Readme.txt Driver File Contents (GLMX_354.ZIP)

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        | README file for GLoria-L/MX
        |
        | ELSA graphics driver disk for Windows NT 4.0 build 1381.
        |
        | Version: 5.35.00.354
        |
        | Copyright (c) 1993-98 ELSA AG, Aachen (Germany)
        |
        | ELSA AG                  Internet   : http://www.elsa.de
        | Sonnenweg 11             LocalWeb   : +49-(0)241-938800
        | D-52070 Aachen
        |
        | ELSA Inc.                Internet   : http://www.elsa.com
        | 2231 Calle De Luna
        | Santa Clara, CA 95054
        | USA
        |
        | ELSA Asia Inc.           Internet   : http://www.elsa.com
        | 7F-11, No. 188, Sec. 5
        | Nanking East Road
        | Taipei 105
        | Taiwan, R. O. C.
        |
        | ELSA Japan Inc.          Internet   : http://www.elsa.com
        | Mita Suzuki Building 3F
        | 5-20-14 Shiba, Minato-ku
        | Tokyo 108-0014
        | Japan
        |
        | 09/10/1998, FRauser


        Table of Contents:

        1.      Introduction
        2.      Installation
        3.      Additional Configuration Options
        4.      Known Problems
        5.      History


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1       Introduction

        This file explains how to setup and to configure the ELSA
        Windows NT driver software for your graphics board.

1.1     Requirements

        This driver software only runs on ELSA PCI-bus graphics
        boards.

1.2     Further Information

        For more information on configuring installed ELSA graphics
        drivers, please refer to the Windows Help or to the help
        files to ELSA Utilities.


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2       Installation

        NOTE:   This driver was designed for full functionality
        under Windows NT 4.0 only!

        There are several ways to install an ELSA graphics driver:
        - Automatic installation by ELSA Setup Utility  (2.1)
        - Via the Windows dialog "display properties"   (2.2)
        - During the NT Windows 4.0 installation        (2.3)

2.1     Automatic installation by ELSA Setup Utility

        First of all, start the Windows NT. To run SETUP.EXE then,
        you can either double click on it in the Microsoft Explorer
        or choose "Run..." from the "Start" menu.

2.1.1   Further Hints and Configuration

        -The Setup version 1.0 -1.9 only supports Windows NT 4.0
         build 1381 in the German and English languages with
         Service Pack 3.

        -If the program is interrupted, for example by user inputs
         during a running automatic dialog, it will terminate
         itself after a certain period of time. The installation
         can be continued manually or the Setup program must be
         restarted.

        -If open, the Windows dialog "Display Properties" must be
         closed before calling the SETUP.EXE.

        -The file SETUP.INI(under Setup Options) provides the
         following switches:
         -"QuietInstall" and "AutoReboot". Both switches are
         "OFF" by default. If "QuietInstall=On" is indicated the
         SETUP.EXE installs the graphics display driver without
         requesting user input. For a complete installation the
         computer must be rebooted
         - set "AutoReboot=ON". The section [Tools] provides an
         "InstallationFiles" key. This provides a list of all the
         installation script files additionally installed when
         choosing "Install ELSA graphics display drivers and
         utilities". These installation script files provide a
         [DefaultInstall] and [DefaultUninstall] section, so that
         they can be easily uninstalled/installed using "Add/Remove
         Programs, Install/Uninstall under "Software"..." in the
         Control Panel.

2.2     Manual Installation

2.2.1   Manual Installation of the graphics driver

        NOTE:   Please install the Standard-VGA driver first, then
        shut down your computer and exchange the graphics board.

        Click on the symbol "Control Panel" in the
        Startmenu/Settings or on the desktop with the right mouse
        button and select "Properties"in the pop-up menu. Select
        "Display Type" here (DISPLAY.CPL) and, under the tab
        "Settings", click on the key "Change configuration..." to
        modify the display settings.
        Select the ELSA graphics board by selecting "Change..." in
        the following dialog. The dialog box "Change Display"
        appears with a selection of available drivers under
        "Manufacturer/Display".

