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January 9, 2011 10:01:07 AM

Hello, just recently I started playing Assassin's Creed 2 again. It was already previously installed, and I had stopped playing it for a long time. I installed Resident Evil 5 and was a zombie for a few weeks, then started a new game on AC2.

After a while, I noticed that details and shadows were popping in only when I was near and looking at them. At first, I thought it was nothing. But as I progressed, it became more and more noticeable. Trees, bushes, and even leaves on the ground would drop in as I ran along. It's extremely distracting, and I'm really really REALLY sure I never noticed that before, in AC1 or AC2.

So I searched it up online, to see if anyone else had that problem. It seems many people were complaining about the draw distance, and there were a few threads about it. Most of the responses were "It's a console port so it's expected", but one guy actually said he hadn't noticed it before either.

There were other threads I stumbled upon that were not only about Assassin's Creed, but about all games having poor view distance. Most replies were "update your drivers, reinstall, reset your Nvidia Control Panel settings" and other stuff. None of these threads were resolved in the end, and none of the methods worked. One thing I noticed though, a few people said it might be because of a failing graphics card, correct me if I'm wrong. I truly hope this is not the case, and I hadn't noticed any draw distance issues on other games. If there was any, it's rather slight. I only tested a few games, but I'll try testing the more big scale, open world ones next time.

I truly, sincerely, do not remember Assassin's Creed 2 having such bad draw distance. I always remembered it having beautiful, detailed landscapes. So I have no idea what's happened, as no major hardware changes took place recently. I don't really have the money to go around buying lots of stuff :p 

There were some tips about updating the Realtek HD Driver or something like that, but I really don't understand lots of computer talk, and if you ask me to post my specs, I probably won't know how. Sorry, I really hope somebody can help me! I want to quickly finish off AC2 before I get AC: Brotherhood! Thanks.
January 9, 2011 10:23:15 AM

I would check more games before coming to any conclusion.
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January 10, 2011 3:08:36 PM

I'll try out a few open world games and see. So far I'm not seeing any issues like other threads I've seen, where in L4D2 or RE5 the draw distance is bad. It seems this problem only affects ACII. How strange! This problem is driving me mad.
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January 10, 2011 3:29:23 PM

Xanorak said:
I'll try out a few open world games and see. So far I'm not seeing any issues like other threads I've seen, where in L4D2 or RE5 the draw distance is bad. It seems this problem only affects ACII. How strange! This problem is driving me mad.



Do you own or know someone who owns Oblivion. It would be an exelant way of testing for Hardware issues concerning Draw distance as it has an ingame setting for it under the graphics options.
Im sure other games do as well but im not familiar with any other than Oblivion.

Mactronix :) 
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January 10, 2011 3:53:11 PM

Well, no and no unfortunately. But I know many people are saying it's draw distance is bad. And most games nowadays don't really have an option for draw distance. Thanks for your help, though.

By the way, I tried out Batman: Arkham Asylum. I'm not sure if it's a new problem or it's just me being paranoid, but I did notice one or two bushes popping up at certain locations. Certainly easy to miss, though. Also, I noticed that if the screen is not facing something (such as a handrail), and I turn back to quickly face it, the details will drop in shortly after. I only noticed this effect on the handrails, not on walls or rocks or anything else (so far). I don't think this is related, though, and I think other games are like that too. However, like I said, I wouldn't know.

I'll try my best to test out some other games (Prince of Persia, Call of Pripyat) but I honestly think it's an ACII only issue. But I just recently tried out MW2 because other threads mentioned that having draw distance issues, and I noticed a bit of grass popping in only once, at one level. It's hard to notice unless you're looking out for it, so I think it's always been there. I hope these aren't signs that my graphics card is faulty, though.

And I really think I would've noticed had ACII had this problem before, so I'm sure it was never like this.
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January 10, 2011 4:04:56 PM

What i have found is that unless your are looking for it or its your second time playing through then you are too imersed in the action going on around to notice. The draw distance per say isnt really the issue, its the character/tree/bush fade that is the issue.
This was bad in AC 1, i have not played AC 2 but would assume it would be pretty much the same.

Of course it could just be your system struggling a bit keeeping up with teh rapid mavements in batman as its a pretty taxing game with every thing enabled. Especially with the PhysX enabled.

