Over the last view weeks I’ve read a view reviews about Nvidia’s new 3D shutter glasses – the Nvidia 3D Vision. I also wrote a short Blog article about it, and about the differences to the old ELSA 3D Revelator shutter glasses. I’ve pointed out, why their new (still to be published?) stereo driver very likely won’t be compatible to the old 3D Revelator.
I haven’t looked for quite a while for anything regarding 3D shutter glasses, so one can say I’m pretty much out of this business.
As an owner of a few 3D Revelator shutter glasses from 1999 and an old CRT that can handle very high frequencies (142kHz, Iiyama Vision Master 514, 22″ – HM204DT ), e.g. 1280×1024@120Hz.
I was always waiting for something (irrational?) to happen that makes start using this old glasses again.
Now it just happened
I’ve reactivated my old Intel Pentium D 805 – 2,66GHz dual core Windows box. The graphics adapter was an Nviadia GeForce TI 4200, but while running all my tests I’ve also tried a GeForce 5200 with 128MB, but ended up with an 6800GT/256MB, which – due to the old drivers I had to use, wasn’t without flaws either.
Like I wrote in my last Blog entry, I’ve started using Nvidia’s driver version 78.01 – the the appropriate Stereo driver. You can download it from Nvidia’s website. And started to first to try the very old classics, like Midtown Madness and Midtown Madness 2 from Microsoft. I first had to patch these two games, because the actually weren’t developed to run on Windows XP. (I’ve got the patches from here and here). Midtown Madness 2 refused its installation (after starting setup.exe) with the message
“Setup was unable to find (or could not read) the language specific setup resource dll, unable to continue. Please reboot and try again.”
I’ve followed carefully these instruction to circumvent this bug, but at the end it turned out, that I simply mustn’t start
setup.exe, but just start
midtown2.exe directly, just without any installation.
The both games are from 1999, respectively from 2000 and the hardware requirements are pretty low. The performance of the game was just excellent, the 3D effect awesome but the graphic is poor of course.
Midtown madness was the first game came to my mind, then the first version of Call of Duty (2003) and of course Far Cry (2004).
I’ve installed all, and played them also.
Because of the very poor performance of Call of Duty and pretty ugly graphical bugs in Far Cry I’ve decided to try another driver. And I’ve really tried – although everybody knows it, an current Windows XP driver (181.20) with the last available Stereo application (91.31). Well – this didn’t work, and I didn’t even saw a menu for the stereo settings. But going back to Nvidia’s driver version 91.31 and reinstalling the appropriate stereo drivers again, was more successful, well – sort of.
Call of Duty was performing extremely well now with the new 91.31 driver in stereo mode, but FarCry (although already patched to version 1.4) gave me completely system freezes, sometimes only the sound was left playing. Midtown Madness was as good as with the 78.01 driver. So after all I went back onto 78.01 again – and am still there now.
I couldn’t believe, that there really isn’t any current stereo driver out there, that would run with my 3D Revelator. So I’ve started my investigations on that.
My first approach was just to look for shutter glasses at Amazon. I’ve got basically three hits.
Although the Razor 3D DLP shutter glasses looks exactly the same like the 10 years old ELSA 3D Revelator, and also some picutures of shutter glasses on eDimensional site shows the same glasses, I felt inspired by the following two (1,2) posts to try the driver from iZ3D.
I’ve installed again the latest 181.20 driver and downloaded iZ3D latest (1.10 Beta) driver. It didn’t work. In the following post it’s pointed out why, but it’s still not clear to my if this would work for the 3D Revelator driver.
And while on razor3d’s site in the ‘requirement’ section no graphics adapter is mentioned at all, is eDimensional claiming their glasses are working with:
- ATI Radeon (all cards)
- Kyro, Matrox, Intel and more.
Where as iZ3D sells only their 3D driver for $49 and also claim to be actually the Stereo driver for ATI Radeon, but support Nvidia cards, too.
What I’m really missing is an up-to-date overview of available glasses and drivers. I saw such lists, but they are all outdated. Most of them are from 2005 and older. Do we see here a scene dying?
While searching the Internet for 3D drivers and shutter glasses, I had the impression to deal with something very uncommon and the sites looked to me some kind of cheap or old fashioned. The prizes were between $59 and $99.
Just imagine, I bought a set of ten ELSA 3D Revelators for about $15 three years ago.
I just hope Nvidia will bring a fresh breeze into this sector with its new 3D Vision shutter glasses, what of course would mean to buy new and expensive hardware.
While I was looking for a list of third party stereoscopic 3D glasses I’ve found this sentence at Nvidia’ site:
* Please check nvidia.co.uk for list of supported displays and third party stereoscopic 3D glasses.
Following their advice I did so, and got no relevant search result back, but their new product, the GeForce 3D Vision glasses.
On the next page I’ve collected a few games, that might work well with the shutter glasses and Nvidia Gfx cards up to 7xxx.