V8460/V8440/V8420 Series
Programmable nFiniteFX™
Graphics Card
USER’S MANUAL
Hardware & Video Drivers
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1.02 E1145
October 2002
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CONTENTS
I. Introduction .......................................................................... 7
Highlights ..............................................................................................
Available Models ..................................................................................
ASUS V8460 / Deluxe, V8440 / Deluxe, V8420 / Deluxe ............
ASUS V8460 / TD, V8440 / TD, V8420 / TD ...............................
ASUS V8460 / DVI, V8440 / DVI, V8420 / DVI ..........................
Features .................................................................................................
7
7
7
7
7
8
2. Hardware Setup .................................................................... 9
ASUS V8460 / V8440 / V8420 Deluxe ........................................... 9
ASUS V8460 / V8440 / V8420 TD / DVI Series ......................... 10
Installation Procedures ................................................................... 11
New VGA Cards ................................................................................. 11
Systems with Existing VGA Card ....................................................... 11
Operating System Requirements ................................................... 12
Windows 98 ........................................................................................ 12
3. Software Setup .................................................................... 13
Display Driver Installation ............................................................. 13
Windows 98 ........................................................................................
Method 1: ASUS Quick Setup Program .......................................
Method 2: Display Property Page .................................................
Method 3: Plug and Play ..............................................................
Windows 2000 ....................................................................................
Method 1: ASUS Quick Setup Program .......................................
Method 2: Plug and Play ..............................................................
Windows NT 4.0 .................................................................................
Method 1: Display Property Page .................................................
13
13
14
15
15
15
16
18
18
Drivers ........................................................................................... 19
Install Display Driver .......................................................................... 19
Install DirectX ..................................................................................... 20
Install GART Driver ........................................................................... 21
Uninstall the Display Driver ............................................................... 23
Windows 98 / ME ......................................................................... 23
Method1: Using the Autorun Screen ...................................... 23
Method 2: Usingt he Control Panel ........................................ 23
Windows 2000 / XP ...................................................................... 25
Method1: Using the Autorun Screen ...................................... 25
Method 2: Using Control Panel .............................................. 25
Windows NT 4.0 ........................................................................... 25
Method 1: Using Control Panel .............................................. 25
Install WDM Capture Driver .............................................................. 25
Utilities ........................................................................................... 26
Install ASUS Tweak Utility ................................................................ 26
Install SmartDoctor ............................................................................. 27
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Install VideoSecurity ........................................................................... 28
4. Software Reference ............................................................. 29
ASUS Control Panel ...................................................................... 29
Refresh Rate ........................................................................................
More Resolution .................................................................................
Information .........................................................................................
Color ...................................................................................................
Advanced ............................................................................................
29
30
30
31
33
Windows Display Properties .......................................................... 41
Digital Flat Panel ..........................................................................
......................................................................................................
TV .................................................................................................
Color Correction .................................................................................
Digital Vibrance ............................................................................
Active Color Channel ...................................................................
Brightness / Contrast / Gamma .....................................................
Custom color settings ...................................................................
GeForce4 .............................................................................................
Additional Properties ....................................................................
43
44
44
45
45
45
45
45
46
46
Using the ASUS Utilities ............................................................... 55
ASUS Tweak Utility ...........................................................................
ASUS VideoSecurity ..........................................................................
ASUS SmartDoctor .............................................................................
ASUS Digital VCR .............................................................................
ASUS VR PictureViewer ....................................................................
55
57
62
65
73
5. Resolution Table .................................................................. 74
6. Troubleshooting .................................................................. 76
7. Index .................................................................................... 77
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FCC & DOC COMPLIANCE
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference, and
• This device must accept any interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if
not installed and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
WARNING! The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the
graphics card is required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes
or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions
from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
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I. Introduction
1. Introudction
Highlights/Models
Thank you for purchasing an ASUS V8460 / V8440 / V8420 Series GeForce4™ Ti4600/
4400/4200 Graphics Card. With this purchase, you join an ever-increasing elite
squadron of graphics enthusiasts.
Powered by the NVIDIA™ GeForce4™ Ti4600/4400/4200 graphics processing unit
(GPU) and featuring the new nFiniteFX™ engine and DDR (Double Data Rate) memory
with Lightspeed Memory Architecture™, the ASUS V8460 / V8440 / V8420 Series
delivers cutting-edge graphics performance and superior image fidelity – regardless
of the CPU (central processing unit) your computer system is using.
With the ASUS V8460 / V8440 / V8420 Series, you will experience the most dynamic,
realistic and compelling 3D worlds on the market today!
Highlights
• Powered with the world’s latest pro
grammable 3D graphics chip
architecture
• Built-in high speed 128 / 64MB
DDR video memory with
Lightspeed Memory ArchitectureTM
II
NVIDIA® GeForce4™ Ti4600/4400/4200
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) with the
new nFiniteFX™ II engine
Delivers earth-shattering performance
and fluid motion even for the most
complex scenes
• Programmable vertex and pixel
shader
Enables up to 32-matrix skinning,custom
lighting and texture blendingmodels
• Up to 4.9 Billion Samples per
Second FSAA Fill Rate, 1.23 Trillion
Operations per Second ,76
GigaFLOPS
Breakthrough performance improvement
compared with the GeForce3 series
• Optimized for DirectX® 8 and
OpenGL® Features
Ensures broad application support
Available Models
ASUS V8460 / Deluxe, V8440 / Deluxe, V8420 / Deluxe
• DDR Frame Buffer, VGA + DVI-out + TV-out + Video-in + 3D glasses
ASUS V8460 / TD, V8440 / TD, V8420 / TD
• DDR Frame Buffer, VGA + DVI-out + TV-out
ASUS V8460 / DVI, V8440 / DVI, V8420 / DVI
• DDR Frame Buffer, VGA + DVI-out
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1. Introduction
1. Introduction
Features
Features
• The latest programmable nFinite-FX™II Engine: Ability to create an infinite number
of special effects that bring realistic 3D characters and environments to life
• Up to 4.9 billion samples per second Full-scene Anti-aliasing (FSAA) fill rate
• 87 million triangles sampling and 800 billion operations per second
• RenderScale Technology and Lightspeed Memory Architecture II: Dramatically
improve memory bandwidth efficiency up to 10.56GB/sec
• First to offer high resolution, high frame rate, Full-Scene Anti-aliasing (FSAA)
• Optimized for DirectX® and OpenGL® acceleration
• 8 texture-mapped, filtered, lit texels per clock cycle
• Single-pass multitexturing, 32-bit colors, Z/stencil buffer
• Advanced per-pixel lighting, texturing, and shading
• Cube environment mapping, bump mapping, S3 texture compression
• Programmable Vertex Shader offers complex animation to generate smooth
animation and nature-look characters
• Programmable for lens effects, such as wide angle and fish eye
• Programmable for atmospheric effects, such as layer fog and volumetric fog
• Programmable Pixel Shader offers per-pixel Z-Correct reflective bump mapping
• Multibuffering (double, triple, quad) for smooth animation and video playback
• Multiple video windows with hardware color space conversion and filtering (YUV
4:2:2 and 4:2:0)
• AGP 4X / 2X / 1X complete support
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VGA Output
DVI-I Dual-Link
output (24pins)
AV Input
(9pin)
VGA Monitor
Output
(15pin)
(Standard)
VR Glasses
Output
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ASUS Driver and Utility CD Disc
User’s Manual
ASUS VR-100G
ASUS AGP-V8460/V8440/V8420 Deluxe Series Graphics Card
(PAL or NTSC)
Item Checklist
DVI-enabled Flat-Panel Display
ASUS AV Adapter
S
Projector
3D Glasses
(ASUS VR-100G)
TV MODE
NTSC
PAL
•
•
•
Frame
Buffer
(DDR)
4600/4400/4200
COMP IN S-VID OUT COMP OUT
S
Chip with Fan
(Graphics Processing Unit)
S-VID IN
S
TM
TM
GPU Chip
GeForce4 Ti
NVIDIA
Frame
Buffer
(DDR)
Frame
Buffer
(DDR)
Frame
Buffer
(DDR)
2. H/W Setup
V8460/V8440/V8420
Deluxe Layout
Use the same TV standard for all devices.
and
cannot be connected at the same time.
Drawings are for reference only; actual cards may vary.
Notes
1 2 3
1 2 3
TV MODE
®
VGA
BIOS
DDR Frame Buffer
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Monitor
Video Input (ASUS Video) 7pin S compatible)
VGA Output
The DVI Dual-Link output accepts either a 12- or 24-pin
DVI plug connector or a new type of analog plug
connector that uses four additional pins, plus a
ground plane plug to maintain constant
impedance for the analog RGB signals.
DVI-enabled Flat-Panel LCD Display
DVD / VCR
Composite (RCA) Input
S-Video to Composite Cable
DVI-I Dual-Link
output (24pins)
SVHS/TV output
7-pin ( for TD
models only)
VGA Monitor
output (15pin)
(standard)
VGA Monitor
output (15pins)
(standard)
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User’s Manual
ASUS VR-100G
ASUS AGP-V8460 V8440 V8420 / TD ( DVI ) Graphics Card
(PAL or NTSC)
Item Checklist
TV
Projector
•
•
•
TM
with Heatsink
(Graphics Processing Unit)
TM
NVIDIA
GeForce4 Ti 4600/4400/4200
GPU Chip
128/64MB
Frame
Buffer
Use the same TV standard for all devices.
and
cannot be connected at the same time.
Drawings are for reference only; actual cards may vary.
Notes
VGA
BIOS
DDR Frame Buffer
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2. H/W Setup
V8460/V8440/V8420
TD / DVI Layout
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NOTE: This graphics card series can only be installed in motherboards with an
AGP slot.
2. H/W Setup
Installation
2.2.H/W
Setup
H/WSetup
Installation
WARNING! Computer boards and components contain very delicate Integrated
Circuit (IC) chips. To protect the computer board and other components against
damage from static electricity, you must follow some precautions.
1. Make sure that you unplug your power supply when adding or removing
expansion cards or other system components. Failure to do so may cause
severe damage to both your motherboard and expansion cards.
2. Keep all components such as the host adapter in its antistatic bag until you
are ready to install it.
3. Use a grounded wrist strap before handling computer components. If you do
not have one, touch both of your hands to a safely grounded object or to a
metal object, such as the power supply case. Hold components by the edges
and try not to touch the IC chips, leads, or circuitry.
4. Place components on a grounded antistatic pad or on the bag that came with the
component whenever the components are separated from the system.
Installation Procedures
New VGA Cards
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
Unplug all electrical cords on your computer.
Remove the system unit cover.
