ATi Radeon 9000 & 9700 Win9X Compatibility

Posters Name: Kagato
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Subject: ATi Radeon 9000 & 9700 Win9X Compatibility

Many of you have probably heard about Microsoft's recent announcement concerning WHQL certification in reguards to some of their "aging" operating systems, which so happens to include Windows 98 SE (Second Edition). This has left many to wonder wether that will mean any driver support from ATi for everyone's favorite gaming OS. The fine folks over at [H]ardOCP have done some checking with ATi and here's what they have to say (insert blatant rip here):

The only operating systems that Microsoft currently accepts as part of their WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) certification process are:

Windows 2000
Windows ME
Windows XP

Since the RADEON 9700 and RADEON 9000 series of cards from ATI were released after the July 1st date, there was no way to obtain certification for these drivers. Microsoft certification of drivers is the most significant 3rd party qualification of a devices stability and quality. ATI's CATALYST drivers are based on the foundation of stability and quality and as such every driver that ATI makes available must go through Microsoft certification.

Although Microsoft no longer certifies devices under those operating systems, ATI still supports them. Users of Windows 98 and Windows 98 (SE) just simply need to use the WHQL certified Windows ME driver provided both on our shipping CD's and on our website. ATI also has an NT4 driver available for the RADEON 9000 and RADEON 9000 Pro which will be made available shortly.

Furthermore users of those operating systems are still supported by ATI's customer care program and can still obtain technical support.

Hope this clarifies the situation, and alleviates concerns.
Boiled down into a simple resolution, Win98SE users mearly need to load the WinME drivers when the card/drivers are released. I'll (and many gamers I imagine) be curious to see what this card is capable of, I may finally have to give some respect to ATi.

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