First post, by teh_Foxx0rz
Playing the original Half Life retail CD (even with patches) on my Pentium III systems with Geforce cards seems to get me this peculiar texture issue, where a lot of models have just plain white textures and the HUD elements are all single-colour squares. I've been using the last drivers available officially from Nvidia's site, 81.98; I wanted to try the earlier 45.23 drivers that I've seen recommended, but something about the download (from PhilsComputerLab's site) didn't let Windows 98SE see them as drivers at all. And I've seen mentions that they're not necessarily the best for DX9 games anyway, not that the FX series are the best cards for those either, but I want to give mine the best chance y'know? And with an FX 5700 and the 1.4GHz Tualatin system that it's in, it feels suitable to have the freedom to see how well I can run certain DX9 games. I've not have any problems like this with other games I've tried; Rome Total War had a visually somewhat similar issue when trying it on my Geforce 4, but was fine on my FX 5700, so I'm putting that down to a DX9 compatibility issue.
So what could be happening here, and what could I try to troubleshoot or address this? Perhaps there could be some other recommended drivers or something, for instance.