Locate the AGP bus expansion slot. Make sure this slot is unobstructed.
Remove the corresponding expansion slot cover from the computer chassis.
Ground yourself to an antistatic mat or other grounded source .
Pick up the board (still in its sleeve) by grasping the edge bracket with one hand
and then remove the plastic sleeve.
Position the card directly over the AGP slot and insert one end of the board in
the slot first. Firmly but gently press the bus connector on the bottom of the card
down into the slot. Be sure the metal contacts on the bottom of the host adapter
are securely seated in the slot.
Anchor the board’s mounting bracket to the computer chassis using the screw
from the slot cover that you set aside previously.
Replace the cover on the system unit.
Connect your analog monitor’s 15-pin VGA connector to the card and fasten
the retaining screws (if any).
Connect other cables and devices, if available.
Systems with Existing VGA Card
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Change your display driver to Standard VGA.
Shut down your computer and unplug all electrical cords.
Replace the existing VGA card with your graphics card.
Restart your computer.
Install the ASUS display driver.
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2. Hardware Setup
Operating System Requirements
NOTE: This graphics card requires a motherboard with an AGP slot.
Windows 98
2. H/W Setup
Requirements
Windows 98 supports full Direct3D and AGP features. If you are using a beta version
of Windows 98 and you want to fully take advantage the Direct3D and AGP features,
you must upgrade it to the release version before installing the AGP
display driver.
Windows 98 includes VGARTD for the major chipsets but it is recommended that
you install VGARTD from the ASUS support CD to make sure that you have the
latest version of VGARTD (see 3. Software Setup | Install GART Driver).
NOTES
• VGARTD stands for Virtual Graphics Address Remapping Table Driver, which
is necessary to use the DIME feature of AGP. DIME means Direct Memory
Execute, which is accessed directly by most AGP chips (when VGARTD is
installed) for complex texture-mapping operations.
• For other notes or release information, see the README files in the
installation CD disc.
• This Manual assumes that your CD-ROM disc drive is drive D: and that
Windows is in C:\WINDOWS. Replace either with the actual location, if
necessary.
IMPORTANT!
• To avoid damage to your graphics card, unplug your computer’s power
supply before inserting your graphics card into the AGP slot.
• Make sure that the power supply of your motherboard can provide enough
electrical current on the 3.3V lead to maintain normal operation.
• Windows 98 and VIA Systems: If your motherboard has a VIA-based
chipset, the VIA VGARTD must be installed in normal mode.
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3. Software Setup
Display Driver Installation
You can use one of the recommended methods to install the display drivers for your
graphics card, depending on your operating system.
NOTE: The screen displays in this manual may not reflect exactly the screen
contents displayed on your screen. The contents of the support CD are subject to
change at any time without notice.
Windows 98
3.
3. S/W Setup
Setup
Display Drivers
Method 2 and Method 3 will not install the appropriate AGP GART driver if your
motherboard does not use the Intel AGPset. Installing the AGP GART driver will
ensure that the AGPset’s AGP functions are available. Method 2 and Method 3 will
not install also the DirectX runtime libraries. DirectX must be installed so that your
video player can take advantage of hardware acceleration. See 3. Software Setup |
Install GART Driver and 3. Software Setup | Install DirectX later in this manual
for the setup steps.
Method 1: ASUS Quick Setup Program
NOTE: See 3. Software Setup | Drivers | Install Display Driver for more information.
1. Start Windows.
2. Switch display to Windows’ Standard Display Adapter (VGA) mode and then
restart Windows.
3. Insert the CD installation disc into your CD-ROM drive.
4. The Install Shell appears. Click Drivers and then click Install Display Driver
on the Drivers dialog box.
5. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the setup.
6. When Setup has finished installing all the necessary files on your computer, it
will prompt you to restart your computer. Click Yes... and then Finish to restart
your computer and to complete Setup.
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3. Software Setup
Method 2: Display Property Page
1. Start Windows.
2. Switch display to Windows’ Standard Display Adapter (VGA) mode and then
restart Windows.
3. Right-click the Windows desktop and
click Properties.
4. Click the Settings tab and then click
Advanced. The Standard Display
Adapter (VGA) Properties dialog
box appears.
3. S/W Setup
Display Drivers
5. Click Change on the Adapter tab. The
Update Device Driver Wizard dialog
box appears. Click Next, click Display
a list of all the drivers... and then click
Next.
6. Click Show all hardware and then
click Have Disk....When the Install
From Disk dialog box appears, type the location of the ASUSNV9X.INF file
(WIN9X folder) and then proceed to step 9. Otherwise, proceed to the next step.
7. Click Browse to search the CD-ROM drive. In the Drives box of the Open
dialog box, select your CD-ROM drive and then click OK.
8. In the Folders box, double-click the WIN9x folder and then select ASUSNV9X.INF
in the File name box.
9. Click OK. A list of video cards appears. Select your VGA card type for your
operating system and then click OK.
10. The Update Driver Warning box appears. Click Yes to confirm the setting up
of the ASUS enhanced display drivers and then follow the onscreen instructions
to start the setup.
11. Setup will prompt you when it has finished installing all the necessary files on
your computer. Click Finish to close Setup.
12. When you are returned to the Standard Display Adapter (VGA) Properties
box, click Close. The Display Properties box appears. Click Close.
13. The system will prompt you to restart your computer. Click Yes to restart your
computer and to complete Setup.
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3. Software Setup
Method 3: Plug and Play
NOTE: Before proceeding with the following steps, replace your old VGA card
with the ASUS V8460/V8440/V8420 series graphics card.
1. Start Windows.
2. When Windows detects your ASUS
V8460/V8440/V8420 series graphics
card, the New Hardware Found dialog
box appears.
3. Click Driver from disk provided by
hardware manufacturer.
Display Drivers
3. S/W Setup
Display Drivers
4. When Setup prompts you for the location of the driver, type D:\WIN9x to direct
Setup to the INF file and then click Finish to install the driver.
5. When Setup has finished installing all the necessary files on your computer, it
will prompt you to restart your computer. Click Yes to restart your computer and
to complete Setup.
Windows 2000
Method 1: ASUS Quick Setup Program
1. Start Windows.
2. When Windows detects your ASUS
graphics card, the Found New Hardware Wizard dialog box appears.
3. Click Cancel to enter the Windows
desktop.
4. Insert the CD installation disc into
your CD-ROM drive.
5. The ASUS Windows 2000 Install
Shell appears. Click Drivers and then click Install Display Driver on the Driver
dialog box.
6. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the setup.
7. When Setup has finished installing all the necessary files on your computer, it
will prompt you to restart your computer. Click Yes to restart your computer and
to complete Setup.
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3. Software Setup
Method 2: Plug and Play
1. Start Windows.
2. When Windows detects your
ASUS graphics card, the Found
New Hardware Wizard dialog
box appears.
3. S/W Setup
Display Drivers
4. When the next Found New Hardware
Wizard dialog box appears, select
Search for a suitable driver for my
device (recommended) and then click
Next.
5. Insert the CD installation disc into
your CD-ROM drive to bring up the
Locate Driver Files item of the
Found New Hardware Wizard
dialog box.
6. Check CD-ROM drives, uncheck
all other options and then click Next
to search for the drivers of your
graphics card.
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Display Drivers
3. Click Next.
3. Software Setup
7. When the wizard has finished
searching for driver files for your
graphics card, select Install one of
the other drivers and then click
Next from the Driver Files Search
Results item of the Found New
Hardware Wizard dialog box.
3. S/W Setup
Display Drivers
Display Drivers
8. When prompted to select the display
driver to install in your system, select
the one that is located in the
D:\WIN2KXP\ASUS and then click
Next.
9. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the setup.
10. When Setup has finished installing all the necessary files on your computer, it
will prompt you to restart your computer.
11. Click OK to restart your computer and to complete Setup.
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3. Software Setup
Windows NT 4.0
Method 1: Display Property Page
WARNING! Before installing the display driver in Windows NT 4.0, make
sure that you have installed Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 3 or later, to take
full advantage of the AGP features of your card. (You may download service
packs at http://www.microsoft.com/ntworkstation/downloads.)
NOTE: The following steps assume your CD-ROM drive letter is D.
1. Start Windows NT, switch display properties to VGA mode (16 colors, 640 x 480
pixels), then restart your computer to make the change.
3. S/W Setup
Display Drivers
3. Click the Settings tab.
4. Select Change Display Type.
5. Select Adapter Type and click Change.
6. Click Have Disk.
7. Insert the CD installation disc.
8. Type D:\NT40 or click Browse to select the path of the display driver for
Windows NT. Click OK.
9. Select ASUS V8460/V8440/V8420 and then click OK.
10. Windows NT will once again prompt for confirmation. All appropriate files are
then copied to the hard disk. When all files are copied, go back to the Display
Properties box by clicking Close. Click Apply.
11. The System Settings Change dialog box is displayed. Click Yes to restart Windows.
12. Windows NT will restart with the default settings. The Display applet will
appear to allow for mode selection.
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Display Drivers
2. After your computer restarts, right-click the desktop and click Properties.
3. Software Setup
Drivers
NOTES: 1) The screen displays in this manual may not reflect exactly the screen
contents displayed on your screen. The contents of the support CD
are subject to change at any time without notice.
2) Unless otherwise indicated, the procedures under Drivers apply
to all the operating systems supported, namely, Windows 98,
Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows XP.
Install Display Driver
3. SW
/ Setup
Drivers
1. Insert the CD installation disc into
your CD-ROM drive or double
click the CD drive icon in My
Computer to bring up the autorun
screen or run Setup.exe in the root
directory of your CD-ROM drive.
Click Drivers.
2. Windows 98: The Drivers box
appears. Click Install Display
Driver to install all the drivers
and utilities into your computer.
Setup will install the drivers in the
following order: Display Driver
(Direct3D and OpenGL Drivers),
DirectX runtime libraries, and
VGART driver. Just follow the onscreen instructions to complete
the installation.
Windows 2000: Setup will only
copy the display drivers.
Windows NT 4.0: SETUPNT4.TXT
will appear. Follow the instructions
to install the display driver. You may
refer to the installation procedures
earlier in 3. Software Setup |
Windows NT 4.0 | Method 1:
Display Property Page.
If you prefer to install the drivers individually, follow the steps on the following pages.
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Install DirectX
Microsoft DirectX allows 3D hardware acceleration support in Windows 98,
Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows XP. For Software MPEG support
in Windows 98, you must first install Microsoft DirectX, and then an MPEGcompliant video player.
1. Insert the CD installation disc into
your CD-ROM drive or double
click the CD drive icon in My
Computer to bring up the autorun
screen or run Setup.exe in the root
directory of your CD-ROM drive.
