IMPORTANT INFORMATION for the
ATI RADEON 9000 Pro Mac Software Update

November 2002

The latest updates for all ATI products are available on the ATI web site. Check the site regularly for new driver installations and documentation updates.

This document contains last-minute updates and important information that is not found in the User's Guide or in any addendum accompanying the ATI RADEON Software Installer.

Please finish reading this file before proceeding with the installation.

Contents

Hardware/Software Requirements

  • Supported ATI Graphics Cards
  • Minimum Requirements: Mac OS X
  • Minimum Requirements: Mac OS 9
  • Recommended System Example

Installation Notes

  • Component lists and general notes
  • Installing a new graphics card for the first time

Release Notes for Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X Update 10.1.3 Minimum Required
  • Installer Password Request
  • Mac OS X 10.1.3 to 10.1.5 & RADEON 9000 Pro - Run Installer before Installing Card
  • Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar Notes
  • ATI Displays & Config Menu Notes
  • DVD Notes
  • Mac2TV Video Output Notes
  • Misc. Game Notes
  • Multiple Displays Notes
  • Apple Legacy Displays

Release Notes for Mac OS 9

  • OpenGL, QuickTime & QuickDraw 3D Rave Requirements
  • ATI Displays & Config Menu Notes
  • Monitors Control Panel and Long Mode Lists
  • DVD Notes
  • Mac2TV Video Output Notes
  • Misc. Game Notes
  • Multiple Displays Notes
  • Apple Legacy Displays
  • Motorola StarMax Note

 

Hardware/Software Requirements

Supported ATI Graphics Cards

Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 Mac OS 9
  • RADEON 9000 Pro Mac Edition
  • RADEON 8500 Mac Edition
  • RADEON 7000 Mac Edition
  • RADEON Mac Edition (AGP & PCI)
  • Xclaim VR 128      
  • Rage Orion
  • Nexus 128
  • Xclaim VR (Rage II/Pro)      
  • Xclaim 3D Plus
  • Nexus GA
  • Xclaim 3D (Rage II/Pro)
  • Xclaim GA

This software set also supports most ATI graphics built into many Macintosh models. It is safe to use both a retail product along with an existing built-in product with this single driver set. Please follow the recommended installation procedures to ensure that you do not lose any Apple-specific files.

Minimum Requirements: Mac OS X

  • Power Macintosh computer with AGP or PCI slot (depending on card model)
  • Mac OS X 10.1.3
  • 128MB of System Memory (RAM)
  • CD-ROM Drive for CD-based installation (DVD-ROM drive required for DVD playback)
  • QuickTime 5 (included with 10.1.5 and earlier, version 6 included with 10.2)

This release of the RADEON drivers for Mac OS X currently supports versions 10.1.3 to 10.2.2 Jaguar (Update) of the operating system.

The latest updates and fixes apply to versions 10.1.5 and 10.2.2 of Mac OS X. It is strongly recommended that you update to either of these OS versions if you are currently running something older. Please see the Apple web site for details.

Minimum Requirements: Mac OS 9

  • Power Macintosh computer with AGP or PCI slot (depending on card model)
  • Mac OS 9.2.1 (Apple OpenGL 1.2.2 required - included with 9.2.1 release)
  • 64MB of System Memory (RAM)
  • CD-ROM Drive for CD-based installation (DVD-ROM drive required for DVD playback)
  • QuickTime 5 (download the latest version from Apple)

Recommended System Example:

  • Power Macintosh G4 (450MHz+)
  • 17" or larger Monitor or LCD Panel
  • Mac OS 9.2.2 or Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar
  • 256MB or more System Memory (RAM)
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • QuickTime 5 or 6 Pro

 

Installation Notes

Please follow the special procedure below if you are installing a new graphics card for the first time.

The installer will run in either Mac OS X or Mac OS 9. It will install the appropriate components for the OS you are currently running. If you want to install software for both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9, you will need to run the installer separately in each operating system.

Double-Click the installer icon and follow the on-screen instructions.