Mactronix :) 
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January 10, 2011 4:15:15 PM

I have played all these games before. I have completed Batman, played AC1, played halfway through AC2, and NEVER experienced this! I understand Batman, of course, because what I mentioned is VERY unnoticeable. I was looking for it, which is why I found it. But AC2 was just so blindingly obvious this time round, I truly do not remember it being this bad. Trees, bushes, and even leaves on the ground are appearing 10 feet in front of me. I think I would've remembered! And all the games I mentioned have ran smoothly for me. Just a few details I can remember about my PC is that:
1. It's Windows XP
2. Nvidia GeForce 9800GT
3. 3GB RAM

That's all :D . Oh by the way, do you think upgrading my processor might help? Whether or not it fixes the issue, I've been meaning to get a new one. I can't run stuff like Dead Rising 2 on minimum. I have an Intel Core Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20ghz, something like that. But will I lose my stuff if I upgrade it?
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January 10, 2011 5:05:48 PM

Have you tried reinstalling AC2 yet?
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January 11, 2011 5:16:20 AM

Yeap. I wonder if deleting the save files or something would work, cause I find my save is still there. I tried searching for some folder where they store those, but couldn't find one anywhere.
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January 11, 2011 3:28:54 PM

Xanorak said:
Yeap. I wonder if deleting the save files or something would work, cause I find my save is still there. I tried searching for some folder where they store those, but couldn't find one anywhere.


Save game files are often hidden these days. They're stored in a "Hidden" folder under the User directory on your computer. You may have to alter the properties of the file folder to unhide it.

Try looking here with Windows XP:
C:\Program Files\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\storage

Try this for Vista/Win7:
C:\Users\(UserName)\AppData\Roaming\Ubisoft

It would be a good idea to back up the saved game files first, so that you can restore the saved game files if it doesn't fix your problem. :)  That way you aren't starting the game from scratch again!
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January 11, 2011 5:15:56 PM

Thanks! I deleted it, will try next time. I doubt it will work, but right now I'd try anything :( 

But not right NOW, since it's 3:15 AM for me.

However, I'm seeing pop-up for TF2 even, such as wooden crates. Hard to notice, but I was looking out for it. I think it really must be my graphics card (or me being paranoid). Still, I'll keep testing out other games :) 
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January 12, 2011 2:44:59 PM

Just asking, but does anyone actually have AC1 or AC2 and has the same issue? From what I see, only a few people are having this issue.
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January 12, 2011 3:56:56 PM

I've played both and never seen your particular problem. I haven't played either in a little while though. Although your thread has given me the urge to reinstall AC2. :)  I just have too many different games snagging my attention lately. LOL

Batman, Just Cause 2, Bad Company 2, Mafia 2... all recent play examples. :) 
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January 12, 2011 10:26:00 PM

Haha, So it's the same situation as me. I would love it if anyone could try it out and see if they have the issue. Since you seem to have never noticed it, I assume it's not part of the game. I've seen AC: Brotherhood on Xbox 360, and there was absolutely no draw distance issue. Many people responding to threads like mine simply said, "It's because it's a port" or "It's such a huge game" but I'm really hoping it's not meant to be like that. In reviews I read, this was never mentioned. Something this drastic would be mentioned, right?
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January 12, 2011 10:33:45 PM

You're generally hard pressed to see problems on the XBOX 360 though. Because the games on XBOX360 are designed for ONE specific set of hardware. Because every XBOX 360 has essentially the exact same equipment inside. So it's all completely optimized. So if you see a graphical glitch, everybody else would too.

PC games take a lot more patches/tweaking because they run different on everyone's machine. Plus, there's tons of other software on the PC that can wreak havoc on stuff. LOL
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January 13, 2011 11:01:04 AM

So it has to be my computer then. I tried playing NFS: Hot Pursuit, and it has some pop-up too. Slight, but noticeable. One last thing I'm gonna do is just see a bunch of AC2 videos on YouTube, just to confirm that it's a real issue. Thanks for all your help! I'll try to buy a new card, I guess. :( 
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January 13, 2011 12:21:31 PM

Xanorak said:
Just asking, but does anyone actually have AC1 or AC2 and has the same issue? From what I see, only a few people are having this issue.


Hi guys!
First of all sorry for my English.
I've got the same problem. (with Ati 4570 HD)
Everything was perfect with AS1 & 2, The Witcher & lots of other games (like COD 4 & 6)
BUT
after i've installed Farcry2 and Crysis (in the same time because i've get them in the same time) every single game is look like crap now... like no draw distance...

