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Pixel Shader 2.0

hello all,
and thank you for looking at my thread,
ive just recently baught the Sims 3, and as far as i know ive met all of the requirements to play the game... except, that my video card does NOT support Pixel Shader 2.0.

i dont have alot of money as of right now, but could someone please help me out on finding a fairly cheap video card that will work with the Sims 3? (support Pixel Shader 2.0)

it would have to meat or surpass this
128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0

Thanks in advance!

oh, and if you can list a few newegg.com links as well, that would be greatly appreciated! :) thanks!
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  1. What are the rest of your system's specs? Pixels Shader 2.0 is a fairly old standard. Even my ancient AGP ATI X800XT card supports it.

    Is your motherboard AGP or PCIe 1.0? What is your power supply?
  2. Ancient his card has to have been out before the Radeon 9xxx series or the Geforce 5xxx line. I sincerely doubt he has PCI-E. If the rest of the system is similarly aged circa '01-02 it's not going to be worth upgrading.


    Time for a new computer M8.
  3. i dont know the model or whatever, and its too complicated to rip this POS apart lol
    it looks like this http://images.tigerdirect.com/skuimages/large/J156-4218-main.jpg
    hopefully you may know what that is?
  4. nope. doesn't help me much. it doesn't really matter what model it is if u can give us some general pc specs
  5. haha well, is there a way to see that without taking it apart?
    if so, how do i do that?

    sorry im such and idiot :P
  6. Control Panel > System > Hardware Tab > Device Manager

    Post what is listed under Display Adapters, Cpus, and how much RAM you have.
    We would need to know the wattage and such from your power supply but you have to open up your computer to find that out.
  7. Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller
    Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
    1 Gig of RAM
  8. hahahahahahahaha
    actually, i only bought it for $80, and it was from a hospital
  9. Hence the inability to actually play games
  10. sorry but if you want to play games your gonna have to buy a new computer D:
  11. That won't even have a AGP slot I think and so it'd require a low profile PCI card. With some elbow grease and about $100 you could probably get it to play WoW. However, imo not worth it.
  12. I just bought The Sims 3 too and I keep getting a message saying "Device 0 cannot run this title. Your video card does not appear to support at least shader model 2. Please upgrade your card."

    I have a:
    -Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller
    -Intel(R) Celeron (R) CPU 2.66GHz 2.67GHz, 248 MB of RAM

    Can anyone please help me?!
  13. Probably not. They'll need to know what motherboard, & power supply you have. However, more than likely everything we said to the other guy will apply to you as well.

    At a minimum you'll need a card + 1.25gb of ram but we won't know what type of ram or card without the mobo/psu.
  14. Dustpuppy said:
    Probably not. They'll need to know what motherboard, & power supply you have. However, more than likely everything we said to the other guy will apply to you as well.

    At a minimum you'll need a card + 1.25gb of ram but we won't know what type of ram or card without the mobo/psu.


    How do I find the motherboard and the power supply? :hello:
  15. If it's a brand name computer then the model # should suffice, basically somebody will have to hunt it down on google. Alternatively if you can do a google image search for a PCI-Express slot as well as an AGP slot , open your case and determine if you have either & which you have then that will suffice. eta: on second thought we don't know whether you have DDR ram, DDR2 or how much your mobo will permit so we still need to know what motherboard you have.

    The power supply unit is where the cord plugs in to the back of the case. There is a sticker on the side of it with a bunch of numbers +5v +3.3v +12v ... and a few numbers underneath like 30a 25a 16a we need those numbers. You will probably have to open the case to see the side of the power supply unit.
  16. My model number is SR1123WM

    DDR1-333 SDRAM

    Here's what I found on the sticker:

    Output +12V===/ 14A, -12V===/0.8A
    250W MAX +5V===/25A, +5VSB===/2A
    +3.3V===/18A,
    peak 2.5A

    +5V&+3.3V 165W MAX, +5V&12V 218W MAX :sweat:
  17. mactronix said:


