i just finally completed installing and running the cat 4.12 newest drivers...after much messin' around, i got it running fine..
i played up to Nova Prospekt w/ my older nVidia Ti4200 128mb card...then my puter took a dump, i had re-install windows (don't ask), but lost all of my saved games of HL2 : (
so i dumped it back in and played up to the airboat water canal area.
now i finally got the 9800Pro running, i can't wait to test it out w/ a true DirectX 9.0 card!
thanks for all your suggestions everybody!
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