Creative 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64 Product guide

Creative 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64 Product guide
3D Blaster Riva TNT2 M64
Product Guide
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3D Blaster™ RIVA TNT2™ M64
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Contents
Introduction
Serial and Model Numbers...........................................................................................2
Before You Begin......................................................................................................................2
Minimum System Requirements .................................................................................2
Updating Drivers...........................................................................................................2
Preliminary step for Windows 95 users ...................................................................................3
Knowing and Installing Your Graphics Card
To install the graphics card .......................................................................................................5
Installing Software ....................................................................................................................6
To install in Windows 95 (Retail version) ...................................................................7
To install in Windows 95 (OSR version 2.0 and later) ...............................................7
To install in Windows 98..............................................................................................8
To install in Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 3) ........................................................10
Changing Settings ...................................................................................................................11
To change the display settings in Windows NT 4.0..................................................11
To change the performance settings in Windows 95/98 and Windows NT 4.0.......12
Getting More Information.......................................................................................................12
For 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64 ..............................................................................12
For Creative BlasterControl........................................................................................13
For Creative SoftMPEG .............................................................................................13
Product Guide vi
Technical Specifications
Architecture Highlights..................................................................................14
3D Features.....................................................................................................14
2D Features.....................................................................................................16
Video Support.................................................................................................16
Specifications .................................................................................................16
Drivers ............................................................................................................17
Utilities ...........................................................................................................17
Applications Supported .................................................................................17
Troubleshooting
System Hangs, Blank Screen or Corrupted Display ....................................19
Windows 98 Multi-Monitor Display Problems............................................19
Other Display Problems.................................................................................20
Beeping Sounds During
System Startup.............................................................................................21
Problems Installing Software ........................................................................22
Problems Using Software ..............................................................................22
Problem with OpenGL Applications ............................................................23
Problem with PCI Bridge (in Windows 95)..................................................24
Problem with AGP Aperture Size.................................................................25
vii 3D Blaster™ Riva TNT2™ M64
Introduction
The 3D Blaster™ RIVA TNT2™ M64 is a high quality 2D/3D/video graphics accelerator card
that is well suited for a wide variety of applications ranging from everyday desktop use to
gaming and entertainment.
Leveraging NVIDIA™’s RIVA TNT2 graphics controller, the 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64
delivers high quality and performance. Its dual texture architecture can process 2 pixels or
textures per clock cycle. This enables developers to create special effects such as multi-layered
textures, bump mapping to simulate rough surfaces, and environmental mapping that gives
objects reflective properties. Developers can take advantage of advanced filtering modes
(including trilinear mipmapping and anisotropic filtering) with full scene anti-aliasing to create
realistic images that rival more expensive graphics workstations.
The 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64 provides outstanding 2D and video acceleration as well and
also supports software DVD decoders through hardware color and pixel format conversion.
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.
Table 1:
Serial numbers and model numbers.
Hardware
3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64
Product Codes
Numbers
Serial Number
Model Number
Before You
Begin
The README file on the CD-ROM contains information not available at the time of printing.
Read the file before you continue. In addition, read the following:
❑ Minimum System Requirements
❑ Updating Drivers
Minimum System
Requirements
❑ IBM® PC 100% compatible
❑ Genuine Intel Pentium II, Pentium III, AMD-K6, AMD-K6-2 or AMD-K6-3 processor
at 233MHz or higher for best performance, 350MHz or above is recommended.
❑ 32 MB RAM
❑ 15 MB free hard disk space
❑ Vacant 32-bit AGP 1.0 expansion slot for 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64
❑ VGA monitor
❑ CD-ROM drive installed
❑ Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0 (with Service Pack 3).
Updating Drivers
To download the latest drivers for 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64, visit Creative’s Web site
(http://www.cle.creaf.com).
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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 Systems
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)
Product Guide 3
Knowing and Installing Your Graphics Card
This section shows you the connectors on the 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64 card.
Video Expansion connector
Connect to a video expansion board.
VGA Out connector
Connects to your monitor via a monitor cable.
AGP bus connector
Figure 1: The 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64 card.
4 3D Blaster™ RIVA TNT2™ M64
To install the
graphics card
If you are replacing an existing
VGA card with 3D Blaster RIVA
TNT2 M64, please remember to
remove the existing VGA card.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
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.
Locate a free AGP expansion slot.
Figure 2 shows the various types of expansion slots.
6. Remove the metal plate from the AGP slot.
An AGP slot
Keep the screw and metal plate for future use.
7. Align the bus connector of the graphics card with the
expansion slot.
A PCI slot
8. Press the card’s bus connector gently and evenly into
An ISA slot
the slot, making sure that the bus connector comes
into full contact with the slot. Then, secure the card
Figure 2: Types of expansion slots.
to the computer casing with a screw. See
Figure 3 below.
ii. Secure the card to the
slot with a screw.