The ATI RADEON Installer contains the following items:

Mac OS X:

ATI RADEON.kext
ATI RADEONDVDDriver.bundle
ATI RADEONGA.plugin
ATI RADEONGLDriver.bundle
ATI RADEON8500.kext
ATI RADEON8500DVDDriver.bundle
ATI RADEON8500GA.plugin
ATI RADEON8500GLDriver.bundle
ATI RAGE128.kext
ATI RAGE128DVDDriver.bundle
ATI RAGE128GA.plugin
ATI RAGE128GLDriver.bundle
ATITVOut.kext
ATI Monitor
ATI Displays Control Panel
ATI Help Folder and Files

Mac OS 9:

ATI 3D Accelerator
ATI 8500 3D Accelerator
ATI Extension
ATI Graphics Accelerator
ATI Monitor
ATI RADEON 3D Accelerator
ATI Rage 128 3D Accelerator
ATI Resource Manager
ATI ROM Xtender
ATI Video Accelerator
ATI Video Digitizer
OpenGLRendererATI
ATI Displays Control Panel
ATI Help Folder and Files
CarbonLib

The installer will install the above components, depending on which OS is running. Some of these components offer support for other ATI display devices. Not all components may be necessary for proper operation of any specific card. Extensions not being used by your card will not load and may safely be left in your extensions folder. For example, both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X ship with extensions for various ATI cards pre-installed.

NOTE: If you already have an existing ATI retail product, do not remove your previously installed ATI files. This installer will overwrite any files that need to be updated. If you remove your existing ATI files, your older ATI product may no longer function as expected. ATI built-in graphics found in many Macintosh models also use a file named "ATI Driver Update" which is not included within this retail installer. Do not remove this file from your system.

You must restart your computer after installation is complete.


Installing a new graphics card for the first time.

If possible, please run the installer before plugging your new card into your computer. This ensures that you will have a complete set of compatible ATI software once your card is installed and that no conflicts will be caused by old components.

This procedure is especially important with the RADEON 9000 Pro and OS 10.1.3 to 10.1.5 (if you have not previously used the September 2002 Update). It is also required with the RADEON 7000 for Mac OS 9 if you have older extensions installed. You may not be able to boot your system normally if older extensions are present in your system.

For RADEON 7000 and Mac OS 9, if you are not able to install the drivers prior to installing the graphics card,
follow the steps below:

Mac OS 9 with RADEON 7000 - Installing ATI software after graphics card.

  1. Start your system with extensions OFF (hold down the shift key during startup)
  2. Locate the Extensions folder within the System Folder
  3. Manually remove the "ATI Resource Manager" file and place it in the trash
  4. Restart and boot normally
  5. Run the ATI RADEON Software Installer

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Release Notes for Mac OS X ( 10.1.3 to 10.2.2 Required )

Mac OS X Update 10.1.3 Minimum Required
The RADEON Mac Software Update requires at least version 10.1.3 of Mac OS X (version 10.1.5 or 10.2 Jaguar is strongly recommended). Do not attempt to run this installer with earlier versions of Mac OS X - the software is not designed for earlier versions and will not work. Free Mac OS X updates are available from the Apple web site (note that 10.2 Jaguar is a purchased upgrade).

This release is designed to work with releases up to, and including, Mac OS X 10.2.2 (Jaguar Update). If you have a newer release of Mac OS X, you may need an updated ATI installation. Any updates will be available on the ATI web site.

Installer Password Request
The RADEON Mac Software Installer for Mac OS X will prompt you for a System Administrator password during the installation process. Only someone with system administrator privileges should be installing device drivers under Mac OS X. This password verification ensures security for these actions and allows the installer to access your System folder.

Mac OS X 10.1.3 to 10.1.5 & RADEON 9000 Pro - Run Installer before Installing Card
If your system is currently running ATI driver software older than the September 2002 Update, it is possible that it may not boot with the RADEON 9000 Pro. The RADEON July Update for instance, is not compatible with the RADEON 9000 Pro and will hang the computer at startup.

Please run the RADEON 9000 Pro installer prior to installing the card into your computer if you have not previously installed the September 2002 Update, or are unsure of what drivers/extensions are currently installed. You will now be ready to boot. This problem does not affect Mac OS X 10.2 and later.

Mac OS X 10.2 Kernel Panic on G4 Systems with More Than 1GB of RAM & RADEON PCI with Third-Party AGP
Using a RADEON PCI card in a G4 system, with a third-party AGP card and more than 1024MB (1GB) of memory, may cause a Kernel Panic at boot time or while installing 10.2. This is currently a known issue with Mac OS 10.2 Jaguar and memory addressing.

