Matrox G200 crashing or freezing in 3D games

I spent a good part of a day wrestling with an annoying problem I found while testing the Matrox G200 AGP graphics card I recently acquired on my Pentium 4 test machine. And it’s a quite serious problem – it causes a BSOD or a hard lockup/freezing in a 3D game under Windows 98 SE, Continue reading

AOpen MX46-533V: SIS 651 review

AOpen MX46-533V

Recently picked up an inexpensive mATX motherboard for testing AGP graphics cards – the AOpen MX46-533V. The specs are pretty good for its intended purpose – socket 478 for cheap Pentium 4 cpu’s, up to 533MHz FSB support, DDR333 memory support, Universal AGP, and drivers ranging from Windows 98 SE and NT4 to Windows XP. There’s even an integrated graphics unit  Continue reading

Can you game on Ati 3300 integrated graphics?

Ati 3300 graphics

In 2008, AMD released the 790GX chipset that included the most powerful integrated GPU at the time – the Ati 3300. Which had nothing to do with my plans. I already had a gaming rig with a socket 939 AMD Opteron 165 cpu, the hugely popular Geforce 8800gt video card, and life was good. But as more demanding games appeared Continue reading