Click Drivers.
3.S/W Setup
Drivers
2. The Drivers box appears. Click
Install DirectX to select the
DirectX version you want to
install.
3. The installation program will
automatically install the
DirectX 8.1 runtime libraries
into your system.
4. Setup will prompt when it has
finished copying all the files to
your computer. Click OK to
finish the installation.
WARNING! Some games written for older DirectX versions may not work
properly under DirectX8. Make sure that your applications or games support
DirectX8 before installing the DirectX8 runtime libraries. DirectX8 currently
cannot be uninstalled by regular means, such as outlined in 3. Software Setup
| Uninstall Display Driver.
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Install GART Driver
The AGP GART Driver is used to support AGP functionality for the chipset on your
PC’s motherboard. It is recommended to install the GART driver if it is newer than
the one you have installed in your system. The GART driver is only necessary for an
AGP graphics card.
3. SW
/ Setup
Drivers
NOTE: Installation dialogs are slightly different for each chipset. Follow the
on-screen instructions to finish the GART driver installation. The succeeding
steps assume that you are installing for an Intel chipset.
1. Insert the CD installation disc into
your CD-ROM drive or double
click the CD drive icon in My
Computer to bring up the autorun
screen or run Setup.exe in the root
directory of your CD-ROM drive.
Click Drivers.
2. The Drivers box appears. Click
Install GART Driver to install
AGP support for motherboards
with Intel, AMD, VIA, SiS, or ALi
chipsets.
3. The AGP VGARTD Driver Detection box appears with the
chipset detected on your
motherboard. Click OK to install
the appropriate driver for your
AGPset.
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4. If you selected No..., on the previous
screen before clicking OK, you will
be presented with a selection of other
drivers. Make your driver selection
and click Install.
5. When the Welcome screen appears,
click Next to continue.
3.S/W Setup
Drivers
6. Once the driver installation is
finished, click Finish.
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Uninstall the Display Driver
If you want to update your display drivers or if you no longer need the display
drivers for your card, you can use one of the following procedures to completely
uninstall the drivers from your system to save disk space.
Windows 98 / ME
Method1: Using the Autorun Screen
1. Insert the CD installation disc into
your CD-ROM drive or double click
the CD drive icon in My Computer
to bring up the autorun screen or run
Setup.exe in the root directory of
your CD-ROM drive.
3. S/W Setup
Uninstall Driver
Click Drivers.
2. Click Uninstall Display Driver and
follow the on-screen directions.
Method 2: Usingt he Control Panel
1. Click Start, and then point to Settings.
2. Click Control Panel.
3. Double-click the Add/Remove
Programs icon.
4. Click the Install/Uninstall tab.
5. Click ASUS Display Drivers from
the list.
6. Click Add/Remove.
7. The system will prompt you to restart
your computer. Click Yes to restart.
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Windows 2000 / XP
Method1: Using the Autorun Screen
See Windows 98 | Method 1: Using the Autorun Screen earlier in this section
for the procedures.
Method 2: Using Control Panel
1. Click Start, and then point to Settings.
2. Click Control Panel.
3. Double-click the Add/Remove
Programs icon.
4. Click the Change/Remove Programs
icon.
3. S/W Setup
Uninstall Driver
5. Click ASUS Display Drivers from
the list.
6. Click Change/Remove.
7. The system will prompt you to
restart your computer. Click Yes
to restart.
Windows NT 4.0
Method 1: Using Control Panel
1. Click Start, and then point to Settings.
2. Click Control Panel.
3. Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon.
4. Click the Install/Uninstall tab.
5. Click ASUS Display Drivers from the list.
6. Click Add/Remove.
7. The system will prompt you to restart your computer. Click Yes to restart.
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Install WDM Capture Driver
The WDM Capture Driver must be installed to use some of the latest VCR
applications. The driver conforms to the Microsoft Windows Driver Model
(WDM) standard.
1. Insert the CD installation disc into
your CD-ROM drive or double click
the CD drive icon in My Computer
to bring up the autorun screen or run
Setup.exe in the root directory of
your CD-ROM drive.
3. S/W Setup
WDM Capture Driver
Click Drivers.
2. The Drivers box appears. Click the
Next Page arrow and then click
Install WDM Capture Driver.
3. When the ASUS WDM Capture
Driver Setup box appears, click
Install ASUS WDM Capture
driver and then click OK.
4. When the Installation box appears,
click the appropriate TV standard for
your system and then click OK.
To complete the installation, simply follow the on-screen instructions or prompts.
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Utilities
Install ASUS Tweak Utility
The ASUS Tweak Utility lets you control the core clock speed and the memory
interface speed of your graphics card.
WARNING! Use this option with caution. Using this inappropriately may
damage your card and cause your system to be unstable.
1. Insert the CD installation disc into
your CD-ROM drive or double click
the CD drive icon in My Computer
to bring up the autorun screen or run
Setup.exe in the root directory of
your CD-ROM drive.
3. S/W Setup
Tweak Utility
Click Utilities.
2. The Utilities box appears. Click
Install ASUS Tweak Utility.
3. When the Welcome box appears,
click Next.
To complete the installation, simply
follow the on-screen instructions or
prompts.
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Install SmartDoctor
SmartDoctor is a utility that monitors the card’s graphic chip state, alerting users
about abnormal events, such as a fan malfunction or chip overheat. Likewise, the
utility “cools” down the graphic chip temperature when it is idle or returns it to its
maximum capability when necessary.
1. Insert the CD installation disc into
your CD-ROM drive or double click
the CD drive icon in My Computer
to bring up the autorun screen or run
Setup.exe in the root directory of
your CD-ROM drive.
3. S/W Setup
SmartDoctor
Click Utilities.
2. The Utilities box appears. Click
Install SmartDoctor.
NOTE: If your graphics card is not
equipped with a monitor IC, an error
message warns you that monitor IC
was not detected. The installation
will abort. SmartDoctor works only
with cards with a monitor IC.
3. When the Welcome box appears,
click Next to start the installation.
To complete the installation, simply
follow the on-screen instructions or
prompts.
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Install VideoSecurity
VideoSecurity is a powerful video stream comparison and detection utility that helps
in detecting potential errors or intrusions at a specific time interval by using a video
capture device, such as a digital camera.
1. Insert the CD installation disc into
your CD-ROM drive or double click
the CD drive icon in My Computer
to bring up the autorun screen or run
Setup.exe in the root directory of
your CD-ROM drive.
Click Utilities.
3. S/W Setup
VideoSecurity
2. The Utilities box appears. Click
Install VideoSecurity.
3. When the Welcome box appears,
click Next to start the installation.
To complete the installation, simply
follow the on-screen instructions or
prompts.
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ASUS Control Panel
After installing the display drivers, look for an ASUS
icon on the taskbar’s status area. Clicking this icon
opens the ASUS Control Panel, a menu composed of
shortcuts to the graphics board’s various enhanced
functions.
Alternatively: right-click the Windows desktop, then
click the Windows Display Properties field and then
click the Settings tab. With Windows 98/2000, next
click the Advanced button on the Settings menu. Click
the appropriate tab to change the display settings.
ASUS Control Panel icon
Refresh Rate
This control changes the refresh rate of the current screen resolution.
WARNING! Be sure that the refresh rate that you select is supported by your
monitor. Selecting a refresh rate that is beyond your monitor’s specification may
damage it. Press ESC to restore your original settings in case of problems.
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Refresh Rate
Click/right-click the ASUS Control
Panel icon, then point to Refresh Rate,
and click the desired refresh rate.
Next, the system prompts whether to
keep the setting. Click OK to keep the
setting, otherwise, click Cancel or press
ESC.
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More Resolution
More Resolution lets you change the screen resolution of your monitor.
Click/right-click the ASUS Control
Panel icon, point to More Resolution,
and then click the desired screen
resolution. The system will automatically
set the resolution selected without
restarting your computer.
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Resolution / Info
WINDOWS 95 USERS: You will be
prompted to restart your computer if
you select a screen resolution with a
different color depth, for example, from
800x600 HiColor to 800x600
TrueColor. Click OK to restart your
computer to make the change.
Information
Information lists pertinent data about
the graphics card. It supplies links to
the ASUSTeK COMPUTER, INC. web
site for accessing updated data about the
graphics board and its latest drivers.
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4. Software Reference
Color
Color facilitates adjustments to the brightness, contrast and gamma values for
each or all of the RGB colors. These adjustments can be made for D3D/Game and
OpenGL environments.
D3D/Game
OpenGL
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Color
D3D/Game lets you make your favorite OpenGL lets you make your favorite
color settings for OpenGL applications.
color settings for D3D games.
NOTE: The color settings of D3D/Game and OpenGL are not adjustable below
8-bit color depth.
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General Functions
Brightness / Contrast / Gamma
Three sliders calibrate the brightness,
contrast, and gamma output of the
display card.
D3D/Game / OpenGL
Changes to color settings are shown
immediately on your monitor. Dragging
a slider to the left decreases the level and
to the right increases it. The number at
the right of each slider displays the
brightness
Value Range: -128 to +128, default:
0, Contrast -30 to 30, default: 0; and
Gamma value 0.2 to 3.0, default: 1.0.
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Color
Color Spline
This tool shows the distribution of Red,
Green and Blue color channels as
adjustments are made to the Brightness,
Contrast, or Gamma sliders. Adjust
all channels at once: (All); or, make
individual changes to each channel:
(R, G, or B).
Scheme
This tool changes the appearance of
many screen elements simultaneously
and functions like a macro; saving a
scheme retains particular system
presets. Apply existing schemes, or
create and save schemes by saving the
current settings; existing schemes may
be deleted. A scheme may be
developed to satisfy the requirements
of special situations, ie.: whenever playing a certain game or a movie.
Important Note
D3D/Game
The color settings of D3D/Game take effect only when playing a full-screen
DirectDraw/Direct3D type game.
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Advanced
This menu supplies sophisticated settings for use with the ASUS VR-100G 3D
Glasses. These settings are available only with the Deluxe/TVR models with VideoIn/TV-Out, or models with the ASUS VR-100 Optional Upgrade Kit.
Direct3D
VR Effect
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Advanced D3D
Lists all parameters to fine tune the
stereoscopic effects for Direct 3D games.
Enable Stereoscopic Mode
When selected, this feature enables the
stereoscopic mode when playing Direct
3D games.
NOTE: Quit all running DirectDraw/
Direct3D applications and then restart
them for options to take effect.
Load Default
Restores the initial settings.
Depth
Adjust this to add more depth to the scene.
NOTE: A very high setting may cause eyes discomfort.
