User`s Guide
User’s Guide
User’s Guide
3D Blaster™ GeForce2 GTS™
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Contents
Introduction
Introduction ................................................................................................................. 1
Preliminary step for Windows 95 users....................................................................... 3
Step 1: Installing Your Graphics Card......................................................................... 4
Step 2: Installing Software .......................................................................................... 6
Step 3: Changing the Display Settings ...................................................................... 11
Step 4: Changing performance settings..................................................................... 12
About E-Color Colorific/3Deep ................................................................................ 12
Getting More Information ......................................................................................... 14
Technical Specifications ............................................................................................ 16
Troubleshooting......................................................................................................... 21
Technical Support ...................................................................................................... 27
The 3D Blaster™ GeForce2 GTS™ is a quality 2D/3D video accelerator that uses NVIDIA™’s
latest GeForce 2GTS™ chipset. GeForce 2GTS is the ultimate 3D processor. Its innovative
architecture combines 2nd Generation Transform and Lighting (T&L) technology with the
Nvidia Shading Rasterizer (NSR) that enables per-pixel shading, especially dual-texturing (two
textures per-pixel at full speed).
NVIDIA’s GeForce2 GTS graphics controller delivers stunning visual quality and performance
with its 256-bit graphics engine. With GeForce2 GTS, developers can create special effects
such as multi-texture, bump mapping to simulate rough surfaces, and environmental mapping
that gives objects reflective properties. Developers can take advantage of high quality texture
filtering modes (including 8-tap anisotropic filtering) with hardware anti-aliasing to create
realistic images that rival more expensive graphics workstations.
The 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS provides outstanding 2D and video acceleration as well. It
supports motion compensation for MPEG-2 decoding. It guarantees a high level of 2D
performance, while programmable gamma tables optimize image quality for both text- and
image-based applications.
Serial and Model
Numbers
Your card’s serial and model numbers can be found at the back of the card. We recommend
that you record the serial and model number below. This information will be useful in the
event that you need to contact our Technical Support staff for troubleshooting or your dealer
for warranty service.
Table 1:
Serial numbers and model numbers.
Hardware
3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS
Before You Begin
Minimum System
Requirements
Updating Drivers
Product Codes
Numbers
Serial Number
Model Number
The README file on the CD-ROM contains information not available at the time of printing.
Read the file before you continue.
IBM® PC 100% compatible
Pentium® II, Pentium III, AMD-K6® class processors or compatible
64 MB RAM
50 MB available hard disk space (for full installation)
An AGP 2.0 compliant slot or better
CD-ROM drive installed
Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0 (with Service Pack 5),
or Windows 2000
❑ Standard VGA monitor or multi-frequency VGA monitor
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To download the latest drivers for 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS, visit Creative’s Web site (refer to
the Technical Support leaflet for details).
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Preliminary step
for Windows 95
users
Check the appropriate box so that
you can refer to the Windows’
version number quickly during
the software installation process.
Since Windows automatically detects new hardware and starts the software installation
procedure upon startup, you should verify your Windows version number before installing the
graphics card.
To verify your Windows 95 version number
1. Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel window, double-click the System icon.
Your Windows 95 version number is displayed in the General tabbed page of the System
Properties dialog box.
3. Note the version number.
The following are the possible Windows 95 version numbers:
❑ 4.00.950 (Retail version)
❑ 4.00.950A (Retail version)
❑ 4.00.950B (OSR version 2 and 2.1)
❑ 4.00.950C (OSR version 2.5)
3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS Installation Guide 3
Step 1: Installing Your Graphics Card
This section shows you the connectors on the 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS card.
Video Expansion connectors
Connect to a video expansion daughterboard.
VGA Out connector
Connects to your monitor via a monitor cable.
AGP bus connector
Figure 1: The 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS card.
To install the graphics
card
Note: If you are replacing an existing VGA card with a 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS, please
remember to remove the existing VGA card.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Switch off your computer and all peripheral devices.
Touch any metallic surface on your computer to discharge any static electricity.
Disconnect the power cord from the wall outlet.