As a work-around, you may use any one of the following configurations:

  • Download and install Mac OS Update 10.2.2*
  • Remove some of your system memory, bringing the total down to 1GB or less.
  • Replace the third-party AGP card with one that does not exhibit this problem (RADEON 8500, RADEON 9000 Pro).
  • Remove your RADEON PCI card.
  • Run Mac OS X 10.1.5 instead of 10.2 Jaguar.

*This problem was resolved in Mac OS update 10.2.2. Please see the Apple web site for download information.

Mac OS X 10.2 Quartz Extreme and PCI Cards
Mac OS X 10.2 has introduced an accelerated window manager called Quartz Extreme, which uses the 3D acceleration features of supported AGP graphics cards to render the desktop.

PCI cards, such as the RADEON 7000, do not use Quartz Extreme. This is not a bug in the software nor Mac OS X 10.2, rather it is a design choice in Mac OS X to maintain the best overall performance for such products. Though some specific sub-tests may show higher benchmark scores using Quartz Extreme, the comparatively slow transfer speed of PCI, when compared to AGP, will cause unacceptable slow downs in critical areas such as QuickTime and DVD acceleration and playback.

Mac OS X 10.2 Help Viewer Problems
The Help Viewer in Mac OS X 10.2 (and 10.2.1) contains a number of problems that may affect navigation of the ATI Help Files. When hovering above some hyper links, the mouse cursor does not change (to a hand) to indicate a clickable object, but instead may remain as a text-selection I-bar. Simply ignore the mouse cursor appearance and click on underlined links as normal.

When pressing the Help Viewer's Back button, previous content is always loaded into the last active frame of the HTML document. For the ATI Help Files, this causes all content to be reloaded into the right side frame. This will create a duplicate top-level menu if the back button is pressed a number of times. Do not use the Help Viewer's back button. ATI Help is completely navigable using its own set of hyper links found in its left frame with Mac OS X 10.2.x. These allow you to jump around to different sections of the help file at any time, without ever using the back button.

Increasing or Decreasing the font size will prevent any framed help files from displaying properly. If you change the font size from its default, using the Increase/Decrease (+/-) commands in the Edit menu of the Help Viewer, clicking on links in ATI Help will have no effect.

ATI Help files are all standard and straight-forward HTML. Internet Explorer (or another browser) may be used to view the ATI Help instead of using Apple's help viewer, simply by double-clicking the ATI Help.htm file in the ATI Manuals folder. Other browsers do not contain the problems outlined above.

ATI Displays - Supported Cards
The current version of ATI Displays supports all retail RADEON, Rage 128 and Rage Pro series cards. ATI Displays will also identify Rage II and older products, but will not provide Mac2TV or other settings.

ATI Displays will also identify a number of Apple's built-in ATI graphics products using the above chipsets. This functionality is for informational purposes only and does not constitute retail-level support for Apple-supplied graphics products by ATI. Users should continue to contact Apple for any issues regarding their computers and built-in graphics.

ATI Displays - 3D Memory Feature
The 3D Memory feature from ATI Displays in Mac OS 9 is not applicable when running Mac OS X. Mac OS X treats 3D memory in such a way that it is not possible to display its layout in a simple bar graph as in Mac OS 9.

ATI Config Menu Not Available
The ATI Config Menu is currently a Mac OS 9-only feature. A similar applet has not been developed for Mac OS X at this time.

Apple DVD Player and Mac OS X 10.1.3 (or 10.1.4) - Invalid Configuration Reported
When running with multiple graphics cards installed or certain single-card configurations, Apple DVD Player may complain that the configuration is invalid and will not start. The problem does not occur when running only a single AGP card in an AGP system.

The 10.1.5 Mac OS X Update should resolve this problem. You may download the update from the Apple Web Site.

Adaptive De-Interlacing for DVD Playback (Mac OS X 10.1.3 to 10.1.5)
This feature applies to RADEON series cards. The de-interlacing feature may be enabled from the Multimedia pane of ATI Displays. You must restart the Apple DVD Player application for this setting to take effect.

This feature is intended for use with interlaced DVD content; often material that was originally shot on video, such as TV programming or deleted scenes and documentaries included on many DVD titles as extras. Turning it on while watching non-interlaced movies may slightly degrade certain elements, such as static text displays. An interlaced source can easily be identified on a monitor; you will be able to see horizontal stripes in the video (easiest to see with fast moving subjects and high contrast areas).

