Since many people are buying cards to softmod, and there may well be many threads asking how, here's the bit tech guide. This will cover the modding of cards like the 6800LE, and simple hacks like the 9800SE -> pro, and 9500 -> pro and 9700.. Firstly, the 9500 and 9800 etc mods. What you need A card which will (or should) softmod. For 9500's, cards with and "L" shaped memory configuration will mod. 9800SE's with a 9800pro PCB, AND/OR Power connectors on the left hand side of the PCB (either molex or floppy) will mod. For a complete list, see here ATI tool or rivatuner (to check pipes enabled) Catalyst driver of your choice Hacked driver file. - here Scroll to the bottom of this page for a link to older catalyst versions. The list dates back to version 2.5. Performing the mod Once you've identified your card should mod, perform some quick overclocking with ATI tool. Just get a rough idea of how far the card will go, and get some 3dmark tests run for comparison. Also, note down the pipe configuration. There are a number of methods which can be used to softmod these cards. The easiest is downloading and installing a hacked driver set. This comes pre-modded, and after installation and reboot, the pipes are enabled. Its as simple as that. From then on, your card will be recognised as a fully fledged 9700 or 9800pro. The name string for the card may also be updated. (I use method #2, if someone confirms this, I'll update the guide) The second method however is a little more complex. Firstly, choose the modded file appropriate to the catalyst version you are running. (here Navigate to C:\Program Files\ATI\SUPPORT\<your catalyst version here>\Driver\2KXP_INF\B_20640 and cut the ati2mtag.sys file, pasting into the previous folder (2KXP_INF) this will allow you to remove the softmod if required. Now extract the modified ati2mtag.sys file into the B_20640 folder. Now, open device manager and locate the Display adapters tab, right click on either primary or secondary and choose Update Driver Choose Install from a list or specific location, then Don't search I will choose a the driver to install . Finally choose Have Disk and navigate to C:\Program Files\ATI\SUPPORT\<your catalyst version here>\Driver\2KXP_INF. Choose either of the 2 inf files shown. Finally select 9500/9800 from the list produced, and click ok. This will re-install the graphics drivers, including the modified ati2mag file. Once complete reboot the pc. Thats the mod done. This may seem long winded, however I prefer this method as its much easier to reverse. If, on boot artifacts appear on screen simply boot to safe mode, swap the original ati2mtag.sys file into B_20640, delete the modded file, and re-run the steps as per above. If the first method was used however, you need to un-install the drivers to remove the mod. Once the mod has been completed, and no artifacts shown on boot, check Rivatuner or ATI tool again, and this should confirm the modded configuration. Run some 3d tests to ensure the extra pipelines are not deffective, and try overclocking again. NOTE Overclocking WILL be reduced, you may also find with the 9800 mod, extra cooling is required. Again if artifacts are found, its best to remove the softmod to prevent card damage. If the mod was sucessful however, sit back and enjoy!