Thanks for the replies!
I wandered into a thread on another board & a poster mentioned how their Rad 9700 didn't like DX9 & the new Cat DX9 driver. Said it messed up their system installing both & they pulled the card & went back to a Ti4600 after reformatting. Said the 9700 was going in the trash!
I jumped in & said it can go in my trash & I'll even pay for shipping. LOL! Poster replied that if I wanted it > $100 shipped & they'd ship 1st! I darn near fell out of my chair!
The card is on it's way & I get a 2week grace period to try it out. If I like it > $100 ... if not > return it. I've bought some other things off that board & my rep is that I pay & can be trusted (I can) so ...
Have a Happy New Year! (me & mine will) & isn't it refreshing to know there are some good & trusting ppl still in this world.
JAV is jazzed!
PS: I do have an extra floppy connection open & waiting. Thnx.