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Old 17th August, 2004, 04:14 PM
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AGP Settings - Help

As I can't change the AGP ratio in the bios to 8x only - options are auto and 4x/8x I wanted to find out what the actual ratio was. PCWizard 2004 gives the following but shows the Radeon on the PCI bus
Bus Information :
Device : Nvidia Corp
Number of AGP connectors : 1
AGP enabled : No


Bus Information #1 :
Device : Radeon 9800 Pro (R350)
Device : Radeon 9800 Pro (R350) - Secondary


Can anyone explain this result and also is there any program which will give me this information.
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Old 17th August, 2004, 04:27 PM
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I've seen the same thing with different software... the AGP bus is a specialized version of the PCI bus, so I'm sure that there are some utilities that don't bother to report the difference. They also may not work properly with newer (AGP 3.0) chipsets. Rest assured, if it is plugged into an AGP slot, then it really doesn't matter what any program happens to report

As far as the AGP mode... you should see this under the SMARTGART tab in your display properties. Assuming you're not using the default XP drivers.
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jnansley - Thank you
I didn't even think of looking there
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also u could try looking in directX under display that will tell u if u got the AGP TEXTURE ACCELRATION on or off just go start click run then "DXDIAG" THEN ENTER!!!!
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Old 18th August, 2004, 08:09 PM
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The 4 x 8x only option is there because that is a technology ranking with both of those kinds of purely compliant cards sharing the same voltage requirements through the bus. If your card is 8x and GART installed correctly it will purely be 8x in operation.

The AGP bus isn't a PCI bus poshed up! It's ability to access in OGL or D3D memory by sub DMA is what makes it's differences over PCI even without the increase in bandwidth. Jnansley come forth!

As Sasrob states the AGP texture acceleration does indicate a great deal - and especially as it happens in the case of 8x AGP ports.
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It's ability to access in OGL or D3D memory by sub DMA is what makes it's differences over PCI even without the increase in bandwidth.
This sounds poshed up to me! I would say that the features of AGP are a superset of the features of PCI, although I could also make up some plausible dribble about ISA and MCA as well I suppose. My car is a poshed up bicycle
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This sounds poshed up to me! I would say that the features of AGP are a superset of the features of PCI, although I could also make up some plausible dribble about ISA and MCA as well I suppose. My car is a poshed up bicycle
Is it one of those BMW scooters with a roof canopy ??
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