First post, by igna78

User metadata
Rank Newbie

Hello everybody,
Granted that I am aware that ATI chips are not the first choice to play in Win9x, I was wondering which drivers (which version) to use in Win9x to get the best results from ATI chips (I have no experience using ATI chips in Win9x, so I ask).
For example, which driver (version) would you use for Rage 128? Which for Radeon 7000? Whitch for Radeon 8xxx or 9xxx? and so on up to x850.
Thanks for your help.

Reply 1 of 3, by swaaye

User metadata
Rank Moderator

It really comes down to whether a driver works well with your games or not.

For the DirectX 9 Radeon cards, which up to X850 are all rather similar technology, perhaps Catalyst 6.2 (the newest). Though on the OpenGL side you will run into problems depending on the games you want to play. Bioware games are very troublesome on ATI cards and often need specific driver releases for best operation. KOTOR for example works rather well with Cat 4.2. Web searching can help there. On XP I like Catalyst 7.11 for the DirectX 9 cards because it seems to have really solid support for old games (7.12+ has a OpenGL overhaul that ruins this). Obviously that's not available for Win9x however.

For the DirectX 7/8 Radeons, I typically use a driver from 2001-2003. Catalyst 3.x or older. Radeon 8500 in particular is a buggy card and its behavior for things like anti-aliasing varies between driver releases.

On XP, Truform support ends at Cat 5.8. That may be the case under Win9x too but I haven't verified it.

The older Rage cards have far fewer driver revisions to try. You often need to edit the driver INF to get your particular card recognized because ATI played games with end user driver support back then. For the Rage 128 I have 6269, 6292, 7181, and 7192 drivers stored away for some reason. That's the only Rage card I have around.

Last edited by swaaye on 2021-07-19, 18:01. Edited 1 time in total.

Reply 2 of 3, by Jasin Natael

User metadata
Rank Member

Go with what Swaaye says on this one.

I've always used Catalyst 6.2 with my Radeon 7500/8500 cards. But it sounds like the earlier packages might be a better option.

I can't recall what driver I used for the only other ATi cards for sure but I think I used 6.2 with a Radeon 9200SE and it worked all right?

It is a PCI card but a 128bit memory bus which I gather is rather uncommon.

Can't even recall for the Rage 3D Pro LT cards as they are pretty crappy and I didn't spend much time experimenting.