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Thursday, September 21, 2000

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Update on Diablo II and ATI Drivers
6:00 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment's real-time RPG Diablo II is a demanding game in many ways, on both your time and system requirements -- so demanding, in fact, that the game revealed a bug in the drivers that power the PCI ATI Rage 128 cards in Blue and White G3s and some G4 Macs. Blizzard was either unable or unwilling to work around this bug, and thus 3D acceleration support, which adds transparency effects, graphics smoothing and speed enhancements, was disabled for owners of those systems.

Soon after this problem was discovered Blizzard announced that ATI was working on a driver update. Since that time there has been no official word on when to expect a fix. Recently, Blizzard employee Dave Lawrence broke the silence, posting on a Mac-related usenet group with an update on the situation -- and the promise of a solution to this problem, coming 'soon':

The fix will be coming soon. ATI will be releasing new drivers soon that
fix the graphical corruption problems we experienced during testing on
non-Pro Rage128 cards. Blizzard is about to release a Diablo II 1.03c
patch that will re-enable RAVE and OpenGL on these cards if the new
drivers are detected. You'll need both updates before hardware
acceleration will be enabled on these cards. The D2 1.03c patch should be
released in the next day or two, and we'll update the following web page
when ATI or Apple release the new drivers:

Dave Lawrence
Blizzard Entertainment

We'll let you know when this update and the updated ATI drivers are available.

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