read-me.txt Driver File Contents (Gl1na01z.exe)

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         Diamond Fire GL1 Graphics Accelerator for DELL Workstations   
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 Please read the entire contents of this document. Information in this 
 file may not appear in printed documentation or online help.

 This READ-ME file contains the following information:
    
	1.      GENERAL INFORMATION
        1.1	List of Product Files
        1.2     Driver Information
        1.3     Installing the Diamond Fire GL1 Graphics Accelerator

	2.	INSTALLING THE DIAMOND Fire GL1 VIDEO DRIVER

	3. 	CHANGING THE VIDEO SETTINGS
        3.1     Setting Resolution	
        3.2     Choosing Display Refresh Rates


        4.      UNINSTALLING THE DIAMOND Fire GL1 VIDEO DRIVER

        5.	CONFIGURATION FEATURES AND INFORMATION
	5.1	Diamond Information Dialog
	5.2	Diamond Configuration Menu (for experienced users only!)
        
	6.	NOTES, PROBLEMS, AND LIMITATIONS

	7.	SERVICE, SUPPORT, AND SOFTWARE UPGRADES

        8.      SUPPORTED RESOLUTIONS, COLOR DEPTHS, AND REFRESH RATES    
    


1. GENERAL INFORMATION
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1.1 List of product files
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  The following files are on the Fire GL1 Windows NT 4.0 Drivers
  diskettes:


 DISK1

  FIREGL1.INF	 Driver installation script
  VERSION.TXT	 Information about current driver version
  READ-ME.TXT	 This file ( English )
  FIREGL1.DL_	 Display driver
  FGL1EXT.DL_	 Display driver extension
  FIREGL1M.SY_	 Miniport driver
  DMONITOR.??_	 Diamond Monitor control panel 
  DSMON???.HL_	 Diamond Monitor control panel context help
  DMONITOR.IN_	 Diamond Monitor data base
  DSMINFO.??_	 Diamond Information control panel
  FGL1CFG.??_	 Diamond Configuration control panel
  F1CFG???.HL_	 Diamond Configuration control panel context help
  DSNTHSER.EX_	 Diamond fan control service
  FGL1DEL.EX_	 Diamond driver uninstall utility


 DISK2

  FIREGL1.INF	 Driver installation script
  FGL1OGL.CAB	 OpenGL driver
  VERSION.TXT	 Information about current driver version
  FROMCAB.EXE    Diamond cabinet file extractor

 
 DISK3

  FIREGL1.INF	 Driver installation script
  FGL1OGLS.1_    OpenGL driver
  FGL1OGL.DR_	 Driver for 3D Studio MAX/VIZ
  MAXINST.EX_	 3D Studio MAX/VIZ driver install utility
  VERSION.TXT	 Information about current driver version

 DISK4

  FIREGL1.INF	 Driver installation script
  FGL1OGLS.2_    OpenGL driver
  VERSION.TXT	 Information about current driver version

 
1.2 Driver Information
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   Version:   4.00.1381.1088
   Date:  12/28/1999
   Product:   Diamond Fire GL1
   Intended Operating System:
              Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 4 installed
   Languages: Support for English, French, German, Spanish, Korean, Japanese,
              Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese

   NOTE: This adapter requires Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 4 installed.


1.3 Installing the Diamond Fire GL1 Graphics Accelerator
-------------------------------------------------------
 
  Your computer shipped with the first/primary Diamond Fire GL1
  Graphics Accelerator and its drivers factory-installed. 
  Refer to the following directions and information only if you plan to
  install additional Fire GL1 cards. 

  Refer to the User's Guide of your computer to install the Diamond
  Fire GL1 Graphics Accelerator in your system. 
  NOTE: If you want to install the Fire GL1 card to replace your
  existing graphics solution it may be helpful to set your display driver
  to standard VGA before you shut down your PC and remove a previously
  installed card.
         
