Doom3 Linux and Windows Battlegroundsby Kristopher Kubicki on October 13, 2004 12:50 AM EST
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Setting it UpWe are required to run 24-bit color for this game, so the default 16-bit desktop had to be reconfigured using SaX2 for 24-bit color. We also double-checked to make sure that we were running the NVIDIA driver, as opposed to the NV driver. We can only modify AA and AF settings using the nvidia-settings utility if we use the NVIDA driver. Below, you can see a quick screenshot of the nvidia-settings utility.
As in our previous roundup, the 6800 and 6800 Ultra video cards are not recognized natively by the NVIDA driver. We had to select the 5950 Ultra driver manually in SaX2, run the "switch2nvidia" utility provided with our drivers, and then reboot the system. We are not entirely sure why the reboot is necessary, but Doom3 would not initialize without it.
Just like our large GPU roundup last week, we attempted to run Doom3 on ATI and NVIDIA mid-range/high end cards from the last 18 months. Unfortunately, we were greeted with an ominous warning on Doom3's Linux port webpage.
"Currently, the game will not run correctly on ATI cards using the fglrx driver. However, the ATI developers are working on new driver releases, and eventually the game will be supported. "We haven't heard much from the ATI team yet, but hopefully, their upcoming Linux announcement will rectify this.