        Select the key "Have Disk"in the lower right-hand of the
        dialog box. The dialog "Install from disk" appears with an
        indication of path or floppy drive ("A:\"). Change the
        entry to the path where you find the driver files for your
        board (e.g."D:\WINNER\2000PROX\WINNT40") and confirm with
        "Continue". Now a list of ELSA graphics drivers is
        displayed. Select the driver for your board. Confirm the
        dialog. The driver is installed after confirming the
        warning that a third-party driver will be installed. Close
        all display windows.

        NOTE: With Windows NT 4.0, graphics drivers cannot be
        loaded dynamically. This is a limitation of the
        Operating System!

        To activate the ELSA driver the computer has to be
        restarted. Please press "Yes" in the relevant dialog.
        The system will reboot and the initial installation is
        finished.

        The initial installation of ELSA drivers for Microsoft
        Windows NT 4.0 installs the driver in a resolution of
        640*480 pixel at 256 colors and 60Hz refresh.

        NOTE:   With the installation of the Windows NT 4.0 driver,
        the ELSA OpenGL driver is automatically installed .

2.2.2   Manual Installation of ELSA Utilities

        The ELSA utilities can be easily installed from the
        Explorer by clicking on the appropriate .INF file with the
        right mouse button (see 2) and then selecting "Install...".

        NOTE:   The utilities can be uninstalled in the Control
        Panel under "Software", "Install/Uninstall...".

2.3     Setup During System Installation

        NOTE: You will need installation floppy disks  (see 2.4).

        With a first-time or new installation of Windows NT, the
        identification of hardware and software components is
        followed by the query if you wish to accept the settings
        selected by Windows NT. DO NOT press ENTER!
        Move the highlight to "Display:". Choose "Other" here
        (requires disk provided by a hardware manufacturer). Insert
        disk 1 and select the driver for your graphics board.
        Continue the installation following all instructions.

        After restarting, Windows NT reboots in graphics mode.

        NOTE: the ELSA utilities must be subsequently installed
        manually (section 3.1). With the installation of the
        Windows NT 4.0 driver, the ELSA OpenGL driver is not
        automatically installed.

2.4     Making Installation Disks

        To create installation disks for the ELSA graphics driver
        you will need three empty floppy disks labeled "ELSA
        Windows NT 4.0 DISK 1", "ELSA Windows NT 4.0 DISK 2" and
        "ELSA Windows NT 4.0 DISK 3".

        Please note that maybe not all listed files are required
        and some files may have different filename extensions
        (e.g. "EGLMXD.dl_" instead of "EGLMXD.dll").

        Copy the following files (as available) from CD-ROM to:
        - Disk 1 ("ELSA Windows NT 4.0 DISK 1"):

                DISK1
                ELSA.INF
                ELSA.HLP
                LIESMICH.TXT
                README.TXT
                SETUP.EXE
                SETUP.INI
                TXTSETUP.OEM
                I386\EGLMXM.SYS
                I386\EGLMXD.DLL
                I386\EMGLMXD.DLL

        - Disk 2 ("ELSA Windows NT 4.0 DISK 2"):

                DISK2
                ELSA.INF
                TXTSETUP.OEM
                I386\EOGLMX.DLL

        - Disk 3 ("ELSA Windows NT 4.0 DISK 3"):

                DISK3
                ELSA.INF
                TXTSETUP.OEM
                I386\GLSET\ELSA.HLP
                I386\GLSET\ELSAENG.HLP
                I386\GLSET\GLSET.DLL
                I386\GLSET\GLSET.INF
                I386\GLSET\GLSET.TEX
                I386\GLSET\GLSETDEU.HLP
                I386\GLSET\GLSETENG.HLP
                I386\GLSET\GLSET_DE.DLL
                I386\MONCTRL\24H96.TIM
                I386\MONCTRL\MONCTDEU.DLL
                I386\MONCTRL\MONCTENG.DLL
                I386\MONCTRL\MONCTRL.CPL
                I386\WINMSUIT\ELSA.HLP
                I386\WINMSUIT\ELSAENG.HLP
                I386\WINMSUIT\WINMSUIT.INF
                I386\WINMSUIT\WINMSUIT.EXE
                I386\WINMSUIT\WSUIT_DE.DLL
                I386\WINMSUIT\WINMPS.DLL
                I386\WINMSUIT\ELSA.HLP
                I386\WINMSUIT\ELSAENG.HLP
                I386\ELSAINFO\EINFO_DE.DLL
                I386\ELSAINFO\EINFOOGL.EXE
                I386\ELSAINFO\ELSAINFO.DLL
                I386\ELSAINFO\ELSAINFO.INF

