ATI Rage 128 Driver mod

Hack ATI Rage Pro drivers to drive a Dell ATI Rage Ultra card in Windows 2000 


I recently tried to put a Dell ATI Rage 128 Ultra card into my media PC. It didn't work, and the ATI drivers wouldn't go near it. I got drivers from the Dell site, but unfortunately, they claimed that I needed Windows XP to install! I hacked them to install on Windows 2000, but they did not work.

You will need to be able to read, have a knowledge of settings files and use a text editor to perform this edit!

These instructions are for a Dell card.
I also tried the Gateway drivers for Windows 2000. These didn't work either.

Here is my tested working fix - Windows get proper graphics modes, and 3D Mark 2001 tests complete successfully.

  1. Download drivers from ATI
  2. Extract and begin installation as usual. When the InstallShield "ATI Drivers" full screen app starts, do not click install.
  3. Now, go to C:\ATI\support\W2K_R128_5_13_01_3279\Atidrive or wherever you extracted the installer to
  4. Open atii2kaa.inf with a text editor (notepad will do the trick)
  5. Find the line that says [ATI.Mfg]
  6. Scroll to the bottom of this paragraph, just above the section that says
    ; General installation section
  7. Insert the following three lines:
    "Rage 128 Pro" = ati2mtaa, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_5046&SUBSYS_04041002
    "32MB ATI Rage 128 Ultra" = ati2mtaa, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_5446&SUBSYS_04091002
    "16MB ATI Rage 128 Ultra" = ati2mtaa, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_5446&SUBSYS_04081002
  8. Save the file and close notepad
  9. Install, the installer will now work, and install your card drivers.
  10. Reboot and hope it worked!