Embossment
Adjust this to add more to the impression that screen objects are being pulled or
seem to pop from the screen. (See On Screen Display later in this section for
more details.) NOTE: A very high setting may cause eyes discomfort.
Direction
Sometimes, moving the slider to the left when adjusting embossment does not give
the expected effects. Therefore, it may be necessary to adjust the direction effect
slider leftwards to gain added responsiveness.
Foreground
Foreground is set in conjunction with background to stretch the histogram chart
on the D3D OSD box of current games to scale the depth of 3D objects. Move the
foreground slider leftwards to shift the foreground along the Z-axis towards “0.”
Background
Background is set in conjunction with foreground to stretch the histogram chart
on the D3D OSD box of current games to scale the depth of 3D objects. Move the
foreground slider leftwards to shift the foreground along the Z-axis toward “100.”
Blind
This slider discards “garbage,” cropping out unwanted areas from the left/right
peripheries of the display. Setting to “0” does not discard any of the display area,
while setting to a higher value crops them away.
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Main Program
This field is used in conjunction with the Scheme function below. When selecting
a D3D OSD scheme for a specific program, load the scheme default file.
Mode
Line Interleave
Select this option for better monitor compatibility, particularly for monitors with
less bandwidth or less range of horizontal/vertical frequency. Stereoscopic visual
quality, however, will be poor since only half the vertical lines are generated.
Page Flipping
Select this option for the best stereoscopic visual quality. Page flipping provides
double vertical resolution compared with Line Interleave. The monitor must be able
to support the high frequency (at least 100Hz) necessary for this mode.
Refresh Rate
To prevent eye discomfort and fatigue, high refresh rates are preferred. Some
monitors, however, may not be able to support a high refresh rate. Consult
documentation to make sure that your monitor supports the selected refresh rate;
otherwise, your monitor may become unstable, ie.: a blank screen may occur.
Disable Monitor Check
Disables the specification check on the monitor.
Note: Choosing a resolution or refresh rate in excess of monitor specifications may
damage the monitor.
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Advanced D3D
Scheme
This field lists the various default schemes that change the appearance of many
screen elements simultaneously. Use existing schemes by selecting from the games
listed in the drop-down menu and then go to the main program field to browse for
the default settings file supplied with each game for D3D OSD settings. Create and
save your own scheme by saving current custom settings. Unwanted schemes may
be deleted. You may want to save a scheme that you created for some special situations, such as when you want to use the same settings when playing a certain game.
Tips for VR!
1. Make sure that the 3D screen objects do not appear either too far apart, or
separated into slightly overlapping images. These effects indicate over- or
under-compensation. Readjust the settings to avoid eyestrain.
2. Settings may be adjusted to make some objects appear to hover above the
screen area as other objects float below the surface. A ratio of 1:3 to 1:5 of
objects above to below is recommended.
3. For race games, use embossment to make your car appear above the screen.
4. For first-person shooting games, use embossment to make only your
hand/weapon appear above the screen.
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On Screen Display
4. S/W Reference
Advanced D3D
Enable OSD
Clicking on the check box enables access to the advanced box. When selected, this
option opens the D3D On Screen Display. Use the defined Hotkey and adjust the
onscreen settings of the 3D glasses and display card while playing Direct 3D games
or watching 3D movies.
Advanced
Click on the button to access the advanced box to access hotkey assignments.
Hotkey
This function assigns hot keys to enable
onscreen display or OSD. Select Enable
OSD then click on the advanced button.
Change the default hot key (CTRL + ALT
+ O) if it conflicts with hot keys of certain
games, video players or Windows programs.
To change the default hot keys
With the mouse cursor in the Hotkey box,
press the hot key combination of your choice (only CTRL + ALT + X key
combinations can be defined). Keys that are unavailable for hotkey X values include:
ESC, ENTER, TAB, SPACEBAR, PRINT SCREEN, or BACKSPACE. Press any
other key to complete the combination. For example: to define the hot key combination CTRL+ALT+D, having placed the cursor in the box - press D.
NOTE: Hot keys will be available only if you selected the Enable OSD check box
IMPORTANT: Before enabling D3D stereoscopic mode and using the stereoscopic or 3D glasses (ASUS VR-100G), make sure the monitor can support the
selected refresh rate (interlaced mode) under the following display scales:
16 bits: 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 960 x 720, 1024 x 768, 1152 x 864
32 bits: 640 x 480, 800 x 600
WARNING! To prevent discomfort and eye fatigue when using stereoscopic or
3D glasses, DO NOT use 3D glasses for an extended period of time. Take
frequent short breaks to give your muscles and eyes a chance to rest: remove the
3D glasses and then look up and focus on distant objects.
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4. Software Reference
Beetle Crazy Cup™ is copyright © 2000 by INFORGRAMES
Original idea and development by XPIRAL™ (Efecto Caos S.L.)
Typical D3D OSD Onscreen Game Settings
When selected, the D3D onscreen menu helps to adjust the settings of 3D glasses
and the display card while playing games or watching 3D videos. Typical D3D OSD
onscreen settings include: Depth, Embossment, Direction, Background,
Foreground, Blind, Brightness, Contrast, and Gamma.
In most games, use the keyboard UP or DOWN arrow keys to select a new setting.
The PLUS or MINUS keys move the sliders. To restore the defaults, press the
HOME key. To close screen settings display, use the END key.
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Advanced D3D
0
1
D3D/OSD Histogram
The OSD Histogram Chart
pinpoints the Z-axis range
upon which 3D objects
appear as well as how they
gather.For example, if the
above chart (simulated) Z=0.0
E
Z=1.0
Embossment
Number of vertices on this Z-value
was displayed for a car
racing game, the vertices to the left of the E line could be the model of the game
player’s car, and those objects to the right of the E line could be the road, houses,
other cars or trees in front of the car.
So, with this information, the user may:
• Adjust embossment by moving the E line.
• Adjust foreground/background, thus stretching out the histogram to make
objects more evenly distributed.
NOTE: Using the histogram chart requires games using Direct3D® 6.0 or earlier.
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Advanced OpenGL
Known Issues on Specific Games
See the ASUS support CD for the latest information: D3DVR.TXT in the WIN9XME
folder.
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of these products or games by ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. and its subsidiaries is intended or implied.
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OpenGL
VR Effect
4. S/W Reference
Advanced OpenGL
Lists all parameters to fine tune the
stereoscopic effects for OpenGL games.
Enable Stereoscopic Mode
When selected, this enables the stereoscopic
mode when using OpenGL 3D applications
and games with the ASUS VR-100G 3D
Glasses. These settings are available only
with the Deluxe/TVR models with VideoIn/TV-Out, or models with the ASUS VR100 Optional Upgrade Kit.
Eyes
This field records the measure of the
distance between both eyes. Adjustment brings objects into focus. Default: 0
View Angle
The angle by which your two viewing directions intersect. Adjust this to add more
depth to the scene.
NOTE: A very high setting may cause eyes discomfort.
Embossment
Adjust this to add more to the impression that screen objects are being pulled or
seem to pop from the screen. To achieve a better stereoscopic visual quality, set
Embossment in conjunction with View Angle. (See On Screen Display later in
this section for more details.)
Mode
Line Interleave
Select this option for better monitor compatibility, particularly for monitors with
less bandwidth or less range of horizontal/vertical frequency. Stereoscopic visual
quality, however, will be poor since only half the vertical lines are generated.
Page Flipping
Select this option for the best stereoscopic visual quality. Page flipping provides
double vertical resolution compared with Line Interleave. The monitor must be able
to support the high frequency (at least 100Hz) necessary for this mode.
Refresh Rate
To prevent eye discomfort and fatigue, high refresh rates are preferred. Some
monitors, however, may not be able to support a high refresh rate. Consult
documentation to make sure that your monitor supports the selected refresh rate;
otherwise, your monitor may become unstable, ie.: a blank screen may occur.
Disable Monitor Check
Disables the specification check on the monitor.
Note: Choosing a resolution or refresh rate in excess of monitor specifications may
damage the monitor.
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Scheme
This field lists the various default schemes that change the appearance of many
screen elements simultaneously. Use existing schemes by selecting from the games
listed in the drop-down menu and then go to the main program field to browse for
the default settings file supplied with each game for OpenGL OSD settings. Click
on Save to engage the file with the NVIDIA system. Create and save your own
scheme by saving current custom settings. Unwanted schemes may be deleted. You
may want to save a scheme that you created for some special situations, such as
when you want to use the same settings when playing a certain game or a movie.
On Screen Display
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Advanced OpenGL
Enable OSD
Clicking on the check box enables access to the advanced box. When selected, this
option opens the OpenGL On Screen Display. Use the defined Hotkey and adjust
the onscreen settings of the 3D glasses and display card while playing Direct 3D
games or watching 3D movies.
Advanced
Click on the button to access the advanced box to access hotkey assignments.
Hotkey
This function assigns hot keys to enable
onscreen display or OSD. Select Enable OSD
then click on the advanced button. Change
the default hot key (CTRL + ALT + O) if it
conflicts with hot keys of certain games, video
players or Windows programs.
To change the default hot keys
With the mouse cursor in the Hotkey box,
press the hot key combination of your choice (only CTRL + ALT + X key
combinations can be defined). Keys that are unavailable for hotkey X values include:
ESC, ENTER, TAB, SPACEBAR, PRINT SCREEN, or BACKSPACE. Press any
other key to complete the combination. For example: to define the hot key combination CTRL+ALT+D, having placed the cursor in the box - press D.
NOTE: Hot keys will be available only if you selected the Enable OSD check box.
IMPORTANT: Before enabling OpenGL stereoscopic mode and using the stereoscopic or 3D glasses (ASUS VR-100G), make sure the monitor can support
the selected refresh rate (interlaced mode) under the following display scales:
16 bits: 2048x1536 → 1024x768 Stereo Mode
32 bits: 1280x960 → 640x480 Stereo Mode, 1280x1024 → 640x480 Stereo
Mode, 1600x900 → 800x600 Stereo Mode, 1600x1200 → 800x600 Stereo Mode
WARNING! To prevent discomfort and eye fatigue when using your stereoscopic
or 3D glasses, DO NOT try to use your 3D glasses for an extended period of time.
Take frequent short breaks to give your muscles and eyes a chance to rest by
taking off your 3D glasses and then looking up and focusing on distant objects.
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Typical OpenGL OSD Onscreen Game Settings
Unreal Tournament™ is copyright © 1999 by Epic Games, Inc.
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Advanced OpenGL
When selected, the OpenGL onscreen menu helps to adjust the settings of 3D glasses
and the display card while playing games or watching 3D videos. Typical OSD
onscreen settings include:Eyes, View Angle, Embossment, Brightness, Contrast,
and Gamma.
