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Tip for visual bugs in games.

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Hi all,

I read a lot of posts about visual bugs in games and in most situations, it's very easy to fix.

For most bugs with black areas, visual effects and such.
1. Update your videocard drivers.
If the screen is partly out of sight or unclear.
2. Recalibrate your monitor (TFT only)
For most bugs with gameplay.
3. Update the game, if possible.


Update your Videocard Drivers:

If you don't know already what videocard you have, first verify that by:

Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> open Monitor -> Go to tab Settings
It will tell you what card you have.

Then after you did that, go to the correspondending site.

For ATI cards (also shown as Radeon or Rage at some cards) go to:
Select the operating system the card is being used on.
Select the ALL-IN-WONDER for 100% sure compatibility if you somehow don't know what card you have.
ATI claims NOT to install drivers for wrong videocards, so be sure of your cause and don't blame anybody else if your videocard fails because of wrong drivers.
Therefore, ALL-IN-WONDER is only suitable for ATI cards, NOT Nvidia.

For nVidia cards (also shown as GeForce or TNT most of the time) go to:
Select "Graphics Driver" in the first box. Then the kind of card you have.
If you got a card with higher than 7000, you have the Go 7-serie.
Any other nVidia card has all or most keywords in it's name.
And then select the operating system.
Download the drivers.
If you somehow got the wrong drivers, don't be alarmed, nVidia drivers are build for specific cards, but all drivers usually go, without damage, on all cards IF it's an nVidia card.

Then there are the remaining hundreds of videocards.
They are the weak and slow onboard videochips.
The SiS chips from Intel (Silicon integrated Systems)
These can be downloaded through their website.
It works the same way as the nVidia part.
But select the GPU Graphics Driver.
I don't know how flexible the drivers are for different SiS cards, so don't take the risk downloading the wrong ones.

So one more warning, don't download ATI drivers for nVidia cards and vice versa.
Don't install Radeon drivers for Rage cards.
Don't put a screwdrivers in the card when it fails, it won't help.

When you switch from ATI to nVidia, first uninstall the ATI drivers, reboot, shut down, switch cards, turn on, install nVidia drivers, reboot, play games.
When you go from nVidia to ATI, it usually doesn't screw up the settings, only the resolution and colors, because the drivers don't understand the card.


Recalibrate your monitor:

This is handy if pixels are misplaced, like the screen is partly out of sight.
On most TFT-monitors (you'll recognize them by it's flatness) there is an auto-adjust button on the front.
If you push it, the screen moves a bit till it found a better spot.


Update the game if possible:

When there are gameplay bugs, the game creators are hopefully working on a new patch that fixes those bugs.
Be patient and update the game when the new patch comes out.


*hopes this get stickied* :whistling:

Edited by IO-error, 10 October 2006 - 02:05 AM.

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It wont get stickied its not that good. You havent covered alot of stuff that a guide to fixing visual errors and reinstalling drivers should.
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It was just a weak hope, didn't expect it anyway.
But if you give tips of stuff I should also cover, I'll be open for suggestions to improve this.
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