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Joined: 03 Sep 2003
|Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2006 9:59 pm Post subject: Fix for slow graphics on ATI Radeon Graphics Cards
Many people who play Links 2003 and have PCs with certain ATI graphics cards have experienced problems.
The symptoms are that the golfer swing and subsequent ball flight all seem to take place in slow motion. If the option to display frame rates is selected, (Options/Golfer settings) the frame rate displayed drops to a very low value ( usually less than 10fps) during any shot. The normal frame rate should be of the order of 30 fps.
Graphics cards known to exhibit this problem include Radeon 9000, 9200SE to name but two.
A possible fix.
STEP ONE, determine the DeviceID for your video adapter in the Dxdiag.txt file:
- Click the Start button on the lower left of your desktop, and then select "Run."
- In the "Run" box, type "dxdiag" and then click OK. The Microsoft DirectX Diagnostic Tool will start up.
- Click "Save All Information" (bottom of the DirectX box). It'll take a moment while the computer gathers the information.
- In the "Save As" box, make sure that you're saving the file to your "Desktop," verify that the file name that appears in the File name box is "Dxdiag.txt," and then click Save. (Basically, just make sure you know where you are saving the file, and what the name of the file is.)
- Now click Exit to quit the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.
- On your desktop, double-click the Dxdiag.txt file that you just saved.
- Under the "Display Devices" section, locate and note or copy the Device ID value for your video card. For example, it will look something like: 0x0177.
- Now exit out of Notepad.
STEP TWO, add the DeviceID entry for your video adapter to the Videocard.txt file:
- Open the Videocard.txt file. The Videocard.txt file is located in the following folder (where "drive" is the drive where Links 2003 is installed, probably your C drive): drive:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Links 2003
-Next, locate the following line in the Videocard.txt file: Vendor = 0x1002 "ATI". (This line identifies the beginning of the ATI device listing section.)
-Scroll to the end of the ATI device listing section. The last entry in this section should be the following:
0x5656 = "Mach 64"
-Create an entry for your video adapter at the end of the ATI device listing section, right after the lines listed above. This entry will begin with the Device ID value that you obtained above from the Dxdiag.txt file. Your entry will look something like this; however, replace "0x5654" with your Device ID and "Mach 64" with the name of your video card. (Both of those items are stored in the DXDiag.txt file.)
0x5654 = "Mach 64"
-On the File menu, click Save, and then quit Notepad.
-And you're all done! Your video card is now stored in the Videocard.txt file, and Links should recognize it automatically when you open the game.
Our thanks to Mainer Todd for resurrecting this fix.
I f anyone has any suggestions for additions/amendments to this post please PM me.