In most games, use the keyboard UP or DOWN arrow keys to select a new setting.
The PLUS or MINUS keys move the sliders. To restore the defaults, press the
HOME key. To close screen settings display, use the END key.
Known Issues on Selected Games/Applications
See the included support CD for the latest information: OPENGLVR.TXT in the
WIN9XME folder.
All registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective users. No intended endorsement
of these products or games by ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. and its subsidiaries is intended or implied.
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TaskBar Utility
This utility gives convenient access
to various features and presets that
may be configured in the Display
Properties Menu directly from the
Windows taskbar.
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Taskbar Utility
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Windows Display Properties
The Windows Display Properties is a control panel that helps to make screen
adjustments: to the display positions and to color correction, including: brightness,
contrast, and gamma. The display properties menu is useful to enable and configure
the TwinView display and to make additional property adjustments.
To use Windows Display Properties, click the ASUS icon on the taskbar’s status
area to open the ASUS Control Panel Menu. Click Windows Display Properties,
click the Settings tab, and then click Advanced.
NOTE: Instead of clicking the ASUS Control Panel icon, you may right-click the
Windows 98/2000 desktop, click Properties, and then click the Settings tab. Then
click the Advanced button on the bottom right. Click the appropriate tab (with the
) to change your display settings.
NVIDIA icon
TIP! You can almost always get more information about a particular option by
right-clicking it and then clicking What’s This?
Device Selection
4. S/W Reference
Display Properties
Click the Device Settings and then click
the Select Output Device.
Select the device/devices connected to
your card (Analog Monitor, Digital Flat
Panel, TV) or click Detect Displays to
detect the connected device/devices.
WARNING! Adjusting position or
size is a highly dangerous operation.
Selecting a value that is beyond your
monitor’s specification may damage
it. Press ESC to restore your original
settings in case of problems.
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Analog Monitor
Screen Adjustments
Two submenus permit changes to the
position and proper timing mode for
your monitor. In Screen Adjustments,
follow the onscreen instructions to
adjust the position of your monitor.
For fine adjustments, use the arrows.
Display Timing
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Device Selection
Selects the proper timing mode.
Auto-Detect allows Windows to
receive the proper timing information
directly from the monitor itself.
NOTE: Some older monitors may not
support this feature.
General Timing Formula (GTF)
GTF is a standard used by most new
hardware.
Discrete Monitor Timings (DMT)
DMT is an older standard still in use on
some hardware. Select this option if
your hardware requries DMT.
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Digital Flat Panel
The following options determines the
placement of the image on the flat panel
display when running at resolutions
lower than the maximum resolution
supported.
Use display adapter scaling
Adapter automatically scales the
appearance of the display on the
monitor. (default)
Centered output
Centers the image on the flat panel and
does not adjust the scale.
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Device Selection
NOTE: This funciton is only available
with DVI/2V1D cards.
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TV
Change Format
Opens a window that specifies a
particular TV output format.
NOTE: This function is only available
with T/Deluxe Combo cards.
Video output format
This field specifies the type of output
signal sent to the TV. If the correct
connector cable is connected, S-Video
out will generally provide a higher
quality output than Composite video
out. Specify Auto-select to make the
system determine the output signal.
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Device Selection
Change TV Format Window
Selects the TV/video output format
based on local country standards.
NOTE: If your country is not in the
list, find out which type of TV/video
output format is most commonly used
locally and select it; ie.: PAL-D or
NTSC-M.
Device Adjustments
Screen Positioning
Selects the TV/video output format
based on the four quadrants indicated
by the arrows. Click on the arrows to
reposition output on the TV monitor.
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Color Correction
This menu enables color adjustments
like brightness, contrast, and gamma
values for each or all of the RGB
colors on the desktop.
Digital Vibrance
This setting controls the color
separation and intensity of the Windows desktop.
NOTE: Increasing the levels may
result in bold, dynamic visuals with
sharp and balanced colors.
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Color Correction
Active Color Channel
This setting coordinates all channels
at once (All channels) or allows for
adjustment of individual channels
(Red, Green, or Blue).
Brightness / Contrast / Gamma
These sliders help calibrate the visual
output of the display card. Changes to
color settings are shown immediately on
the monitor.
Automatically apply these
settings at startup
Selecting this option will automatically
restore the color adjustments when
Windows is restarted.
NOTE: If the PC is running on a
network, the color will be adjusted
after you have logged on to Windows.
Custom color settings
This field lists the new settings. These settings can be used to change the
appearance of many screen elements simultaneously. Create and/or save current
settings, or delete unwanted settings. A setting may be created, saved and reused
for special situations.
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GeForce4
The GeForce4Ti4600 tab displays
information about the graphics card,
computer system and driver versions;
it also accesses extra features and
supplies an Internet link for drivers,
product updates and news.
Additional Properties
Click on the Additional Properties
button to enter five submenus to
configure the various functions of this
card.
3D Antialiasing Settings
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Antialiasing is a technique used to
minimize the rough rendering of
artifacts, eliminating the “staircase” or
“jagged effect” seen along the edges
of 3D objects. These controls select
the degree to which antialiasing is used
in Direct3D and OpenGL applications.
Allow applications to control the
antialiasing mode:
Some 3D applications that support
antialiasing automatically optimize
control of this mode; it is possible to
select the antialiasing mode manually.
Manually Select Antialiasing Mode
Off (no antialiasing): Disables antialiasing in 3D applications. Select Off
if you require maximum speed performance in your applications.
2x: Enables antialiasing using the 2x mode. Select this for improved image quality
and high performance in 3D applications.
Quincunx Antialiasing™: Enables a patented antialiasing technique available in
the GeForce3 GPU series. Quincunx Antialiasing™ offers the quality of the slower
4x AA mode at very near the performance of the faster 2x AA mode.
4x: Enables the antialiasing using the 4x mode. Select this for the highest possible
image quality at the expense of some performance drain in 3D applications.
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Direct3D Settings
Performance and
Compatibility Options
Enable fog table emulation
Some older games do not query D3D
hardware capabilities correctly and so
expect table fog support. Choosing
this option will ensure that such
games will run properly.
Adjust Z-buffer depth to
rendering depth if unequal
This option forces the hardware to
automatically adjust the depth of its
Z-buffer to the precise depth that the
application requests. Keep this option
enabled, unless the work absolutely
requires a specific Z-buffer depth.
Display logo when running
Direct3D applications
This option lets you display the NVDIA logo in the lower corner of the screen while
running Direct3D applications.
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Mipmapping
Mipmap detail level
This option lets you adjust the Level of Detail (LOD) bias for mipmaps. A lower
bias provides better image quality while a higher bias augments performance. Choose
from five preset bias levels. Options are: Best Image Quality, High Image
Quality, Blend, High Performance, Best Performance.
PCI Texture Memory Size
NOTE: This setting applies only to PCI display adapters or to AGP display adapters
running in PCI compatibility mode.
This option sets the amount of system memory for texture storage. Clicking the “up
arrow” increases memory size while clicking the “down arrow” decreases the size
of system memory used for textures. The maximum amount of system memory for
texture storage depends on the amount of physical memory installed on the system.
Custom Direct3D settings
This option lets you create or delete custom settings or “tweaks” you have saved.
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More Direct3D
Texel Alignment
These values define the position of texel
origin. The default values conform to
the Direct3D specifications. Some
software may expect texel origin to be
defined elsewhere. The image quality
of such applications will improve if the
texel origin is redefined. Dragging the
slider leftward positions the texel
origin closer to its upper left corner and
moving the slider rightward positions
it closer to the center.
Range: 0 to 7, default: 3.
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OpenGL Settings
Performance and Compatibility
Options
Enable buffer region extension
This option permits the drivers to
apply the OpenGL extension:
GL_KTX_buffer_region.
Allow the dual planes extension
to use local video memory
This option permits the use of local
video
memory
when
the
GL_KTX_buffer_region extension is
enabled.
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Use fast linear-mipmap-linear
filtering
This option permits increased application performance at the expense of some
image quality loss. In many cases, the loss of image quality may not be noticeable.
Enable anisotropic filtering
This option allows OpenGL to use anisotropic filtering for improved image quality.
Disable support for enhanced CPU instruction sets
This option disables driver support for enhanced 3D instruction sets by certain CPUs.
Default color depth for textures
This option determines whether textures of a specific color depth should be used by
default in OpenGL applications. Options are: Use desktop color depth (default),
Always use 16 bpp, and Always use 32 bpp.
Buffer flipping mode
This setting determines the buffer flipping mode for full-screen OpenGL
applications. Options are: Auto-select (default), Use block transfer, and Use page
flip.
Vertical sync
This setting specifies how vertical sync is handled in GL. Options are: Always off,
Off by default, and On by default (default).
Use up to x MB of system memory for textures in PCI mode
This option sets the amount of system memory for texture storage. Clicking the up
arrow increases the memory size while clicking the down arrow decreases the size
of system memory for textures. The maximum amount of system memory for
texture storage depends on the physical memory installed on your system.
NOTE: This setting applies only to PCI display adapters or to AGP display adapters
running in PCI compatibility mode.
Custom OpenGL settings
This option lets you create or delete custom settings or “tweaks” you have saved.
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Overlay Controls
Brightness / Contrast / Hue /
Saturation
Four sliders calibrate the brightness,
contrast, hue, and saturation output of
the card. Use this to adjust the quality
of video or DVD playback on your
monitor. Dragging a slider to the left
decreases the level; moving to the right
increases the level. The number at the
right of each slider displays the
brightness scale.
Range: 0% to 200%, default: 100%);
Contrast (0 to 200%, default: 100%);
Hue (-180º to 180º, default: 0º), and
Saturation value (0% to 200%,
default: 100%).
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Enable video overlay zoom
This option enables the zoom controls to allow you to zoom in on a specific area of
the video output screen.
NOTE: (when enabling overlay zoom): Video players that are not able to detect the
presence of Video Mirror may not update the zoom factor immediately while
displaying a still frame.
Select screen region to zoom
This option lets you select the region on the video playback to zoom in or out.
Zoom control
This option lets you zoom in or out on the selected portion of the video playback
screen.
Check here if you are having problems with your TV tuner
This option, when selected, forces the overlay software to use busmastering. It is
recommended that you leave this option cleared unless you experience problems
with video playback, such as image corruption or no video image at all.
NOTE: You can only access Overlay Controls while you are playing back videos,
for example, .AVI files or DVD movies on your computer.
