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April 18, 2004 1:19:40 AM

I just purchased Unreal Tournament 2004 after seeing some friends play it and I couldn't believe how awsome it was. Problem is, I got it and it runs extremely slow on my computer. There is no reason for this to happen. I meet all requirements and being a laptop should not matter. Integrated Graphics shouldnt matter either because it's didnt say on the box that the game wont run on an integrated graphics card. Does anyone know what I can do to make this run better, and please, no rude replies.

Dell Inspiron 1100
Intel Celeron 2.20GHz
256MB RAM
64MB Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Card
Intel Extreme Graphics 2 Driver
SigmaTel Audio

I wish there was a graphics card I could just put in my PCMCIA card slot, or hook up to the USB.

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April 18, 2004 2:29:29 AM

Unfortunatly, Unreal Tournament 2004 I expect is taxing on the video card and cpu both (they use it for benchmarking), especially with bots. To make it at least playable, lower all settings to its lowest, and if it runs fine, slightly raise settings to get to the right graphics/performance ratio.

"640K oughta be enough for anybody." - Bill Gates
That'll be enough L1 cache for me too...
April 18, 2004 3:40:00 AM

Even though your system may technically meet the requirements for UT2004, I think you're really over-estimating the quality of your hardware (in reference to gaming). Your graphics 'card' is *definately* a severe weakness in your system, and 256 is barely cutting it for any new game these days.

Your best bet is probably as the above poster mentioned, turn all the settings way way down and hope for the best.
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April 18, 2004 5:19:55 AM

If I add more RAM to my computer (Yeah I know its a laptop but I looked it up and the max my computer could actually have is 1024MB) Will that make my graphics card perform better seeing as it's integrated??? PLEASE TELL ME THIS WILL WORK!!!!
April 18, 2004 6:46:26 AM

Your graphics capabilities are, how shall we say, very weak. Try lowering the quality settings and seeing if you can find a happy spot.

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April 18, 2004 9:25:46 AM

I laugh at your Celeron
seriously....celeron make people finally admit that
"GHz doesn't mean nothing" :D 

Easter is here....
April 18, 2004 2:45:50 PM

No, adding memory won't improve your graphics. Its the graphics chipset that is holding you back, not the amount of shared memory.



Spec:
Intel P4 2.4B
MSI 645E Max-U Mobo
1GB DDR333
R9600XT 128MB
SB Live 5.1
WD 60GB
Maxtor 120GB
LG DVD+-R/RW
WIN2K PRO SP4
April 18, 2004 3:56:08 PM

Why do people have to be such pricks?
April 18, 2004 4:57:14 PM

If theres one thing people do well it's be pricks.
Seriously dood, when a game puts the minimum requirements on the box, they really are the minimum. Just cause your computer meets these does not mean its gonna play at all well.

Have you thought about investing in a new computer? The Athlon XP's are very cheap and provide all the processing power you will need for todays games. Wack in 512mb of RAM and a £50 gfx card and a hard disk and u have urself a decent system.

P4c 2.6@3.25
512Mb PC4000
2x120Gb 7200.7 in RAID0
Waterchill KT12-L30
Abit AI7
Ge-Force4 Ti4200
April 18, 2004 5:22:21 PM

Hey, you asked, we gave you our opinions. If you don't like the answers you got, check out a different hardware forum. Guaran-damn-teed you'll get the same responses.

Most laptops are not built for gaming. For a gaming laptop,you want something with built-in ATI graphics, not Intel.

Spec:
Intel P4 2.4B
MSI 645E Max-U Mobo
1GB DDR333
R9600XT 128MB
SB Live 5.1
WD 60GB
Maxtor 120GB
LG DVD+-R/RW
WIN2K PRO SP4
April 18, 2004 7:06:14 PM

Thanks for agreeing with me there jammy. I think I'm just going to give up. My income is very low right now. I'm in college, that takes a lot of my time as it is without a job. Over the summer I'll be taking some classes and teaching private lessons to little kids which definately wont give me the cash for a new comp. I just got this laptop right before this school year with the assistance of my father and I'm in no position to get a new computer. I'll just have to look into more RAM just for kicks and see what happens. Otherwise I'll just be stuck with this computer.
April 19, 2004 7:51:08 AM

As my advice.....its a good thing you can't afford a good comp
College kids!! stay away from computers!!they will mess you up!!
(well...maybe drugs...alchohols....perhaps sex too....but stay away from games)

Easter is here....
April 19, 2004 7:55:13 AM

Many games don't even run well at the recommended specs let alone the minimum specs.

Think about it. You buy the game, install it, and it sucks. Well, you're SOL since you've opened the box and can't return it. Your only option is to send it back to the manufacturer.

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April 19, 2004 8:50:18 AM

there is a reason why it was called "minimum specs" =P
it will RUN....but playing the game is a different story

Easter is here....<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Silly_Rabbit on 04/19/04 04:51 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
April 24, 2004 10:57:40 PM

Is it really unbearable at 800x600x16, lowest settings? Because its not awful like that - the ut engine scales very well. You'd still get the feel of the game, the enjoyment, just not the eye candy.

XP2000, 512 ddr 2700ram, GF4 MX440, XP Pro
April 25, 2004 7:22:49 PM

Thank you so much for telling me that, I was going to ask my dad for a laptop as a present for passing my ECDL. I was going to ask for an XPC with enough room to add my own graphics card as these will kick the ass of the laptop graphcis (as long as I used something much beefier than my Tnt2!) and it will be more expandable in the future. But you cant exactly lug an XPC, K/B, Mouse and Monitor around on the London Underground (or subway trains in the case of you americans) can you?

So which company does laptops that have a Widescreen TFT and are ideal for games. Also is it at all possible to upgrade a Laptop's RAM and Hard Disk?

PC Spec: AMD Athlon XP 2000+ running at 1.25ghz, ECS K7S5A Motherboard, 768MB SDRAM PC133, Sparkle nVidia Riva TNT2 M64 32MB AGP Graphics Card, Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 6.1, Windows Me
April 25, 2004 9:55:49 PM

Try Dell or Compaq, they make some decent laptops. Dell has some new laptops with the Radeon Mobility 9600 Turbo Pro with 128MB memory (article found <A HREF="http://www6.tomshardware.com/mobile/20040421/index.html" target="_new">here</A>).

As for the HDD and RAM, yes, they can be upgraded as long as you don't mind opening them up to do the work. Or paying someone else to do it.

Spec:
Intel P4 2.4B
MSI 645E Max-U Mobo
1GB DDR333
R9600XT 128MB
SB Live 5.1
WD 60GB
Maxtor 120GB
LG DVD+-R/RW
WIN2K PRO SP4
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