Remove the computer cover.
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5. Locate a free AGP expansion slot.
Figure 2 shows the various types of expansion slots.
6. Remove the metal plate from the free AGP slot.
Keep the screw and metal plate for future use.
7. Align the bus connector of the graphics card with the
expansion slot.
8. Press the card’s bus connector firmly and evenly into
the slot, making sure that the bus connector comes
into full contact with the slot. Then, secure the card
to the computer casing with a screw. See Figure 3
below.
An AGP slot
A PCI slot
An ISA slot
Figure 2: Types of expansion slots.
ii.Secure the card to the slot
with a screw.
i. Press the card into the slot. Ensure that
the bus connector has been pressed in as
far as it will go and is sitting firmly inside
the expansion slot.
Warning: However do not force the
graphics card into place. If it does not fit
properly, remove it and try again.
Figure 3: Securing the graphics card to the slot.
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9. Connect the monitor cable to the VGA Out connector of the graphics card, as shown in
Figure 4.
If you are using a multifrequency monitor, you may need
a special 15-pin DIN VGA cable.
If your multi-frequency monitor
allows you to switch between
‘TTL’ and ‘analog’ operation
modes, set the switch to ‘analog’.
For details, refer to your
monitor’s manual.
VGA Monitor
cable
VGA Out
connector
VGA monitor
3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS
Figure 4: Connecting your VGA monitor to the graphics card.
10. Replace the computer cover and plug the power cord back into the wall outlet.
Step 2: Installing Software
After installing the graphics card, you can install the software. The 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS
CD contains the following:
❑ Drivers for Windows 95 and Windows 98 (common to both)
❑ Drivers for Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000
❑ Creative Enhanced BlasterControl™ for Windows 95 and Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0 and
Windows 2000
❑ E-Color Colorific®/3Deep™ for Windows 95 and Windows 98
❑ Creative Lava!™ Player for Windows 95 and Windows 98
❑ Game Launcher
This section is organized as follows:
❑ To install in Windows 95 (Retail version)
❑ To install in Windows 95 (OSR version 2.0 and later)
❑ To install in Windows 98
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❑ To install in Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 5)
❑ To install in Windows 2000
To install in
Windows 95
(Retail version)
1. Switch on your system.
Windows 95 automatically detects the
graphics card.
A New Hardware Found message box
appears, informing you that a display
adapter has been detected.
2. When a dialog box similar to Figure 5
appears, ensure that the Driver from disk
provided by hardware manufacturer
option is selected.
Figure 5: Selecting the Driver from disk provided by
3. Click the OK button.
hardware manufacturer option.
4. Insert the 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS CD
into your CD-ROM drive.
5. In the Install From Disk dialog box, type D:\GRAPHICS\ENGLISH\WIN9XDRV
(where D: represents your
CD-ROM drive) and click the OK button.
6. If prompted to select drivers, click the Creative GB0010 drivers.
The drivers are copied to your system.
7. When prompted to restart your system, click the Yes button.
8. After the system has restarted, proceed to install the applications. Click Start -> Run.
9. In the Run dialog box, type D:\GRAPHICS\ENGLISH\SETUP and click the OK button.
10. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.
If you do not install all the applications now, you can install them later.
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To install in Windows
95 (OSR version 2.0
and later)
1. Switch on your system.
Windows 95 automatically detects the graphics card.
A New Hardware Found message box appears, informing you that a display adapter has
been detected.
2. When a dialog box similar to Figure 6
appears, click the Next button.
3. Click the Other Locations button when it
appears in the Update Device Driver
Wizard dialog box.
4. Insert the 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS CD
into your CD-ROM drive.
5. In the Select Other Location dialog box,
type
D:\GRAPHICS\ENGLISH\WIN9XDRV
(where D: represents your CD-ROM drive)
and click the OK button.
Figure 6: The Update Device Driver Wizard dialog box.
6. In the Update Device Driver Wizard
dialog box, click the Finish button.
7. In the Insert Disk message box, click the OK button.
8. In the Copying Files dialog box, type D:\GRAPHICS\ENGLISH\WIN9XDRV and click
the OK button.