This feature preserves its setting within Mac OS X, even after reboots. It is currently a global setting. Turning it ON/OFF will affect all RADEON cards installed in your computer.

NOTE: Mac OS X 10.2.x Jaguar features a brand new DVD Quartz Extreme compatible display engine for which the current Adaptive De-Interlacing feature has no effect. Adaptive De-Interlacing is a feature work of the Video Overlay (which is used in Mac OS X versions prior to 10.2 as well as Mac OS 9).

Mac2TV (Video Output) with RADEON Cards
TV modes on all RADEON cards are only available when booting with a TV connected. If you have just connected a TV, you must reboot to see the new modes. All newer ATI cards allow access to TV modes directly from the System Preferences Displays Pane and Displays Menu List (labeled either NTSC or PAL) as well as TV settings through the ATI Displays program.

On Dual-Display cards (RADEON 8500 and 7000), connecting a TV at the same time as another display will give you two displays in an extended desktop layout. Previous RADEON Mac Edition cards and Xclaim cards were single display only and used a shared mode list to select TV resolutions.

NOTE: The RADEON 7000 does not support a configuration with both a TV and analog display connected to the DVI port (example: a VGA monitor connected to the DVI port with an adapter and a TV also connected).

Mac2TV - Simulscan (Monitor & TV within the same mode list with the same image - NOT Mirror Displays)
Simulscan is the display of the same image on a TV and CRT when both appear within one mode list (sharing one frame buffer). To enable this feature, choose a mode labeled "simulscan" in the Displays Panel of System Preferences. Note that simulscan only works with NTSC TV Out - Both CRT and TV must support the chosen refresh rate of 60Hz.

Simulscan mode is not supported when ONLY a DVI flat panel and TV are connected on any RADEON card.

  • RADEON Mac Edition (PCI or AGP) and earlier cards: simulscan is only possible when a CRT and TV are connected.

  • RADEON 7000 & 8500 Mac Edition: simulscan is only available when a DVI panel is connected along with a CRT and TV. Otherwise, TV and CRT each receive their own frame buffer and you must use Mirror Displays. Please see Mirror Displays notes below for discussion of that feature.

Misc. Game Notes
This release of RADEON and Rage 128 drivers address issues and provide performance improvements with some existing games, as well as new games just made available or about to be released. Please be aware that some games will require that these newest ATI drivers be installed if they are to be run at all.

3D Game Resolutions - 2048x1536
Currently, resolutions of 2048x1536 or higher are not supported in 3D games such as Quake III. This resolution is available from the finder and will work with desktop applications, but does not currently support full-screen gaming. Selecting this mode from a game will likely produce a black screen. You may have to quit the game and delete its preference file to regain visibility of the in-game screen.  Mac OS 9 does not currently have this limitation.

FSAA (Full Scene Anti Aliasing)
FSAA is available at resolutions up to 1280x1024 on both the RADEON 8500 and 9000 Pro, and 1024x768 on RADEON (AGP & PCI). A control to enable this feature and its level (2x or 4x) should be available from within any specific game supporting this functionality.

Anisotropic Filtering has been fully enabled for RADEON products. Control for this feature, as with FSAA, is available from within games supporting it.

RADEON 9000 Pro/8500/7000 Dual Displays and 3D Games - Available Video Memory
When using two displays on the RADEON 9000 Pro, 8500 or 7000, the total video memory is divided in two, giving each display half of the total video memory (32MB for each display on RADEON 9000 Pro or 8500 and 16MB for RADEON 7000). This number will be reported in tools like ATI Displays. However, unlike OS 9, 3D textures for a scene on either display are not limited to using only the memory for that display. Textures can be stored anywhere within the full memory of the graphics card. This allows for maximum 3D quality, regardless of display configuration.

Mirror Displays - 3D, 2D and DVD Acceleration Support
Using the Displays panel of the System Preferences or the Resolution menu item, it is possible to set two independent displays to show an identical desktop (useful for presentations). This is not to be confused with the Simulscan TV output mode which uses only one frame buffer.

  • 3D & RADEON 9000 Pro, 8500 & 7000 with two displays: This is a "Hardware Mirror" mode. When using this mode, 3D hardware acceleration is fully supported when both displays are set to the same color depth (3D acceleration requires Thousands or Millions of colors). Each display is still running from its own frame buffer.

