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Thread: Solution to Voodoo5500 and Windows2000

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    Cool Solution to Voodoo5500 and Windows2000

    I am using Voodoo5500 PCI on Windows20000 with Directx8.0.

    I have tried to install drivers from, both original drivers (vs-w2k-1.04.00 and x3dfx_V5_Win2K_1.08.04) and 3dfx third party drivers (Omega, Jofsh and Boing), but none of these drivers work with Anarchy Online.

    The one and only driver that I have found working with Anarchy Online is installed from the Microsoft Windows Update page (3Dfx Interactive Inc. - Display - version 01/07/2000,5.00.2195.0005). (Select Windows Update from your Start bar, and then press Product Update).

    Since I already had installed a recent driver from and then ran Microsoft Update it would not let me install “3Dfx Interactive Inc. - Display - version 01/07/2000,5.00.2195.0005” – it told me that this driver was less appropriate than the one I already had installed.

    How to fix this “problem”:
    From the Display Properties in Control Panel make sure you uninstall your Voodoo5500 driver. Restart your PC. It will now start up in VGA mode. Delete all 3dfx*.dll, .sys and .inf files from your directories.
    Open Device Manger (open System from Control Panel then select Hardware and then Device Manager), then select your Voodoo card from Display Adapters, then properties and Driver. Press Update Driver and select “Search for a suitable driver for my device”, then make sure that ONLY “Microsoft Windows Update” is selected. After Windows has completed the search select “Install one of the other driver” then press next. Then select the driver where you see the Location (just scroll to the right and you will find this colum) is from MicrosoftUpdate.
    Restart your PC and it now work with Anarchy Online.

    (If you have Directx8.1 and it does not work, try to uninstall. I used a program called “directx108-remover” located on Directx8.1. And then install “DX80NTeng.exe” from Microsoft.

    Isabellak (lvl 50 Soldier)
    Isabella9 (lvl52 MA)
    Last edited by Isabella9; Apr 22nd, 2002 at 07:32:30.

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    ATTN: FUNCOM - Make sticky

    This is a good solution to make sticky. It fixed my problem when everything else had failed. There is definately an issue with the other Voodoo 5 drivers running on Win 2K.

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    lol, doesn't work

    do you have any other solutions? the only thing it actually did was make anarhy crash a little bit sooner than five secs instead of five mins. lol, maybe my comp is just ghetto =)

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    the best thing would be to run glsetup to get the drivers.. ive noticed that installing the post 3dfx death drivers, x3dfx and others, games would not function properly.

    but when installing glsetup/last official beta drivers1.04.01(dx8 support+some fixes to the 1.04) from 3dfx first, then installing the 3rd party drivers, almost everything would function properly.

    an alternate fix would be to do what i did and create a 98 partition and a 2k partition.. when something doesnt work in 2k i use 98 and it works perfectly. Also, in 2k, its best to install dx8.0 or dx8.0a because there are some issues to 8.1 has forums that will probably be helpful to you also and I wish funcom would point their lack of much 3dfx support over there because they can help

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    I use to Crash Alot with Vd5 but then i installed the omega drivers this started around 11.5 but i recently reinstalled my video card with the 3dfx std drivers, no problems
    ~I am the Virtual Virus

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    Unhappy still no chance to start AO

    Tryed all things you dexcribed , but game wan´t start.
    Always the same error INCOORECTPICELSIZE or somethin like that.. please help.

    Registered today but cant´s play

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    Re: still no chance to start AO

    Originally posted by Sharkking

    Always the same error INCOORECTPICELSIZE or somethin like that.. please help.
    I only had this problem with window mode so I switched to fullscreen mode... (Win98SE, V5500)
    sometimes it works with window mode sometimes not... (perhaps AO don't bother if you install new drivers so it uses the old settings and refreshes these settings only after a patch?? don't really know it, but perhaps... )
    dear omlets.... DO YOUR DAILY PVP! grmbl.

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    Re: vd

    Originally posted by Powadain
    the best thing would be to run glsetup to get the drivers.. ive noticed that installing the post 3dfx death drivers, x3dfx and others, games would not function properly.
    Where did you found a glsetup for win2000??
    I didn't found it and i don't think it exists...
    dear omlets.... DO YOUR DAILY PVP! grmbl.

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    "I only had this problem with window mode"

    It is a limitation of the hardware. If you are running in window mode, both the game and the desktop have to be in 16bit color.

    Funcom Customer Service

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    Isa is correct. 3DFX was notorious for its 32 bit color/textures neglegance. They figured, hey everyones going to use glide RIGHT! Well its not 1997 anymore, and no one used glide past 1999, nice API, but limited to one souce. 3dFX is horrible in D3D. OGL it does ok, but its performance/compatablity with D3D applications is horrendous.

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    I tried this because since 14.6 game crashes !!!!
    And there is no change i got back to 8.0a and toke the drivers from microsoft.

    The game crashes after i turn left or right ...
    when iam outdoor i can play but if i get back to reclaim now i cant play at all, even the nw beta nether on testserver!

    Do something, i send 3 crash mails to fc with crash log and dxlog ...

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    I am very angry about the 14.6 patch and much more about fc not to reply on my bug report emails!

    I paid for this game and i cant use it any more because of circumstances i am not responsibil for!

    If this lasts for more than a month i will let my account running out and want my money back for the time the servers got patched to 14.6!

    Therefor i hope not to take legal measure.

    EDIT: The latest patch 14.7.1 fixed this problem. All is running smoothly again and its fine.
    Last edited by Sarcast; Nov 23rd, 2002 at 18:35:52.

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    Btw, Last night i noticed that my Gf cards fan started going out. i put in my VD 5, 5500 and preatty much noticed no diffrences between my VD 5 and my GF 3 ti200.

    well anyways, i still using the Omega Special 1.02 Drivers and loged on to AO hit up the noober dungeon with my twink, only problem i did notice is while at the Bank East of the Ent Arena the textures on the character modles seems to selectily dissappear. IE on second the head maybe showing the the head and arms are gone on my player model.

    just so you know it is working with AO as of thise writing.

    Edit, Also i feel this should be included:
    I run
    -1 copy of MYsql
    -1 copy of Apache
    -2 perl AO Chat Bots
    -1 FTP server
    -1 VNC client
    -1 Copy of AO

    all of this is on a P3 500mhz, with 768MB of Ram, Voodoo 5 5500.

    So, all these grips about how So en so has a top of the line system are bs, either alot of people are lieing or simply got ripped off.

    I get 30FPS in almost every zone includeing trade and ent.
    Last edited by Xyberviri; Feb 10th, 2003 at 08:52:35.
    ~I am the Virtual Virus

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    yeah, I just went out and bought a Radeon 9700 pro...hopefully the problem will be solved, but I guess I'll find out tonight.

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    Voodoo 5 cards have so many problems its not even funny.

    It also has problems with anarchy, ultima, and everq.

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