  The drivers are designed exclusively to
  support Fire GL1 Graphics Accelerators with the Windows NT 4.0
  operating system. The drivers DO NOT SUPPORT any other type or brand of
  graphics card or operating system.
           

         

2. INSTALLING THE DIAMOND Fire GL1 VIDEO DRIVER
-----------------------------------------------

  NOTE: This device driver requires Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 4
 	installed. If you do not have Service Pack 4, proceed to
        http://www.microsoft.com, locate Service Pack 4, and install it before
        you install the Fire GL1 driver.

  Your computer system shipped with the graphics software drivers for the
  Fire GL1 card pre-installed. 

  You need the information in this section on re-installation of the basic
  driver software for Windows NT only if you are re-installing the
  operating system.

  For your convenience the following procedures describe how to install
  the graphics driver software.

 
  NOTE: Before installing the Diamond Fire GL1 video driver, please
        close all open application programs and disable any anti-virus
        software that is running on your computer until the driver
        installation is complete!



  1. Click 'Start' - 'Settings' - 'Control Panel'.

  2. Double-click the 'Display' icon, select the 'Settings' tab and click the
     'Change Display Type' button.

  3. Click the 'Change...' button in the 'Adapter Type' field and in the 'Change
     Display' dialog box select 'Have Disk...'

  4. Insert the 'Windows NT 4.0 Drivers' diskette and click OK.

  5. Click 'Fire GL1' in the 'Change  Display' selection window and OK to
     install the drivers.

  6. Click 'Yes' on the 'Third Party Driver' confirmation window.

  7. Click the 'Test' button to test the new driver and then click OK.

  8. When the installation is completed, exit the Display Properties menu and
     restart your system.






3. CHANGING THE VIDEO SETTINGS
------------------------------

  The dialogs in the 'Display Properties' menu allow setting and
  adjusting the video settings to suit your requirements best.

  Settings: set resolution and color depth
  Monitor: choose monitors, display refresh rates, and Gamma correction
    
  
  To access the 'Display Properties' menu:

  1. Start Windows NT 4.0.

  2. After Windows NT 4.0 has finished starting, click on the START
     button, select 'Settings,' and then click on 'Control Panel.'

  3. Double-click on the 'Display' icon.  The 'Display Properties' window
     appears.

     Note:  You can also display the 'Display Properties' window by
            right-clicking the Windows Desktop background and then
            selecting the 'Properties' option from the pop-up menu.

      

3.1 Setting Resolution 
----------------------

  Select the 'Settings' dialog in the 'Display Properties' window.

  Set the resolution and color depth that best suit your
  requirements and your monitor's performance. Also set the refresh rate 
  for your monitor.
   
NOTE:

  Check the documentation of your monitor and make sure that your monitor
  supports your resolution and color depth setting.  

    


3.2 Choosing Display Refresh Rates
----------------------------------
   
  1. Select the 'Monitor' dialog in the 'Display Properties' window.
     You can find more information on setting up the monitor in the 
     context sensitive online help.


  2. Set the desired operation mode for the selected monitor:
 
    
     Select from list
     ----------------
     Use resolution/refresh rate settings optimized for your specific
     monitor.
     
     Select the appropriate Dell monitor type, or DDC Monitor.
     If you do not have a Dell or DDC Monitor or are not sure, choose the
     Generic Monitor selection.

     
     A list on the right menu panel displays resolutions and - for each
     resolution - the maximum refresh rate, as supported by the selected
     monitor. If the current video mode (specified in the 'Settings'
     dialog) is not supported by the selected monitor, the resolution/
     refresh rate setting will be automatically reduced.
     
     Select the desired refresh rate in the 'Refresh Rate' section. All
     refresh rates supported by the monitor for the currently
     selected resolution are displayed. 
      
     Click the 'Apply' or 'OK' button to enable your monitor selection.
     
