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Old 5th March, 2003, 04:21 PM
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9500 softmod troubles

I'm having trouble softmodding my 9500. I've tried both the riva and wizzard hacks and it doesn't seem to be working. I'm running the latest 3.1 Cat drivers. Everything works fine with those drivers. The 3.1 Cat drivers install into 2 directories that I know of
1. C:\ati\ ... and also
2. C:\program files\ati technologies

both of these folders have the directory 2KXP_INF\BX_xxx, now i've put the hacked wizzard file into this BOTH directories and I've also deleated both of the old files.

Everything seems right to me here, So...
I went to go update the driver in device manager and tried both 2kxp folders. Neither or anyother file could be used as a driver.

I also did a search on the C drive for more ati2mtag files and I've located a few other folders with this file in it:
1. C:\windows\system32\drivers
2. C:\windows\system32\backupdrivers **** (not sure of exactally the name)

I did the exact same thing to these files and replaced all ati2mtag files with the hacked files.

I tried testing in 3Dmark03 and I'm still getting the same results as the unmodded 9500. I've tested the fillrate and still nothing...

tried looking under the system setings in 3dmark and suprisingly it shows that I'm using a different driver file! i believe that it's: ati2d**.dl and it's not the ati2mtag file. Isn't the driver file supposed to be an .inf file? Well no luck with the wizzard mod. Can anyone help me on this? maybe I must have missed something during the replacement process.

Once again using the original 3.1 Cat drivers I've loaded up rivatuner. Opened up the patchscript and selected any folder with the ati2mtag file in it. Every single file was patched correctly it said... So, I went to test on 3DMark03 and still no results!!!


Well I've read around that it might be helpful to remove all previous drivers and perform a clean install for the 3.1 drivers. (I had the previous 3.0 drivers installed).

1. Where is exactally the folder for the driver file ati2mtag?
2. Why does the ati driver installer install onto 2 separate folders?
3. Why does 3DMark03 show a different driver file being used by my radeon 9500 video card?

any help would be very appreciated!

system specs:
2100+ @ 2600+ 160x13 2.1ghz
Epox 8rda+ Cpu temp: 38C / System temp: 24C
512mb pc2700 cas2.5 OCZ
Sapphire Radeon 9500 128mb
80gb Maxtor 7200
Windows XP pro
8rda+ driver: 2.0
Catalist driver: 3.1

Currently Offline (bios corruption):
XP 2100+ @ 2700+ (13x168) 2.2ghz
Epox 8rda+ @ Vcore: 1.7
Cpu: 38C System: 25C
Radeon 9500 128mb @ 245/210
80gb Maxtor
512mb pc2700 333mhz Infinion Sync
Windows XP

2590+ 3DMark03
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Old 24th March, 2003, 01:04 PM
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1. C:\ATI\support\wxp-w2k-radeon-7-84-030228a1-008040c-efg\2KXP_INF\B_08037
2. The part in program files is for ATI control panel?
3. Possibly because its not digitally signed?

I had problems at first becasue I had "hide file extensions of known file types" enabled which meant I was renaming the file ati2mtag to atimtag_sys.sys or something like that doh!
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