  • 3D & two cards (any model) with one display each: This is a "Software Mirror" mode. 3D hardware acceleration is available, but will perform very slowly compared to non-mirrored displays. This is true when mirroring the displays of two separate cards, regardless of card model/brand. To maintain optimum acceleration and associated features do not enable video mirroring and continue to run in a standard extended desktop configuration.

  • 2D & any card combination: 2D (desktop and window) hardware acceleration is supported when running either display at any color depth on all RADEON and Rage 128 products.

  • DVD & any card combination: Please see the section below ("Apple DVD Player and Mirror Displays")

NOTE: In Mac OS X, each display must be at the same resolution and color depth to enable Mirror Displays. The OS may switch modes on one display automatically to match the other, or it may disable the Mirroring check box until the display modes are in sync.

NOTE: Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar's Quartz Extreme uses 3D hardware acceleration for much of its desktop & window rendering.

iTunes with Multiple Displays & Mirror Displays
You will not be able to turn off Display Mirroring after running full-screen visuals in iTunes. A reboot will be necessary to return the OFF functionality for Mirror Video.

If you are running Apple DVD Player and iTunes at the same time, you may see some corruption in the DVD window when turning off iTunes' full-screen visuals. This corruption may clear when the video frame updates, when the DVD window is moved or by restarting the DVD player. In some cases, turning off visuals may corrupt the entire desktop.

It is not recommended that iTunes' full-screen visuals be activated while playing DVD video.

Apple DVD Player and Multiple Displays
The DVD window will only display, and support dragging, within the Menu Bar display. At this time, Apple DVD Player for Mac OS X does not support moving nor stretching the video window between displays.

Apple DVD Player and Mirror Displays

Mac OS X 10.1.3 to 10.1.5 (all card models):
With some versions of Apple DVD Player, the DVD window will only show video on one display; this is expected behavior. Currently, only a single Video Overlay may be active at one time. However, newer versions of Apple DVD Player (3.0.1) do not allow Mirror Displays to be activated at all while it is running. ADP will show an alert stating it does not support the current configuration. Starting DVD and then enabling mirroring will cause the player to quit in this configuration.

Mac OS X 10.2.x Jaguar (all RADEON series cards): The newest version of Mac OS X introduces a new presentation method for DVD playback, using ATI's 3D engine instead of the standard video overlay. This allows for a number of Mac OS X display features to better interact with DVD, including display mirroring.

Mac OS X 10.2.x Jaguar (Rage 128 series cards):
The same limitations as outlined for Mac OS X 10.1.3 to 10.1.5 exist for older ATI graphics products supporting DVD. For optimal playback performance, these products continue to use the video overlay.

Apple ColorSync 20" Display (aka 850/ M3705) 1280x960 85Hz Mode
When connected with an appropriate adapter, this monitor will show 1280x960 85Hz as an available mode. This mode falls within the specifications reported by the monitor at boot time, however, it may cause the screen to toggle on/off. This is a limitation of the monitor. Simply select the 75Hz mode of this resolution or a different resolution at any refresh rate for a stable display.

Apple Legacy Displays with Apple 15-Pin connector and No DDC (Display Data Channel)
Please note that Non-DDC Apple monitors, requiring Apple Sense Line codes, are not fully supported by the RADEON 9000 Pro, nor 8500. These monitors, when connected with a standard Apple-VGA adapter, will be viewed/treated as a standard VGA monitor. The default safe booting resolution is 640x480 60Hz in this scenario.

On Multi-Scanning models, the available list in the Monitors control panel will show a variety of modes. Be aware that not all will work for your given display. These are simply default VGA & VESA modes. These monitors may be better supported if using a third-party monitor adapter that provides some sort of DDC information.

Most fixed frequency models will not operate properly because the initial startup resolution of the card will be 640x480 60Hz. Most Apple fixed frequency displays do not support this mode. Fixed frequency models include Apple's Two-Page Mono and Color displays, as well as the Mono Portrait Display. Third-party adapters may be available to allow usage of these older products.