        
   

     DDC Monitor
     -----------
     Select this option and click the 'Apply' or 'OK' button if you want
     the driver to automatically decode the monitor's DDC (Display Data
     Channel) information on each reboot/NT 4.0 start.  
     To detect a new DDC monitor immediately, click the 'Detect now'
     button. An error message will be displayed if the connected monitor 
     does not support DDC.
     The 'Refresh Rate' section displays the maximum refresh rate
     supported by the monitor for the currently selected resolution. 


     Gamma Correction Adjustment
     ---------------------------
     Adjust the monitor's gamma correction for optimal brightness. 
     When this slider is changed the gamma correction table modifies each 
     pixel's color value. 
     The brightness produced at the face of the display is proportional to
     the input voltage raised to the power gamma. This nonlinearity must be
     compensated to achieve correct reproduction of the image's brightness.
     The effect of display gamma is to darken the midtones relative to the 
     dark and light regions. The gamma correction adjustment affects the 
     entire screen display. Changes to the gamma correction are saved on
     system level, independent of the currently active application profile
     The possible setting range is 0.3 - 4.0. The default setting is 1.0.
   


  3. Click the 'Apply' or 'OK' button to enable your monitor settings.


  



4. UNINSTALLING THE DIAMOND Fire GL1 VIDEO DRIVER
---------------------------------------------------

  This section describes how to properly remove your Diamond Fire GL1
  software from your system should you need to do so. 

  NOTE: Before removing the Diamond Fire GL1 video driver, please close
        all open application programs and disable any anti-virus software
        that is running on your computer until the driver de-installation
        is complete!

  1.  Select Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs.

  2.  Select 'Diamond Fire GL1.

  3.  Click on the 'Remove the Product' button.

  4.  Click 'Next'.

  5.  When the uninstall is complete, Windows NT will automatically reboot.




5. CONFIGURATION FEATURES AND INFORMATION
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5.1 Diamond Information Dialog
------------------------------

  Check the 'Information' dialog in the 'Display Properties' window for
  detailed hardware and driver information on your Fire GL1 card. This
  data may be helpful when contacting Dell's technical support.

  You can display the 'Information' dialog by
  right-clicking the Windows Desktop background and then selecting
  the 'Properties' option from the pop-up menu. Then select the
  'Information' tab.


5.2 Diamond Configuration Menu (for experienced users only!)
------------------------------------------------------------
  If you experience problems with your application, or if you want to try
  to optimize the performance of your system on specific applications, you
  may modify the configuration settings.

  Select the 'Configuration' dialog in the 'Display Properties' window.
  You can find more information on the settings in the
  'Configuration' dialog in the context sensitive online help.
  	
 
  You can display the 'Configuration' dialog by
  right-clicking the Windows Desktop background and then selecting
  the 'Properties' option from the pop-up menu. Then select the
  'Configuration' tab.

  For some of the most popular applications the optimal configuration
  profile is factory-set by default. Select the application from the list
  in the 'Configuration Profiles' section. This will change the necessary
  Windows NT registry settings. 
  Click 'Apply' and then restart Windows NT.

  1. Click the 'Add' button in the 'Configuration Profiles' section and
     enter the new application for which you want to set the configuration
     parameters.

  2. To modify the configuration settings of a specific application, for
     example, Softimage, select the application from the list in the
     'Configuration Profiles' section and click the 'Modify' button.

  3. In the 'Settings' section select or clear the following checkboxes
     according to your requirements:

     Overlay Planes

     4-Bit double-buffered
     Use 4 bit double-buffered overlay planes in the depth buffers. The
     driver exports pixelformats with 4-bit double-buffered overlay
     planes for OpenGL applications.

     8-Bit single-buffered
     Use 8 bits of each 32-bit frame buffer pixel as single-buffered
     overlay planes.


     Force copy swap
     Force blit copy from back to front buffer. 

     
     Wait for vertical retrace
     Buffer swap 'synched' to vertical retrace. This improves the
     picture quality but reduces the view performance in, for example,
     benchmark testing.
 