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Desktop Utilities
Display the Quick Tweak icon in
the taskbar
This option adds the NVIDIA Quick
Tweak icon to the Windows taskbar.
NOTE: In the TwinView Extended
Desktop mode, an extra check box
and a button appears on the Desktop
Utilities dialog: Enable Desktop
Manager and Desktop Manager
Configuration. Click this button to
access the Desktop Display Manager
setup menus.
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Desktop Utilities
Using the Quick Tweak icon
Right click the NVIDIA taskbar icon
to display a popup menu of options,
including OpenGL, Direct3D or Color
settings. The menu also contains items
for restoring default settings. Left click
on the icon twice, and the Display
Properties Menu appears.
NOTE: An additional option appears
on the popup menu to access the
Desktop Display Manager setup
menus.
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Desktop Display Manager
In the TwinView Extended Desktop Mode, this Display Manager sets up the PC to
run one or more programs on one or both monitors or desktops. Among others, it
also allows you to undertake program-management features, such as restoring
application windows to their last-used position.
Setting Up Desktop Display Manager Properties
Make sure the applications the are going to run
using the Desktop Display Manager are already
open.To set Display Manager properties, check
the box, Enable Display Manager and click the
Desktop Manager Configuration button. The
Desktop Display Manager dialog box opens.
Profiles
Profile adds your display settings to Desktop
Display Manager. Click the New Profile button
on the Profile tab to create a new profile. Tailor
all your settings in the Profile page and then click
the Load Profile button to complete profile
setting. Repeat this step for each program that you want to add to the Desktop Display
Manager.
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Desktop Utilities
A variety of settings are available in Desktop Display Manager. Check: Always
start this application on screen number selects the display or monitor to use when
starting up the program. Check: Start this application at its last position and size
restarts the program at its last position and sizes it to the same size as it was when
last closed.
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Windows
Use the Windows settings to specify
your desired appearance.
Effects
Windows Drawing Enhancement:
Select Make windows maximize
faster to speed up Open, Maximize,
and Restore windows functions. Select
Make windows transparent when
dragged to make a transparent
window and save more space on your
desktop (only on Windows 2000/XP).
Zoom settings:
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Clicking Launch Zoom Window
button to open a “Zoom Window”
magnifies a selected area of your
screen.
Hot keys
Hightlight an item from Select an
action, then assign a key or a
combination of keys for the action.
Click the Add button.
Repeat the process for the other items.
Click OK when done.
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Desktops
Under one or multiple monitors, you
can create up to 32 different desktops
to distribute the open applications
among them. This prevents application
clutter on your desktop.
Click the Show taskbar Quick Tweak
icon to add the NVIDIA Quick Tweak
icon to the Windows taskbar.
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Using the ASUS Utilities
ASUS Tweak Utility
WARNING! Use the ASUS Tweak Utility only if you are well acquainted with
your display card. Using this inappropriately may damage your card, its
components, and your system.
To run the ASUS Tweak Utility, click Start and point to Programs, Asus, Tweaking
Utilities, and then click Tweak.
Timing Adjustment
Timing Adjustment lets you adjust the working frequency of the graphic engine
and video memory.
Use tweak settings on next
startup
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Selecting this item allows you to use
your authorized settings when Windows
starts.
Graphics Speed
Engine
Lets you adjust the working frequency
of the graphic engine
Memory
Lets you adjust the working frequency
of the video memory.
Default
Restores the settings to their defaults.
2D Test
Lets you test your settings.
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Tweak Safe Mode Recovery
Timing Adjustment (Safe Mode) lets you restore the working frequency of the
graphic engine and video memory to their factory default settings. This mode is
used when you encounter problems when starting or restarting Windows using your
customized tweak settings.
Using Tweak Safe Mode Recovery
1. Restart Windows in safe mode. To
start Windows in safe mode, hold the
F8 key until the Windows Startup
Menu appears. For some machines
and Windows 98, you can use CTRL
to bring up the Startup Menu. Enter
the number for Safe mode and then
press ENTER.
2. In Windows, click Start and point
to Programs, Asus, Tweak Utility,
and then click Tweak Safe Mode
Recovery.
3. The ASUS Tweak Safe Mode
Properties box appears. Click the
appropriate settings.
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Timing Adjustment (Safe Mode)
Select the Clear tweak settings and
use factory default box to change back
the timing adjustment settings to their
factory defaults and then click OK to
restart Windows properly.
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ASUS VideoSecurity
The ASUS VideoSecurity lets you detect intruders into your system and environmental
changes and monitor a specified location or any incoming visitor. If VideoSecurity
detects any deviation from the norm that you set, it may give an error message or
not. Regardless of any messages, VideoSecurity will record:
• The last two detected snapshot image files from the video captured stream (saved
into a access file named watch dog.mdb). Any image processing or editing
software can then be used to view, modify, or distribute them.
Limitations
Because of differences in hardware sensitivity, VideoSecurity may not completely
detect all possible errors. Before you execute VideoSecurity, there are some
limitations you have to understand so that you can appropriately use it.
• Due to changing temperatures, the captured image of some CCDs will be twisted,
which may give a wrong detection.
• If the features (e.g., color, luminance) of the object are similar to that of
background, the object may not be detected clearly.
• The CCD cannot capture the object smoothly and immediately when an object
moves too fast.
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VideoSecurity
ASUS
VideoSecurity is designed for the widest environments possible and error
conditions, therefore it is necessary to tune the parameters in VideoSecurity
Setup Wizard to get the best detection results.
Setup Wizard
Setup Wizard guides you through setting up the VideoSecurity features.
1. To open Setup Wizard, click
the Start button, and then point to
Programs, ASUS Video Security,
and then click Setup Wizard. The
Video Security Setup Wizard
dialog box appears.
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NOTE: The following descriptions are only for selected features of the ASUS
VideoSecurity utility. For a full description of the features described in this manual
and other features, refer to the ASUS VideoSecurity Online Help (HTML)
format included with your support CD. You may also click the Help button to
open the online help file.
Detecting Sensibility
This is an important parameter when setting up VideoSecurity. Your environment
may change often but VideoSecurity is concerned only when there is a change in the
environment. Make sure that you select a suitable sensitivity for your environment.
Detecting Interval(frame/sec)
This sets the scan rate. Default is 2 frames/sec. The higher the scan rate, the more
accurate is the detection. Higher rates, however, entails a higher CPU usage. Do not
use a high rate when you plan to use VideoSecurity while using other applications.
Working Directory
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ASUS VideoSecurity
The Working Directory is the folder where the utility stores its temporary working
and log files. The default is C:\VIDEOSEC. The directory is user-configurable. When
VideoSecurity is ran, a sub-directory automatically created under the main directory,
using the current date and time as the folder name. For example,
“1999.11.30_12.30.20” means that VideoSecurity was started on 30 November 1999
at 12:30:20 PM.
IMPORTANT: Do not change the working folder’s name while VideoSecurity is
running. Otherwise, a fatal runtime error will occur.
Detect Region
• Full window detects all visible area when watchdog function is on.
• User define region detects only the area defined by the user when watchdog
function is on. Feature will take effect only when VideoSecurity runs the next time.
Window Style
• Normal Window is the default style, that is, VideoSecurity will function as a
standard Windows program.
• Minimized as a tray icon lets you hide the main VideoSecurity window. This is
useful when you don’t want anyone to know you are monitoring. When this option
is selected, the VideoSecurity icon will appear on the taskbar in the lower-right
corner of your screen. Whenever VideoSecurity detects a problem, it will run.
You may also run VideoSecurity by clicking the icon.
• Always on Top is like a Normal Window except that the main window and
control panel is shown always on top of other programs or utilities. You may
right click to enable or disable this function at the main window anytime.
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Working Mode
Click the Working Mode tab to define
tracing procedure. VideoSecurity not
only detects errors or problems in your
card, but also detects an intrusion.
This box appears when an error occurs.
Use this Tracing Box to choose the
error processing method for tracing.
Handling Procedure
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VideoSecurity
Click the Handling Procedure tab to set
up personalized handling procedure
through Recording, Send email, Make
phone call or Execute specific program.
VideoSecurity will execute procedures
set up by the user once any error is
detected.
Devices
Click the Devices tab to select capture
devices and video standard.
Use mouse to fine tune the Video
Security screen and then click OK when
done.
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Running ASUS VideoSecurity
Click the ASUS icon on the taskbar’s status area. Clicking this icon opens the ASUS
Control Panel, then click the ASUS VideoSecurity to run VideoSecurity.
Detect Region
Click the Detect Region button to define your VideoSecurity video window. Use
your mouse to drag your intended rectangular region.
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Show History
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Click the Show History button to see the abnormal situation record including the
date, time, and other information.
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ASUS SmartDoctor
ASUS SmartDoctor is designed to satisfy two major goals. One is to monitor the
graphic chip status, alerting users about abnormal events, such as fan malfunction or
chip overheat. The other, as the name “SmartDoctor” implies, is to “cool” down the
graphic chip smartly when it is not necessary for it to be kept running at full speed.
Functions
• Monitors graphic chip temperature, fan speed and voltage
• Notifies users about irregular hardware events, such as temperature overheat, fan
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malfunction, and out-of-safe-range voltage.
Forcibly cools down the graphic chip when the graphic chip’s temperature is over
an acceptable temperature, to protect the graphic chip from overheat damage.
Cools down the graphic chip’s temperature when it is idle, and restores it to its
maximum capability once needed, thus smartly extending the graphic chip’s
lifetime.
Cools down the CPU’s temperature to lengthen CPU lifetime.
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CAUTION: AGP bus VDDQ Voltage and AGP bus 3.3 Voltage should be supplied
steadily by your motherboard. Otherwise, your system will crash.
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Advanced Setup
When you click the Setup button, the Advanced Setup dialog box appears.
The default setting of SmartDoctor is Run once and terminate, which means that
SmartDoctor will run every time Windows start and check the graphic card’s status.
If your graphics card is working properly, SmartDoctor will terminate within 5 seconds.
If you want SmartDoctor to continue running in the background and to monitor your
graphic card status, select Run and keep resident.
Dynamic Settings will become available when you select Run and keep resident.
• Monitoring polling time interval lets you specify the time intervals that
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SmartDoctor will take to check the graphic chip. The default setting is 5 seconds.
You can choose a longer time interval value. SmartDoctor, however, will be less
sensitive to graphic chip condition changes.
Enable CPU cooling allows you to enable or disable the CPU cooling option.
Enabling CPU cooling option will cool down the CPU’s temperature when
SmartDoctor detects that the CPU is idle. The CPU temperature will then drop.
NOTE: If you have already installed any CPU cooling software in your system,
you should just choose only one. Running more than one CPU cooling software
at the same time is redundant.
