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Well, things are doing much better. I tried to beat Windows into… - Equiraptor's Journal
Well, things are doing much better.

I tried to beat Windows into accepting the ATI driver a bit more, and Windows steadfastly refused. It puts its foot down and decided it needed to automatically configure all my hardware for me, because I obviously wasn't intelligent enough to deal with a choice.


Nugget offered to trade graphics cards, the one from Sunrise into Secretariat, and vice versa (Sunrise is his WinXP box, and Secertariat is mine). An nVidia GeForce 4600 for an ATI Radeon 7200. I was more than happy to accept. We also placed the butterfly cooler from Sunrise in Secretariat. Nugget has been complaining about the noise my three fans and assorted hard drives make, and the butterfly cooler's fan is much quieter than the one on my previous heatsink, and allows one of the case fans to come out. The box is much quieter now, though not as quiet as Nugget wants.

So, nearly everything works. I still can't play Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed, because the resolution it needs refuses to display on the flatpanel. I guess it's time for a new one.

Current Mood: pleased pleased
Current Music: Some *bleep* car alarm. Put the car in the garage!!!

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bovineone From: bovineone Date: April 25th, 2004 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I've noticed resolution compatibility issues with my two LCD panels too. When I had to replace the video card in just one of my two machines, I ended up having to swap the LCD panels between the two machines too. Apparently the sync rate output by the new replacement video card was not happy with the older of my LCDs and the image was shrunk, split, and wrapped in the wrong places. And it wasn't just because of the resolution--even the text mode BIOS boot screens were messed up too. Perhaps you might want to consider trying another video card?

I also have found that having an old CRT monitor around is necessary for the rare times that I've had to boot into things that enforce strange/incompatible resolutions. The SuSE Linux installer was one recent instance (once it was installed, I could switch its X11 into using a resolution that was compatible).
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: April 25th, 2004 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I think I'm going to get my old 17" monitor from home. I know it will handle the NFS resolutions. With the old card, it wouldn't do 1280x1024 at more than 60Hz, but that was the limitation of the card. If it can do 1280x1024 at 75Hz or higher, I might just use it instead of the flatpanel. If not, I'll have to do a monitor switch to play NFS. :/
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