README.txt Driver File Contents (RVL_W9X.EXE)

        | README file for
        | ELSA Windows 98 Treiber, Ver.  
        |       3D REVELATOR
        | Copyright (c) 2000 ELSA AG (Aachen, Germany)
        | ELSA AG                  Internet   :
        | Sonnenweg 11
        | 52070 Aachen
        | Germany
        | ELSA Inc.                Internet   :
        | 1630 Zanker Road,
        | San Jose, CA 95112
        | USA
        | ELSA Asia Inc.           Internet   :
        | 7F-11, No. 188, Sec. 5
        | Nanking East Road
        | Taipei 105
        | Taiwan, R. O. C.
        | ELSA Japan Inc.          Internet   :
        | Mita Suzuki Building 3F
        | 5-20-14 Shiba, Minato-ku
        | Tokyo 108-0014
        | Japan
        | August 24, 2000, MHorbach, MLiedtke


        1. Overview
        2. Contents
        3. Installation
        4. History
        5. Release Notes
        6. Known Bugs and Operating Notes


1.      Overview

        This CD contains the ELSA Display Driver for Microsoft Windows 98.

        The driver supports 256, 65536 and 16 Million colors in
        all resolutions available on used ELSA board.


2.      Contents

        This directory contains the following files:

        README.TXT      the file you currently look at
        LIESMICH.TXT    german version of README
        VERSION.TXT     Version info about driver and tools
        ELSARVL.CAB     display driver file for NVIDIA based graphic
                        boards including 3D REVELATOR support
        ELSARVL.INF     Installation file for driver and tools

        In case of trouble during or after installation, please make
        sure you have all the files mentioned above!


3.      Installation

3.1     Installing ELSA graphics board for Windows 98

        On startup Windows 98 detects the ELSA graphics board as
        "PCI early VGA Device" or a "PCI standard VGA adapter" and
        prompts for a manufacturer disk. Advanced users can now install
        as described in 3.3, Microsoft WHQL confirm way to install.
        If you prefer an easy way to install the driver or the driver is
        downloaded as EXE from the web you should first confirm Windows
        request to install a "PCI Standard VGA adapter". Later you can
        start the EXE or install by CD.

3.2     Installation from CD

        During a running Windows 98 session insert the CD
        into your CD-ROM. Normally after the CD is read, a setup is
        started and guides through installation. In case 'Auto Insert
        Notification' is disabled in your system, the setup has to be
        started manually by double clicking its icon in the root of CD.
        Now you can choose the components to be installed. After
        rebooting the system your monitor is recognized and installed.
        A resolution and color depth can be chosen now.

3.3     Installing downloaded driver packages

        Driver packages from the web are self-extracting EXEs. The files
        are temporary copied to e.g. c:\elsainst directory and an
        automatic driver setup is started. Tools are installed, too.
        After finishing the setup or canceling the procedure the
        extracted installation files are deleted, including the
        temporary created folder.

3.4     Microsoft WHQL confirm way to install

        After Windows recognized the ELSA graphics adapter choose
        'Have Disk...'. If you are updating the driver manually, select
        'change...' in the advanced settings of the diplay properties.
        Now browse through the ELSA CD and select the proper display
        driver subdirectory (e.g. GLORIA\SYNERGY\WIN9X\STANDARD).Windows
        will copy the driver files and prompt you to reboot the
        computer. After restarting, Windows is running with the ELSA
        display drivers active. If your ELSA graphics adapter is not the
        primary display adapter in Windows 98, you have to activate the
        hardware by clicking on the connected monitor bitmap in the
        global windows display settings.


4.      Revision History

        This section describes changes to the previous releases of this

        - based on NVIDIA build 530
        - no video-support
        - Installation bug on Erazor III Pro fixed

        - based on NVIDIA build 530

        - based on NVIDIA build 375

        - first released version
        - complete DirectX7 support added (strongly recommended)


5.      Release notes

5.1     DirectDraw/Direct3D support

        The display driver do support DirectDraw/Direct3D from
        DirectX7, but to use it in an application, you must install
        DirectDraw/Direct3D. The Microsoft DirectDraw/Direct3D
        components are not included in the standard retail version
        of Windows 98. You need an installation of DirectX7.

        To install DirectDraw/Direct3D use the CDSETUP from your
        CD or start the DXsetup.exe in the folder:


5.2     DirectX7 for Windows 98:

        The installtion of this newest version of Microsoft DirectX
        is urgently needed to achieve the full performance and features.

        You can locate this update at:

        e.g.: CD DRIVE :\APPS\DIRECTX7

5.3     AGP and Windows 95/98

        AGP is supported only by the Windows version OSR-2.1 or higher.
        This is available after upgrading a Windows 95b (OSR2.0) version
        by the USB-Update 'USBSUPP.EXE'.
        The version number of your installed Windows can be found in
        the registry under: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\
        Windows\CurrentVersion\Version and VersionNumber.
        The Entries for OSR-2.1 are:

        Version       "Windows95"
        VersionNumber "4.03.1212" or "4.03.1214"

        If your mainboard has no Intel chipset it may be necessary to
        install a chipset specific software patch to get best support
        and performance using the AGP port.
        Normally this patch should be delivered on CD with your system
        or mainboard. Otherwise you may get the newest patches on the
        internetsites of the chipset vendors.
        Other chipset vendors are, e.g.: VIA, SIS, ALI.

        If you have any questions about full AGP support on non Intel
        mainboards please consult your distributor.


6.      Known Bugs and Operating Notes

        This section documents known anomalies or problems and gives
        hints on work arounds.

        - the suspend or hibernate mode should not be used

        - if the ELSA logo is activated in 32 bit colour mode, corruption
          of textures can occur

        - to avoid massive performance losses in the stereo mode, reduce
          the colour depth or the screen resolution

        - if there are flashing effects visible while playing 3D games
          with "3D Stereo" feature enabled, please make sure that the
          checkbox "poll with interrupts enabled" under:

          Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Game Controllers
          -> Advanced

          is enabled.

        - if using the "no wait for vsync" option under "ELSA Driver
          Settings" "3D Revelator" stereo support will not work.

        - if using this graphics board with Windows98 on mainboards with
          VIA chipsets (MVP3, Apollo, a.s.o.) it is strongly necessary
          to install the VIA AGP driver patch "VIAGARTD.VXD" version 3.3
          or newer. You can download this patch at:


          or ask your system distributor.

        - Task switching while 3D applications are active leads to
          corruption of textures in some cases

        - OpenGL screen savers oftenly crash if an additional suspend
          is executed by the system or manually.

        - Mouse trails are not displayed, because the NVIDIA chip
          accelerates this Windows functionality in hardware

        - Under Windows 95 there are problems with topical games.
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