The drivers are copied to your system.
9. In the Update Device Driver Wizard dialog box, click the OK button.
10. When prompted to restart your system, click the Yes button.
11. After the system has restarted, proceed to install the applications. Click Start -> Run.
12. In the Run dialog box, type D:\GRAPHICS\ENGLISH\SETUP and click the OK button.
13. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.
If you do not install all the applications now, you can install them later.
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To install in
Windows 98
1. Switch on your system.
Windows 98 automatically detects the graphics card.
An Add New Hardware Wizard message box appears, informing you that a display adapter
has been detected.
2. When a dialog box similar to Figure 7
appears, select the option Display a list of
all the drivers in a specific location, so
you can select the driver you want.
3. Click the Next button.
4. Insert the 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS CD
into your CD-ROM drive.
5. In the Models list box, click the Have Disk
button.
6. In the Install From Disk dialog box, type
D:\GRAPHICS\ENGLISH\WIN9XDRV
(where D: represents your
Figure 7: Selecting the option Display a list of all the
drivers in a specific location, so you can
CD-ROM drive) and click the OK button.
select the driver you want.
If you are installing 3D Blaster GeForce2
GTS as a second or subsequent card to
make use of Windows 98’s multi-monitor capability, you will see an Update Driver
Warning message telling you that the driver you have selected may not work correctly. You
must click the Yes button to confirm that you want to use the selected driver. Otherwise, the
system will install the wrong driver and will not recognize the card as a 3D Blaster GeForce2
GTS card (for details, see “Windows 98 Multi-Monitor Display Problems” on page 21).
7. In the Models list box of the Select Device dialog box, make sure the Creative GB0010
entry is selected and click the OK button.
8. Click the Next button.
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9. Click the Finish button.
The drivers are copied to your system.
10. When prompted to restart your system, click the Yes button.
11. After the system has restarted, proceed to install the applications. Click Start -> Run.
12. In the Run dialog box, type D:\GRAPHICS\ENGLISH\SETUP and click the OK button.
13. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.
If you do not install all the applications now, you can install them later.
To install in
Windows NT 4.0
(Service Pack 5)
To install in
Windows 2000
1.
2.
3.
4.
Switch on your system.
Click Start -> Run.
In the Run dialog box, type D:\GRAPHICS\ENGLISH\SETUP and click the OK button.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.
If you do not install all the applications now, you can install them later.
5. If the Invalid Display Settings message box appears after your system has restarted, click
the OK button and change the display settings.
For details, see “Right-click your desktop, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.”
on page 11.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Switch on your system.
Click Start -> Run.
In the Run dialog box, type D:\GRAPHICS\ENGLISH\SETUP and click the OK button.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.
If you do not install all the applications now, you can install them later.
5. If the Invalid Display Settings message box appears after your system has restarted, click
the OK button and change the display settings.
For details, see “Right-click your desktop, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.”
below.
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Step 3: Changing the Display Settings
To do so in Windows 98 and Windows 95 and Windows 2000:
1. Right-click your desktop, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.
2. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Settings tab.
3. In the Screen Area group box, move the slider to set the desired resolution.
4. In the Colors group box, select the desired color. Certain colors may not be available for
some display resolutions.
5. Cick the Apply button.
6. If you change the colors setting, you may see a ‘Compatability Warning’. Select Apply the
new color settings without restarting and click OK.
7. If you change the Screen Area a message will be displayed stating Windows will resize your
desktop. Click OK.
8. If your screen becomes corrupt, wait 15 seconds and Windows will restore your original
settings.
For Windows NT 4.0:
1. Right-click your desktop, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.
2. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Settings tab.
3. In the Desktop Area group box, move the slider to set the desired resolution.
4. In the Color Palette group box, select the desired color. Certain colors may not be available
for some display resolutions.
5. In the Refresh Frequency group box, select the desired refresh rate.
6. To test the settings, click the Test button, and then click the OK button.
When the Testing Mode dialog box re-appears:
• If the test bitmap is properly displayed, click the Yes button.
