I am ready to install my 9700np card and have a few questions. I am currently using on board video,and I did install a driver for it. Should I unistall that first and will I need to change my bios or will the card be detected? After I boot up windows will detect the card and install software for it, so should I let it or cancel that install?
Last edited by kevin2000; April 2nd, 2003 at 03:19 PM.
Originally posted by kevin2000 What I meant was I installed drivers for the onboard video. Should I use the install cd that came with the card first and then update it or just use the latest driver from ATI? I am using XP Pro.
There is no reason that I can see to use the CD. Lately I have been using the downloaded drivers exclusively. Just install the video driver then the control panel that you get from the web (Catalyst 3.2). The only reason to use the CD, that I can see, is if it contains a DVD player or other utility that you might find useful.
Hope this helps!
Edit: And disable the on-board video in BIOS before installing the ATI card. After you startup you can uninstall the old display drivers, but you should be able to wait until the ATI card is running smoothly before you do that.
Last edited by Intel_Peep; April 2nd, 2003 at 04:42 PM.
You have to realize that the card is basically so "dang fast" that trying to "squeeze out performance" defeats the purpose of owning the one.
What you want to "squeeze out" is image quality.
Going by this line of thinking, just turn the slider at the tip to "optimal quality" or whatever it says for OGL or D3D (depending on which game you are playing).
It automatically sets the FSAA and AF to levels shown to work pretty well with the card.
Boot up your game and see if it runs smooth...if it does, your golden, enjoy those "quality graphics". Speed is not necessary king.
PS dont confuse "stuttering" with fps.
Some folks are having suttering problems which is either driver related, too many background process running, a weak cpu for the physics being calculated in the game (cpu limited) driver conflicts with old cards that were removed, or most probably some combination of all of the above.....
Nforce 2 Mobo-oem stock
768 mgs PC2100 @ 2.5/3/3
Radeon 9700 PRO/365/342
Western Digital 8mg cache ATA-133/160G/7200 HD
Win XP Home SP1
19" KDS "Extreme Flat"
Athlon 64 3200+
Mobile Radeon 9600
80G Hard Drive
To remember tweaks I've done I either keep a notepad close to me on the desk or a shortcut in the quick launch to notepad.exe..
I even started making .reg files to automate the tweaks that I know work flawlessly. I also want to learn VBScript so I can create little menus and stuff to make installing tweaks that much easier for me and others.
As for the modem, yes definitely move it from the PCI slot next to your agp slot. Those two share IRQs and will slow down your video card. I never install anything into the slot next to my video card.
The backplate thing-a-ma-jig you probably could buy from your local 'puter store or just use the one that your modem will go into.
If you can't buy one or use an extra one, just tape it closed.
Last edited by Stuff; April 9th, 2003 at 03:57 PM.
2600+ on Abit NF7-S 2.0, 1024mb PC2700, 60gb IBM HD, AIW Radeon, 56k modem, on WinXP Pro SP1.