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    i have win98 but don't have a 3D video card. i see in some games the 3D software emulator, but does anyone know if i can get this? as a download? i did a search on goodle but so many topics, i didn't understand all the tech jargon.

    i just want a 3D software emulator for my system so i can play games that are 3D! can anyone help me? thanks so much!!!

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    what kind of card do you have?
    never heard of such thing
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    3D emulator??? 3D cannot be emulated without the proper hardware. Buy a 3D video card.

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    Direct X and Open GL have software reference renderers. You don't need a 3D card to run 3D games (unless they do a check for certain amounts of video memory etc) but it will be very slow nonetheless, and not worth bothering with.

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    Originally posted by Jet Set Willy@Dec 16 2004, 03:37 AM
    Direct X and Open GL have software reference renderers. You don't need a 3D card to run 3D games (unless they do a check for certain amounts of video memory etc) but it will be very slow nonetheless, and not worth bothering with.
    In other words, software rendering. Awfully slow and crappy graphics

    By the way Jet Set, is it DirectX or Direct3D? I don't get it...

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    Software rendering can be very fast if done well. All early 3D games were software rendered - I'm talking before 1996 here. And bear in mind that computers were slower then... yet it still worked.

    DirectX means all of the DirectX components together - DirectDraw, DirectShow, Direct3D etc.

    Direct3D and DirectDraw were phased out a while ago, and are now called DirectGraphics.

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    DirectX means all of the DirectX components together - DirectDraw, DirectShow, Direct3D etc.
    Already knew that...
    Direct3D and DirectDraw were phased out a while ago, and are now called DirectGraphics.
    Never heard of it :blink:

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    Originally posted by JAPPsmash@Dec 16 2004, 12:39 PM
    By the way Jet Set, is it DirectX or Direct3D? I don't get it...
    Already knew that...
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