New ATI & Nvidia drivers BOTH problematic

By acidosmosis
Nov 10, 2003
  1. I own a ATI Radeon 9700 Pro, and a Geforce 2 MX 400.

    After installing the new Nvidia drivers I noticed that Battlefield 1942 was having a lot of issues with missing textures, invisible walls, floating objects, etc.

    When I installed the new ATI drivers (for Windows 2K/XP) it said the drivers were not certified by Microsoft, so I rebooted to check the installation. After rebooting I noticed that a lot of things were slow, such as the start menu loading, moving/resizing windows, etc. I uninstalled the drivers, rebooted, reinstalled an rebooted hoping the problem was that I should have uninstalled the drivers before updating but the same problem occured.

    So, I uninstalled the new ATI drivers *again* and reinstalled the old drivers (note: I never updated on the last go round, so I am using the 3rd to newest drivers). Then Windows told me same thing saying the drivers were not certified for Microsoft. Since everything was working perfect before I basically said the heck with it, and since it would not allow me to reinstall the older drivers I did a Windows restore to the day before.

    I know a lot of people are having problems with the new Nvidia drivers, but has anyone had problems with the new ATI drivers?
  2. cogenmaster

    cogenmaster TS Enthusiast Posts: 117

    ATI Drivers

    I installed the latest 3.9 cat drivers last week. I have been playing Halo, contract JACK demo, command and conquer generals, and links ls 2003. Have not noted any graphical errors or performance issues. I would think that if I was going to see any performance issues it would be on Halo, for an XBOX port, it sure is system demanding.

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  3. 40 oz.

    40 oz. TS Rookie Posts: 17

    The driver slowdown problem for the ATI video drivers is due to the PCI and AGP memory reading options being turned off in the advanced GART functions. I think if you typed "smartgart" or something along those lines in the run command box and turned on those options, should be 4, then 2-d acceleration should be back on in windows and there shouldn't be anymore slowdowns. This happens to me all the time when I installed new Omega drivers, just be patient when Windows loads and it should be ok.
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