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After CPU cooling is enabled, and when you run System Monitor in Programs–
Accessories–System Tools to monitor CPU usage, you will find that CPU usage
has reached its maximum, that is, 100%. Do not be alarmed—this is normal.
Enable dynamic graphic cooling allows you to enable or disable the dynamic
graphic cooling option. Enabling the graphic cooling option will cool down the
graphic chip’s temperature when SmartDoctor detects that the graphic chip is idle.
Enable overheat protection lets you forcibly cool down the graphic chip when
temperature is over the tolerable range or value.
When you select Run and keep resident and then click OK, a dialog box appears
to warn you of a possible graphic performance drop. This performance penalty
is very slight and almost undetectable even under rigorous examination by
benchmark programs.
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Press OK to set your modifications or
Cancel to retain the original settings.
Click the Monitor tab to specify the
alarm settings for voltage, temperature,
and fan, that fit your system.
Click the Overclocking tab to tune the
clock. SmartDoctor now only supports
core clock to maintain system stability.
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When SmartDoctor senses that
something is wrong with your card
graphic chip, the message display
region will show a detailed description
of the error or problem. The component
in question will also have a flashing red
value. If you enabled overheat protection
in Advanced Setup dialog box,
SmartDoctor will cool down the graphic
chip in time to protect it from possible
overheat damage.
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ASUS Digital VCR
NOTES
1. The following can only be used as a general reference and may not be an
exact reflection of the software version you are using. The contents are
subject to change at any time without notice.
2. For MPEG-1 recording, the minimum system requirement is Pentium II 350
or AMD K6 family at 450 MHz. For MPEG-2 recording, the minimum system
requirement is Pentium III 650 MHz or Athlon 650 Mhz.
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ASUS Digital VCR features:
1. With ASUS Digital VCR, you can watch and record TV programs from your TV
tuner, and also can enjoy all kinds of medias effortlessly from numerous signal
inputs, such as analog, digital camcoderers, VCRs, and PC cameras.
2. The “Channel Surfing” function allows you to watch a snapshot of 16 channels at
one time while refreshing itself continually.
3. Two different kinds of skins are available for users to choose.
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NOTE: You should already have installed DirectX 8 or later to use ASUS Digital
VCR (see 3. Software Setup | Install DirectX)
Click here to switch skin
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Running ASUS Digital VCR
To run the utility, click Start and point to Programs and then ASUS Digital VCR
and then click ASUS Digital VCR.
You may also run ASUS Digital VCR by clicking or right-clicking the ASUS Control Panel icon (see 4. Software Reference | ASUS Control Panel) on the taskbar’s
status area to display the ASUS Control Panel, pointing to ASUS Digital VCR, and
then clicking it.
Uninstalling ASUS Digital VCR
To uninstall the software, click Start and point to Programs and then ASUS Digital
VCR and then click Uninstall. You may also uninstall the software using the Add/
Remove Programs Properties dialog box at the Windows Setup tab. See
Windows online help for more information on removing a Windows
component.
Using ASUS Digital VCR
ASUS Digital VCR has been designed as a standard Windows program. The functions
can be accessed by means of ASUS DVCR panel or by right-clicking the VCR
screen.
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The user-friendly skin allows you to easily operate the ASUS Digital VCR. Just like
your TVsets and VCRs, you can quickly access to most of the functions with one
single click.
Enable full screen
To enable full screen, click the Full Screen button or use the hot key, CTRL+S.
To disable full screen, double-click the display, then click the Full Screen button.
You may also use CTRL+S or ESC to disable full screen display. The display will
then revert to its previous size.
Enable wallpaper display
NOTE: Before using the Enable wallpaper display option, make sure that the
View as Web Page option of the Active Desktop setting is not selected (see
Start – Settings –Active Desktop – View as Web Page).
To Enable wallpaper display, click the Wallpaper button or use CTRL+W.
To disable desktop wallpaper, double-click anywhere the display and then click
the wallpaper button. You may also use CTRL+W to disable the desktop wallpaper.
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Always on Top
The Always on Top option is provided for users who may wish to continue watching VCD/DVD/TV programs or want to have the ASUS Digital VCR monitor visible
while doing other tasks, such as when downloading files from the Internet or word
processing. To keep the monitor always on top of other programs, click the Always
on Top button or select the Always on Top command from the Window(W) menu.
Position the monitor where it will not interfere with your other tasks.
To disable the Always on Top option, click or select the Always on Top command
from the Window(W) menu.
Setup
When first using ASUS Digital VCR, you must set up the video source. Use the
Setup button on the ASUS Digital VCR Control Panel or use the F9 hot key to show
or hide the video source setup screen on the monitor.
Video Source
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Select the Video Standard from the list.
If the Video Standard is not set up on
the Video Source page, it will be
decided when you choose your country
on the TV Tuner page.
Use your mouse/pointing device or the UP and DOWN arrow keys to select options
(Brightness, Saturation, Contrast, Hue), and the LEFT (select to the left or to decrease)
or RIGHT (select to the right or to increase) arrow keys to change an option. You may
also use your mouse/pointing device to change an option by clicking the appropriate
item or slider.
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Click the Capture tab to select video capture settings. There are four default
profiles in Record Profiles drop-down list. Click the arrow to create your
most-frequently used settings.
IMPORTANT: It is the intent of ASUS that this product be used in full compliance
with the copyright laws of your respective and other countries and that prior
permission be obtained from copyright owners whenever necessary.
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Click Video source button to select the video source. Capture the images you want
by clicking the snapshot button then use consecutively numbered filenames to store
the images.
Timeshift
4. S/W Reference
ASUS Digital VCR
The innovative TimeShifting™ feature of
the ASUS Digital VCR lets you record
incoming video feeds into a buffer. So if
you are watching your favorite TV show
on your computer and you had to leave
but you don’t want to miss the rest of the
show, all you need is to record it with
ASUS TimeShifting™. When you come
back, you don’t have to wait (unlike
traditional recorders) for the recording
to finish to be able to watch what’s
been recorded. Just click Play and
playback will start immediately (this
while recording still continuing in the
background)!
The de-interlace mode is used to filter the artifact from the interlaced TV signal. But
it drains more system resources. Hence recording performance might decrease.It
depends on your system capability to decide whether to use the deinterlace mode or
not.
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4. Software Reference
TV Tuner
Click the TV Tuner tab to select your TV receiver and country.
The ASUS Digital VCR provides Frequency Tuning function and helps you get the
right signal. Click the Frequency Tuning button to fine-tune the channels and to
modify the TV signal if the built-in tables don’t work.
4. S/W Reference
ASUS Digital VCR
After completing the settings, you can execute Channel Surfing by clicking the
Channel Surfing button to simultaneously view a snapshot of 16 channels, rather
than a flipping through all the channels.
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4. Software Reference
Devices
Click the Devices tab to set up your Video Device and Audio Device. Many capture
devices are supported by digital VCR. After a correct installation of the WDM device
driver, Digital VCR will list all the available devices. Select the mixer line you use
to input the live audio so that Digital VCR can properly record it into files.
4. S/W Reference
ASUS Digital VCR
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4. Software Reference
ASUS VR PictureViewer
ASUS VR PictureViewer lets you view stereo images, size your stereo image, and
set the VR effect of your 3D glasses.
4. S/W Reference
VR PictureViewer
To run ASUS VR PictureViewer, click or right-click the ASUS Control Panel icon
(see 4. Software Reference | ASUS Control Panel) on the taskbar status area to
display the ASUS Control Panel, point to VR PictureViewer, and then click it.
Opening a Stereoscopic or 3D File
1. Click the View menu and then click
VR On to enable stereoscopic
display.
2. Click the File menu and then click
Open to select a file. Select the file
from the Open dialog box or select
another folder and then click Open.
The 3D image appears on the
VrViewer main window.
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Resolution
640 x 480
800 x 600
1024 x 768
1152 x 864
5. Resolution
1280 x 960
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Vertical
Horizontal
Frequency Frequency
60Hz
70Hz
72Hz
75Hz
85Hz
100Hz
120Hz
140Hz
144Hz
150Hz
170Hz
200Hz
240Hz
60Hz
70Hz
72Hz
75Hz
85Hz
100Hz
120Hz
140Hz
144Hz
170Hz
200Hz
240Hz
60Hz
70Hz
72Hz
75Hz
85Hz
100Hz
120Hz
140Hz
144Hz
150Hz
170Hz
200Hz
240Hz
60Hz
70Hz
72Hz
75Hz
85Hz
100Hz
120Hz
140Hz
144Hz
150Hz
170Hz
200Hz
60Hz
70Hz
72Hz
75Hz
85Hz
100Hz
120Hz
140Hz
144Hz
150Hz
170Hz
31.5
34.9
37.9
37.5
43.3
51.0
61.8
72.9
75.2
78.7
90.3
108.0
132.9
37.9
43.8
48.2
46.9
53.7
63.7
77.2
91.1
94.0
112.7
135.1
166.2
48.4
56.4
57.5
60.0
68.7
81.7
98.8
116.6
120.2
125.7
144.1
172.8
212.1
53.7
62.9
64.9
67.5
77.1
91.3
111.2
131.3
135.2
141.4
162.9
194.9
60.0
69.9
72.1
75.2
86.0
101.7
123.5
145.1
150.5
157.2
179.8
Color Depth
8bpp =
256 colors
Standard
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16bpp =
65K colors
High Color
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True Color
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5. Resolution Table
Vertical
Horizontal
Frequency Frequency
Color Depth
8bpp =
256 colors
Standard
16bpp =
65K colors
High Color
32bpp =
16.7M colors
True Color
60Hz
70Hz
72Hz
75Hz
85Hz
100Hz
120Hz
140Hz
144Hz
150Hz
170Hz
64.0
74.6
76.8
80.0
91.3
108.5
131.7
155.9
159.6
167.3
191.8
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1600 x 900
60Hz
70Hz
72Hz
75Hz
85Hz
100Hz
120Hz
140Hz
144Hz
150Hz
55.9
65.6
67.5
70.5
80.4
95.3
115.4
136.8
140.4
146.8
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1600 x 1200
60Hz
70Hz
72Hz
75Hz
85Hz
100Hz
120Hz
75.0
87.5
90.1
94.0
106.1
127.5
154.5
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1920 x 1080
60Hz
70Hz
72Hz
75Hz
85Hz
100Hz
67.1
78.7
81.1
84.6
96.4
113.9
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1920 x 1200
60Hz
70Hz
72Hz
75Hz
85Hz
100Hz
74.6
87.4
90.0
94.0
106.7
126.7
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1920 x 1440
60Hz
70Hz
72Hz
75Hz
85Hz
89.4
104.9
108.5
112.5
129.4
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60Hz
70Hz
72Hz
75Hz
95.5
111.9
115.3
121.3
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1280 x 1024
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Resolution
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6. Troubleshooting
6. Troubleshooting
Description
Recommended Action
After installation and • Make sure the “Assign IRQ to VGA” option is
restarting, Windows 95/98
enabled in the BIOS.
informs me that the display • Check if there is enough IRQ for VGA.
setting is still incorrect.