Warning: Do not force the graphics card
into place. If it does not fit properly, gently
remove it and try again.
i. Gently and evenly press the card’s
bus connector into the slot.
Figure 3: Securing the graphics card to the slot.
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9. Connect the monitor cable to the VGA Out connector of 3D Blaster Riva TNT2 M64, as
shown in Figure 4.
• If you are using a multifrequency monitor, you may
need a special 15-pin
PS/2-compatible adapter
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 Monitor
VGA out
connector
3D Blaster Riva TNT2 M64
Figure 4: Connecting your VGA monitor to the 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64.
10. Replace the computer cover and plug the power cord back into the wall outlet.
Installing
Software
After installing the graphics card, you can install the software. The 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2
M64 CD contains the following:
❑ Drivers for Windows 95/98 (common to both)
❑ Drivers for Windows NT 4.0
❑ Creative Enhanced BlasterControl™ for Windows 95/98 and Windows NT 4.0
❑ Creative SoftMPEG for Windows 95/9
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
❑ To install in Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 3)
6 3D Blaster™ RIVA TNT2™ M64
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
3. Click the OK button.
by hardware manufacturer option.
4. Insert the 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64 CD
into your CD-ROM drive.
5. In the Install From Disk dialog box, type D:\WINDOWS (where D: represents your
CD-ROM drive) and click the OK button.
6. If prompted to select drivers, click the 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64 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:\WINDOWS\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.
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.
Product Guide 7
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 RIVA TNT2 M64 CD
into your CD-ROM drive.
5. In the Select Other Location dialog box,
type D:\WINDOWS (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:\WINDOWS 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:\WINDOWS\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 98
8 3D Blaster™ RIVA TNT2™ M64
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 RIVA TNT2 M64 CD
into your CD-ROM drive.
5. In the Models list box, click the
Have Disk button.
Figure 7: Selecting the option Display a list of all
the drivers in a specific location, so you
can select the driver you want.
Product Guide 9
6. In the Install From Disk dialog box, type D:\WINDOWS (where D: represents your
CD-ROM drive) and click the OK button.
If you are installing 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64 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 RIVA TNT2 M64
card (for details, see “Windows 98 Multi-Monitor Display Problems” on page 19).
7. In the Models list box of the Select Device dialog box, make sure the 3D Blaster
RIVA TNT2 M64 entry is selected and click the OK button.
8. Click the Next button.
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:\WINDOWS\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 3)
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1.
2.
3.
4.
Switch on your system.
Click Start -> Run.
In the Run dialog box, type D:\WINNT40\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 “To change the display settings in Windows NT 4.0” on page 11.
Changing
Settings
To change the
display settings in
Windows NT 4.0
1.
2.
3.
4.
Right-click your desktop, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.
In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Settings tab.
In the Desktop Area group box, move the slider to set the desired resolution.
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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To change the
performance
settings in
Windows 95/98 and
Windows NT 4.0
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 the screen) or any
other abnormal behavior, revert
to the factory default settings (see
“Troubleshooting” on page 19).
To do so in Windows 95 and 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 BlasterControl tab.
3. On the BlasterControl tabbed page, click the Tweak icon.
4. In the Tweak module, select the desired settings.
5. To specify additional settings for 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64, click the Advanced Settings
button.
6. Select the desired settings and click the OK button.
To see a brief description of an option or check box in the BlasterControl Tweak module,
right-click the item, and then click What’s This.
To do so in Windows 98
1. Right-click your desktop, and then click Properties on the menu that appears.
2. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Settings tab.
3. On the Settings tabbed page, click the Advanced button.
4. In the Advanced Properties dialog box, click the BlasterControl tab.
5. Select the desired settings and click the OK button.
To see a brief description of an option or check box in the BlasterControl Advanced
module, right-click the item, and then click What’s This.
Getting More
Information
For 3D Blaster
RIVA TNT2 M64
The Help file for 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64 gives a brief introduction to the features
supported by this graphics card.
To open the Help file for 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64
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Click Start -> Programs -> Creative -> 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64 -> 3D Blaster
RIVA TNT2 M64 Help.
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
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 Creative
SoftMPEG
The Help file for Creative SoftMPEG teaches you how to use SoftMPEG to play Video CDs
and MPEG files.
To open the Help file for SoftMPEG
In Creative SoftMPEG, right-click the Video window, and then click Help on the menu
that appears.
