3D Revelator reloaded

I’ve search through the Internet for games worth playing with shutter glasses, and hardware that still uses DirectX 9.x and Gfx adapter older than Nvidia’s 8000 series. I wrote some comments behind those titles I’ve tried my self. I’ve been using a Intel Pentium D 802 2,66GHz, Nvidia GeForce 6800GT (Leadtek) with Nvidia’s driver version 78.01.

Nr Title year comment
1 Farcry 2004 Exellent! (Freezes with 91.31)
2 Painkiller 05/2004 Good!
3 Doom 3 08/2004
4 Medal of honor pacific assault 11/2004
5 Lord of the rings return of the king 2003
6 Commanche 4 2001
7 Star Trek bridge commander 2002
8 Star Wars Starfighter 2002
9 UT2004
10 Trickstyle <2000 Glide ?
11 Star Trek Klingon Academy <2000 DX7
12 Need for Speed Underground 1 and 2 No stereo for NFSU2 for me. But it’s reported to work
13 Call of Duty 2003 Only OK for me w/ 91.31. Slow with 78.01
14 Quake 2 old OpenGL
15 Live for Speed 1 and 2 ?
16 Richard Burns Rally ?
17 GTR
18 GPL
19 Nascar Series
20 Colin McRae Rally 4
21 FlatOut 12/2004 Great!
22 Rally Trophy ?
23 Half Life 1 and 2
24 Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness Can’t see 3D effect, only divergence
25 Black & White
26 TOCA Race Driver 1
27 Street Racing Syndicate
28 Quake III
29 Richard Burns
30 Nascar Simracing
31 Grand Prix Legends 2004 Demo
32 F1 Challenge 1999 – 2002
33 Mafia
34 GTA San Andreas Problems reported
35 Hidden & Dangerous 2
36 Max Payne 2
37 IL2 FB Problems reported
38 IL2 PF Problems reported
39 Ghost Recon 2005 Ctrl+F12 with error, 3D misarranged
40 World of Warcraft 2004
41 Warhammer – Dawn of War
42 Ground Control 2
43 Serious Sam 1 and 2
44 Alice in Wonderland
45 Midtown Madmess 1999 Excellent!
46 Midtown Madness 2 2000 Excellent

This list is not complete, and there are tons of such lists out there. This is just a personal collection. If one title like Midtown Madness should become abandonware, I would take this list and test the game. Or if this title is available for a really small fee, I will may be buy it too.
If one title is really crap and is either playable with shutter glasses at all, please let me know.

Read on the next page, how a Jpeg Stereo Picture (.jps) can be created with an one-liner on Linux.

20 thoughts on “3D Revelator reloaded

  1. Hi! I have a pair of wired 3D Relevator also. My current 3D card is GF9600GSO. Is there any way to get those both work together? I saw the iZ3D driver are still updating. Any hope from it?

    Nice article! Learned a lot! Thanks!

  2. Have you tried Vista? I mean, I was able to play in 3D with paper red/cyan glasses and saw option for shutter glasses over there, but it was disabled (probably due to not actually having one)

    As far as I know Vista should be right thing to do, so … can you test it out for us?

    I am considering purchase of ELSA glasses and am curious about will it work

    Tnx 😉

  3. @Momcilo
    this certainly won’t work for shutter glasses. Anaglyph is different. You don’t have to trigger the signal for the shutter glasses there.
    Vista or not, it won’t work for cards based anything greater than G80. And a e.g. 8800GTX (G80) is only working with a trick.


  4. I make some experiments with ELSA glasses (wired) on GF6200. Glasses ar trigered with VGA pin 12 DDC Serial Data Line, but on WXP is this signal unstable and glasses ar randomli flickering. It is posible reconstruct this signal by signal from pin 14 Vertical Sync, but for this I use a simple AVR processor AtMega8. It is working bun onli on VGA connector and for DVI oh HDMI is it unusable.
    DDC _+——-+________+——–+________
    VSYNC _+-+_____+-+______+-+______+-+______
    I hopo it helps another people and I am so SORRY for my bat english.

  5. @Tomas
    Very ipressive! Never would have thought to solve this with a micro controller. I’m seriously thinking about to buy one, since they aren’t very expensive.

    But I’ve got three thinks to add/mention/ask

    1) Does your solution work with a current driver such as 195.62 or something and GeForce >7950?

    2) All of my eight (very old) ELSA Revelators 3D glasses didn’t work anymore. Is seems they all have one or more loose contacts somewhere, because when I start to push them in various directions, they start to work for a fraction of a second. Does anybody had similar symptoms? Any cure available?

    3) Because of 1) and 2) I’ve bought red/cyan glasses, and use the current driver with a GTX260 for recent games and movies. It’s not really fun, but the Nvidia 3D Vision solution is simply too expensive for me, since it would also mean to buy a new TFT.

    Thanks again for your helpful contribution.


  6. @acmelab68


    can u pls confirm that a nvidia Geforce 5200 is working with elsa 3d glasses?
    I spent weeks to try to make the glasses working with such card, but without any results (as u can see from my desperate posts here: http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=12910)
    If u really successed in using the 5200 videocard, can u pls be so kind to tell me which drivers u used?

    Thanks a lot in advance.

  7. @rafscipio

    Try 78.01 or even earlier. 91.31 is the last available with shutter glasses support for cards up to GF7950, but I didn’t manage to make them work for me.


