Installed Direct X 9c (maybe reinstalled, cant remember if i previously had it)
Increased the Aperture to 256 in Bios
Applied the 3dmark05 patch
Increased my Monitor Frequency to 75Hz
And for the first time ever i managed to complete the Benchmark!
I got a score of 1381 which dont sound too high to me.
I also installed SIS Sandra, im not sure if anyone has used this before, but it gives you suggestions to increase performance, here were my tips:
Tip T2530 - The MP BIOS in this machine is not MPS 1.04 or later compatible. This specification contains many improvements and is recommended for MP systems.
Fix: Check BIOS settings and set to MPS 1.04 or higher; otherwise consider a BIOS upgrade if there is no later BIOS upgrade available.
Warning W2513 - The AGP bus is disabled.
Fix: If you have an AGP mainboard, you should get a AGP video adapter to take advantage of it. An AGP adapter would greatly improve 3D performance. However, it should still have at least 8-16MB of local memory.
Tip T2525 - Current AGP data rate not optimal, i.e. less than chipsetís maximum AGP data rate. E.g. current AGP data rate is 1x while the chipset and the AGP card both support 2x. You should get better performance with a higher data rate but this depends on the application.
Fix: First, use the PCI & AGP Information module to confirm that the AGP card also supports the maximum chipset data rate. If it does not, donít worry about it. For non-Intel chipsets, make sure you install the latest version of their AGP mini-drivers. You should update the video card drivers as well. Some non-Intel chipsets can only work in 1x mode with some video cards.
Tip T212 - The BIOS can be shadowed. Shadowing is a technique of copying the BIOS program from slow EPROM or EEPROM to RAM. This may yield some increase in performance.
Fix: Go to BIOS set-up and make sure that System BIOS is both shadowed and cached.
My AGP aperature size was 4mb, I changed it to 128mb. It made no difference in 3dmark05 scores nor 2004 scisoft sandra multimedia scores. I believe the aperature only comes into play if the graphic exceeds your video cards memory size.
I got that error the first time I ran it on my Radeon 9700Pro. I switched to the 4.11 beta drivers at the time and all was fine.
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