Assassin's creed 2, The Witcher, COD 4
These games now just simple unplayable.
It's quiet annoying when i don't see the objects and characters.

believe me, i've done with every single variation in vga control centre and game settings.
like set anisotrop filtering and mipmap details quiet high in vga control centre.
And yes, i've already reinstalled the driver of my vga card. (and yes, first uninstalled and delete everything, and after then i've installed it again.)
Unfortunately older drivers dosen't help at all too...

and i have to say again: I haven't had any problem previously.
But something happened and now all games are not enjoyable...
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January 13, 2011 3:54:38 PM

Tetanus said:
Hi guys!
First of all sorry for my English.
I've got the same problem. (with Ati 4570 HD)
Everything was perfect with AS1 & 2, The Witcher & lots of other games (like COD 4 & 6)
BUT
after i've installed Farcry2 and Crysis (in the same time because i've get them in the same time) every single game is look like crap now... like no draw distance...

Assassin's creed 2, The Witcher, COD 4
These games now just simple unplayable.
It's quiet annoying when i don't see the objects and characters.

believe me, i've done with every single variation in vga control centre and game settings.
like set anisotrop filtering and mipmap details quiet high in vga control centre.
And yes, i've already reinstalled the driver of my vga card. (and yes, first uninstalled and delete everything, and after then i've installed it again.)
Unfortunately older drivers dosen't help at all too...

and i have to say again: I haven't had any problem previously.
But something happened and now all games are not enjoyable...


But the strange thing is, the only change I did to my computer was install Resident Evil 5. I think I have around 10 or more games in my computer, but I don't have Crysis or Far Cry 2 installed.

P.S. have you tried uninstalling either Far Cry 2 or Crysis or even both, then testing the other games? Please let me know if it works.
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January 13, 2011 4:33:29 PM

Xanorak said:
But the strange thing is, the only change I did to my computer was install Resident Evil 5. I think I have around 10 or more games in my computer, but I don't have Crysis or Far Cry 2 installed.

P.S. have you tried uninstalling either Far Cry 2 or Crysis or even both, then testing the other games? Please let me know if it works.



Yes, i've already done with uninstalling those games.
nothings happened.




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January 13, 2011 10:31:25 PM

I think I'll try to uninstall Resident Evil 5, cause I think that's when the problems sort of started. I started playing AC2 once I got slightly tired of RE5. I'll post back if it works or not :) 
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January 15, 2011 3:16:50 PM

I haven't gotten to uninstalling RE5 yet, because I've run into another problem.

At first, I watched a few videos of AC2 on YouTube with maxed out graphics, and it seems I'm not the only one who has this. This led me to believe the game was that way from the start, and after playing it some more I can see myself overlooking it. I also assumed that the other games were just because I was looking out for pop-up.

But now I'm getting really weird stuff. When I play games (or maybe even when I'm not, I'm not so sure) after a while the screen will start reacting odd, and it'll be full of weird patterns and colors. Then the computer usually freezes and I have to manually restart it. When I say that I'm not sure if it's only for games, it's because I only notice it happening a minute after launching the game. I had experienced a freeze once though, when I wasn't running anything. I'm pretty sure it's a graphics card issue, but I'm not sure. I've reset the Nvidia control panel, but it didn't help.

I actually had this problem yesterday, then suddenly it got fixed all of a sudden (after a restart and running TF2, I believe) and I could play AC2 for a good hour or more. Then I stopped to let my brother use it, and he complained my computer was having blue screen errors. I've never had a blue screen in a long long time, the last time I had it was when my computer was blue screening every 20 minutes last year (the issue was fixed by simply wiping away the dust inside of my computer). Now it's blue screening pretty often (though it usually freezes instead of getting the BSOD), and no amount of restarts has helped.

I plan to just try wipe the inside again, like I said I don't know anything about computers so I had no idea dust could be such a big problem. Do you think this is a graphics card related issue, though? It'd explain the draw distance issues I noticed in other games. Please help!
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January 15, 2011 4:07:13 PM

I saw the same problem in asc2 with my 6950. Never saw it with my 4890 and with my new gtx 570 it dosent show up much either. I think its a driver issue from ati. It does have a bad draw distance in general but it seems to be exceptionally bad on the 6900 series.
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January 15, 2011 4:09:07 PM

So I played Assassin's Creed 2 night before last for about 30-40 minutes. I didn't notice any annoying draw distance issues. :( 

If your PC is freezing without a Blue Screen, I'm guessing it's a CPU issue.

RAM issues usually cause a reboot or blue screen. GPU issues usually cause the image to freak out (colors, spots, etc). At least in my personal experience.

