua? Gostaria de conversar mais :)
 

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Something weird I have experienced with those unofficial 3dfx drivers::

Once I was messing with all the different drivers and 3dfx tools.. Kept installing different versions.. I looked in the 3dfx advanced options in the 3dfx tools and found options for 8xFSAA in d3d and ogl\glide!! What the....? Then I also found some weird options for edge antialiasing for my Voodoo 5.. Didn't seem to do anything though.. There is just a bunch of new options to mess with and it is getting harder to know and understand exactly what they do...
 

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edge AA? if its like line AA it isn't anything new. My 2 year old TNT2 ultra has that option. I forget what it does, but I know its not very useful. Its not like FSAA.
 

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You get the (non-working) option for 8xFSAA when you use the beta V5 6000 drivers. Supposedly, the team at 3dfx leaked them at some point or something.

Anyhow, I personally run a V5 5500, and I've tried all kinds of different drivers and bios updates and blah blah blah. Honestly, I've yet to see any driver or bios give a significant increase to my framerate (+10fps or better). Getting 3-4 more FPS doesn't make a break any game.

In the end (right now), I've just taken whatever glsetup gives me. Whatever version of the drivers it dishes out (I've never cared to find out) seems to be the most compatable, as I rarely have crashes related to video. Framerate is as good as any of the other drivers I've tried, so I don't see any real reason to change.

On a side note to Biased turkey, a friend of mine runs Win2k with a V3 3500 and seems to have only a few problems. His biggest issue is related to Tribes 2, but I'd bet that's due more to Dynamix sucking ass and releasing bad code than it is to bad drivers, considering that the same problems happened in Win98SE. Only difference is that in Win2k, sometimes he can close Tribes 2 without having to reboot.
 

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To Hadji:
Thanks for the info about Voodoo boards and Win2k compatibility. I'm reassured because us Voodoo owners are in a precarious position concerning drivers update, specially when a new OS is released. We don't count on god damn nvidia to help us even if they owned 3Dfx.
I might make Billy richer
Of course my next video board will be a Kyro :)

To Fou-lu:
If you want to email me in Portuguese, I'll be glad to reply but in English or French ( Learning to speak pPortuguese is easy, but writing it is another ballgame )
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I think I forgot to include it in my profile
 

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I found out today that some drivers give more trouble than what it's worth...
I played Q3 with the textures on the max settings and guess what?
The framerate dropped to about 6-10 FPS in some parts, but woudn't get higher than 50FPS!
I changed the drivers back to the last version of 3dfx and i got a constant 80FPS! What a bummer!
Anyway i found out the registry lines to enable EdgeAA on the 3dfx hub on V3 cards, although I don't see any improvement to it, it doesn't hurt either :)

Here's the lines (it won't blow up you card or anything) :)

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Class\DISPLAY\0000\Glide\Edge-Antialiasing]
"Control"="Combo"
"List"="Disable,Enable"
"Value"="1"
"Default"="0"
"Tweak Map"="0,1"
"Tweak Value"="FX_GLIDE_AA_SAMPLE"
"Help"="Eliminate Jagged Edges (supposed to :)"
"Previous Value"="1"

This card extension (FX_GLIDE_AA_SAMPLE) should be the one responsible for it.
 
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