News Archive: 2001
8-5-02 - Posted by Nighty The time has come to close this site. This
decision was not easily reached, but with the fragmenting of my staff, the fact that I
need my domain space for other uses, and a general lack of anything new in the 3dfx
community of late, I felt it was a good idea. I will leave the site on my Tripod
domain as an archive. Thanks to everyone who made this site a success, we recieved
tens of thousands of hits in the short time it was open. I will not update the site
after this, but you can always reach me on the x3dfx forums. Peace, love, and 3dfx
7-18-02 - Posted by Nighty Official specs and information have been released
for the ATI Radeon 9700.
Supposedly much faster than a Ti4600, with DX9 compatibility. This might be
the one we've all been waiting for. Here are a couple of images to whet your
7-14-02 - Posted by
Nighty SS-1.00.03 drivers are now available for download! These drivers were modified by me
specifically so I could play NWN in Win2k. You can't see opening credits or movies,
but the game plays absolutely flawless now, even using 32meg textures. Try them and
7-8-02 - Posted by Nighty I re-uploaded Teg's win2k V5 drivers.
It appears that during the time that my host was having so much trouble they became
corrupt. Now they are good to go again, and they are still the best drivers I've
ever used for win2k, as they have a refresh rate setting for OpenGL and GLIDE.
6-20-02 - Posted by Nighty Okay! Official
word from Mark Rein himself (VP Epic Games) is that the V3 and V5 will work with
UT2k3! Not only that, but they have added 16bit color support. Excellent job,
and kudo's to Epic and the entire UT2k3 team for not forgetting the loyal fanbase of the
6-20-02 - Posted by Nighty Apparently,
some rather innovative young hacks have gotten the newest leaked UT2k3 demo to run on V4
and V5 cards. They simply hacked the d3ddrv.dll that comes with the game using a
simple hex editor, since it seemed to be intentionally blocking 3dfx cards by recognizing
it by Vendor ID. Check out the thread
where this info was released. And here are some screenshots of the game running on the V5.
My only question is "WHY?" would they block 3dfx cards exclusively from
running this demo? I have no idea, and this might not be the case at
all. We'll try and keep you updated as this thing unfolds.
6-14-02 - Posted by Nighty My IP
changed again, but this time it was my fault. I shut down the router and the cable
modem earlier today by accident, and when I realized my mistake it was to late.
Usually, I can run with the same IP for some time if I leave everything on, but oh
well. Here's the new IP: 126.96.36.199 To play on the server, just
bookmark the server page and start the game from the Xplug Server Status applet.
I'll always have that thing updated.
6-5-02 - Posted by Nighty Looks
like my cable co. decided to change my IP, dammit! New IP for the UT server is
188.8.131.52, go to the server page for more info or click the "play now" link
on this page (left bottom column, green UT graphic).
6-4-02 - Posted by Nighty Got back
from Florida yesterday, and had a great time there on the Emerald Coast. White sand
beaches, margarita's, and plenty of girls in bikini's (not that I was looking, mind you -
Mrs. Nighty would have pounded me!), what more can you ask for? Ofcourse, the server
schedule suffered in my absence, and my apologies to all who came this last weekend
looking for CTF. Schedule is back to normal now, and CTF is definitely on for this
In other news, there may be a delay in 3dfx-u drivers due to an emergency in Aqueel's
family. Our prayers go out to him and his family, and we continue to hope for the
5-25-02 - Posted by Nighty The
3dfx-u driver team has released a BETA version of the 1.09 drivers.
"We regret to announce that
the final release of the 1.09.00 drivers has been delayed. However we do feel the
commitment to release to 3dfx users what we can offer at this point, and what we can offer
is the Beta 1 release of the 1.09 drivers, for Windows 2000 and Windows XP. These
drivers do not have all the new features of the 1.09.00 drivers, namely they lack
anisotropic filtering and edge/line anti-aliasing. Windows 9x/Me betas will be
released ASAP." -3dfx-u 5-24-02 22:45 EST News
Seems the full and final set will be released sometime later, but you can check out the
new features and some last minute instructions here.
