First post, by paradigital
Good morning guys, I appear to be experiencing either incredibly poor performance (or worse, the card isn't being used at all) with my Diamond Monster 4MB card.
I've been waiting for this card to arrive for a while, and put it into my (already configured and working) Windows 98SE Socket 7 machine:
AMD K6-2 300
96MB (2x32MB, 2x16MB) 60ns EDO
Diamond Stealth 3D 2000 Pro (S3 ViRGE/DX) 4MB
Diamond Monster 3D (3DFX Voodoo 1) 4MB
Labway A151-A00 Yamaha OPL3-SAX with Dreamblaster X2 daughterboard
StarTech CF2IDE (8GB Lexar card)
24x CD-ROM Drive
8x DVD-RW Drive
Now this machine has been playing DOS and 9x games with excellent MIDI sounds (Monkey Island series, Doom/II, Duke Nukem 3D, etc) without issue, and I had installed Quake (along with GLQuake and WinQuake) to test. WinQuake works, but is a bit slow at anything other than 320x200x16 (to be expected, software rendering isn't going to be the quickest), and GLQuake (with just the ViRGE/DX) was abysmal (again to be expected).
So the Voodoo gets slotted in, Windows (98SE) detects the card and installs some base drivers for it automatically. I then proceeded to install the latest reference drivers, as well as copy GLIDE2X.DLL to the Quake directory.
Fired up GLQuake and... slideshow. 1-2FPS at most at 640x480x16, and dropping to 320x200x16 gets me what must be an increase to 5fps (not bothered to timedemo it as, well it'll be painful).
I must be missing something, but I don't know what? I essentially followed the same procedure for my Slot 1 PC (Abit BH6, 850MHz/100fsb P3, 256MB PC100, Rage 128 Pro) that has my SLI Voodoo 2s in it and that went great, getting a very playable 128fps at 640x480.
Have I missed something obvious, can I even be certain that the card is kicking in at all (it's hard to tell, there's no 3DFX splash screen for example, and the performance isn't exactly night and day from what I was getting with the S3 ViRGE/DX alone), I've got the Diamond Stealth drivers to try, but I feel that it should be working with the reference drivers... shouldn't it?
Any comments welcome 😀