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Release Notes for Mac OS 9 ( 9.2.1 or later required for 3D support )

OpenGL Version Requirements for Mac OS 9
A minimum of version 1.2.2 of Apple OpenGL (included with Mac OS 9.2.1 and newer) is required to use OpenGL applications or games with the current set of ATI software. Versions of Mac OS prior to 9.2.1, by default, contain earlier versions of OpenGL. Compatibility between version 1.2.2 of OpenGL and Mac OS versions prior to 9.2.1 is unknown.

QuickTime Player - QuickDraw™ 3D RAVE Requirement
Movie acceleration requires the "QuickDraw™ 3D RAVE" extension which is included with Mac OS 9. However, recent changes to version 1.7.x of this extension may cause playback problems, including a system hang. Version 1.7.x ships with newer Mac OS 9 updates, including 9.2.2

It is recommended that QuickDraw™ 3D RAVE version 1.6 be used for problem-free operation. This version of the extension ships with most other revisions of Mac OS 9 and is also included with QuickTime installers (currently verified up to version 5.0.4). Deleting version 1.7.x and then running the QuickTime 5 installer will provide you with a proper setup.

ATI Displays Version 3.x - Supported Cards and Features
The newest version of ATI Displays supports all retail RADEON, Rage 128 and Rage Pro series cards. It is a carbon application and will run in Mac OS 9 as well as Mac OS X. Version 3.x drops a number of legacy features from version 2.x (Pop-Up menu, VGA Settings, Driver Details and assorted legacy 3D settings). Some of these features were specific to older retail products and have been made obsolete with newer driver software as well as settings built into third party applications and games.

The last item no longer found in ATI Displays is the ATI Problem Report: It is recommended that Apple's System Profiler be used to generate a system and extension report prior to contacting ATI Customer Support. This provides a robust and detailed view of your system configuration.

ATI Displays will also identify a number of Apple's built-in ATI graphics products using the above chipsets. This functionality is for informational purposes only and does not constitute retail-level support for Apple-supplied graphics products by ATI. Users should continue to contact Apple for any issues regarding their computers and built-in graphics.

ATI Displays Version 2.x - Extra Download and Installation
The legacy version of ATI Displays is available as part of previous RADEON Update Installers from the ATI web site. This older version fully supports Rage II+, Rage II and older retail graphics products. Version 3.x will identify these cards, but currently will not allow for custom Mac2TV settings. If these features are needed, please download and install version 2.x of ATI Displays - it will work on the same system along with this ATI software installation. You may obtain this file from the RADEON (0207) July Update or earlier.

ATI Displays Mac2TV Saturation Controls
The saturation slider in the Mac2TV pane of ATI Displays may produce a black and white display with certain types of NTSC capable televisions or monitors when the slider is moved to the far right. This is normal and will not harm the television or monitor. Move the slider to a position that restores the desired color.

ATI Config Menu - How to Disable / Enable
The ATI Config Menu appears along the menu bar. It is initiated by clicking on the ATI logo that appears next to the system clock.

To disable this feature: when booting, hold the OPTION+C keys. This will disable the ATI Config Menu permanently.

To re-enable the ATI Config Menu: when booting, hold the OPTION+C keys. This will re-enable the ATI Config Menu.

Monitors Control Panel and Long Mode Lists
ATI's newest cards, such as the RADEON 9000 Pro, feature enhanced mode support allowing for a wide range of resolutions and refresh rates. When using a monitor without Extended Display Information Data (EDID), the graphics card will provide a large standard list of modes and refresh rates: from 60Hz to the card's maximum.

This long list exposes a limitation in Mac OS 9's Monitors Control Panel. The Resolution list box will generate some invalid lines at the top, in the form of scrambled characters. Selecting a specific mode from the list will bring up the correct resolution; however, looking back at the Resolution list box will not show the chosen mode as being highlighted - the list will be offset by the number of invalid lines. Additionally, a number of higher resolution modes will not be present in this list. This is only a display and referencing problem in the Monitors Control Panel and there are no ill effects other than those described here. Using the Resolution Control Strip Module works as expected, listing all modes correctly, and is the suggested method for changing resolution and color depth.

Apple DVD Player
PowerMac G4 AGP: All Rage 128 AGP/PCI and RADEON AGP/PCI products fully support Apple DVD Player version 2.2+.

Apple DVD Player 2.7 is the latest shipping version as of this writing. In order to provide maximum compatibility, you should download the latest version from Apple's web site.