2.5     Testing the Installation and Determining the Driver Version
        Number

2.5.1   Testing the Installation

        Select from the Start menu "Settings" and in the Control
        Panel click on "Display". Select the tab "Settings" and
        there the key "Change configuration...". The following
        dialog gives information of the manufacturer, the version
        number and the current driver files.

        NOTE:   If you see "Version Information missing ", you did
        not set US English as the system language. This problem
        will appear in all non-American NT installations.

2.5.2   Determining the Version Number of the Driver via the Driver
        Files

        Use the Explorer to inspect the file properties for one of
        the files EG*.SYS, EG*.DLL, or EMG*.DLL. The file EG*.SYS
        can be found in the directory System32\Drivers and System32
        of your Windows NT, the files EG*.DLL and EMG*.DLL in the
        System32\index.


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3       Additional Configuration Options

3.1     How to Install and to Configure the Driver

        If necessary, all tools can be manually installed
        afterwards. To do this, change to the corresponding tool
        subdirectory (e.g. 1386\GLSET), click with the right mouse
        button on the ".INF" file and select the entry "Install"
        from the context menu. After a restart the tools are fully
        installed.

        There follows a description of all the possible settings of
        the ELSA graphics driver for Windows NT and of the ELSA
        utilities.

3.1.1   ELSA WinmanSuite

        ELSA WinmanSuite is a tool, which integrates in the taskbar
        of your Operating system. Klicking the mouse on the tray
        icon, you will get quick access to all installed ELSA
        utilities.

3.1.2   ELSA GLoria Settings

        The ELSA GLoria Settings allow you to configure the 3D
        options of your ELSA GLoria graphics board. You will find
        this tool as a tab in the display properties or as a menu
        item in the WinmanSuite.
        You also will find a detailed description by clicking the
        Help key.

3.3     Monitor Conformity

        To take full advantage of your monitor, you can define new
        resolutions and other monitor timings, and store them in
        the timing file. In multi-screen operation, the timing must
        be set for each connected monitor.

3.3.1   Monitor Control

        With the ELSA program to set monitors, you can configure
        multi-screen environments. You will find it under Starting
        Menu/Control Panel/MONCTRL. The configuration options are
        described as follows.

3.3.1.1 Monitor Timings for ...

        In multi-screen configurations, you can select the monitor
        for which the timing should be set.

3.3.1.2 Timings

        This entry determines how the timing file should be used.

        IGNORE: All entries in the timing file are ignored, which
                means it is not employed.

        PREFER: Resolutions of the timing file are preferentially
                treated. If a resolution provided in a timing file
                is also provided by a driver, the data of the
                timing file will be accepted, and the data of the
                driver are rejected.
                Driver resolutions without a corresponding timing
                are accepted unchanged.

                NOTE: Using new drivers, it is possible that no
                      resolution of the timing file is accepted,
                      because of the multitude of timings
                      offered. It is advisable to use the setting
                      "Exclusive".

        EXCLUSIVE: All standard resolutions are rejected.
                   Only resolutions from the timing file are
                   available.

3.3.1.3 List of Monitors

        This list presents a series of symbols to characterize the
        timing entries. This should be a text applying to the
        timing and indicating exactly the monitor, e.g. ELSA ECOMO
        24H96

3.3.2   Monitor Timings File

        The monitor timings are stored in this binary piece of
        data. The values of the timing file are accepted by MonCtrl
        and transferred to the list of disposal resolutions.
        Concerning the ELSA ECOMO 24H96 you will find a list in the
        System32 directory of your Windows NT 4.0 register.