Download the 3dfx-u 1.09 BETA drivers from 3dfx-u Win2k | WinXP and make sure
and post feedback at x3dfx so they can continue to perfect these. A big shout out to
the entire driver team for all their hard work, and we look forward to their final
5-22-02 - Posted by Nighty Logical
Madness has setup both a Quake3 Motion Blur Server and a Rune Server for your gaming
pleasure. Go here for the
IP's and server info.
Also, check out nd4spd's cool x3dfx FTP Server, where you can d/l the Q3A Motion Blur
Demo, as well as all kinds of 3dfx related drivers, videos, game files, and other
x3Dfx Public FTP Server: 184.108.40.206 Username:
x3dfx Password: 3dfx4ever
5-21-02 - Posted by Nighty My web
host has been having some server issues lately, and even though the website appears to
load fine, some of the downloads are having difficulty. We are working on the
problem, and hopefully things will be back to normal soon.
5-17-02 - Posted by Nighty Devin
Phillips, founder of 3dfx-u, contacted me today and assured me that May 25th was indeed a
go for the driver release. Expect a full review as soon as we can get our grubby
mits on it.
5-15-02 - Posted by Nighty Just
received email from Mark Rein, the VP at Epic
games, in reference to the upcoming Unreal titles. Mr. Rein states that Anand (from Anandtech) tried running the UPT (Unreal Performance
Test) with the V5, and that it didn't work. He also states that he suspects all
upcoming games from Epic will not work with the V5. I guess we won't know for sure
if the game will run until it's out, but this isn't good news for the 3dfx users out there
hoping to play these games.
In other news, it looks like an unofficial date of May 25 has been the rumored release
of the new 1.09 x3dfx-u drivers. I would take that date with a grain of salt,
however, as the drivers have not even been beta tested at this point. Some of the
staff here at VS will be evaluating and play testing these drivers when they are provided
for beta, so stay tuned for more.
Oh, and yes, Power got his cable back, although not without quite a bit of undue
trouble. And trust me, he never owned me at Duke3d.
4-27-02 - Posted by PowerHitter Well
people, looks like I will be off the net(at least with my cable connection) for a few
weeks starting 4-29-02. Nightstormer is going to loan me a 56k modem so
I can at least keep in touch until I can get another broadband connection. We have had
alot of fun playing UT on Nightstormer's Dedicated Server the last few weeks. It's
reminded me of all the times I used to play Duke Nukem 3D with Nighty(which I
OWNED)..lol..just kidding dude. If you haven't already played on the server be sure to
check out the server page.
According to Nighty I think he is going
to host some CTF matches tonight, should be a blast. I will definetly be there for one
last hurrah. Hope to see you there!
WOOT! WOOT! HUDABADA!!
4-17-02 - Posted by SolidState The last few nights have held some pretty
exciting times on Nightstormer's new dedicated Unreal Tournament server. It's
looking like this might become a nightly thing, although the server *should* be up most of
the time. Head on over to the server page for all the goods,
including the IP, status and stats, as well as some cool user submitted pics.
4-14-02 - Posted by Nighty Just in from our buddy aquoes (main programmer for team
3dfx-u), here are some screenies from the up and coming 3dfx-u Driver's v1.09. I'm
told that these were all taken with Anisotropic Filtering enabled:
really look terrific, and if the frame rates as displayed at
x3dfx are any indication of the performance to be expected, these drivers should
really be winners. Go to 3dfx Underground
for news and other information about this much anticipated driver release. Special
thanks to aquoes for taking the time to send me these, and to the entire team for all
their hard work.