Note: Apple DVD Player does not support Video Mirroring. Mirroring may not be enabled while the DVD application is running, and the application may not start if mirroring is enabled.

Adaptive De-Interlacing for DVD Playback
The de-interlacing feature may be enabled from either the ATI Displays control panel or from the ATI Config Menu in your menu bar. It is supported on all RADEON-class graphics cards.

This feature is intended for use with interlaced DVD content; often material that was originally shot on video, such as TV programming or deleted scenes and documentaries included on many DVD titles as extras. Turning it on while watching non-interlaced movies may slightly degrade certain elements, such as static text displays. An interlaced source can easily be identified on a monitor; you will be able to see horizontal stripes in the video (easiest to see with fast moving subjects and high contrast areas).

This feature defaults to OFF in Mac OS 9 when you restart your computer.

From the ATI Displays control panel, you may enable de-interlacing on a per-card basis. From the ATI Config Menu, you may only make a global (all cards) change. The ATI Config Menu will show a check-mark next to the de-interlacing option if it is enabled for all cards, and it will show a blank space if is disabled for all cards. If enabled only on some cards and disabled for others, it will show a dash (-).

Mac2TV (Video Output) with RADEON Cards
TV modes on all RADEON cards are only available when booting with a TV connected. If you have just connected a TV, you must reboot to see the new modes. All newer ATI cards allow access to TV modes directly from the Resolution control strip module (labeled either NTSC or PAL) as well as TV settings through ATI Displays.

On Dual-Display cards (RADEON 8500 and 7000), connecting a TV at the same time as another display will give you two displays in an extended desktop layout. Previous RADEON Mac Edition cards and Xclaim cards were single display only and used a shared mode list to select TV resolutions.

NOTE: The RADEON 7000 does not support a configuration with both a TV and analog display connected to the DVI port (example: a VGA monitor connected to the DVI port with an adapter and a TV connected at the same time).

Mac2TV - Simulscan (Monitor & TV within the same mode list with the same image - NOT Video Mirroring)
Simulscan is the display of the same image on a TV and CRT when both appear within one display mode list (sharing one frame buffer). To enable this feature, choose a mode labeled "simulscan" in the Resolution control strip module. Note that simulscan only works with NTSC TV Out - Both CRT and TV must support the available refresh rate of 60Hz.

Simulscan mode is not supported when ONLY a DVI flat panel and TV are connected on any RADEON card.

  • RADEON Mac Edition (PCI or AGP) and earlier cards: simulscan is only possible when a CRT and TV are connected.

  • RADEON 7000 & 8500 Mac Edition: simulscan is only available when a DVI panel is connected along with a CRT and TV. Otherwise, TV and CRT each receive their own frame buffer and you must use Video Mirroring to achieve a similar effect. Please see Video Mirroring notes below for discussion of that feature.

Mac2TV and Computer Graphics
The display quality of computer graphics on NTSC/PAL capable monitors or televisions can vary greatly from model to model. Adjustments to screen size, position, brightness and contrast (using the Mac2TV Controls found in the ATI Displays control panel) can be used to improve the display.

Misc. Game Notes
This release of RADEON and Rage 128 drivers address issues and provide performance improvements with some existing games, as well as new games just made available or about to be released. Please be aware that some games will require that these newest ATI drivers be installed if they are to be run at all.

FSAA (Full Scene Anti Aliasing) & Anisotropic Filtering
FSAA is available at resolutions up to 1280x1024 on both the RADEON 8500 and 9000 Pro, and 1024x768 on RADEON (AGP & PCI). A control to enable this feature and its level (2x or 4x) should be available from within any specific game supporting this functionality.

Anisotropic Filtering has been fully enabled for RADEON products. Control for this feature, as with FSAA, is available from within games supporting it.

System Memory and Applications/Games
Systems with less than 128MB of physical system memory should keep Virtual Memory turned ON and set to at least 128MB. Note that some applications will require even greater amounts; this is typical with some newer games. Please check individual game/application requirements.

Virtual Memory is not an ideal substitute for physical memory and may not work optimally with all programs. Please see recommended system specifications.

Multiple Displays and 3D Games - Display Selection
Some games will work on any of your active displays and will provide an interface for selecting which display to play on. This selection process may occur when running the game for the first time, may need a special key-press when launching (example: American McGee's Alice) or may require a change to a configuration file. Please see the documentation for your specific game. Also note that some older games require an update for this added functionality (example: Pangea Software's Cro Mag Rally).

