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  1. That's excellent. Have you noticed a big improvement (fps, smoothness of 3d graphics)? You realize that a GF2 Ultra runs at 250 Mhz core and 460 MHz memory, and considering your card costs about a third of what the Ultra does, I'd say you're doing alright.

    Personally, I wouldn't endanger my card to the extent you are, but if you don't plan to keep the card for a long time, go right ahead.

    About the fan, I don't know if that's the best method. They make excellent cooling systems for video cards which are compact, efficient, and quiet for about 20 bucks. I imagine your system is quite loud which has to be annoying.

  2. I would only oc the ram. 5 - 10 extra MHz of core speed isn't gonna do much. The memory bandwidth is the bottleneck, so upping it 10 - 20 MHz will substantially increase performance. What do you have, the GTS? MX? Ultra? 64 MB?

    I've got the VTek GTS 32 MB DDR and I've got the memory up to 350 from 333 and it helps. If you keep the overclock of the ram reasonable, no extra cooling is needed.

  3. 30 GB 7200 RPM IBM deskstars are going for 130$ + shipping. Good seagate and maxtor 45 GB drives are around 160$. Go to pricewatch and check em out. That site is great, can you believe a GHz tbird is going for less then 190$? A P3 Ghz is still over 400$.

    Anyway, I got a quantum fireball with my compaq. Yes you heard that right. I don't think its anything special, its a 5400 rpm drive. Look at access time, and read reviews. As long as you buy a brand you've heard of, and its a 7200+ rpm drive, you'll be happy.

  4. To oc, run regedit, double click HKey_Local_Machine, go to software, then nvidia corp, then global, then nvtweak. Under the edit menu, add a new DWORD called CoolBits, with value 3 and hexidecimal setting. Reboot, go into the advanced tab of the nvidia/geforce display tab and there should be a new tab, hardware settings or something.

    When you first unlock the settings, you have to reboot again, and its suggested that you reboot everytime you change the clock speeds.

  5. For questions of this variety, I use a BB at tweak3d.net. The guy there has posted all kinds of guides for tweaking your system and he talks in a few of them about windows and ram management. A quick fix is to add a couple lines to your system ini. It has helped me a great deal. If your interested, go to the site and read pc gamers tweaks guides.

    The forums there are also great for complex computer questions.

  6. Yeah, I figured as much, I just think finding drivers for my current hard drive will be a ***** (It came with the comcrap). Is there any way I can get the drivers for the hard drive from my current system and save em on a cd or something?

    What about the 3.1 to 98 upgrade thing? Is that what you ment about a full install?

  7. I want to transfer stuff from my currrent hard disk to a new one that I'm going to put in a new system. However, I'm using parts from the current system in the new one, so once I build the new one, I won't be able to access the old system.

    What I'm wondering is if I install my new HD in the old system, format it, and transfer data between hard drives, will I be able to boot up my new system with a hard drive that's already formatted with data on it?

    Also, if I have the full version of windows 3.1 and the upgrade version of 98, can I install 3.1 and then upgrade to 98? Will 3.1 recognize newer components?

  8. Sometimes when I try to run Q3A, I get an error in the console that says "Could not load OpenGL subsystem." Whats up with that? The only fix I know of right now is restarting and thats a pain. Please help.

  9. I've been doing a lot of experimenting recently, and I've come to the conclusion that my graphics are limited by my crappy-*** comcrap and PIII 550.

    In Q3A, I get the same frame rates whether the graphics are normal (640x480, 16 bit, low details all around) or highest quality (1280x1024, 32 bit, high detail textures, etc). I wish I could tell my videocard to do more and ease the strain off the rest of my system.

    I'm buying a new system piece by piece now and was wondering whats so bad about my computer. I know compaqs suck, but the core stuff aint that bad (P3 550, 160 mb ram, agp, etc). Of course the HD is a 5400 rpm unit, the ram is 100 mhz (I think, maybe less) and I'm not sure but the agp slot might be 2X.

    Will I see a huge performance boost with an up-to-date system built around an Athlon TBird 800 - 900, asus mboard, 256 megs pc133, and a 7200 rpm deskstar? (keeping the visontek gf2 gts or course)

    Also, which os should I use? I hate win98, crashes 5 times a day. Maybe thats the compaq, I don't know.

  10. I got a cheap Visiontek and I'm using the stock D3 drivers. Do you know of anywhere I can find out what all the extra options do?

    For example, in the advanced menus for direct 3d and open GL there are check boxes for things like buffering methods, mipmaping, and stuff. What does all that crap do?

  11. I'm not positive, but I think Windows 98 (SE) uses all the ram there is. I don't know why, but I have this ram monitor thing in my tray and unless I specify otherwise, all my ram is used all the time, even with no programs opened.

    This program, ram booster, lets you specify how much ram you want free though and its pretty handy. It also monitors cpu usage.

    The one thing I notice a lot, is after playing quake (which I assume uses A LOT of ram) I always have a buttload of memeory free. And instead of sucking it up for other apps right away (which windows does at startup), this free ram (sometimes up to 80 megs out of 160) just goes unused.

    I hate windows.

  12. Your right, I haven't noticed much difference in Q3 or UT with fsaa all the way up or off. You have to look real close to see the improvement, and in a 3D shooter, you don't have the time to check out the scenary.

    The improvement is noticeable in games like X-Wing Alliance and Descent Freespace. They look great with even lower fsaa settings.

  13. I got my Geforce2 up and running and have been experimenting with the settings in the drivers and in games for a while now. The picture quality and frame rates are great, but I want to find the optimal settings for 3D shooters.

    The new detonator drivers have a slew of fsaa settings for open gl and direct draw, and I'm wondering if its better to have the fsaa turned up and the resolution turned down, or vice-versa.

    Also, theres a bunch of other controls in the driver properties, most of which I have no knowledge of. Any help from people with experience with the new detonator drivers would be appreciated.

    I'd like to hear your opinions, what your settings are, and what sources for info you use on the net. Thanks.

  14. Whats the price range on indash mp3 players? I'm assuming yours is at the top of that range.

    How do you navigate all your files while driving? With 12 Gs, thats like 3000 tracks or so. Don't tell me you use your cell phone while finding music and driving too.

  15. Is fsaa an in game option or is it something you turn on in the video card software? Is it really cool? Apparantly 3dfx is the king of fsaa.

    Its all academic at this point though, I just laid down $160 for a GeForce2 GTS DDR. I'm thinking that since I'm upgrading a REALLY old card (V3 2000) the difference will blow me away regardless of which card/chipset I picked.

    BTW, have you checked out the G2 Ultra? Looks pretty intense.

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