Also do you have the latest .inf files for you chipset ? Have a run at 3dmark 2001 SE and see what your getting and post it, then we can see if it's your rig or just that game. You should be getting over 16000 3d marks with that setup.
let us know if you switched from an Nvidia car dover to an ATI card.
Ok I'm using the Catalyst 4.2 drivers (just got them yesterday) and no, I'm not switching from a nVidia Card but I did just do a fresh install. But I discovered something earlier as I was trying to fix the problem. I went into the Advanced Display settings (I have the ATi control panel installed so there are all those extra tabs) and browsed through the tabs. I came across a tab called SMARTGART and it had a slider what the AGP was set to. It was on off. Since the 9800 PRO says it can handle (and so can my MoBo) 8x I moved it over and then restarted. When I went back to the tab, it had moved to off again. Interesting...? I think so. I'll try to find the program you mentioned and I'll run it and post the results.
Yeah it was the Chipset driver. It works on 8x AGP now. Thanks so much everyone, but I have one more question. Why is it that I still only get an 11877 on 3DMark2001 SE when you guys said I could get around 16000?
Good questions somethings still messed up. In your bios do you have agp fastwrite enabled? 128 agp aperature size?
Are you sure your cpu is getting enough voltage? I don't remember stock voltages on it, but i think it's somewhere around 1.55ish.. it should be there in your bios.
Your psu might not be putting out enough juice, but you should check it in bios where it's at in pc health status
I check the BIOS and there wasn't anything about fast-write but in the smartgart tab there is a thing and is says it's enabled. I also tried uping the voltage on the CPU and it actually gave me a lower score than originally. I also couldn't find the thing about the PSU "pumping enough juice."
I gather that you have everything to the left under the driver advanced properties ? also try re-installing the drivers, normally you install the GART (agp) drivers first and then the ATI drivers...because you did it the other way round maybe that may be lowering your scores.
Also the ATI site recommends SP1 for win XP, and of course DX 9b wouldn't hurt as it is a DX 9 card.
Give aquamark a run as well, my sore, same card but a 2700 XP pulls 37 to 39000 ( i can't remember which..I'm not home at the moment to check) but that would also give oyu an idea.
Sorry I cant be more specific but thats what I would be looking into.
First off, what is driver advanced properties? Second, how can I uninstall drivers? Third where can I get AquaMark from. And finally, does it make a difference that it shows my FSB as running at 200mhz instead of 800mhz?
Well...I care about how well my games run...Anyways, I ran Aquamark3 and got a 33,125. Compared to what I've been told and read, that isn't very good. What is wrong with my computer? Also, I can't download driver cleaner because every time I do it says it's corrupt.
I am having the same type of problems with 9800 Pro and now a 9700 pro. I've tried several different cards. I'm using an Asus A7n266-E motherboard (Nvidia chipset). The only graphics cards that have performed well for me were the onboard video and a GeForce 3 ti500. Neither Radeon card has performed well... I have tried a lot of the same remedies listed in this thread, but nothing seems to work for me..