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Old 04-26-04, 06:48 PM   #13
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Default Re: nvidia riva tnt2 model 64 HELP with NEW game!!

AAugh!! dang me...

Ok, so then I must recommend a Radeon 9100 PCI, which is in pretty much all situations, teh fastest PCI graphics card available... some can be had for fairly low prices (I think around $55-65), and if you get the 128 bit memory bus verison, you're getting you're money's worth... If you get the 64 bit model, you're basically paying the same price but getting only 2/3 the performance... Mind you, you gotta scatch bte kick and claw for every frame with a PCI card, so it's good in this situation to get the "best of" when looking for one...

And have you given thought to upgrading to Windows XP? Now (or soon, or something? ) would be a good time...
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Old 04-26-04, 06:57 PM   #14
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Default Re: nvidia riva tnt2 model 64 HELP with NEW game!!

The simple fact is that your TNT card dont support hardware T&L(transform&lighting) which can increase perfomance dramaticly. The Geforce2 Line used T&L so without it new games will be almost impossible to play or be very slow.

If you not a hardcore gamer then pickup a Geforce4 MX as they are very cheap and will do that job at lower settings.
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Old 04-26-04, 06:59 PM   #15
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Default Re: nvidia riva tnt2 model 64 HELP with NEW game!!

Hmmm....yeah.

Windows ME is....a little dated. And definately undesirable - Win98SE was a better performing OS, and it predated it.

128mb of ram is...well, not enough.

Athlon (not XP!) at 1.3ghz...a little slow.

Soundblaster PCI without EAX 2!? My, that's an old card...

Seriously, you are looking at a pretty substantial set of upgrades, here. MININUM, to get this game working, you'll need to upgrade your ram and your video card - as noted, the Radeon 9100 PCI is probably your best bet. Here is a link to the best deal on this card I could find.

You're kinda on your own with the ram, because I don't know what your system takes.

Seriously, though? Might want to look at a whole new PC - especially if you plan on playing any other games released this year. If you really wanted to do some research on PCs and get knowledgeable about the hardware, you could probably piecemeal upgrade your current system throughout the year at a substantial cost savings, and get a faster-than-store-bought system in the end, anyway....but it's a hobby and a half!

If you wanted to consider a simple, 'off-the-shelf' upgrade....be aware you will be paying more and getting less than a do-it-yourself solution, but...

This guy at Best Buy isn't a bad buy. Maybe you could sell your current system for a few hundred bucks to a family member, or give it to your kids (or nieces/nephews, whatever) or something.
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Old 04-26-04, 07:13 PM   #16
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Default Re: nvidia riva tnt2 model 64 HELP with NEW game!!

Now that I look at some screenshots, I'm not quite sure that your current system, upgraded or not, is going to be able to handle this game. Since the game is only available in the UK at this time, I'm going to assume that's where you are as well. With that, it's going to be more difficult for us to point you in the direction of some retailers that offer a card suitable for your system. Perhaps vamp or another Englander can help you there.
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Old 04-26-04, 07:29 PM   #17
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Hmmm....yeah.

Windows ME is....a little dated. And definately undesirable - Win98SE was a better performing OS, and it predated it.

128mb of ram is...well, not enough.

Athlon (not XP!) at 1.3ghz...a little slow.

Soundblaster PCI without EAX 2!? My, that's an old card...

Seriously, you are looking at a pretty substantial set of upgrades, here. MININUM, to get this game working, you'll need to upgrade your ram and your video card - as noted, the Radeon 9100 PCI is probably your best bet. Here is a link to the best deal on this card I could find.

You're kinda on your own with the ram, because I don't know what your system takes.

Seriously, though? Might want to look at a whole new PC - especially if you plan on playing any other games released this year. If you really wanted to do some research on PCs and get knowledgeable about the hardware, you could probably piecemeal upgrade your current system throughout the year at a substantial cost savings, and get a faster-than-store-bought system in the end, anyway....but it's a hobby and a half!

If you wanted to consider a simple, 'off-the-shelf' upgrade....be aware you will be paying more and getting less than a do-it-yourself solution, but...

This guy at Best Buy isn't a bad buy. Maybe you could sell your current system for a few hundred bucks to a family member, or give it to your kids (or nieces/nephews, whatever) or something.
I dont think its that serious... a newer video card is all that system needs. I cant imagine that game being very power hungry in any way.

shaniarll, I personally think that if you want to do this quickly and easily, just go to walmart or a local PC store and ask them about a PCI video card for playing recent games. You wont get the best price, but you wont have to worry about buying from an online store you have never heard of.

Although if you dont mind shopping online heres what I would advise you get (assuming you live in the USA):
A Geforce FX 5200 128Mb (128bit Memory) PCI for $72
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...145-055&depa=1
This isnt a super powerfull card, but it is SIGNIFICANTLY faster than what you have, and it will be sufficient for most games out now should you decide to play any more. And best of all its retail boxed and is at a very reliable store, so you dont have to worry about crappy warranties or broken parts.

Hope this helps
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Well everyone else already suggested how to upgrade more or less i would suggest buying new PC for arround 999.95$ you can get new PC eliminateing alot of hassle realy , can even buy it in installments for 30$ a month im sure , just visit one of Big Computer Stores and clerk will help you out .

PS your computer is so old upgrades woun't cure it my personal opinion.
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I dont think its that serious... a newer video card is all that system needs. I cant imagine that game being very power hungry in any way.
It actually is a pretty intense game graphically. I can see why a TNT2 wouldn't be up to par. In fact, the recommended specs list a GF4.

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Default Re: nvidia riva tnt2 model 64 HELP with NEW game!!

Guys judging by her system. I dont think she's looking for "ultimate" performance. Just Ensuring her games work. And Work well. I think Even a Geforce FX 5200 PCI would probably be enough.

Remember not everyone is interested in Stellar performance. Just a working Computer.



Anywho. Back on Topic. I suggest you pick up a Geforce FX 5200, Radeon 9000, or Radeon 9100 PCI Card, Be sure not to buy an "AGP" card. As from the sounds of it. It wont work in your Computer.
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Old 04-27-04, 02:57 AM   #21
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Default Re: nvidia riva tnt2 model 64 HELP with NEW game!!

The system I recommended WASN'T a 'stellar performance' system. You should check out the requirements on the game she is trying to play.

I don't think a plain-Jane Athlon 1.3 ghz with 128mb of ram is going to cut it, I really don't.
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The system I recommended WASN'T a 'stellar performance' system. You should check out the requirements on the game she is trying to play.

I don't think a plain-Jane Athlon 1.3 ghz with 128mb of ram is going to cut it, I really don't.


What game was it again? I'm sure she needs a T&L system. And I agree with you that 512 Megs of ram will help. But the card will at least make the game run. Which it wont atm.
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Let go of it man!!....... the TNT2 is useless now most modern games now NEED HARDWARE T&L and some of the newer games need Pixle shaders.
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Since we are not sure if an AGP slot actually exists, maybe we could find out. If you open your computer case you will see a few white slots all lined up. Then towards the center of the motherboard you may see a brown slot of equal length to the white ones, but set more back than the white slots. That brown slot would be an AGP slot, which means you can purchase an AGP video card instead of PCI video card. AGP is much faster so if you have the brown slot, definetly buy an AGP video card. I've attached a photo of PCI slots with an AGP slot on the right side. On the left hand side is a very short brown slot, that is NOT AGP, it's something else you don't need.

Some good AGP choices for your PC would be:

Nvidia Geforce FX5700 non-ultra for $125us
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