To start things off. i have a dell xps 410. 2.1 core 2 duo 2 gigs memory 256 geforce 7900 gs video. my friend has a dell 4700 2.8 H/T pentium 4. 256 ati x1950 pro. 3 gigs memory. My question is after we start playing a lan game. supreme commander to be exact. Only after 15 mins of play do the game slow down? Im the one hosting the game. i have a crossover wire linking both computers. We have the latest video drivers installed. Any help would be welcomed.
That's probably more your system than your network. That game will devour even top-of-the-line systems if you play with no fog of war and try to crank up settings. You probably need to upgrade your cpu / motherboard and your graphics card.
so when we play the game for 2 hours and on the game clock it shows that the time is 1 hour. that means its the 2.8 processor or the 2.1 core 2 duo not proforming like it should? on the core 2 duo i get the slow down. the p4 gets the choppy graphics
I'm not a network gaming expert, but I'm assuming you're only as fast as the slowest part. Meaning, if the p4 slows down, so does the C2D. This may not be the case, but I've experienced it in the past with one of my slower computers on different RTS games (Dawn of War to be specific). The game would start to slow down (no lag or connection issues) just because of the amount of units that were one the playing field and in turn the game clock would slow down. This was on internet games and not LAN, but I think the same thing may be happening here.
WELL THE 410 DOESNT HAVE THE SIDE COVER ON SINCE IM ALWAYS CHECKING DIFFERENT THINGS ON IT. KINDA GOT TIRED OF PUTING IT ON OR OFF. AS FAR AS THE COOLING PARY ON THE P4 EVERYTHING IS STOCK AND THATS THE ONE THAT HAS THE 1950 PRO ON IT. I HAVE A GEFORCE 7900 GS