    Okay thanks! I have one more question: are all PCI cards compatible with this computer? Can you give me examples? Thanks in advance! :hello:
  18. Well i went to Newegg, dont know where you are but as an example it will do.
    I browsed to video cards section and selected PCI from the choices.
    This card will be able to power Sims 3 and it comes with the addaptors for lowlevel and standard cases.
    As such it would be a good option for both you and the op

    Mactronix
  19. Methinks it's time for everyone to purchase new computers.
  20. Methinks it's time for everyone to purchase new computers.
  21. JmacKarla said:
    I just bought The Sims 3 too and I keep getting a message saying "Device 0 cannot run this title. Your video card does not appear to support at least shader model 2. Please upgrade your card."

    I have a:
    -Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller
    -Intel(R) Celeron (R) CPU 2.66GHz 2.67GHz, 248 MB of RAM

    Can anyone please help me?!


    i actually bought the same game thinking i could play it too
    my specs intel cleron cpu 2.70ghz,1024gb of ram and 256mb video card that supports 1.1 pixel shading and i only have pci slots so guess what time to buy a new comp.

    first u need to see if ur computer has pci-e slots or agp if not pci slot video card dont support 2.0 pixel shading and trust me dont think im wrong i've checked every where and talked to 3 computer techs. they just dont
    second u need too upgrade ur 248mb of ram to 1024gb of ram
    third u need to buy a 128mb video card that supports 2.0 pixel shading
  22. The bigger problem is having a pci-e slot. Otherwise any card today can run PS2.0 just fine. probably Sims 4 or 5 will run just as well.
  23. Will you people PLEASE just get new $400 systems that will destroy what you have and get it over with?!
  24. briencx said:
    i actually bought the same game thinking i could play it too
    my specs intel cleron cpu 2.70ghz,1024gb of ram and 256mb video card that supports 1.1 pixel shading and i only have pci slots so guess what time to buy a new comp.

    first u need to see if ur computer has pci-e slots or agp if not pci slot video card dont support 2.0 pixel shading and trust me dont think im wrong i've checked every where and talked to 3 computer techs. they just dont
    second u need too upgrade ur 248mb of ram to 1024gb of ram
    third u need to buy a 128mb video card that supports 2.0 pixel shading


    The 9400GT & 9500GT are good through SM 4.0 ie DirectX 10.

    Mixing old hardware with new becomes progressively risky as time goes on. Can't say they'd work, and I will say performance won't be good. IMO waste of money, but if somebody has $70 and just absolutely doesn't want to buy a new box...
  25. and before anyone says anything yes I have read all the post, and several other topics around the internet, mostly conflicting Information about a PCI card that will play Sims 3. So here it goes here is a link to what I am using the only thing I have updated so far is the Ram to 2GBs
    http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/emachines-t2984/1707-3118_7-31244791.html
  26. *** *** *** ers *** them. I paid for nothing. My computer apparently is to old to play it since it's a 2003 computer.
  27. Im in exactly the same position.
    iv tryed searching the internet, and apprently you can download driver detective which is meant to upgrade your card.

    but as i havent got a card, only my moms, i cant find a way to pay for this.

    so i am also looking for a cheap video card! ill let you know if i find something! x

    xx
  28. i Have a question of my own if i just buy a new computer will it be able to run the pixel shader and i won't have to worry about any of this stuff
  29. ok i just baught a cheap graphics card from craigslist... but it still seems to not work...
    the card is an NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400 with a 64MB memory size

    does this graphics card really not support pixel shader 2.0?
  30. you could check wikipedia and get the answer...
  31. And this is why I think its important for Intel to have decent igps in their rigs. It isnt that costly to do
  32. yeah intel's igps are terrible. Cs:s at 640x480 with everything turned down wouldnt work.
  33. well what is a decent yet cheap card i could buy that would support pixel shader 2.0
  34. 5h4yn3 said:
    well what is a decent yet cheap card i could buy that would support pixel shader 2.0