• If not, click the No button. A warning message will be displayed. Click the OK button
and repeat steps 3 through 6, changing one or more of the settings.
7. Click the OK button to close the Display Properties dialog box.
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Step 4: Changing performance settings
1. Click Start -> Programs -> Creative -> BlasterControl Display Center.
2. Click the Tweak button to start BlasterControl Tweak Center.
3. Select the desired settings and click the OK button.
• If your monitor has a color
temperature control, adjust it
to 6500 K to get the best
results.
• When printing to an inkjet
printer, it is best to use special
coated paper.
About E-Color Colorific/3Deep
About Colorific
Colorific® color management software is the industry-standard process for monitor-tomonitor and monitor-to-printer color management. It gives you accurate, predictable colormatching between your screen and printer or over the Internet by calibrating the colors on your
monitor. The software leads you through a series of simple choices about what you see on your
screen. From this information, Colorific builds a precise description of how your monitor
displays color, taking into account variable viewing conditions, monitor control settings, and
video card adjustments.
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Running Colorific
You can customize the settings of
your graphics card for optimal
performance with applications.
However, if your monitor display
exhibits pixel drop (that is,
pixels, usually white in color,
appear on 3Deep
the screen) or any
About
other abnormal behavior, revert
to the factory default settings (see
“Troubleshooting” on page 21).
You should calibrate with Colorific before doing critical color work and whenever you change
monitor color settings.
To run Colorific in Windows 95/98
1. Click the Colorific Control Panel icon in the taskbar.
The Display Properties dialog box appears.
2. Click the Colorific tab.
3. Click the Run Color Wizard ™ button.
The Colorific Color Wizard is opened.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the process.
3Deep™ is an exciting new tool that allows gamers to experience 3D games as the game
developers intended. Only 3Deep can provide accurate 3D lighting and shading for 3D games
because it adjusts the user’s monitor to match the game developer’s monitor — not too dark
and not washed out.
3Deep uses the Color Wizard to measure the unique characteristics of each gamer’s display.
No more dark games, and no more washed out games when you increase the contrast of your
monitor. The results are awesome 3D lighting and shading effects. 3Deep is a consistent and
high-quality solution for improving the 3D effect of your games!
Using 3Deep
To use 3Deep to calibrate your monitor’s gamma value
1. Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel window, double-click the 3Deep icon.
3. On the 3Deep Control Panel, move the Tweak slider or click the Calibrate Display button.
4. Before playing a game, click Default System Gamma.
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You can also display the 3Deep Control Panel by doing the following:
1. Right-click your desktop, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.
2. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the 3Deep tab.
To uninstall Colorific
and 3Deep in
Windows 95 and
Windows 98
1.
2.
3.
4.
Right-click the Colorific Control Panel icon in the taskbar.
On the menu that appears, click Exit.
Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel.
In the Control Panel window, double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon.
The Add/Remove Programs Properties dialog box appears with the Install/Uninstall
tabbed page displayed.
5. Select the entry Colorific For Windows from the list, and then click the Add/Remove
button.
6. After Colorific For Windows is removed, select the entry 3Deep from the list, and then
click the Add/Remove button.
Getting More
Information
For 3D Blaster
GeForce2 GTS
The Help file for 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS gives a brief introduction to the features supported
by this graphics card.
To open the Help file for 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS
For Creative
BlasterControl
The Help file for Creative BlasterControl shows you how to use the BlasterControl utility to
customize your screen resolution, color depth, and refresh rate in Windows.
To open the Help file for BlasterControl
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Click Start -> Programs -> Creative -> BlasterControl Help.
For Help topics specific to a BlasterControl module
In the BlasterControl module you want, click the Help button.
For LAVA! Player
The Help file for LAVA! Player shows you how to use the multimedia player.
To open the Help File for LAVA! Player
Click Start -> Programs -> Creative -> Creative LAVA! -> LAVA! Help.
For Colorific and
3Deep
The Help file for Colorific contains the User’s Manual.
