Archive for March 2nd, 2004

ATI Radeon 9800 PRO (more)

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2004

I’ve been using my ATI Radeon 9800 PRO for a little over a week now. I’m loving it. Not a big benchmark fan, so I haven’t bothered overclocking it. I’m mainly playing America’s Army and I can play with all the details cranked up and still get a decent FPS of ~50-70. Lovely.

But ATI’s drivers in Linux absolutely SUCK. I get some terrible distortion while playing AA after about a minute in a map. Game is absolutely beautiful in Windows, so I find myself booting over just to play that game. I’ve found a couple other people with the same problem, so I guess it really is a driver issue. I’ve tried two different versions of the driver (3.2.8 and 3.7.0) and get the same problem.

And GameVE continues to cause problems for me. They issued a refund, but it was only a partial refund. I’ve tried calling them a couple times but can’t get ahold of the manager. I emailed them and asked about it, but no reply yet. In the meantime, I’ve filed complaints with the BBB, California Attorney General, and the Federal Trade Commission. They sold me a used, old, defective product and advertised it as brand new. Now they’re hassling me about giving me my money back. So screw em.