A few days ago, I re-installed Windows XP from my backup disk. Before that, I could play my favorite game, Morrowind. Now, I still can, but I got some graphic glitch. I've searched and read a lot on the web trying to figure out what was my problem. The only clues I got pointed me toward a Direct3D issue related to the fact I was using an on-board intel graphic card. Most infos I found stated a way or another that playing that game on a laptop was assured to have those glitch. The thing is I was playing the game before, without that glitch. So I know it is possible. Especially since the game 3D engine only use Direct3D, not openGL. I've read that it could be that with older graphic drivers, possibly that graphic glitch would not be a problem. The Acer basic drivers that came on my original Windows installation (i.e. factory installed) were 18.104.22.16897, and the one I could find on intel support is 22.214.171.12426. I tried both, with no success. Right now, 4497 are on, they were availible on Acer download page. I read somewere on intel site that it may be best to use the manufacturer driver since the may have tweaked them for their specific product. If it never haved worked in a perfect way before, I would have taught all I read was right, that Morrowind, like most game are not meant to run on a lap-top. But it was indeed working right before!!!
I've included these informations, maybe they can help you figure it out :
Report Date: 06/04/2009
Report Time[hr:mm:ss]: 22:33:45
Driver Version: 126.96.36.19997
Operating System: Windows XP* Professional, Service Pack 3 (5.1.2600)
Default Language: French
DirectX* Version: 9.0
Physical Memory: 1014 MB
Minimum Graphics Memory: 8 MB
Maximum Graphics Memory: 224 MB
Graphics Memory in Use: 11 MB
Processor: x86 family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8
Processor Speed: 1662 MHZ
Vendor ID: 8086
Device ID: 27A2
Device Revision: 03
* Accelerator Information *
Accelerator in Use: Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset Family
Video BIOS: 1264
Current Graphics Mode: 1440 x 900 True Color (60 Hz)
* Devices Connected to the Graphics Accelerator *
Active Notebook Displays: 1
* Notebook *
Monitor Name: Écran Plug-and-Play
Display Type: Digital
Gamma Value: 2,0
DDC2 Protocol: Supported
Maximum Image Size: Horizontal: Not Available
Vertical: Not Available
Monitor Supported Modes:
1440 x 900 (60 Hz)
Display Power Management Support:
Standby Mode: Not Supported
Suspend Mode: Not Supported
Active Off Mode: Not Supported
So the big question is : Do any of you have an idea that can help me ? I can't find out what was different back then that would make my graphic look great again.
Oh! and the graphic glitch is happening where two textures are overlapping. here is a picture...
See the door, half disapeared... While moving in game all doors, character and junction between water/land are flickering, appearing and disapearing. It get ******* the eyes. Like I said, it was not doing this before. If any of you have an idea for me, I will be more than happy.
Played the game for 6 month without problems and now this.
If nobody can help me, well, thank you for taking the time to read me