      

  4. Click the 'Apply' or 'OK' button to enable your Configuration
     settings.



6. NOTES, PROBLEMS, AND LIMITATIONS
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   Driver Errata

   4.00.1381.1039

Known issues
  - Pro 3DPaint (PTC) has wrong pixels when you zoom in many times   
  - Pro Designer (PTC) , sometimes cursor disappears 
Fixed issues
  - 3D Flower screen saver Box wrong triangle problem is fixed.
  - QuickTime 3.0 Dr. Watson issue is fixed.
  - Simplecap missing triangle issue is fixed.
  - Unigraphics bonding box issue is fixed
  - IDEAS Simulation problem is fixed.
	
   
   4.00.1381.1040

Known issues
  - Pro 3DPaint (PTC) has wrong pixels when you zoom in many times   
  - Pro Designer (PTC) , sometimes cursor disappears 
Fixed issues    
  - WHQL conformance test (ViewPort) failure is fixed.
  - Sense8 , RealiMation application wrong triangles issue is fixed.

   4.00.1381.1048

Known issues
  - Screen corruption in Softimage Marquee (Beta 1.5)
  	
Fixed issues  
  - Optimizations Cadalyst benchmark.
  - Optimizations INDY 3D benchmark.
  - Optimizations ViewPerf benchmark.
  - SIMD information is added into Information Tab.
  - Optimizations for ProE 20.
  - Lighting code is optimized.
  - Microstation wrong rectangle problem is fixed.
  - PTC Pro Designer cursor problem is fixed
  - PTC 3D Paint paint/fill problem is fixed
  - Texture problem on 1920 mode is fixed
  - Exceed 6.1 buffer swap problem is fixed.
  - Driver is changed to meet the OPC requirements (e.g. Immediate mode produce same image 
with display list mode)
  - Texture management code is tuned.
  - Japanese translation problems in Config Tab is fixed.
  - Monitor timing parameters are tuned.
  - Sense8 , RealiMation application wrong triangles issue is fixed.
  - DDC monitor wrong refresh rate list problem is fixed.

   4.00.1381.1049

Known issues
  - Screen corruption in Softimage Marquee (Beta 1.5)
  	
Fixed issues  
  - Driver is changed to meet OPC requierments.
  - Dell P1690 , 1600x1024@76Hz mode problem is fixed.

   4.00.1381.1056

Known issues

  	
Fixed issues  
  - Softimage Marquee wrong lighting issue is fixed.
  - Screen corruption in Softimage Marquee (Beta 1.5) is fixed.
  - AutoCAD 2000 extensions are added.
  - AutoCAD 2000 profile is added.
  - Open Inventor 3D viewer hang-up issue is fixed.
  - Optimizations for ProCDRS benchmark.
  - Catia wrong buffer problem is fixed.
  - 3DStudio Max underlying 3d window is not updated issue is fixed.
  - Copter wrong lighting issue is fixed.

   4.00.1381.1058

Known issues

  	
Fixed issues  
  - ProE 20 optimizations for APC ProE 20 benchmark.
  - CATIA wrong triangle color bug is fixed.
  - 10% speed improvment for SolidWorks
  - 10-15% speed improvment for CATIA


   4.00.1381.1062

Known issues

  	
Fixed issues  
  - Overall performance improvments.
  - ProE 20 optimizations for APC ProE 20 & bench99 from ProE magazine benchmark.
  - OpenGL P-Buffer support is aded Softimage Marquee and Softimage|3D
  - Wrong lighting problem in DELCAM PowerSHAPE issue is fixed.
  - RealPlayer G2 bluescreen issue is fixed.
  - 3DStudio Max x.x optimizations.

   4.00.1381.1066

Known issues

  	
Fixed issues  
  - Side Effects Houdini missing triangle issue is fixed.
  - IronCAD disappearing triangle issue is fixed.
  - Softimage Marquee wrong lighting issue is fixed.
  - New ISV profiles are added to DIMD Config TAB.

