In anticipation of the arrival of my new ATI Radeon 9600 Pro,
I have been doing some research. While looking the user
manual at the ATI website I found the following information,
"Install AGP Drivers for non-Intel Chipset Based
Motherboards. Several AGP motherboard
manufacturers use non-Intel AGP chipsets. Chipsets
include those made by Acer Laboratories (ALI),
Silicon Integrated Systems (SIS), and VIA
Technologies, Inc. Each non-Intel chipset requires
the installation of a custom Virtual GART (AGP)
Driver. This driver is required by your new ATI card
to function correctly with your motherboard. It is
very important that the correct AGP driver be
installed before installing an AGP video card in your
An incorrect or missing GART driver can
result in AGP memory not being detected or a
black screen after Windows® loads."
Thinking I have a VIA chipset, I ran BIOS Agent, which gave me the following report.
Program: Unicore BIOS Wizard Version 3.2
Program: eSupport.com BIOS Detect v1.1 June 4, 2003
BIOS Date: 10/02/01
BIOS Type: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
BIOS ID: 10/02/2001-8363-686B-6A6LMS2AC-00
OEM Sign-On: K7VTAPRO-2AA5
Chipset: VIA 82C305 rev 3
Superio: VIA 686 rev 64 found at port 7h
OS: Microsoft Windows 98 SE Version: 4.10.2222 A
CPU Type: AMD Athlon(tm) XP
CPU Speed: 1100 Mhz
CPU Max: 500 Mhz
BIOS ROM In Socket: Yes
BIOS ROM Size: 256K
Memory Installed: 384 MB
Memory Maximum: 512 MB
Memory Slot 01: 128 MB
Memory Slot 02: 128 MB
Memory Slot 03: 128 MB
Memory Slot 04: 0 MB
My current specs:
| AMD Athlon XP 1700 | Speeze HSF | Soyo K7VTA Pro Mobo | XFX GeForce MMX400 64MB | LiteOn 52X CD Rom | 24x10x40x LiteOn CD-RW | Zerus Cooling Fan (rear expansion slot mount) | 384MB PC133 SDRAM | ENERMAX EG365P-VE(FM). 350W Power Supply | WD 40GB 7200 RPM | Window 98SE
Now, my questions:
1) Do I need to download new AGP Drivers?
2) What is a GART driver? I couldn't find anything about it at the Soyo website.
3) BIOS Agent reports my CPU (an Athlon XP 1700) speed is 1100Mhz, and CPU Max is 500Mhz. Does this mean my CPU is only running at 500Mhz? Is there something messed up in my BIOS settings?
4) Did I get the wrong video card? Will it work with my Soyo K7VTA Pro motherboard?
Sorry the post is so long....
but thanks for any help you can give me
I can't answer your main question, but as long as you have a board that supports 4x agp, then you can run the card.
Also, if it helps, my board is a via board as well, and I never downloaded any agp drivers. I just threw my 9600Pro in and it works fine.....of course, every board is different