Readme1st.txt Driver File Contents (V2k-3.0b3b-gl.zip)

*** Rendition V2x00 Reference Drivers ***
Version: 3.0 beta3b, build 5137 - April 5th, 1999

This archive features `beta' reference drivers for the Rendition
V2x00 family of graphics accelerators. These drivers are not
supported by Rendition, Micron Technology Inc, or by your board
manufacturer. They are provided as a courtesy to users of
Rendition based products on an "as is" basis, without warranty.
They may not be disassembled, reverse-engineered, or used on
anything other than Rendition chipsets. Use these drivers at your
own risk.

What are reference drivers?
     Reference drivers are provided by Rendition to our chip
     customers; who then use these drivers as a starting point in
     creating their own supported release drivers. In the process
     of creating these supported drivers, a board maker typically
     debugs and optimizes the reference drivers to suite the
     exact configuration of the boards they have sold. It is
     important to remember that Rendition manufactures chips, not
     board. We have no way to guarantee that these reference
     drivers will run on your exact board configuration. If you
     have difficulty, you may need to consult with your original
     board maker.

Why would I want reference drivers?
     You are almost always better off with the supported drivers
     provided by your board manufacturer. These drivers have been
     thoroughly tested and optimized on your specific hardware
     configuration, and are backed by a dedicated support staff.
     But occasionally new release drivers lag the reference
     drivers by several months. If an application or game you
     wish to run requires certain features or bug fixes that have
     not been incorporated into the release drivers yet, your
     only solution may be to use these reference drivers.
     You should switch back to the supported release drivers from
     your board manufacturer as soon as they have been brought up
     to date. These reference drivers may not work on your
     system, and by using them you may lose `enhanced'
     functionality provided by your board manufacturer's drivers.
     Make sure you retain a copy of your existing drivers before
     installing these drivers.
     Check with your board manufacturer frequently to get updated
     supported drivers. The `Links' subdirectory of this archive
     contains pointers to many board maker's driver download
     areas.
     
Installation Instructions
To install these reference drivers:
 
    You MUST read and agree to the license.txt file included in
     this archive before installing these drivers.

    IMPORTANT! Make sure that you are using the most recent BIOS
    released by your board manufacturer! These drivers may not
    function properly with older BIOS versions. Check with your board
    manufacturer (see the `Links' directory) and bring your BIOS up
    to date before attempting to install these drivers.

    WARNING: Attempting to install a BIOS not intended for your
    specific board may render your graphics board permanently
    unusable. Experiment with your BIOS at your own risk. The BIOS
    must be matched to your very specific board configuration, and
    only a board manufacturer can do this. For this reason, Rendition
    does not make a reference BIOS available at this time.

    ALSO IMPORTANT! Completely remove your current driver and
    make sure that Windows is running with the generic VGA driver
    before attempting to install this driver release. Attempting to
    install this driver on top of a prior release may cause
    compatibility and stability problems.

    Open the "Display Properties" control panel, choose the
    "Settings" tab, and click the "Advanced Properties" button.

    On the "Adapter" tab click the "Change" button.

    Click "Have Disk".

    Browse to the `Driver' subdirectory of this archive.

    Click "OK" several times to restart with the new driver.

Troubleshooting
    Again, these drivers are unsupported by Rendition.
    End-users are recommended to use drivers provided by their board
    manufacturer to ensure that they can obtain full support.

Please post bug reports on Rendition's discussion server at
     http://www.rendition.com/forums.html, or go directly to
     news://news.rendition.com/rendition.support

to see what experiences other users have been having.

Also, please be sure and read the `ReleaseNotes' for specific
hints and tips about using this driver.
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How To Update Drivers Manually

After your driver has been downloaded, follow these simple steps to install it.

  • Expand the archive file (if the download file is in zip or rar format).

  • If the expanded file has an .exe extension, double click it and follow the installation instructions.

  • Otherwise, open Device Manager by right-clicking the Start menu and selecting Device Manager.

  • Find the device and model you want to update in the device list.

  • Double-click on it to open the Properties dialog box.

  • From the Properties dialog box, select the Driver tab.

  • Click the Update Driver button, then follow the instructions.

Very important: You must reboot your system to ensure that any driver updates have taken effect.

For more help, visit our Driver Support section for step-by-step videos on how to install drivers for every file type.

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