Other games may only work on one of the displays. They may automatically come up on the Menu bar display or may come up on the Startup display (Happy Face in the Arrange tab of the Monitors control panel).

RADEON 9000 Pro/8500/7000 Dual Displays and 3D Games - Available Video Memory
When using two displays on the RADEON 9000 Pro, 8500 or 7000, the total video memory is divided in two, giving each display half of the total video memory (32MB for each display on RADEON 9000 Pro or 8500 and 16MB for RADEON 7000). This number will be reported in tools such as ATI Displays. 3D textures for a scene on one display must fit into the portion of memory assigned for that display. Some games have very demanding memory requirements for 3D textures and buffers and will not perform at an optimal level with only 16MB on the RADEON 7000. Examples include Quake 3 and American McGee's Alice. The RADEON 9000 Pro and 8500, with two buffers of 32MB, should not have any problems with current games.

There are a couple of steps that may be taken to work with these requirements:
  1. Boot the computer and run the game with only one display connected - this allows for the most aggressive texture quality and resolution settings.

  2. Lower the resolution and/or texture quality of the game display (some games do not have such configuration options).

Video Mirroring - 3D, 2D and DVD Acceleration Support
Using the Arrange tab in the Monitors control panel, or the Video Mirror control strip module, it is possible to set two independent displays to show an identical desktop (useful for presentations). This is not to be confused with the Simulscan TV output mode which uses only one frame buffer.

  • 3D & RADEON 9000 Pro or 8500 with two displays: When using this mode, 3D acceleration is fully supported when both displays are set to the same color depth (3D acceleration requires Thousands or Millions of colors). Each display is still running from its own frame buffer.

  • 3D & RADEON 7000 with two displays: When using this mode, 3D acceleration is not supported and all 3D operations will go through Apple's software renderer. To maintain optimum acceleration and associated features, the monitors should be run in a standard extended desktop configuration.

  • 3D & two cards (any model) with one display each: 3D acceleration is not supported when mirroring the displays of two separate cards, regardless of card model/brand. To maintain optimum acceleration and associated features do not enable video mirroring, instead continue to run in a standard extended desktop configuration.

  • 2D & any card combination: 2D (desktop and window) acceleration is supported when running either display at any color depth. The Menu bar in Mac OS 9 may turn gray while running with two different depths. Changing the mode of one display should fix this. This problem will be corrected in an upcoming software update.

  • DVD & any card combination: Apple DVD Player does not support Video Mirroring. Mirroring may not be enabled while the DVD application is running, and the application may not start if mirroring is enabled.

For accurate representation between displays, it is recommended that both always be set to the same color depth.

Apple ColorSync 20" Display (aka 850/ M3705) 1280x960 85Hz Mode
When connected with an appropriate adapter, this monitor will show 1280x960 85Hz as an available mode. This mode falls within the specifications reported by the monitor at boot time, however, it may cause the screen to toggle on/off. This is a limitation of the monitor. Simply select the 75Hz mode of this resolution or a different resolution at any refresh rate for a stable display.

Apple Legacy Displays with Apple 15-Pin connector and No DDC (Display Data Channel)
Please note that Non-DDC Apple monitors, requiring Apple Sense Line codes, are not fully supported by the RADEON 9000 Pro, nor 8500. These monitors, when connected with a standard Apple-VGA adapter, will be viewed/treated as a standard VGA monitor. The default safe booting resolution is 640x480 60Hz in this scenario.

On Multi-Scanning models, the available list in the Monitors control panel will show a variety of modes. Be aware that not all will work for your given display. These are simply default VGA & VESA modes. These monitors may be better supported if using a third-party monitor adapter that provides some sort of DDC information.

Most fixed frequency models will not operate properly because the initial startup resolution of the card will be 640x480 60Hz. Most Apple fixed frequency displays do not support this mode. Fixed frequency models include Apple's Two-Page Mono and Color displays, as well as the Mono Portrait Display. Third-party adapters may be available to allow usage of these older products.

Motorola StarMax 4000 (5 PCI slot models) & RADEON PCI / RADEON 7000
Please note that your RADEON should be installed in either of the two inside slots (closest to main board). The three outside slots are currently not supported for this specific main board configuration. Other computer models should not have any slot dependencies.

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