Voodoo 5 5500

By Jay · 7 replies
Oct 16, 2002
  1. OK here’s the problem. Installed a Voodoo 5 5500 AGP into a PC chips M810 series motherboard.
    Boot up no problem, detects new hardware, install drivers (tried Win2000’s drivers, and the latest voodoo drivers for W2K) After this I get windows starting up as normal, then when the blue screen with ‘press control-alt-delete’ is about to appear, the monitor goes into sleep mode. The signal just dies.....
    I can run in safe mode and VGA mode, but not in normal mode. I suspect this is the only time that the actual voodoo drivers are being invoked.
    I’ve removed the voodoo card and cleaned up any traces of software 3 times, and done a fresh install of the OS and still get the same problem…
    Any ideas how to get round this?
  2. Jay

    Jay TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Diff OS / Same Problem

    Formatted hard drive, installed Win98.
    Installed the win98 voodoo drivers off the CD that came with the card.
    Got the Windows 98 flash screen THEN…….
    The orange light comes on the monitor, card apparently no longer pumping the pictures…..
    Can still boot into Safe mode (assume this using standard VGA drivers)
    So, it’s not OS specific. If the card was broken, I assume it wouldn’t work at all? Is this a safe assumption?
    If a motherboard has an AGP slot (mine is 4x I think) should any AGP card work with it?
    Any advice appreciated.
  3. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I'm not sure whats up with your card. Sounds like some part of it is malfunctioning. Your AGP slot needs to be at least AGP 2.0 compliant to be able to use the majority of todays AGP graphics cards. The new ATI 9700 Pro is 8x AGP compatible and I think it needs to be used in an AGP 3.0 compliant AGP port, x4 AGP suggests AGP 2.0 and this means that all cards prior to the ATI 9700 Pro should work in it.

    Intel AGP specifications
  4. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

    I think that the R9700 will still work in 4x AGP slots - "8x Compatible" (as found on the ATi Site) suggests that it can take advantage of 8x. It does not say for example 8x AGP necessary.

    Also, some AGP 3.0 slots will be able to take AGP 1.0 cards of the original voltage which has been removed from the AGP 3.0 spec, this will all depend on whether mobo manufacturers deem it necessary, as they can use a Universal AGP Slot. I can't remember where exactly I read this, but there was quiet an in-depth article recently.
  5. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I read that about the AGP 1.0 being removed. AGP 3.0 uses 0.8v while 2.0 uses 1.5v and 1.0 used 3.3v. Th3M1ghtyD8 is correct about being able to use the 9700 in AGP 2.0 boards.
  6. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    I had the same problem, but found that installing new drivers fixed it...

    Try the drivers listed here, or take a look at the forums here...

    You should find some drivers that works with your system... :)

    hope this helps..

  7. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

    AGP3.0 Article http://www.planet3dnow.de/artikel/diverses/agp30eng/5.shtml

    Multiple AGP slots ...... now if only I could afford 2 ATi Radeon 9700 Pros. :D :D :D
  8. Jay

    Jay TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Problem fixed by replacing the motherboard.
    Some weirdy conflict somewhere. Definitely NOT a driver issue though
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