To open the Help file for Colorific
1. Click Start -> Programs -> Colorific.
The Colorific calibration utility is opened.
2. On the right-hand corner of the menu bar, click Help.
3. On the Help menu, click Help Contents.
To open the Help file for 3Deep
1. Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel window, double-click the 3Deep icon.
3. On the 3Deep Control Panel, click the Help button.
Technical Support for
Colorific and 3Deep
Updated information about using Colorific and 3Deep can be obtained from E-Color’s Web
site at www.e-color.com/tech_support.
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Technical
Specifications
Architecture Highlights
❑
❑
❑
❑
❑
❑
❑
❑
❑
3D Features
❑
❑
❑
❑
❑
❑
❑
Nvidia Shading Rasterizer (NSR)
2nd-Generation Transform and Lighting (T&L) engine
Double Data Rate (DDR) memory
DirectX Texture Compression
Full Screen Anti-aliasing (Hardware)
• Multi-sample, full scene, order independent
1.6 Gtexel fill rate
25M triangles/sec through T&L and setup
5.3 GB/sec total memory bandwidth
NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture™
Optimized DirectX and OpenGL acceleration
256-bit graphics engine
8 texture-mapped, filtered, lit texels per clock cycle
Single pass multi-texturing
32-bit colors Z/Stencil (floating point or integer)
High quality texture filtering, including anisotropic
Advanced per-pixel, perspective-correct texturing
• Cube environment mapping
• Projective textures
• Procedural textures
• Multi-texture and multi-pass
• Texture modulation
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• Per-pixel dot product 3 bump mapping
• Per-pixel lighting and shading
• Light maps
• Reflection maps
• Bi-directional Reflectance Distribution Functions (BRDF) support
• DirectX 6 texture compression
❑ Fog and depth cueing
• Radial or linear
• Per-vertex or per-pixel
2D Features
❑
❑
❑
❑
Video Support
❑
❑
❑
❑
Specifications
❑
❑
❑
❑
❑
High performance 2D/GUI/DirectDraw acceleration
Fast 32, 24, 16, 15 and 8-bit VGA/SVGA support
True-color hardware cursor
Multi-buffering (Double, Triple, Quad buffering) for smooth animation and video playback
Video acceleration for DirectShow, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and Indeo
X and Y smooth up and down scaling with filtering
Per-pixel color keying
Multiple video windows with hardware color space conversion and filtering (YUV 4:2:2 and
4:2:0) and 5-tap horizontal by 3-tap vertical filtering
❑ DVD sub-picture alpha blended compositing
AGP 1X, 2X and 4X support, including Fast Writes and Execute Mode*
VESA DDC 2B + DPMS
Single slot 2D, 3D graphics, and video accelerator
256-bit graphics engine
Integrated 350 MHz RAMDAC supporting up to a 2048x1536 resolution at 75Hz
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❑
❑
❑
❑
Memory configurations of up to 128 MB of SDR or DDR SDRAM/SGRAM
MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and full-motion video
Motion Compensation for MPEG-2 decoding
Full Plug and Play compliant
* On supported motherboards
Drivers
❑ Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 display drivers
❑ Windows 95 and Windows 98 display driver supporting DirectDraw, Direct3D, DirectVideo
and ActiveX
❑ OpenGL ICD for Windows 95 and Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and
Linux
❑ Fully PC00, PC99, PC99a and VBE 3.0 compliant
Utilities
❑ Creative Enhanced BlasterControl™
❑ E-Color Colorific/3Deep
❑ Creative Lava!™ Player
Applications Supported
❑ All Windows 95 applications, including DirectDraw and Direct3D games and applications
❑ OpenGL applications under Windows 95 and Windows 98
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Table 2:
Refresh rates supported by different video modes (based on 350 MHz RAMDAC).
Refresh
Rates
The refresh rates shown in the
table are the highest obtainable
and are monitor-dependent.
Resolutions, pixel depths, and
refresh rates are also driverdependent and may not be
available for some applications
or operating systems.
