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December 22, 2010 7:29:38 PM

I want to play Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. My comp is Biostar w/AMD Sempron 1.67GHz, 128 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Not hyper-threaded Board: KM266A-8235
Bus Clock: 166 megahertz, Controllers Display Standard floppy disk controller
Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller]
VIA Bus Master IDE Controller NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT [Display adapter]
ViewSonic VA1930wm [Monitor] (19.1"vis, s/n QFP063605746, September 2006) Bus Adapters Multimedia Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller
VIA Rev 5 or later USB Universal Host Controller (3x) C-Media AC97 Audio Device
Creative Game Port
Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS (WDM)
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What I need to know is because SW:Kotor is an OpenGL game,,are there ANY drivers for my video card that will intergrate OpenGL support so I can play this game. I found the nVidea 260.99 driver that says it supports OpenGL, but I don't want to make a mistake!

Please someone help me,,I'm lost!
Merry Christmas!,,,Roger
a b U Graphics card
December 24, 2010 2:05:09 PM

First of all only Macs use OpenGL on games, (PCs usually use Microsoft's DirectX) and the game is from 2003, even my 9400 GT would play it just fine.
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December 24, 2010 4:45:53 PM

Well, it is fouling up somehow. When I get to the custom character select screen, I can get thru a couple of Jedi class and portrait screens, then everything slows down to a crawl, almost a dead stop. Sometimes mouse action is OK, sometimes choppy. But each selection click in the menu takes 30-40 seconds, if it doesn't just freeze up solid. My 7300GT doesn't do any of these things, but it's also pushing the card for this game so got the 9500GT. The main difference between the 2 cards(other than age) is the 7300GT is AGP and the 9500GT is PCI. ,,,,oh,,and the 7300 is by BFG and the 9500 is by Sparkle!
But not seeing any error messages,,,MS or KotOR.
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a b U Graphics card
December 24, 2010 10:37:02 PM

Why did you get PCI? That bus is slower than AGP but shouldn't be the problem. It also shouldn't be a brand problem either, why did you get a 9500, it's not that much better than the low end card two generations ago. First I need some info on your PC(or Mac) like CPU, RAM, motherboard, or system model. One more thing if you plan on returning the card try asking downloading these drivers and then asking Sparkle technical support. I know of some Radeon 4650s that use the AGP bus.
http://www.sparkle.com.tw/driver_detail.asp?menu1=drive...
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January 1, 2011 5:17:03 PM

Operating System System Model Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States) VIA Technologies, Inc. KM266A-8235
Enclosure Type: Desktop Processor a Main Circuit Board b 1.67 gigahertz AMD Sempron
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Not hyper-threaded Board: KM266A-8235
Bus Clock: 166 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 12/24/2004 Drives Memory Modules c,d 177.49 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
131.94 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

ATAPI iHAP422 9 [Optical drive]
OPTORITE CD-RW CW5201 [Optical drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Maxtor 6L160P0 [Hard drive] (163.93 GB) -- drive 0, s/n L40C89PG, rev BAH41G10, SMART Status: Healthy
SAMSUNG SV0412H [Hard drive] (40.06 GB) -- drive 1, s/n 0536J1CW618233, rev SK300-15, SMART Status: Healthy 992 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' has 512 MB
Slot 'A1' has 512 MB Local Drive Volumes


c: (NTFS on drive 0) 137.43 GB 114.96 GB free
d: (NTFS on drive 1) 40.06 GB 16.98 GB free
Network Drives None discovered Users (mouse over user name for details) Printers

local user accounts last logon
I deleted this. 12/22/2010 3:43:44 PM (admin)
local system accounts
Administrator never (admin)
ASPNET never
Guest never
HelpAssistant never
SUPPORT_388945a0 never
Marks a locked account

