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Vision Oct 20, 1999 10:47 AM
Rage Orion and OS 9
I have a PowerMac 8500 with an ATI Rage Orion card. After installing OS 9 (with OpenGL 1.1.1), I discovered that all my programs that utilize OpenGL (Quake 2/3 and my own personal programs) did not work. They would load, but the graphics were random lines. Apparently, in order to use OpenGL in OS 9, you need the updated ATI drivers that come with OS 9. If you have a G3/iMac/etc., the installer will update you extensions automatically. However, if you have a ATI-brand board, the installer will not. In order to get OpenGL to work, I had to use TomeViewer and extract the ATI extensions manually. After that, everything worked great (a little faster, I might add).

-David Benesch-
macgarrity Oct 20, 1999 11:19 AM
I have a 7500 with a Rage Orion card and want to update to OS9. Has ATI put those extension on it's site or is there another way to get them??
Vision Oct 21, 1999 01:30 AM
No... ATI has only released ATI Universal Installer 4.0.1, which does not include the latest extensions that come with OS 9.0. I suspect that they will release a new installer soon (even newer drivers that OS 9), especially with the upcoming release of the VR 128. Throughout the OS 9 testing period, the ATI extensions were constantly being revised. Even during final candidate testing, the ATI version numbers continued to climb from fc to fc. In the meantime of an official ATI update, use TomeViewer to get the ATI extensions out of OS 9 (open up the Tome "Mac OS 9.0:Software Installers:System SoftwareLMac OS 9:Installation Tome" and extract all components that begin with ATI).
mkbhatia Oct 21, 1999 09:25 AM
I linked to the TomeViewer on the Mac OS 9 special report

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