It has been a while now since iZ3D have last updated their drivers and since the iZ3D version 1.11 beta was first introduced. Now there is a fresh RC1 version of the 1.11 driver available for download that has some improvement and fixes along with new game profiles, maybe the most significant thing is the much better working now support for DirectX 10 games. Have in mind however that this is still a release candidate driver and not a final one, so there can be some other issues and some things still not working perfect. Unfortunately there is still not a word regarding the anticipated 120Hz shutter glasses support for the ATI-based GPUs, so the wait for that is still not over yet and ATI is probably gearing up for the end of the year holiday season availability and not the expected summer release, but we’ll have to wait and see.
August 11th, 2010 · No Comments · General 3D News
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July 25th, 2010 · 4 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision
There was a question over at the Nvidia 3D Vision forum on how you can change the default key combination for taking stereoscopic 3D screenshots (Alt + F1) to something like Alt + Z or any other key combination that is more comfortable to use or is not used by a certain game or application and here is the detailed explanation. Now, through the Nvidia stereoscopic 3D control panel there are settings that allow you to change some advanced key combinations as you see fit, but not all of them are there and the screenshot key combination is most certainly not there either. So we are back to some Registry modification to do what we need, but before that we actually need to know how the key combinations are defined as values in the registry and thus it is learning time again… ;)
The location for the Stereo 3D settings in the Registry
For 32-bit OS:
For 64-bit OS:
Inside the registry there the keys are represented by a number in Hexadecimal format, for example the 0470 value for the SaveStereoImage as you see on the screenshot above (the Alt + F1 representation). We don’t need the value in the brackets after that (the decimal number), because we are going to use the Hex values here, so when modifying a value int the registry make sure that Hexadecimal is selected as the type of data you are entering. So the first part of the number – the digits 04 represent the modifier key pressed in this case it is ALT, but the value can represent any of the following: ALT, CTRL, SHIFT and the WIN key or a combination between the multiple of these keys pressed. In the table above you can see what are all 16 possible combinations between these keys that you can use, with 00 meaning that none of these keys is pressed and 0F that all four are pressed…
The second table is a bit bigger and it represents the different possible virtual keys that you can use along with the four mentioned already modifier keys. The second table has 256 possibilities, but not all of them are listed in the table as not all of them are being used or available on a standard keyboard or are even not even used anymore. Using this table you can get the second part of the number you need to enter as a value in the registry to modify a key combination for a specific command. The value 70 here represents the F1 key and you can get that number by looking at the table and when you find the key you need first writhe the number on the left (7) and then the one at the top (0) and this way you get the value 70 for F1. If you need the value for the F12 key following the same method you get 7 on the left and B at the top, so the Hex value for the F12 key is 7B and if you want to get the ALT + F12 key combination you get 04 for the ALT modifier and 7B for F12 and the resulting value is 047B that you need to set in the registry.
Notice that there are some cells in the table with different colors than white, these colors all represent some specific and here is what every color means. The yellow color shows the combinations that you can use with the three standard mouse buttons and yes, you can also use the mouse for key combinations and not just the keyboard. The red color represents the system control keys, the green color is for the keys on the Numpad and the blue color is for any multimedia keys that you might or might not have on your keyboard, the rest is in white and it represents the most standard keys that you can use like the letters, numbers etc.
So happy modifying with your newly acquired knowledge, just don’t forget to make a backup of the default settings in that Stereo3D registry key as otherwise if you mess something up you might have to reinstall the 3D Vision driver to restore them to their defaults. Also have in mind that there are some values with keys applied to them that are currently not being used and are depreciated remains from the older Nvidia stereo 3D drivers, so modifying these is pointless.
March 5th, 2010 · 19 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision
We’ve been waiting for Nvidia for over a month to release a new standalone 3D Vision driver with profiles for new top games, but there is still nothing available, even as a beta version. Nvidia however released a new driver for graphic cards version 196.75 that also included an updated 3D Vision driver with the same version, but this one only supported 3D Vision Discover mode… and soon after that this driver was recalled and removed from the website because some issues (not in the 3D Vision part, but in the GPU driver!). So I repacked the 3D Vision driver version 196.75 with the IR Transmitter USB driver that was originally not present and here you can download the full package and install on your PC while waiting for the official updated release (the 3D Vision driver provided is completely safe to use!). And as you can see above this driver has profile even for the recently announced 3D Vision Ready title Just Cause 2 that also works with the just released demo of the game. Besides the Just Cause 2 profile you can also see other 3D Vision-ready titles such as the quite expected Metro 2033 game. And if you are wondering what that Biohazard 5 game is, well nothing new actually as this is the name under which the Resident Evil 5 is actually known as in Japan, so no big news there. The 3D Vision driver 196.75 also includes official profiles for games like Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and even correctly recognizes the new Aliens vs Predator game that had issues with older versions of the driver (loaded a profile for older AvP game that messes up things). Have in mind however that even though there is a profile for the new AvP it is being rated as Not Recommended for 3D Vision because of the 2D flashlight and other lights being rendered at wrong depth levels (need a path for the game to fix that).
But the interesting things in the new version 196.75 of the 3D Vision driver don’t end up with only new profiles for games, there are also seem to be other new additions. If you remember back in January I told you about some new expected features in 3D Vision and Nvidia seem to be adding some of these already. Like for example the 3D Vision plugin for Mozilla Firefox (npnv3dv.dll) you get installed or the one for Internet Explorer (Nv3DVisionIePlugin.dll and Nv3DVisionIePlugin64.dll) as these are supposed to allow you to view stereoscopic 3D photo pairs directly from within your browser. However I could not make them work, as I’m not even sure how they are supposed to be working anyway… there is still no any information officially available for them… yet. Anyway, if you are eager to get the repackaged 3D Vision standalone driver version 196.75 you can download it from one of the links below. Then you need to extract the Zip archive and run the setup.exe to complete the installation, if you get a prompt for the USB drivers for the IR transmitter you can select the folder where you extracted the driver (32-bit and 64-bit versions are included).