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 Starscape Manual

Support | 3D Hardware Accelerators

What is a 3D hardware accelerator?
How do I know if I have one?
Where do I get a 3D accelerator from?

What is a 3D hardware accelerator?
In a nutshell a 3D hardware accelerator is a piece of hardware, which speeds up the rendering of 3D and 2D images. Since most modern games are very 3D intensive many need a 3D accelerator in order to give you the quality and speed of graphics required to be playable. The actual form a 3D accelerator comes in varies. The three typical ones are:

  • Single 3D/2D add-in board
  • An extra board specifically for 3D
  • Single 3D/2D chip on the motherboard

Note that the performance of 3D accelerators has increased tremendously over the past few years. Old 3D accelerators may in fact be so slow and have too little memory to be of any use. If this is the case you may need to buy a new 3D accelerator.

How do I know if I have one?
Well this is trickier to determine than it might first seem. If you have bought a new multimedia PC in the last 24 months, then it will almost certainly have some sort of 3D accelerator. If you have bought a 3D add-in card like a 'GeForce' card - then this is a 3D accelerator and the game will work fine with this. Failing all else you can always just try and run the demo of the product you are interested in! There's certainly nothing to lose this way.

Where do I get a 3D accelerator from?
There are a variety of companies producing such cards, you may want to check out the companies and products below:

Voodoo 3, 4, 5, 6
G200,G400, Parhelia
Riva TNT, Riva Vanta, Riva TNT 2, GeForce series
SavegePro Twister
SiS305 and better
Videologic PowerVR Kyro2
BladeXP, BladeT64, CyberBladeXP2
Rage 128, Rage 128 Pro, Rage Fury MAXX, Radeon series

The above list is for informational purposes only and is by no means exhaustive.

Known Issues

All cards with less than 16 meg of on board video memory Starscape requires a 3D hardware accelerator with 16 meg of on board memory. Cards with less memory are unsupported however there is a chance that some may work. We recommend you download the demo and try it for yourself. You may be able to increase performance by changing some of the game options. In particular, texture quality and screen mode.
ATI Rage series Please note that setting your display properties to 'Convert 32bit textures to 16bit' (under OpenGL settings) will override the texture quality setting in game. The Ati Rage series have no problem running Starscape with 32 bit textures, so it makes sense to leave this feature off, and the game set to 'high' texture quality.

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