  8. Hi, I have bee doing this (3D) for 10 years now. Quad-buffer frame sequential stereo with Nvidia Quadro cards, and thought I’d weigh in with what I know to work and what I am trying to get working.

    1.) I started with Nvidia driver with version 56.64, and have successfully “done stereo” in both DirectX and OpenGL through 162.50 of the Nvidia drivers.

    One thing you HAVE to do is match the Nvidia driver with the appropriate consumer stereo driver EXACTLY!

    Nvidia sometimes states this is not so, but for the system to work reliably, the versions must match (e.g. 165.50 driver 162.50 consumer stereo). check guru3d site for more info.

    This works up to and including version 162.50 with win2k or XP. I have been using XP since 2002 or so, but 2k should work too if necessary (theoretically)

    Basically we never went to Vista, so haven’t had the disappointment of that HAH! (I said “Hasta la Vista!” from day one, as it appeared the Windows ME version of Windows XP.)

    Anyway, Here is the rub with Vista/Windows7 and the latest cards (laptop and desktop (I am speaking Quadro cards, though GeForce supposedly should work as well), anyway the problem I have had is that the monitors we have are not 120hz, therefore the 3D vision drivers do not work with them “out of the box”.

    Prior to the Nvidia 78.01, or (perhaps 61.76-61.77, I don’t recall) Registry hacks were required to get stereo to work.

    Basically, that is what I am looking for now, the registry “hacks” that let you use sub 120Hz shutter glasses with the monitors.

    From what I have found, the clone mode stereo works (haven’t tried it, but appears to work), and what Nvidia is doing in some cases is “y connector-ing) the dual video outputs and through a proprietary interface generating the LRLRLRLRLRLRLRLRL signal for stereo shutter glasses.

  9. @professorjwn
    “I am speaking Quadro cards, though GeForce supposedly should work as well”
    GeForce7950 is the last known to work. I’m not familiar with the Quatro series, but is the last know card, that supposed to work with the glasses?

    Btw. Thanks a lot for sharing this


  10. @acmelabs:
    I’ve had 91.31 working flawlessly with my Elsa Revelator (wired), a GeForce 6600GT and a good old CRT (160Hz @ 800×600 ftw!) on Windows XP. I’ve tried them with a friend’s GF7900GT too, once and they froze the PC with Oblivion after some minute of playing (in 3D ^^).

    Now that I have a Radeon HD4870 I’m really interested to see, what is going to happen with the newly released drivers (10.3), since they are said to support stereo 3D. I just wonder, if they support the good old Elsa Revelator glasses (or eDimensional stuff and such). I’ll be very happy if they did…

  11. @Decryphe
    That would be too nice too be true (3D@Radeon). Btw. do you know whether the eDimensional Glasses work with an 3D Revelator IR-Transmitter diod? All my Revelators doesn’t work anymore.
    I was about to test the mentioned 162.50 Stereo driver on XP, but no glasses around, I can test it with.


  12. @all
    Doesn’t anybody knows of a solution for a broken ELSA 3D Revelator (IR-Version)?
    Driver and Monitor are OK, because if a press the glasses with my fingers in the opposite direction of my nose they start working for a few seconds.
    There must be a way to fix/repair them somehow. It must be contact issue or such. They all stopped working after a while , one after the other, died like flies. All eight.
    What I can certainly exclude:

    • Batteries (the are brand new VARTA 2032)
    • VGA Cable (because, If I press the glasses, they start to work for a short time)
      -Driver (because: see above)
    • Monitor (it’s an CRT 140KHz, all TFTs are turned off -> No foreign interfering IR source)

    Any ideas?


  13. @all
    It’s not a matter of driver, EDID, pins, DDC signal or stuff. It turned out, that my glasses just died a natural death.
    A friend of mine, who is a magician regarding fixing hardware, revived a view of them by pulling and plugging the inner shutter glasses out and back in again. It’s only a matter of contact. I’m going to write a blog entry (maybye with one or two drawings) which describes how it was done.

    Thanks to all anyway.


    PS: I’m using the Acer H5360 DLP @120Hz with Windows 7 and XP. If you did the same mistake and didn’t use the original Acer VGA cable, which was sold just right away with the beamer itself, then you maybe also suffered from a not deteced beamer. This way you can’t select the 120HZ mode, and the 3Dvision wizard refuses to work. After hours I realized my fault, but a Acer_H5360.inf file anywhere (Acers homepage?) on the Internet would have done the same, but there wasn’t any. Thats why here is the


    for the Acer H5360 Beamer working with Windows 7 and XP. (Produced with Moninfo). Just go to your monitors drivers section, and install it manually.

  14. I would love to know if the 3D Revelators work with the new ATI drivers 10.3 released today. If anyone could check please let me know. Then I will have to start digging in the garage.

  15. i folowed numerous instructions how to run the elsa wired glases,,,it runs great on older cards and win xp with stereo drivers,,, NOT BETA! i was able to run it on my 8800 gts but with numerous problems and bugs,,folowed instructions on mtbs3d and the result was almost nothing,blue screen,crash etc. then i had an idea,i have old p3 with fx 5200 with stereo drivers, i turn on the glases on old computer and set the resolution and refresh rate to match the other computers resolution and refresh rate. the new computer has iz3d drivers set to shuter beta.i tried cod 4 and passed the iz3d test on start. the stereo works,,, maybe somebody can try this, maybe it wil be better. ps … p3 is about 10 eur,,,,hehehe 🙂

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