First post, by johnyept
I have the following 3Dfx cards:
- 3Dfx Voodoo 3 2000 AGP with 1.00.01-SD BIOS
- 3Dfx Voodoo 3 2000 AGP with 2.15.09-SD BIOS
- Creative 3D Blaster Banshee CT6750 AGP with 1.02.1 BIOS
The Banshee took a few workarounds to make it work: motherboard BIOS must be set to AGP 2x, I had to use Evolution v1.00.00b drivers because Creative and 3Dfx drivers didn't work, and the only way to get 800x600 in the desktop was to install PowerStrip 2.78 and use it's PowerStrip monitor drivers, because selecting other monitors like 800x600 and 1024x768 from the default Windows ones didn't work. The Voodoo 3 cards only required original drivers and the PowerStrip monitor drivers so I could run 3Dmark 99 at 800x600.
According to the BIOSes I found in this page, the Voodoo 3 BIOSes can be updated, but the Banshee from Creative must be using a custom BIOS which has a higher number than the ones listed. So my doubts are:
1. Is there any advantage in flashing newer BIOS, like better performance or slightly better cooling?
2. In case of flashing, what tools are needed?
3. Can I backup the original BIOS?
4. If the flash fails, can I boot off an S3 Virge PCI card and reflash the original BIOS to the AGP card?
5. The Voodoo 3 cards have 2 diagonal holes to allow a different heatsink, are there any recommended bigger heatsinks?
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