You can mix ATI2DDAD 4.11.2611/MACXW4 4.11.2582/2573 with many different ATi Rage Drivers, newer or older, and it will work, of course it will not work with all of them, but still many, and they work also with the J5.30.1-B02 DX8.1 driver, probably latest RagePro/XL driver, and it is now the latest driver that supports ATi 3DCiF API with Direct3D and OpenGL. ATi Control Panel is not fully working, half options are missing with J series drivers. It is nothing wrong with the original driver files, if you but back original Ati2drae.dr_ (.drv), all the ATi Control Panel options are back.
With latest 5.40.2 drivers, ATi Control Panel will also work, but at the moment one of the drivers are from 5.40.1-B02K and 5.40.1-B02F, B02F is probably latest original 3dcif driver and uses the same 4.11.2611, at least for the name 5.40.1, it is the latest now. OpenGL is also updated to the latest for older 5.40.1-3dcif driver and it should be same speed or even faster than 1077 from previous 2582 build. 5.40.1-B02F original driver (win95_win98.zip) has two broken files, but they are not needed and you can copy them over from B02K if someone needs them. Inf files are still similar to the original, i had more testing with the drivers and free time is important, i can do it also later.
If somone can take ATi Control Panel from 5.40.2 and integrate it into J.530.1-B02 driver, it would be great. I think we could improve performance litle bit more for the rage pro, also good news is that the latest drivers have better image quality@samespeed and we can mix those with older drivers and they should be more compatible. M6.12.12 vxd is litle bit faster and it works better with 2582 drv than the latest j5.30.1-b02 vxd file, m6.12.12 has also good picture and speed, but for me it was not so smooth, i can mix some more files for later builds if i see improvments.
I have J5.11.1-B20 build and also one straight from 5.40.1-B02F with changed files, but they are all similar builds with very small or no difference in speed, so no need to upload so many versions. Maybe i do 5.40.2 build next and if someone could help to change files, so ATi Control Panel could work with J series fully, it would be great? J5.11.1-B20 has 3dnow and sse support in the readme, i have k6-II+ with 3dnow, so i have not tested with sse cpu. More improvment gives the right agp/chipset drivers, but it is still faster than original builds, at least on my pc with the same agp/chipset drivers. Feedback and improvements sugestions are welcome.
I have 4 different 4.11.2611 files, but more like two different ones, one is certified and the other is not, with different file sizes and also i have newer dated 4.11.2692 ati3dcif.dl_ (.dll), but the results are the same for XL, as Gona told.
5.40.1-B02K/B02F mix with 3DCIF and RageXL downgrade option
J5.30.1-B02 with 3DCIF support with RageXL downgrade option
Original 5.40.1-B02F with 3DCIF support, similar to dell 5.40.0 C06/C07
Edit, added this later and please read! If you do not have ragexl card, then you can use j5.30.1-3dfic2, it is the latest. Strange that before upload 2582 downgrade worked, but now, suddenly not, someone should confirm that downgrade still works for XL and before that, previously uploaded modified drivers also seems to work, but lets see. I have tested and changed xl, rage pro and rage lt pro and many drivers overwrites, so not so confident about 5.40.1-3dcif and j5.30.1-3dcif that i added before separetly.
NB! If previously uploaded 5.40.1-3dcif.zip and j5.30.1-3dcif.zip files do not work with m6.12.12 vxd file, then i added almost all others here:
Opengl speed in newer opengl files was with one of my rage xl cards, it was/is factory overclocked and it is faster than stock rage pro, so for older opengl games, still 1077 is the best.
My XL cards have better image output, than my rage pro/turbo/lt pro cards + tiny power requirements advantage for XL. Original Rage Pro does not give out of sync, monitor resolution information with Wipeout, some other cards have done that sometimes if i started the game, maybe my lcd monitor does that, i do not have crt.
Also for 3DCIF games, at least with Tomb Raider, it is better to use the same resolution@desktop that you are gaming, 800x600 tomb raider game if desktop resolution is 640x480 gives you not full screen gameplay with my monitor. Maybe bigger resolution for desktop also works, at least same resolution works for me and not 640x480 for desktop if game is@800x600. If Tomb Raider game resolution is 640x480 it is also ok, Rage Pro/XL has no problem to move Tomb Raider game in 800x600 resolution.
Gona, i cant reply to your private message here, because of the status Newbie in this forum.