• Uninstall the driver, restart, and reinstall the driver.
My monitor is not capable • It depends on the display characteristics of your
of high resolution or refresh
monitor. Consult your monitor documentation for the
rate.
proper configuration.
D i re c t X o r t h e o t h e r • Windows 95 is not OSR2.1 or later.
applications report no • DirectX version is not 6.0 or later.
AGP memory available.
• You have not installed appropriate drivers for the
AGP chipset. (e.g. VGARTD.VXD for Intel 440LX).
• Incorrect BIOS setting. BIOS must support at least
64MB for AGP aperture size.
Games or applications • 3D works only in 16- or 32-bit color depth. Switch
your color depth display mode to 16-bit (high color)
report “No 3D acceleration
or 32-bit (true color).
hardware found.”
• Check necessary libraries, such as DirectX or
OpenGL.
• Try to switch to a lower resolution.
I cannot enable AGP • You may be using a motherboard with an Aladdin
memory or run I-Base test.
IV AGPset. To get the best compatibility, the
display card uses AGP Bus Master mode instead of
AGP execute mode for motherboards using this
AGPset.
My MPEG player displays
bad quality video clips.
• You must install DirectX 6 or later so that your player
can take advantage of the hardware acceleration
mode (DirectDraw).
• Try to switch to a lower resolution, color depth, or
refresh rate. Switching to a lower mode allows your
player to use hardware acceleration mode.
•
Switch dual view mode to VGA or TV mode.
I am using Video Security
and it seems my hard disk • This is a very important issue when you decide to
space is almost exhausted.
use VideoSecurity with the “never stop” option. You
must be aware of the free space of your hard disk—
it must be enough for storing temporary files in the
current working directory. If disk space is exhausted,
VideoSecurity will not store any information and give
you a warning message.
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C
Active color channel 45
Additional properties button 46
Adjust Z-buffer depth 47
Advanced 64
Box 35, 38
Button 41
Menu 33
Setup 64
AGP bus expansion slot 11
Allow
Applications 46
Dual planes extension 49
Always on top 59, 68
Analog monitor
Connecting 11
Analog monitor submenu 42
Display timing 42
Screen adjustments 42
Application management 52
Asus
Utilities 55
VR picture viewer 73
VR-100 upgrade kit 37
VR-100G 3D glasses 37
Auto
-detect 42
-select 44, 49
Automatically apply 45
Available models 7
CCD 57
Centered output 43
Change
Default hot keys 35, 38
Format 44
TV format 44
Chip temperature 62
Color
Menu 31
Spline 32
Color correction submenu 45
Active color channel 45
Automatically apply 45
Brightness / contrast / gamma
45
Custom color settings 45
Contrast 31, 32, 36, 39, 45, 50
Control panel 29, 41
More resolution 30
Refresh rate / resolution 29
Custom
Color settings 45
OpenGL settings 49
B
Background 33, 36
Blind 33, 36
Brightness
31, 32, 36, 39, 44, 45
Buffer flipping mode 49
INDEX
INDEX
D
D3D/OSD histogram 36
Default color depth 49
Deluxe TVR models 37
Depth 33, 36
Desktop display manager 52
Application management 52
Displaying from any program
53
Setting up 52
Zoom 54
Desktop utilities 51
Display quick tweak icon 51
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INDEX
INDEX
Using quick tweak icon 51
Device adjustments 44
Brightness / flicker filter /
contrast 44
Screen positioning 44
Device settings submenu 41
Color correction 45
Device selection status
Analog monitor 43
Digital flat panel 43
Digital flat panel
Centered output 43
Digital VCR 65
Running 66
Uninstalling 66
Using 66
Digital vibrance 45
Direct3D menu 31, 36, 46
General functions 32
VR Effect 33
Direct3D settings 47
Mipmapping 47
Custom 3D settings 47
Detail level 47
PCI texture memory size 47
More direct3D
Texel alignment 48
Performance and compatibility
47
Adjust z-buffer 47
Display logo 47
Enable fog table 47
Direction 33, 36
DirectX 76
Disable
Always on top 68
Antialiasing 46
Desktop wallpaper 67
Monitor check 34, 37, 49
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Support for enhanced CPU 49
Discrete monitor timing 42
Display
Logo 47
Quick tweak icon 51
Video method 71
Display driver installation 13
Windows 2000 15
Windows 98 13
Windows NT 4.0 18
Display properties 29, 40, 41, 51
Advanced settings 41
GeForce2MX 46
Display timing 42
Auto-detect 42
Discrete monitor timings 42
General timing formula 42
Drivers 19
DirectX 20
Display driver 19
GART driver 21
DVD playback quality 50
Dynamic
Graphic cooling 63
Settings 63
E
E line 36
Embossment 33, 36, 37, 39
Enable
Anisotropic filtering 49
Buffer region extension 49
CPU cooling 63
Desktop manager 51
Dynamic graphic cooling 63
Fog table 47
OSD 35, 38
Overheat protection 63
Stereoscopic mode 33
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F
Features 8
Foreground 33, 36
G
Gamma 31, 32, 36, 39, 45
GeForce3 46
3D antialiasing settings 46
Additional properties 46
Desktop utilities 51
Direct3d settings 47
Display manager 52
OpenGL settings 49
Overlay controls 50
Allow applications 46
Manually select antialiasing 46
General functions
Color spline 32
Scheme 32
General timing formula 42
Graphics speed 55
H
Highlights 7
Histograms 36
Hotkey 35, 38
Hue 50
I
IC chips
Warning 11
Information menu 30
Install
Asus Tweak utility 26
Asus V7100 series display driver
11
DirectX 13, 20, 65
Display driver 19
GART driver 13, 21
SmartDoctor 27
VideoSecurity 28
Installation procedures
New VGA cards 11
Systems with existing VGA card
11
IRQ 76
INDEX
Video overlay zoom 50
Engine 55
Extended desktop mode 51
Eyes 37, 39
L
Layout
V7100 Magic / T 10
V8200 Deluxe 9
Limitations 57
Line interleave 34, 37
Load default 33, 55
M
Main program 34
Manually select antialiasing 46
Maximum
Resolution 43
Speed performance 46
Memory 55
Mipmapping 47
Custom Direct3D settings 47
Detail level 47
PCI texture memory size 47
Mode 34, 37
Disable monitor check 34, 37
Line interleave 34, 37
Page flipping 34, 37
Refresh rate 34, 37
Stereoscopic 33
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INDEX
INDEX
80
Monitor
Always on top 68
Analog 42
Check, disable 34, 37
Compatibility 34
Discrete timings 42
IC 27
More resolution 30
Polling time 63
Refresh rates 39
More direct3D 48
More resolution 30
MPEG player 76
Use fast linear-mipmap 49
Use up to xMB 49
Vertical sync 49
OS
System requirements 12
Overheat protection 63
Overlay controls 50
Brightness / contrast / hue /
saturation 50
Check here 50
Enable video overlay zoom 50
Select screen region 50
Zoom control 50
N
P
NTSC-M 44
NVIDIA icon 41
Page flipping 34, 37
PAL 44
O
Q
Off 46, 49, 68
On screen display 35, 38
Advanced 35, 38
Change defaults 35
Enable OSD 35, 38
Hotkey 35, 38
OpenGL menu 31, 39, 46
General functions 32
VR effect 37
OpenGL settings 49
Buffer flipping mode 49
Custom openGL settings 49
Default color depth 49
Performance and compatibility
49
Allow dual planes 49
Disble support for enhanced
CPU 49
Enable anistropic filtering 49
Enable buffer 49
Quick Tweak icon 51
Quincunx antialiasing 46
R
Range 32, 48, 50
Refresh rate 29, 34, 37, 39, 76
Resolution
Refresh rate 29
Table 74
Win 95 users 30
RGB 45
Run and keep resident 63
Running
Digital VCR 66
S
S-Video 44
Safe mode recovery
Tweak 56
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T
Taskbar 29, 40
ASUS icon 29
NVIDIA icon 51
VideoSecurity icon 59
Texel alignment 48
Timing adjustment 55, 56
Troubleshooting 76
TV 44
Change format 44
Device adjustments
Brightness / flicker filter /
contrast 44
Tuner problems 50
Video output format 44
Tweak utility 55
Graphics speed 55
2D test 55
Engine 55
Load default 55
Memory 55
Safe mode recovery 56
Timing adjustment 55
Use tweak settings 55
Typical
D3D OSD settings 36
OpenGL OSD settings 39
INDEX
Saturation 50
Scheme 32, 34, 38
Screen adjustments 42
Screen positioning 44
Single frame
Capture 55
SmartDoctor
Advanced setup 63
Functions 62
Software
Installation procedures 11
Stereoscopic / 3D file 73
Stereoscopic mode 34, 37
Store
Original settings 29
System monitor 63
System requirements
Monitor refresh rates 34
OS 12
U
Uninstall
Digital VCR 66
Display driver 21, 23
Windows 2000 25
Windows 98 23
Windows NT 4.0 25
Driver 25
Use
Asus utilities 55
Block transfer 49
Desktop color depth 49
Display adapter scaling 43
Embossment 35
Fast linear-mipmap 49
Tweak settings 55
Up to X MB 49
Utilities
Desktop 51
Digital VCR 65
SmartDoctor 27
Tweak 26, 55
VideoSecurity 28, 57
VR Picture Viewer 73
Utility
Taskbar 40
V
Vertical sync 49
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INDEX
INDEX
Video
Output format 44
Video-in/TV-out 37
VideoSecurity 57
Limitations 57
Setup wizard 57
Working directory 59
View
Angle 37, 39
Voltage monitoring 62
VR effect 33
Background 33
Blind 33
Depth 33
Embossment 33
Foreground 33
Load default 33
Main Program 34
Menu 73
Stereoscopic mode 33
VR picture viewer 73
Opening or displaying Stereo/
3D files 73
VR-100 upgrade kit 37
VR-100G 3-D glasses 37
W
WARNING
11, 18, 21, 26, 29, 34, 39, 41, 55
Windows desktop 29
Properties and settings 29
Windows display properties 41
Z
Z-axis range 36
Zoom control 50, 54
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