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Need help in solving 3dfx Voodoo3 AGP Graphics card problem

By Ramza
Feb 11, 2002
  1. Hi. I'm having a frustrating problem utilizing the 3d acceleration feature off my 3dfx Voodoo3 AGP Graphics card while playing an online game. Whenever I activate this acceleration feature, my comp freezes up after 5 minutes. In addition, my comp locks-up sometimes when I click the Start button on my Windows Taskbar in my desktop. Through the informative 3dfx Voodoo3 tweak guide, I uninstalled the old driver and installed the latest drivers, DirectX 8.0, latest Windows Installer, and latest version of Internet Explorer. I even did the troubleshooting guide incase I faltered on the installation of the new drivers. Despite updating everything, the 3d acceleration freezes my comp. Here are some specs on my comp:

    Gateway Performace 500 PC
    Intel 500 Mhz Pentium III Processor
    128 MB Memory Module
    EV700 17” Monitor w/ 15.9” Viewable
    16 MB 3dfx Voodoo3 3000G AGP Graphics
    20 GB IDE 7200rpm Hard drive

    After installing latest drivers:

    Current Display Adapter Info:
    Name: 3dfx Interactive, Inc.
    Hardware Version: 001
    Bus Type: AGP
    Total Video Memory: 16 MB
    Graphics Chip: 1
    Graphics Clock Speed: 166 Mhz
    BIOS Version: 1.20

    Current Display Driver Info:
    Product Supported: Voodoo3 AGP
    Version: 4.12.01.0666
    Provider Name: 3dfx Interactive, Inc.
    Release Date: 11-10-2000

    3dfx Tools Version: 2.6.2.116

    Need help in solving this 3 yr. problem. It's been plaguing me for years solving this mystery.

    If for some reason my comp problem is beyond help, I was wondering if u guys have any idea on what's the most affordable and inexpensive 3d Graphics Card out there that would work well with my current computer.

    Would appreciate any advice from you tech geniuses out there.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Hmm

    A GeForce 2 MX400 would prolly be your best bet with such a machine. I think anything beyond that would be overkill.
     
  3. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    What game? It might not be compatible with older Voodoos. I'd say get a new video card...A GeForce 2 MX would be a good idea, They're not too expensive and anything higher would create a bottleneck on your computer, your P3 would be slowing down your video card, like a Porsche on a bumper car track. It's fast, but it won't go very far at a time.
     
  4. Svoboda

    Svoboda TS Rookie Posts: 92

    lol, or you could just kill your self for buyin a gateway, and then spend a couple hundred bucks to upgrade more than the video card, namely mobo and cpu.
     
  5. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    He doesn't need a new system board and cpu, maybe later. I upgraded from a P3 450 just because it was slow for games. If you're not a hardcore gamer...leave it be. Is your cpu slow in Windows? And there's nothing wrong with buying a Gateway...they're cheap :) (Note: I do not support Gateway. I built my own computer) Just Dell is no good cuz they're basically Intel's puppet.
     
  6. Ramza

    Ramza TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The online game I usually play is Asheron's Call.
     
  7. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    Bah! Save those premium rates and buy a new vid card w/ them. A GF2 is like $100. That's what, 3-4 months of not playing AC?
     
  8. DaveSylvia

    DaveSylvia TS Rookie Posts: 127

    What version of Windows are you running? Also, what AC server do you play on?
     
  9. ToRN

    ToRN TS Rookie Posts: 189

    Is it only when playing that game or online games? Maybe the game isn't compatible with your videocard.
     
  10. DaveSylvia

    DaveSylvia TS Rookie Posts: 127

    No, the Voodoo 3 is definitely compatible with Asheron's Call. I used to play that game with that video card. The issue isn't game compatiblity.
     
  11. Ramza

    Ramza TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm inclined to buy a new graphics card to solve this problem. Will check out GF2. I'm running Windows '98 if I failed to mention it before. AC is the only online game and the only game I play. Dave, I play the Solclaim server since 8/2000. The game works fine when the 3d acceleration feature isn't on. It's when I activate the 3d acceleration that after 5 minutes of staring the amazing graphics the 3d acceleration offers, my comp freezes.
     
     
  12. DaveSylvia

    DaveSylvia TS Rookie Posts: 127

    It seems to me that there could be some pieces of software installed on your computer that is causing AC to freeze. The reason I say this is because you've already tried uninstalling your video card drivers as well as installed a recent directx. The only thing left is an incompatibility somewhere.

    I used to play AC (Leafcull server) with a PII 300Mhz, Voodoo3, and Windows 98 (3D Acceleration enabled). I never once had that problem. I know you can get this to work properly. I'm very confident that it is a software problem and probably could be easily fixed if we could pinpoint the exact problem. Formating and reinstalling Windows 98 would most likely fix any problems that exist. However, formating may not be an option for you. In such a case it'll be very hard to find the problem short of buying a new card.

    Note: If you decide to format and reinstall, I would not use any 'Quick Restore' disks that came with your computer. I would reinstall with a plain Windows 98 CD. The incompatiblity may very well be the software that Gateway pre-loaded on your computer.
     
  13. uncleel

    uncleel TS Rookie Posts: 1,145

    The "REAL" uncleel

    I agree. I don't think it's your Voodoo either. On-line game lockups seem to occur w/ a variety of configurations. On one hand you can back off your settings a little for stability, or go the other direction & try the Voodoo OC utility.
     
  14. ToRN

    ToRN TS Rookie Posts: 189

    Fortmat seems fair to me too. It's the quickest way, because finding out what's causing it is going to take way to long on a already installed system.
     
  15. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 830

    Just a thought, but If you are only freezing when you activate your 3d acceleration, it may be that your card is overheating. Sorry if this was mentioned and I missed it, but try taking the cover off your PC and playing with the acceleration on and see if it takes longer to lockup if it does at all.
     
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