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixel_shader#Hardware

    Anything Nvidia 5 series and up, Anything ATI 9000 series and up.
  35. 512mb Sapphire Radeon X1650 Pro: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102073

    DirectX 9.0c/Shader Model 3.0 compatible
  36. ok thank you
  37. You're welcome :]
  38. I have the same problem as you. i brought sims 3 dowloaded it fine went to play (Very excited) as its suppose to be a really good game, and i had a pop-up saying "Please upgrade your video card" i was devestated !! Anyone please help ! thanks x
  39. Are all you guys from America, Because i looked at that newegg and its in $$$ and im actaully English ! Hahah ! I know nothing about computers and laptops. I have a Laptop, a toshbia one like a bit like this..http://www.technotalks.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/toshibatecra-r10-112.jpg . Every time i go to play it, it says "Device 0 cannot run this title. Your video card does not appear to support at least shader model 2. Please upgrade your card." I really Want help with this, i love all the sims game and im only borrowing it from a friend and my mother wnats to buy it me for xmas but if it dosnt work then thers no poin. However if you guys help me then that would be Lovely ! Remeber no computer terms because i know nothing about PC'S ! Thanks Guys and gals :] x
  40. Quote:
    That is an office comp, meant for solitaire only.


    No, an office comp is a 2.2 Celeron POS like I'm currently on...

    Any card you can find supports SM2; the only problem is finding an AGP card...look to see if you can dig up a AGP 3850 for a decent price...
  41. Quote:
    Are all you guys from America, Because i looked at that newegg and its in $$$ and im actaully English ! Hahah ! I know nothing about computers and laptops. I have a Laptop, a toshbia one like a bit like this..http://www.technotalks.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/toshibatecra-r10-112.jpg . Every time i go to play it, it says "Device 0 cannot run this title. Your video card does not appear to support at least shader model 2. Please upgrade your card." I really Want help with this, i love all the sims game and im only borrowing it from a friend and my mother wnats to buy it me for xmas but if it dosnt work then thers no poin. However if you guys help me then that would be Lovely ! Remeber no computer terms because i know nothing about PC'S ! Thanks Guys and gals :] x

    If you are using a laptop then you're out of luck as it is not possible to upgrade the graphics usually, sorry.
  42. :wahoo: :bounce: u is a vey big fool man!!
  43. I have also got the Sims 3, but my video card doesn't support Shader Model 2. I have a Radeon 9250 Series from ATI Technologies Inc. with 256MB. Is it possible for me to upgrade this to have Shader Model 2 or do I need to buy a new video card.
  44. Quote:
    I have also got the Sims 3, but my video card doesn't support Shader Model 2. I have a Radeon 9250 Series from ATI Technologies Inc. with 256MB. Is it possible for me to upgrade this to have Shader Model 2 or do I need to buy a new video card.

    That would i call bad luck as ati 9250 is last version that dont have shaders 2.0+ (would need at least 9500 model)
  45. I am having the exact same problem. I have the Nvidia 6200 OC PCI and it still doens't support sims 3. everytime I try to create a custom content sims it shuts down. Can I upgarde my computer's video card to support the 2.0 pixel shader?
  46. IM JUST FREAKING 13 YEARS OLD AND device 0 cannot run this title... i have no idea what to do... :(
  47. I have been working on this problem for several weeks and have solved the shader issue by using a graphics card greater than 7600 and in fact the ones that work are the MSI 8400GT or the nvidia 8400GT or their 9400GT cards mind you Im using 40 dell optiplex GX620 if you have additional problems call me at 904-229-1040
  48. i recently got a game called League of Legends and when i tried to play it
    it said "Your graphics card or driver does not support shader model 2.0. Please make sure your video card supports shader model 2.0 and that it is using drivers from the manufacture"

    what should i do???


    and i have a
    Sony VAIO PCV-RS310 Desktop (2.40-GHz Pentium 4, 256 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD-RW/CD-RW Drive, CD-ROM Drive)
    computer with an
    intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV graphics controller
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