None discovered
Controllers Display Standard floppy disk controller
Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller]
VIA Bus Master IDE Controller NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT [Display adapter]
ViewSonic VA1930wm [Monitor] (19.1"vis, s/n QFP063605746, September 2006) Bus Adapters Multimedia Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller
VIA Rev 5 or later USB Universal Host Controller (3x) C-Media AC97 Audio Device
Creative Game Port
Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS (WDM) Virus Protection [Back to Top] new Group Policies

Norton AntiVirus Version 17.6.0.32
Virus Definitions Version Up To Date
Realtime File Scanning On
None discovered Communications Other Devices


1394 Net Adapter
VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter
primary Auto IP Address: I deleted this.
Gateway: I deleted this.
Dhcp Server: I deleted this.
Physical Address: I deleted this.

Networking Dns Servers: 68.87.71.230
68.87.73.246
OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
HID-compliant consumer control device
HID-compliant device
Saitek Cyborg Force Rumble Pad
Saitek Cyborg Force Rumble Pad (HID)
USB Human Interface Device (4x)
HID Keyboard Device
Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
HID-compliant mouse
USB Composite Device
USB Root Hub (4x)

There are my system specs. And you're right,,I shoulda got an AGP,,,what was I thinking,,oh yeah,,it is one of those low profile type cards and was on sale at Tiger Direct. But I have to go with it now. So what do you think? Can I make this damn thing work for KotOR1? Any help at all will be supremely appreciated! StarLynx57
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a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2011 10:53:39 PM

Download the drivers from the Sparrkle website from my last post. Once those are installed go here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?Fami... and run the installer program. If all else fails open up your system dust out all the components. Can you tell me how the Geforce 7300 was being pushed? I want to know if it was a little slow or was it running really loudly. Oh yeah, happy new year.
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January 9, 2011 6:30:54 PM

mister g,,,downloaded the exact video driver(196.21_desktop_winxp_32bit_international_whql) + the DXWebSetup,,,set them aside on my desktop,,,,booted into safe mode(my logon, not admin) and used Driver Cleaner Pro to get rid of all old nVidea stuff.
Shut down computer,,Changed my 9500GT back in,,Rebooted onto regular desktop,,installed driver and dxwebsetup,,,,,card seems to work well for IE8 and MS Explorer, but same ol, same ol on Kotor1,,,been playing that old game Dink Smallwood,,,but unplayable in a DIFFERENT way, in-game play,,screen will freeze for 10-15 seconds,,then playable for 20-25 seconds..different than Kotor's heavy, heavy lag. So there you have it!! I don't think I'll ever get this card straightened out. I ought to try Doom3 on this card just to see if it's the age of the game that matters.
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a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2011 12:21:10 PM

A low end PCI card with a 1.6 Sempron? I got news, even older games will crawl with that setup. I'm not fimiliar with KotOR requirements, but with a PCI GPU and a low end CPU, I'm not surprised you are having problems...
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a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2011 1:53:35 PM

Kotor is from '03. it's minimum is an Athlon 1 Ghz and a very low end card, i thought that the 9500 would be better and take some stress off of the 7300.
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January 18, 2011 7:29:21 PM

gamerk316 said:
A low end PCI card with a 1.6 Sempron? I got news, even older games will crawl with that setup. I'm not fimiliar with KotOR requirements, but with a PCI GPU and a low end CPU, I'm not surprised you are having problems...


Yeah,,I hear ya,,I'm looking at a few Asus Micro ATX Mobo's within my budget that has 1 regular PCI slot and 'many' newer slots. Probably looking for a bundle with at least a AMD Phenom II Quad Core, fully upgradable memory slots, DDR2 slots, and a high bus speed. Still,,,gonna have to spring for some intense cooling solution,(another $50-$60).....I could really use a suggestion on best mid-range boards you know of. Been using this ::with any BIOS updates,,,,1.67 gigahertz AMD Sempron
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Not hyper-threaded Board: KM266A-8235
Bus Clock: 166 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 12/24/2004

As you can see, I'm using junk by todays standards,,,and she's getting cranky too!

StarLynx57
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January 18, 2011 7:31:18 PM

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