Number of Colors
Resolution
256 (8-bit)
64k (16-bit)
16.7 million (32-bit)
640x480
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150,
170, 200, 240
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150,
170, 200, 240
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150,
170, 200, 240
800x600
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 170,
200, 240
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 170,
200, 240
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150,
170, 200, 240
1024x768
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150,
170, 200, 240
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150,
170, 200
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150,
170, 200
1152x864
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150,
170, 200
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150, 170
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 150, 170
1280x720
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150, 170
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150, 170
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 150
1280x960
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150, 170
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150, 170
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 150
1280x1024
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150, 170
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150, 170
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 150
1600x960
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120
1600x1200
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100
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Table 2:
Refresh rates supported by different video modes (based on 350 MHz RAMDAC).
Refresh
Rates
Number of Colors
Resolution
256 (8-bit)
64k (16-bit)
16.7 million (32-bit)
1920x1080
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100
60, 70, 72, 75, 85
1920x1200
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100
60, 70, 72, 75, 85
60, 70, 72, 75, 85
1920x1440
60, 70, 72, 75, 85
60, 70, 72, 75
60, 70, 75
2048x1536
60, 70, 72, 75
60, 70, 72, 75
60
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Troubleshooting
System Hangs, Blank Screen
or Corrupted Display
After installing 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS and starting your system, the monitor
displays a blank screen.
Solutions
Try the following:
❑ Switch off your system and wait a while before switching it on again.
❑ Verify that any built-in VGA on your motherboard is disabled and that you
have removed any other video display card from your system.
❑ Ensure that your 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS card’s bus connector is fully
inserted into the expansion slot. Ensure this by pressing it gently and evenly
into the slot.
❑ Verify that the pins of your monitor’s VGA Input connector are not bent and
that the connector is properly connected to the VGA Out connector of 3D
Blaster GeForce2 GTS.
Windows 98 Multi-Monitor
Display Problems
In a multi-monitor setting, the monitor connected to the 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS card
remains blank even though the card and its drivers have been installed.
Cause
If 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS’s drivers are not specified during the software
installation, the system installs it as a standard VGA card that does not support
Windows 98’s multi-monitor feature.
Solution
Update the device drivers to 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS’s drivers:
1. Right-click your desktop, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.
2. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Settings tab.
3. On the Settings tabbed page, click the Advanced Properties button.
4. In the Advanced Display Properties dialog box, click the Change button.
5. In the Select Device dialog box, click the Have Disk button.
6. Insert the 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS CD into your CD-ROM drive.
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7. Follow steps 6 through 13 of the procedure in “To install in Windows 98” on
page 9 to complete the update.
Other Display Problems
Monitor display flickers or the screen goes blank after Windows starts.
Cause
Your monitor may not support the resolution or refresh rate that you have set.
Solution
Use display settings supported by the monitor.
To change the display settings:
For the resolutions supported by
your monitor, refer to its manual.
1. Restart your system in Windows 98 Safe mode. To do so:
i. Restart your system and when the message “Starting Windows 98...”
appears, press <F8>.
A list of options such as Safe Mode and Command Prompt Only Mode
appears.
ii. Select Safe Mode and press <Enter>.
2. After your system has restarted, right-click the desktop and click Properties.
3. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Settings tab.
4. Try the following:
❑ Make sure that the correct monitor is selected.
To verify, click the Change Display Type button or the Advanced
Properties button on the Settings tabbed page.
❑ Use a lower refresh rate or the adapter’s default.
For details on this, refer to the topic “Using BlasterControl Display
Center” in the BlasterControl Help file.
❑ Lower your monitor’s resolution.
To do so, adjust the color depth and desktop area on the Settings tabbed
page.
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Monitor display exhibits pixel drop (that is, pixels, usually white in color, appear on the
screen) or other abnormal behavior.
Cause
The settings that you have selected for your graphics card may be incompatible
with one or more games or applications that you are running.
Solution
Use the factory default settings:
1. Click Start -> Programs -> Creative -> BlasterControl Display Center.
2. Click the Tweak button to start BlasterControl Tweak Center.
3. Click the Defaults button.
Beeping Sounds During
System Startup
When the system is starting up, there is a series of prolonged beeps.
