Strange Video Card...

  Gaz 25 21:53 15 Dec 03

I have a well performing ATi Radeon 9800XT,

However I only just noticed when using graphics editing software, it says: Your graphics card does not support Bump Mapping and Texture aliasing.

So opened up the Graphics cards properties to find NO drivers but a default Radeon driver.

I am sure I installed them!

Anyway now I have installed the correct drivers, I can now run my Graphics editing program and create stunning animations. But performace of the general PC seems slower.

And after I installed the drivers on restart it came up with a BSOD.

Anyway, just odd why the PC should be slower when it has better drivers. I run a 3000+ so surely theres no problem there.

Odd. I would have thought it would have improved performance.

  hector 911 21:56 15 Dec 03

did you uninstall default driver before installing new driver

  Gaz 25 22:00 15 Dec 03


  Gaz 25 22:01 15 Dec 03

Oh there was a problem though.

When I did that it just installed them again.

So then I selected look for updated driver, it found the one on the disc then.

  Gaz 25 22:01 15 Dec 03

AND it still says NO BUMP MAPPING.


  hector 911 22:07 15 Dec 03

you could go to device manager / display adapters / right click and remove, then restart PC it should find new hardware and ask for your driver CD.

  Gaz 25 22:12 15 Dec 03

On this game: click here

It is ONLY clear in OPEN GL mode, whereas before it was clear in Direct X.

Very odd.

  Gaz 25 22:16 15 Dec 03

It auto installs the default ones, which to be honest seem better, the PC is faster with default...

But I have no features if I leave default.

I can still use 32bit colour etc though.

  TECHNODIMWIT 22:20 15 Dec 03

did you have all your antivirus and firewals running.

dont know about radeon but invidea needs all the above switched off.


  Gaz 25 22:27 15 Dec 03


I keep my AV and firewall on all the time, no matter what.

Why would that affect the graphics card performance?

I know antivirus and that can corrupt or cause file errors, as well as conflicts, but device manager shows it as all OK.

  Gaz 25 22:28 15 Dec 03

You see the graphics card comes with DX 8....

Therefore DX9 has been installed before I put the disc in today. May have done something.

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