   4.00.1381.1072

Known issues

  	
Fixed issues  
  - Optimizitions in Lighting routine for display list applications.
  - Maya wrong menu items problem is fixed.
  - Catia V wrong lighting problem is fixed.
  - AGP 2X mode is switched on.
   

   4.00.1381.1077

Known issues
  - Maya 2.0 wrong lighting with some models.
  	
Fixed issues  
  - Lotus SuperOffice2000, figure gets out of shape in Screen Show.
  - Performance Enhancements.
  - Alias Wavefront Maya 2.0 vertex alpha problem.
  - Pro/DESKTOP incorrect clipping for certain primitives when two clip planes are enabled.
  - SoftImaage Marquee Redraw problems in Color Picker window when moved off the screen.
  - Alias Wavefront Maya 1.0 missing or wrong characters in Maya Hotbox or menus.
  - MineSight incorrect clipping problem.
  - UniGraphics 14 strange behavior of the translucency when rotating the object.
  - AutoCAD 2000,  the solid model content behind the clipping plane becomes darkened to the point that it is almost black.
  - MicroStation95 Transparency (and Reflection) Quality not good enough.
  - ProE20 wrong shading if SPOT light added.

   4.00.1381.1084

Known issues
  - Master Series 7.0 wrong color with Simulation test.

Fixed issues  
  - Special driver for 3D Studio MAX 3.0 / VIZ added. Driver automatically detects the application 
    in the system and installs itself with user prompt.
  - MAYA 2.0 disappearing menu problem is fixed.
  - Alias Wavefront Catia V RC3 Dr. Watson problem is fixed.
  - FreeForm Dr. Watson problem is fixed.
  - SoftImage|DS crash problem is fixed.

    4.00.1381.1085

Known issues
 
Fixed issues  
  	
  - DDC monitor detection issue is fixed.
  - Master Series 7.0 wrong color with Simulation test.

    4.00.1381.1088

Known issues
 
Fixed issues  
  	
  - Viewperf, ProCDRS wrong pixel problem is fixed
  

7. SERVICE, SUPPORT, AND SOFTWARE UPGRADES
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  For information on how to contact Dell Computer Corporation's 
  technical support, refer to the Getting Help section in the Diagnostics 
  and Troubleshooting Guide that shipped with your system. You can 
  also contact Dell's technical support via the World Wide Web at 
  www.dell.com.



8. SUPPORTED RESOLUTIONS, COLOR DEPTHS, AND REFRESH RATES
----------------------------------------------------------

  The resolutions and refresh rates supported by the Fire GL1 are
  dependent on the monitor that is selected. To display the resolution
  that are supported and the maximum vertical refresh rate for your
  monitor, refer to the 'Monitor' dialog in the 'Display Properties' 
  window. You can display the 'Monitor' dialog by right-clicking 
  the Windows desktop and selecting 'Properties' and then
  selecting the 'Monitor' tab.


  The table below is showing screen resolution, pixel size, horizontal
  line rate and refresh rate for all modes supported under the MS NT4.0 
  operating system, all modes are providing full screen double buffering
  using the OpenGL API.
 
   
  +==========+=======+=======+===================+
  |Resolution| Color | Alpha |  Refresh Rate     |
  |          | Bits  | Bits  |   (Hz)            |
  +----------+-------+-------+-------------------+
  | 640x480  |  24   |   8   | 60, 75, 85        |
  +----------+-------+-------+-------------------+
  | 800x600  |  24   |   8   | 60, 75, 85        |
  +----------+-------+-------+-------------------+
  |1024x768  |  24   |   8   | 60, 75, 85        |
  +----------+-------+-------+-------------------+
  |1280x1024 |  24   |   8   | 60, 75, 85        |
  +----------+-------+-------+-------------------+
  |1600x1200 |  24   |   8   | 60, 75, 85        |
  +----------+-------+-------+-------------------+
  |1600x1024 |  24   |   8   | 76                |
  +----------+-------+-------+-------------------+
  |1920x1200 |  24   |   8   | 60, 76            |
  +==========+=======+=======+===================+




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