Cause
Your 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS card may not be firmly inserted into the
expansion slot.
Solution
Problems Installing Software
Ensure that the bus connector of the graphics card is fully inserted into the
expansion slot. Ensure this by pressing the card gently and evenly into the slot.
You can also try removing the card and re-inserting it.
In Windows 95 or Windows 98, the installation program for BlasterControl does not run
automatically after you have inserted the installation CD into your drive.
Cause
The AutoPlay feature in your Windows 95 or Windows 98 system is not enabled.
Solution
To install the software from the CD:
1. Double-click the My Computer icon on your Windows desktop.
2. In the My Computer window, double-click the Creative 3D Blaster
GeForce2 GTS icon.
If the installation program does not run, double-click the Windows folder
icon followed by the Setup icon.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
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Problems Using Software
When you restart Windows, one of the following error messages appears:
❑ “BlasterControl will only work on Creative graphics product drivers.
Do you want BlasterControl to be loaded the next time you start Windows?”
❑ “BlasterControl will only work on Creative graphics product drivers.”
Cause
3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS drivers, required by BlasterControl, may have been
replaced by other drivers when you installed DirectX applications.
Solution
Re-install or revert to the 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS drivers.
To revert to the drivers:
1. Right-click your desktop, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.
2. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Settings tab, and then click
the Change Display Type button or the Advanced Properties button.
3. In the Adapter Type group box or on the Adapter tabbed page, click the
Change button.
4. In the Select Device dialog box, click Creative GB0010, and then click the
OK button.
5. In the Insert Disk message box, click the OK button without inserting any
CD.
6. If 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS drivers and later versions of DirectX drivers are
already installed, click the Skip File button until the Adapter Type group box
or the Adapter tabbed page appears.
7. Click the two Close buttons to close the Display Properties dialog box.
8. When prompted to restart your system, click the Yes button.
After you have restarted your system, the newer DirectX drivers will work
with the latest 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS drivers.
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Problem with OpenGL
Applications
When starting OpenGL Screen Saver or applications in Windows 98, the message “No
local buffer memory available” appears.
Solution
Set a lower resolution and color depth:
1. Right-click your desktop, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.
2. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Settings tab.
3. In the Desktop Area group box, move the slider to set a lower resolution.
4. In the Color Palette group box, set to 640x480 and 16-bit color (high color)
for OpenGL applications to work properly.
OpenGL applications run uncharacteristically slowly in Windows 98.
Cause
OpenGL applications do not support Windows 98’s multi-monitor feature.
Consequently, Windows 98 disables all hardware acceleration when the multimonitor option is enabled.
Solution
Disable the multi-monitor option:
1. Right-click your desktop, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.
2. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Settings tab.
3. Clear the Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor check box.
Problem with PCI Bridge
(in Windows 95)
After installing 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS onto a Pentium II LX system or any other
AGP system, the Resources tabbed page of the 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS Properties
dialog box in Windows 95 shows resource conflicts similar to the following:
Memory Range used FEDC0000 - FEDDFFFF used by PCI standard PCI-to-PCI
bridge.
Memory Range used FD800000 - FDFFFFFF used by PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge.
Memory Range used FE000000 - FE7FFFFF used by PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge.
Cause
The “PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge” is the CPU chipset to AGP controller,
which Windows 95 cannot identify properly.
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Solution
Problem with AGP
Aperture Size
No action required.
A conflict between the AGP video controller and the “PCI standard PCI-to-PCI
bridge” in the Windows 95 Device Manager does not affect the functionality of
the AGP card within Windows 95. This problem is common to all AGP graphics
cards and does not affect 3D Blaster GeForce2 GTS’s functionality.
It has been resolved in Windows 98.
DirectDraw/Direct3D fails to use hardware acceleration (HAL).
Cause
The CMOS setting for the AGP Aperture size is less than 8 MB.
Solution
Set the AGP Aperture size to 8 MB or more.
