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Hi,
  I have a Stealth 3d 2000 card and a Monster 3d daughter card. I use
Windows 95 OSR2 and have a Pentium 133. I upgraded both card
drivers to the latest versions on Diamond's website (the 2000 first and then
the Monster 3d). Subsequent to upgrading the drivers, I occasionally
encounter the following problem:
 
I  get a rectangle onscreen about 1 inch high by 3 inches wide that looks like black tire treadmarks. . At this point my screen freezes up and my mouse cursor can move around the screen ok, but it will not activate anything (buttons etc.) so I have to hit my reset button since there is no response to cntrl-alt-del. It is a *royal pain* when it does occur.

I noticed that it will occur when a program is doing some sort of scanning of my drives, such as a virus scan or a scan by my backup software. Recently I noticed that even though the screen freezes up, my backup software continued to work since my drive light and the drive light on my Syjet drive kept blinking and clicking.

Diamond tech support was no help.
 
Please let me know how to remedy this problem.
Thank you,
Nick Baldo
njb@world.std.com
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by:busuka
ID: 1136860
You answered your own question. Delete cards and install them again
with older drivers.
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by:heacock
ID: 1136861
Agree.  This a driver problem.  Downgrade to the old drivers.  
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by:njb
ID: 1136862
If I was an expert like you guys it would be very simple. However, since I am not I need more guidance in your recommended undertaking, which is making my hair stand up on end (gulp!).

My original driver cd-ROM has the original drivers that the computer manufacturer installed when I bought the computer a few years ago. The dates on the files are late 1995 or so compared to the current Diamond driver dates of fall 1997. I am concerned that re-installing the old drivers will wreak havoc with current versions of Direct X or anything else that I use my 3d games on.

Is there a way to try what you recommend but also safeguard that I can restore my current setup if something goes haywire? Remember I need baby steps from you guys.

Thanks:)
Nick

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busuka earned 200 total points
ID: 1136863
Nothing hard here. Right-click on My Computer, select Properties,
then Device Manager tab. Locate your video card entry, highlight it
and click Remove button. You'll prompted to reboot. After restart,
Win95 will determine "new" hardware and install its drivers, but
you should tell Win95 that you want to install from disk, provided
by manufacturer.

Some drivers have built-in option to change driver, to verify this,
go to Device Manager (see above), select video card and press
Properties, then one of tabs may have this button. You'll be prompted
to locate drivers disk (Browse).

This'll NOT wreak havoc with DX5 because core drivers will stay.
(and DX5-provided video drivers absolute crap).

Ask if you have any questions.
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by:njb
ID: 1136864
My original driver, that came with the card, is working fine without creating the "tire tread". I tried scanning with both programs and could not get the crash to happen, so hopefully it will hold.
Thanks:)
Nick

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