ATI today released new drivers for its Radeon and RAGE 128-based retail graphics cards for the Mac. The new drivers, version 1.11, are available for download from ATI’s Web site.
The driver update seems specific to the recently-released Radeon Mac Edition PCI card, although it is listed as compatible with ATI’s retail graphics card products, including the Radeon Mac Edition, RAGE Orion, Nexus 128, and Xclaim VR 128. (Apple is responsible for releasing driver updates to the ATI-based OEM graphics cards and chipsets included with its Macs).
The first problem corrected by the updated drivers involves compatibility with Activision’s Quake 3 Arena, the popular first-person shooter developed by Id Software. ATI reports that the problem can also be manifested in other games which use the Quake 3 Arena engine (such games include recent releases like Heavy Metal FAKK2 from Gathering of Developers and Star Trek: Voyager — Elite Force from Aspyr Media).
According to ATI, using Quake III Arena with a Power Mac G3 equipped with a Radeon Mac Edition PCI card can cause the main menu screen to appear black — pressing the Escape key causes the Quake logo to appear, but the screen is filled with random triangles and is unreadable. The driver update corrects this problem.
Secondly, the drivers improve compatibility between the Radeon Mac Edition PCI card and blue and white Power Mac G3s, in environments where the card is used in conjunction with the stock Apple-supplied RAGE 128 graphics card. ATI reports that problems can occur if the OEM RAGE 128 card is moved to a 33MHz PCI slot and the Radeon PCI card is installed in the 66MHz slot. Again, the driver update corrects this issue.
Download ATI Radeon/RAGE 128 v1.11 Drivers