Do the following in CMOS:
Changing settings in CMOS
incorrectly can cause the system
to stop functioning.
1. Restart your system.
2. During the memory check, press <Delete>.
The CMOS setup menu appears.
3. Select Chipset Features Setup and press <Enter>.
4. Set your AGP Aperture Size (MB) to 8 MB or more.
Some of the steps from step 3
onwards may not apply to your
system’s CMOS. Refer to your
system’s CMOS documentation
for more details.
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5. Press <Esc> to return to the CMOS setup menu.
6. Select Save & Exit Setup, and then press <Enter>.
7. Press <Y> and then press <Enter>.
Technical Support
We are committed to giving you the best product as well as the best technical support.
For fast and efficient Technical Support solutions, please use the Creative
Web Support services in the first instance. If your Creative product was
pre-installed in your computer, your primary source of technical support is
the Personal Computer supplier who provided the system.
The European support area on our web site at www.creative.com is continuously
updated and contains the following:
Before contacting “European
Help Line”, please ensure that
you have read the
‘Troubleshooting’ Appendix.
The Creative web site at
www.creative.com gives you
access to the latest drivers and
troubleshooting tips.
FAQ:
Access the latest information on Creative
products with advice on how to resolve
commonly asked questions
Solve Your Own Problem:
Enter keywords to search the comprehensive
library of product and technical information
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Find the documents for a wide range of
Creative products
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If You Have a
Problem
Email Your Problem:
Complete the technical support web form
and submit for a response
Telephone Support:
European Telephone Support contact details.
See also European Helpline section in manual
for contact details.
Please retain all contents including packaging and proof of purchase until you are fully
satisfied with product.
If you have a problem installing or using your Creative product, please use the Creative
Web Support and/or Telephone Support services for assistance. Note the following
information for reference should you require technical assistance:
❑ The model and serial number of your Creative product
❑ Error information on the screen and how it came about
❑ Information on the adapter cards which may be causing a conflict
❑ Hardware configuration information such as the base I/O address,
IRQ line, DMA channels used
❑ Motherboard information: BIOS manufacturer/version and chipset manufacturer
❑ Type and version of your operating system, e.g., DOS 6.0, Windows 3.1x,
Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows NT
If, after using the Creative support services, you believe your Creative product to be
defective, you should verify the purchase date and the take the appropriate action as
detailed below:
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More than 30 days since
date of purchase
Contact European Technical Support to clarify the nature of the problem and to obtain
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Returning a product
for repair
❑ Contact Technical Support to receive your authorisation number for
❑
❑
❑
❑
repair/replacement of product.
Technical Support will communicate how to return the product in question for
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You should only return the hardware item in question and return it to the address
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Please quote the authorisation number clearly on the outside of the packaging
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Upon receipt of the faulty item, Creative Labs will process your request and arrange
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To avoid tariffs when shipping a product to Creative Labs from outside the E.U., you must
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30 days).
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Creative product for security purposes.
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+45 3525 9498
Czech Republic
Tel
+353 1 8066964
Finland
Tel
+358 (09) 2294 3101
Poland
Freephone 00 800 353 1229
Norway
Tel
+47 2305 0401
Hungary
Freephone 06 800 1222
Sweden
Tel
+46 (08) 7519 147
Russia
Tel
+353 1 8066967
Operating Hours / Heures d’ouverture / Öffnungszeiten / Ore d’ufficio / Horario de oficina / Openingstijden / Horário de abertura
EUROPE
Mon-Fri
Lun. au vend.
Mo-Fr
Lunedì-venerdì
Lunes-Viernes
Maandag-Vrijdag
Segunda a sexta-feira
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Geschäftszeiten
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Horario de oficina
Kantooruren
Horário de expediente
Sat-Sun & Public Holidays
Sam., dim. et jours fériés
Sa, So & gesetzl. Feiertage
Sabato, domenica e festivi
Sábados, domingos y festivos
Zat.-Zon. & Nationale Feestdagen
Sábado, domingo e feriados
To receive technical support via the Internet, please e-mail: [email protected]
Web Site
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