There are some Unreal2
related videos floating around the net. Definitely worth the download if you've
got the big pipe. Looks like the game should be playable on the TnT2 grade cards or
better, but unfortunately it looks like it will be 32bit only. Voodoo3 owners may
have to start seriously thinking about doing that upgrade soon if this is going to be the
trend for other titles as well.
4-3-02 - Posted by Nighty We're conducting a benchmarking
experiment over at x3dfx. If you have the Quake3 Demo,
or can get it, and use a V5 5500, why not come and join in the fun?
3-31-02 - Posted by Nighty Alot of people are still unsure about how to install
WickedGL into OpenGL games that aren't listed in the switching utility. Here's the
instructions I posted at x3dfx, which will allow you to use WickedGL for any OGL
title. Note that WickedGL works great with some games that aren't listed in the
program, but others may not work as well.
1) Use Windows Explorer and open Program
2) Double Click on the Wglgames.cfg file. Windows may not know how to open this, so when
it asks what program to use choose "Notepad."
3) Simply add the program information of every game you want to be listed in the Switching
Utility, following the format of the programs already included (Title, .exe, and gl type).
i.e., If I wanted to add MoH, I would type in: "Medal Of
4) Save the file after you input the new data, and open the Switching Utility. Now all the
games you added in the Wglgames.cfg will be visible in the Switching Utility, and will
install and uninstall just like normal.
3-9-02 - Posted by Nighty Nothing much to report of late in 3dfx news. The
Geforce4 is out and about, and it looks like the Radeon 8500 has permanently dropped in
price below $200US. Still waiting for the Kyro3, if it is ever released now
that the company that makes it seems to be in trouble. Thats all we need, for
another competitive game card maker to go belly up. Competition GOOD. Monopoly
BAD. You listening Bill?
2-20-02 - Posted by Nighty 3dfx.com was supposed to be closed down yesterday, but it's
still up. Go figure. A couple of great new sites have opened this month,
and are well worth your attention. Both the 3dfx
Archive and Rashly's 3dfx Site are online,
and continuing the legacy of 3dfx for those still interested in Voodoo cards. Great
2-13-02 - Posted by Nighty LogicalMadness has some V5 6000 benchies
for us finally on his 1.33GHz T-bird. Good job man, now for some FSAA!
On a less serious note and for a
good belly laugh, you gotta go see the Official Ninja Site, good lord this
crap made me giggle like a school girl. Check out the movie scripts if you wanna pee
2-11-02- Posted by Nighty It took several weeks, gallons of coffee, and a curiously
dull-witted facination for obsolete hardware, but VSA100
vs V3 PartII is finally complete. Check it out.
2-10-02 - Posted by Nighty Wow! LogicalMadness from the x3dfx forum bought a
non-working V5 6000 off of Ebay, and managed
to get it working! Maybe this can help someone else with a broken card.
2-5-02 - Posted by Nighty Bonehed has been keeping me busy with all of these new
performance graphs he keeps sending. Thanks Bone! They really spice up the
material, and do a good job of illustrating the benchies. P.S. I was just joking
about the rotten fruit.
2-4-02 - Posted by Nighty All the transfers are complete, and the website should be
100% functional. The V5 Overclocking article is now finished and online, so
check it out. Special thanks to Bonehed for allowing me to use his pic and
methods for the article. You can find Bonehed at the x3dfx Discussion forums, where he is
always causing considerable spammage havoc.
2-3-02 - Posted by Nighty To celebrate our new domain, I've actually taken a little
time to revamp the site. The old one was pretty much temporary anyways, and I never
had the intent to make it anything other than a place to publish my articles, but
wtf. Better late than never I guess. If you find links that don't work, or the
old pages pop up, thats because I'm still in the process of changing over.
Posted by Nighty All the driver links
should be fixed now, sorry if there was a problem downloading anything recently. We
are still working out all the bugs from the big move. If you find something messed
up here, please let me know.
This website optimised for 1024x768
resolution @ 22 bit color. ;)
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