Need an AGP gaming card that supports SM 3.0, while at the same time, supporting W98

VirtualLarry

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Pissed at myself for not having the money to order the VisionTek X1950Pro AGP 256MB card that Newegg had recently for $70, now they're OOS and deactivated.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814129077

Was looking to upgrade my ageing X850Pro AGP card that's in my older C2D AGP multi-boot box. It runs Win98se, W2K, and XP. Cannot play latest games under XP, because the X850Pro is only SM 2.0b, not SM 3.0.

But want to make certain that I can still multi-boot with Win98se with that video card.

Does the X1950Pro AGP have drivers for Win98se? Did it ever? Maybe I can still pick one up off of FS/FT or something.
 

VirtualLarry

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I found this tidbit of info from another forum:
http://www.mvktech.net/component/option,com_joomlaboard/Itemid,139/func,view/id,42276/catid,6/
The last ATI card with Windows 98 support was the Radeon X850 XT with the Catalyst 6.2 drivers. The Radeon X850 XT did a little better than the GeForce 7600 GT in the charts. However the GeForce 7600 is not Windows 98 compatible. I also wanted to build a Windows 98 machine. I also would suggest staying away from nForce 4 chipset on the motherboard, as there is no Widnows 98 support either. Hope that helps
So it looks like I'm stuck with the X850Pro then, for the time being.

I might just take my old multiboot box and virtualize it.
 

nenforcer

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I don't know about ATI/AMD but the last nVidia cards to support Win98 were the Geforce 6 series 4 years ago. Amazingly you can still buy slower Geforce 6 series AGP cards but you'd be better off getting a used 6600GT off of eBay.

Actually, it looks like the ATI X1950 supported SM 3.0 but did not support W98SE. Any reason why you have to have W98? It used a completely different driver model than 2K/XP.
 

edplayer

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are you OK with Nvidia?

you can use 6X00 series cards with the last Win98 forceware drivers (81.98)

I bought a 6600GT on craigslist for $10. ATi also has agp hotfix drivers but I don't know which work with Win98
 

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