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Guest fletcher

Thanks to Pieter et.al. (and no thanks to Dell) I am now running 60.85 on my C840 Latitude. I began this upgrade journey because I could not see the graphics in a game when a friend with an Inspiron 8500 (with supposedly the same GF4440Go card) could. I am running DirectX9b; the DXCapsviewer shows that the PixelShaderVersion is 0.0. I need at least 1.1 to view the graphics.

So, can anyone shed some light on the following:

a) access D3DDEVTYPE_HAL to upgrade the PixelShaderVersion (if possible)

:) is there a difference in the card (from Dell) on the two different systems or is the systems accessing the cards that is different?

c) is the Go card on a C840 exchangeable (that is, should I just upgrade to a better card)?

d) am I even asking the right type of questions?

Thanks in advance

P.S. Today is my birthday; a solution would be a great present :)

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The GeForce4 440 go does NOT support pixel shaders, so you will need a new card.

Sorry, I have to live with it too. :)

I think it might be possible to emulate pixel shaders, but I don't know where to get a program like that though.

Besides, it would run slow anyway.

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hmmm, now I'm confused...my friend with the Inspiron 8500 also has the GeForce4 440 Go card and IS able to view pixel shaders..

and, I just finished compiling the SHPRTPixel example in the DX90SDK and it reports using the D3DDEVTYPE_REF. When I looked at the DXCapsViewer, the reference version sets the PixelShaderVersion at soemthing above 0.

I agree I should upgrade the card, but now I'm real curious. Thx

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I'll double check...he said he had the same card but from all the above I doubt it now

In any case it appears I need to get a better card...does anyone the best place/card compatible w/ C840 (besides Dell)?

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I would bet that your freind DOES have a different card.

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I don't think an emulator was ever created. But yes, it would run terribly slow.

Thus the answer is a new card. I have no clue of the upgrade's for a C840.

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I don't think an emulator was ever created.  But yes, it would run terribly slow.....

I just found a link to 3danalyze. :)

It can let you emulate DX 8.1 effects on an older card.

I have never used it but you could probably get certain games to run using it.

Here is a screen shot.

3d234.jpg

Here is a thread about it

http://forums.theddrzone.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=361

and a link to a site where you can download it.

http://www.tommti-systems.com/main-Dateien/files.html just click on the picture to download it

I think it sounds interesting, you can run the nature demo in 3Dmark 2001 SE on a GF 4 MX/Go card.

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