3.3.2.1 Description of Timing File Format

        The file including the timing entries has the ending
        ".TIM". It contains lines with ASCII text which work with
        all editors (e.g. NOTEPAD.EXE). The first line contains a
        text to indicate the monitor (see 3.3.1.3). This text is
        registered in the MonCtrl tool of the monitor list. (i.e.
        ELSA ECOMO 24H96). In each of the following lines the
        timing is defined. Furthermore, each line contains 14
        values separated by commas, describing the timing.

        The following parameters can be entered here
        (order as in the file) :
        - XRes: number of pixels to X-direction (e.g.1024)
        - YRes: number of screen lines to Y-direction (e.g.768)
        -  Bpp: number of bits per pixel, color depth (e.g.16)
        -   Hz: refresh rate in Hertz (e.g.79)
        -PxClk: pixel clock rate of kHz (i.e 95455)
        -   Ht: horizontal total in pixels = hor. sum (e.g.1312)
        -  Hfp: horizontal frontporch in pixels (e.g. 16)
        -  Hsw: horizontal sync-width in pixels (e.g. 96)
        -  Hbp: horizontal backporch in pixels (e.g. 176)
        -   VT: vertical total in lines = vertical sum (e.g.800)

        -  Vfp: vertical frontporch in lines (e.g. 1)
        -  Vsw: vertical sync-width in lines (e.g. 3)
        -  Vbp: vertical backporch in lines (e.g. 28)
        -   If: interlaced flag (should be set to zero)

        An example of a file (24H96) with the named value, will
        represent as follows:
        ELSA ECOMO 24h96
        640, 480, 8, 60, 25175, 800, 16, 96, 48, 525, 10, 2, 33, 0

        NOTE: It is not necessary to indicate the parameters.
              Normally the indications xRes, yRes, Bpp and Hz are
              enough. All other parameters must be mentioned at
              least with a zero.
              Example: 1200, 800, 16, 75, 0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

3.4     ELSA POWERlib

        ELSA offers the toolkit POWERlib as an option for the
        programmer. This is for creating your own applications
        which use ELSA graphics boards for graphical output. This
        tool is available for Windows NT.

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4       Known Problems

        - If the application under OpenGL requests "Double
          Buffering" and the GLoria cannot realize it, software
          emulation will be installed automatically.
          To force hardware OpenGL you have to disable double
          buffering in your application!

        - The driver cannot run on a system where a port COM4 is
          installed.

        - It is possible that some computers need a very long time
          to boot.

        - If the ELSA graphics board is not recognized, try another
          PCI slot. Some motherboard manufacturers have implemented
          PCI slots that are not PCI compliant.

        - Multi-screen operation
          No full-screen DOS window, or the driver doesn't start.
          Switch the VGA on the first board ON and OFF on all
          others.
       
        - For correct function of 3D Studio MAX 1.x 
          Software Z-Buffer has to be used with this driver.

        - With Softimage 3.7 there are display errors when using
          the color selection menu. Workaround: Minimize the
          application with <Alt>+F9 and then enlarge it again.

        - With 3D Studio MAX 2.x occasional dispaly errors may 
          occur. Workaround: Enable "Force Buffer Blit" in the 
          GLoria Settings.

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5       History


        5.34.00.354
        -----------
        - Bugfix for Quake2 texture corruption
        - Bugfix for MicroStation Benchmark display corruption
        - Bugfix for Lightwave3D Flickering in wireframe display
        - GLoria Settings "Default" meets WHQL requirements
        - GLoria Settings allow to use each possible resolution by
          default
        - Winman Suite included 
        - Bugfix for "Non-administrators get no GLoria Settings"
        - Monitor Control Tool included
        - ELSA Information Center included
        - Support of MAXtreme for 3D Studio MAX 2.x
        - More applications supported by GLoria Settings
        - Bugfix for OpenGL and NetMeeting
        - Bugfix for Lightsource-Editor in ELSAview3D
        - Performance increase in 3D Studio MAX 2.x using a single
          viewport
        - New OpenGL driver version 2.01.14.098
        - Bugfixes for known problems with Pro/DESIGNER
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