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Technical Specifications
Architecture Highlights
❑ 64-bit wide graphics engine and frame buffer
❑ 32 MB SDRAM
❑ 250 million pixels/sec, bilinear filtered
3D Features
❑
❑
❑
❑
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Optimized for Microsoft’s Direct3D API
Complete DirectX 6.x support
100% hardware triangle setup
Twin texel (TNT) 32-bit graphics pipeline
• 2 texture-mapped, lit pixels per clock
• Single pass multi-texturing support (DirectX 6.x and OpenGL ICD)
• Square and non-square texture support
❑ TextureBlend support examples:
• Multi-texture
• Bump map
• Texture modulation
• Light maps
• Reflection maps
• Detail textures
• Environmental maps
• Procedural textures
• Sub-pixel accurate
❑ Backend blend
• 32-bit ARGB rendering with destination alpha
• Point sampled, bilinear, trilinear and 8-tap
• Anisotropic filtering
❑ Per pixel perspective correct texture mapping
• Fog
• Light
• Mipmapping
❑ 24-bit or 16-bit hardware Z-buffer (fixed or floating)
❑ 8-bit stencil buffer
❑ Full scene anti-aliasing
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2D Features
❑ High performance 128-bit 2D/GUI/DirectDraw acceleration
• Accelerated primitives include BLT, indexed DIB color translation, transparent BLT,
stretch BLT, points, lines, polylines, polygons, fills, patterns, arbitrary rectangular
clipping and fast text rendering hardware font cache
• Pipeline optimized for multiple color depths including 32, 24, 16, 15, and 8 bits
per pixel
❑ Fast 32-bit VGA/SVGA support
❑ Multi-buffering (Double, Triple, Quad buffering) for smooth animation and video playback
Video Support
❑
❑
❑
❑
Specifications
❑
❑
❑
❑
❑
❑
❑
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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)
❑ Video port supports ITU-CCIR 565
AGP version 1.0 with 2X data transfer
VESA DDC 2B + DPMS
Single slot 2D, 3D graphics, and video accelerator
NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64 graphics engine
Integrated 300 MHz RAMDAC supporting up to 1920x1200 in true color
MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and full-motion video acceleration/assistance
Full Plug and Play compliant
Drivers
❑
❑
❑
❑
Utilities
❑ Creative Enhanced BlasterControl™
❑ Creative Enhanced SoftMPEG
Applications Supported
❑ All Windows 95 applications, including DirectDraw and Direct3D games and applications
❑ OpenGL applications under Windows 95 and Windows 98.
Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 (when available) display drivers
Windows 95 and Windows 98 display driver, DirectDraw, Direct3D, DirectVideo, ActiveX
OpenGL ICD for Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0
VBE 3.0 compliant
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Table 2:
Refresh rates supported by different video modes
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.
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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
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150, 170,
200
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150, 170,
200
800x600
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 170, 200
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 170, 200
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 170, 200
1024x768
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150, 170,
200
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150, 170,
200
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120, 140, 144, 150, 170
1152x864
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, 140
1280x1024
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100,
120
1600x1200
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100
60, 70, 72, 75, 85
1920x1080
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100
60, 70, 72, 75, 85, 100
60, 70, 72, 75
1920x1200
60, 70, 72, 75, 85
60, 70, 72, 75, 85
60, 70
Troubleshooting
System Hangs,
Blank Screen or
Corrupted Display
After installing 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64 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 RIVA TNT2 M64 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 RIVA TNT2 M64.
Windows 98
Multi-Monitor
Display Problems
In a multi-monitor setting, the monitor connected to the 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2
M64 card remains blank even though the card and its drivers have been installed.
Cause
If 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64’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.
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Solution
Update the device drivers to 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64 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 RIVA TNT2 M64 CD into your CD-ROM drive.
7. Follow steps 6 through 13 of the procedure in “To install in Windows 98” on
page 8 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
For the resolutions supported by
your monitor, refer to its manual.
Use display settings supported by the monitor.
To change the display settings:
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.
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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 Monitor
Settings” 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.
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. Right-click your desktop, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.
2. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the BlasterControl tab.
3. On the BlasterControl tabbed page, click the Tweak icon.
4. Click the Restore Defaults button.
Beeping Sounds During
System Startup
When the system is starting up, there is a series of prolonged beeps.
Cause
Your 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64 card may not be firmly inserted into the
expansion slot.
Solution
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.
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Problems Installing
Software
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
RIVA TNT2 M64 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.
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 RIVA TNT2 M64 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 RIVA TNT2 M64 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 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64, and then
click the OK button.
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5. In the Insert Disk message box, click the OK button without inserting
any CD.
6. If 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 M64 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 RIVA TNT2 M64 drivers.
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
multi-monitor 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.
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Problem with
PCI Bridge
(in Windows 95)
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After installing RIVA TNT2 M64 onto a Pentium II LX system or any other AGP
system, the Resources tabbed page of the RIVA TNT2 M64 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.
Solution
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 RIVA TNT2 M64’s functionality. It has been resolved
in Windows 98.
Problem with AGP
Aperture Size
Changing settings in CMOS
incorrectly can cause the system
to stop functioning.
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:
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.
5. Press <Esc> to return to the CMOS setup menu.
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.
6. Select Save & Exit Setup, and then press <Enter>.
7. Press <Y> and then press <Enter>.
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