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drexel

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May 15, 2002
Fast write, smartgart, smartshader, Trueform.

I had to install the hotfix for call of duty, for my 9800np. It comes with drivers too, and it has some options that I have never seen before.

Under smartgart tab it has set agp speed. it has 2x 4x and 8x. So, I set this to 8x cause I have an 8x card. After it made me reset after changing it to 8x, it reset back to default of OFF. WTF.

Under the smartgart tab it also has fast write on or off. I have no idea what this is if anyone can tell me what this is, and if it should be on or off please.

Under the 3d tab, then the custom settings tab for opengl or direct3d there is a tab for"smartshader". It then says please select the smartshader effect you would like to apply to your game. Then it has about 5 options to choose from. It has no effect, black&white, classic, inverse color, porthole, RGB cycle, and stylize-black&white. If someone can tell me what this is , and what to put it on, please.

Then it has a TRUFORM option too. No idea what this is, please help.

None of these have a right click "help" "what is this" thing.

EDIT-After I reboot to change to 8x fast write also resets to off.
 
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micamica1217

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Jun 1, 2002
first you may need to set 8X AGP in your bios first, then you can set it at 8X in the smart gart.

same thing with fast write...yet you may never get any performace increase with this.

smart shader.....set to no effect, and your video will be normal.
set it to other setting for a change of effect.....leave this alone unless you want to play around for fun.

mica
 

JigPu

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SmartGart should automatically read the AGP speed set in your BIOS. It should also allow you to set it manually, though I'm sure you have to follow some procedure to make it "stick". Easiest way though would be to just change your BIOS to 8x AGP :)

FastWrites allow the computer to talk with the video card without initializing contact. It just sends it data. Unfortunatly, this is usually unstable and in most cases gives no performance increase when on anyway. If enabling it makes it unstable, just turn it off (or leave it off in the first place since it won't do much :D) Also a BIOS option, mess with it there instead of SmartGart.

SmartShader - Never heard of it, and can't find the option in my control panel :D

Truform is a special ATi technology that increases polygon counts in games for better quality. Few games make use of the feature, though the ones that do supposedly look better (I've heard counterstrike does). However, since more polygons are used your game will run slower depending on just how many more it throws in. If you've got a game that uses Truform (it'll be in the game's options) try turning it on and see what it does. If not, either will work since it wouldn't be used :D

JigPu
 
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drexel

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May 15, 2002
I have it set to 8x in bios, it just resets it. How much of a performance decrease am I getting if it is set to"off"?

Shouldnt it not even work?
 

Albuquerque

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I wouldn't ignore it; if the card is indeed running with AGP mode turned off, it can seriously impact your video performance. Something else you need to check before writing this off as an error:

Go to your start menu, click "Run", and type in "dxdiag" and ok. When DXDiag comes up, you want to click on the Display tab (if you have more than one display tab, just click on the first one) At the bottom of that window will be three "buttons": DirectDraw acceleration, Direct3D acceleration, and AGP Texture Acceleration. They should all be enabled.

If AGP texture acceleration is grayed out and set to disabled (which I bet my lunch money it is) then you have problems.

If it IS grayed out, please tell us your motherboard type, CPU and how fast it's running, memory and the speed / timings that you're running it at.

Gut instinct says that, if the AGP thing is grayed out and disabled while SmartGart refuses to keep the AGP setting you specify, then I bet you haven't installed your chipset drivers or else they didn't install properly.

On an NForce board (AMD) you'll need to download the chipset drivers from NVIDIA. On an Intel-based board (i810, i845, i848, i865, i875) you'll need to download them from Intel. You want the Chipset INF files...
 
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drexel

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May 15, 2002
K, that fixed it. Cant believe I have been playing for so long without it. Thats why my old card only got 8k, when everyone said I should have around 10k. I hope thats why anyway.