I miss the Days of DETONATOR DRIVERS

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Section' started by MIXXX, Jul 24, 2017.

  1. EdKiefer

    EdKiefer Maha Guru

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    I am still waiting on Rampage to be released :)

    Yeh, for the day they were great, very smooth gameplay, I still have the system Asus P2B PIII 700mhz, S3 Verge/V2 SLI.

    PS: I see there still active 3dfx forum here, been so long.
    On, the Voodoo4 (4500) they made them in PCI and AGP versions.
     
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  2. tsunami231

    tsunami231 Ancient Guru

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    ahh the days when drivers were just that drivers, none of this bloat software suite stuff i dont care about
     
  3. vf

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  4. Dagda

    Dagda Member Guru

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    I think im too young for this but it's nice to see and share the xperience of the elders.
     

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    I remember my first nvidia card, geforce gts... giga texel shader. I was the ****! Had just gone from a Katmai 500MHz to Thunderbird and a whopping 1GHz. :banana:
     
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    Ah long gone are the days of cards like the AGP Vid's. Video cards like BFG 5200 slamming COD1 xD , the XFX 9500 Beasting Halflife and Quake and the forgotten legend the 8800GTX BLACK PEARL smashing crysis 1 records xD on the orange flimsy sli bridge connector. God i miss nvidia break threws, where did all the fun go with nvidia 650i/ 680i and 780i motherboards lol.
     
  7. ManuelG

    ManuelG NVIDIA Rep

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    Actually Detonator driver 30.82 was the best driver ever. Almost any issue users would contacted us for support, just install this driver and the issue would get resolved. It was a magical driver.
     
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    Hi Manuel,

    I'm afraid this is incorrect. My GTS ran Tribes the best/fastest with the 7.52's... and no metric will change that. :eyebrows: It was such a remarkable leap in performance that I still remember it today.
     
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  9. Unwinder

    Unwinder Moderator Staff Member

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    The best Detonator was 2.08 ;)
     
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    29.something was the best for my Geforce 2 Mx400. It squeezed over 30fps in GTA3 back in 2002.
     

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    kastriot Maha Guru

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    They were called detonator because of Riva TNT,TNT2, it sounded cool :p
     
  12. vf

    vf Ancient Guru

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    Before political correctness?
     
  13. angelgraves13

    angelgraves13 Master Guru

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    Before my time lol

    I think I was still on 3DFX Voodoo Banshee at that time. Eventually, I finally built my first rig with an Intel i7 940 and GTX 260. I kept that for a few years and then got a GTX 465 and later a GTX 780.

    I'm not sure if I ever used Detonator drivers, but I do remember the old Control Panel before Windows Vista. I also remember TF2 crashing on exit on Vista for close to a year because of the Nvidia drivers. I don't think anyone was ready for Vista as issues were present for nearly every driver and application.
     
  14. vf

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    Then they became Detonator XP. Remember everything ended with XP? Athlon XP...
     
  15. NeoandGeo

    NeoandGeo Master Guru

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    As long as there are developers that need a multitude of band-aids provided by the Nvidia/AMD driver teams to spruce up their incompetence and/or laziness in coding, there will always be a steady rise in driver size required.
     

  16. Fumz

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    let us reminisce in peace plz.
     
  17. GhostXL

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    Cool memories of being a kid (later years). Still awesome times.

    I remember slowly over time upgrading from G4 MMX 420 to a FX 5700 Ultra.

    Then when I had my own funds I'd buy/sell to get something every year to every other. Was fun for the hobby no matter how I look at it.
     
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    You should relay the message to everyone at Nvidia, that you guys made some good memories for people in their hobby.

    Even something this simple triggers a good time.:)

    And apologies for the double post...coulda sworn I hit copy pasted the quote and hit edit.

    Agreed.

    Nothing is perfect, of course that does not mean we don't try to fix things. At the same time really the problems don't outweigh the good times in this regard.

    (definitely hit edit this time!) :infinity:

    I still remember a set in the 70.xx releases that were my favorite. I think I remember a something .52 or .58 I can't recall altogether.

    Here it is!

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_77.77

    Detonator 77.77! no .50 at all.

    Release Highlights:
    Support for GeForce 7800 GT
    SLI support for GeForce 6600 and GeForce 6600 LE
    New SLI rendering mode (SLI Antialiasing) for increased antialiasing performance
    Broader SLI optimizations and validation for the latest games
    Resolved SLI Antialiasing issues with some applications and generating screen shots. For a full list of other issues resolved, please view the driver release notes.
    Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0c and OpenGL® 2.0 support

    Nice list of improvements, and the arrival of the 7800GT!
     
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  19. xankazo

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    Man, absolutely true!! I still remember holding on to that driver like forever. :D
     
  20. Vibe

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    No way, I don't miss them at all. Drivers today are way better, it's extremely rare that I ever have an actual driver issue unless it's a new game and I'm on an old driver.

    Compatibility across video card generations is also way better than it used to be. I really hate the old Voodoo/TNT/Matrox and early Geforce days...screw that. I think nostalgia has mold growing on anyones brain that want's to ever go back to them.
     

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