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Playing The Sims 2

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June 2, 2010 10:49:49 AM

Someone said that you can play The Sims 2 on a PC that was a 800mHz and had a Intel graphics chip but I was wondering if it will really work. My desktop has a Intel Direct AGP graphics chip so it uses a AGP2X bus. The speed I have is a 1 gHz Celeron processor and it has 512mb PC100 SDRAM. I know that my laptop that has also a Intel video chip plays The Sims 2 but I didn't know if this desktop can play this game. Both are using AGP bus so that is good.

I got the desktop right when Windows XP came out so it was around November 2001 and it did cost around $450. The laptop did cost alot more and I did get that system around June 2002.

The desktop I have is a eMachines T1100.

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June 2, 2010 12:42:14 PM

It *may* run, but don't expect it to run well.

If you can give us some more specific info re. graphics we can tell you if it will run, and how poorly.
June 2, 2010 1:07:56 PM

Apparently this is the minimum requirements for Microsoft Windows, even though I think it would still run very poorly.

OS: Windows 98/98 SE/Me/2000/XP/Vista
CPU: 800 MHz
RAM: 256 MB
Disc Drive: 8x CD-ROM/DVD drive
HDD: 3.5 GB free space
Video: 32 MB DirectX 9.0 and T&L compatible
Sound: DirectX 9.0 compatible
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June 2, 2010 1:51:23 PM

would be very slow, I have it for my son. It ran on my P3 866 with 512 ram, but was using an Nvidia GF 4200 TI 128Mb. It runs better now for him with his P4.
June 2, 2010 4:31:28 PM

I just found out that I have a Intel(R) 82810 Graphics Controller. I did just downloaded the latest drivers from Intels website. Should I have no problems now? I know that this video chip is using a AGP2X bus speed so that is a good thing.

My video chip has 32mb of video ram so that should be enough to play I assume.

Here are some specs for my system. My system came with 128mb of system ram but I upgraded to 512mb later.

T1100 Support Information
CPU : Intel® Celeron® Processor 1GHz (w/128KB)
Operating System : Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition

Chipset : Intel® 810 chipset, 100MHz FSB
Memory : 128MB SDRAM
Hard Drive : 20GB HDD
Optical Drive : 12x Max. Write CD-RW Drive; 3.5" 1.44MB FDD
Video : Intel® DirectAGP 3D (810 shared)
Sound : Intel® 82801 AC '97 Audio
Modem : 56K ITU v.92-ready PCI internal Fax/Modem
Peripherals : Keyboard, Mouse, Stereo Speakers
Ports/Other : 2 USB ports (1 on front bezel), 1 Serial, 1 Parallel, 2 PS/2, Audio In & Out, 1
Midi/Game on front bezel, Mic-In & Head Phone jack on front
June 2, 2010 4:37:16 PM

Graphics Controller

Type AGP 2x - Integrated

Graphics Processor / Vendor Shared video memory (UMA)

Supported Display Graphics VGA (640x480) , SXGA (1280x1024) , XGA (1024x768) , SVGA (800x600)
June 2, 2010 4:42:01 PM

One problem is that if I wanted to upgrade the video card I will only be able to add a PCI type card since the AGP2X is only for the onboard video chip. So basicaly my onboard video chip is the best I can get since PCI is alot slower than AGP bus.
June 2, 2010 10:40:53 PM

Well eather way you guys said it will run but just be slow right? Well if I need 800mHz I do have 1 Ghz so it's faster than 800mHz. Also I have 512mb ram so it's twice of 256mb. But will it still be slow in this case.
June 7, 2010 1:27:47 AM

video may be slower if it runs, I believe the 810 chipset does not support T&L, so it may not run, but I have tried it with the 815 chipset but was running a 1.2 Ghz CPU. try the demo first to see if it runs, it will give you an idea on how it works with the PC to be less worry about it, if the demo doesn't run, don't buy the game..
June 7, 2010 12:33:29 PM

that's true, the more objects in game, the slower the load time plus the lag increases