Is your CPU overclocked?
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January 15, 2011 5:25:47 PM

I think I fixed the freezing issue, I found out the blue screens were because of nv4_disp.dll, and I noticed I had 2 of them so I deleted one. Worked fine, but I ran into a stupid virus called System Tool. Wasting my time. When I fix this little thing I'd get back to this :p 

Anyway, Digital Dissent, why don't you look at some YouTube vids and see if it's that bad? Thanks.
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January 16, 2011 7:38:28 AM

I experienced the freezing and weird color thing again. I wiped my computer for dust, seems to be working. It might come back, though.

Just a quick question, I heard somewhere that your sound driver might lag the computer, and you should update them. I don't know how, though. Please help?

Also could anyone tell me if they experience pop-up on games like NFS: Hot Pursuit, Batman: Arkham Asylum, or any other game of the sort? It would help if you look out for it, just so I know it's not my computer and it's just my paranoia. Thanks!
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January 16, 2011 3:18:08 PM

So anyway, wiping the computer didn't help much. I experience the freezing/color thing much much less, but now the computer seems much slower when starting up. Sometimes it takes a couple of restarts until my games can be at a good FPS. Is it that my AVG antivirus is taking a lot of resources? I used it to take care of the previously mentioned virus.

Either way, I want to kill 5-6 birds with one stone and just send it in to the shop. I wish there was another way (that preferably didn't involve spending money) but I want to find out if the pop-up really is my computer or not, and to fix these darn freezing/color issues. Thanks for all your help, guys, I would still like some feedback about your own games and whether they have any pop-up (of course especially AC2) because it will help me know the problem. And I only have time to send in the computer in a few days time :p 

Oh and one more quick question - My Nvidia Control Panel doesn't have a "Force Mipmaps" option. Why not? I thought it might help AC2, actually. Please answer this and all the other previous questions! :D 
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January 18, 2011 8:46:54 AM

Anybody? You can forget about the sound driver thing though, I think I pretty much got that covered.
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January 18, 2011 8:53:49 AM

Sounds like you got a video card issue, either overheating or failing. When you cleaned your computer did you blow out and dust with a can of air particularly on the gpu?

Download MSI Afterburner to monitor your temps, and see what you're getting. When you do install the Kombustor component it can help test for stability issues with the gpu. My money is on a dieing card though.
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January 18, 2011 8:58:34 AM

Well, I have Speedfan which tells me it's overheating quite a lot. I took out the cover and put a small fan there blowing at the inside. Also, I didn't use a can of air, not sure where to get that actually.

About my temperature, usually both the GPU and Core are at 80-95, and sometimes Core 0 and Core 1 act up pretty often. I'm pretty sure it might be an overheating issue, but this only started recently. Not sure why.
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January 18, 2011 7:04:35 PM

By core 0 and 1 i'm guessing you mean the CPU, and that's overheating for sure.

You can get a can of air at just about any store with an electronics section, or computer shop. Everyone that owns a computer should have one nearby since a good dust blowout every few months is a good idea.

When you get one blow out the heatsink fins on both the cpu cooler and the gpu. Make sure you power down first though and don't physically touch anything in the case unless you ground yourself and unplug the psu.
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January 19, 2011 11:25:14 AM

You see what I mean when I say I know NOTHING about computers? :D 

I don't know what the psu is, I know it's something about the power. I don't even know what the heatsink fins are. But just to confirm, can overheating cause these problems? Or is it just a guess? Thanks for your help.
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January 19, 2011 1:35:18 PM

Seems plausable, overheating causes components to throttle, act weird, fail, etc. We'll find out once you deal with the heat issue.

Heatsinks are the metal objects used to dissipate heat from the CPU and GPU or any other component that might generate heat. They usually have a fan mounted onto it to aid in removing the heat from the heatsink, and thus the component. The fins are the strips of metal, most commonly aluminum, to create the surface area required to dissipate the heat. More surface area usually is better. The downside is, dust can and will accumulate over time between the fins.

To clean the fins, power down the PC, unplug or switch of the PSU, and be careful not to touch any components unless you ground yourself properly. Direct the plastic nozzle of the can of air in between the fins on the CPU heatsink and the GPU heatsink and blast the dust out. Be sure to keep the can up right or it will expel the compress gas, which is in liquid form.

Te CPU should be easy, where as the GPU might be a bit trickier. You'll most likely have to bend the plastic nozzle and direct it between the fan blades and the plastic shroud on the GPU. If that doesn't work out you can try blasting it from the back end of the card where the airflow is exhausted.

No guarantee it'll fix your problem but it will hopefully drop the temps down to normal operating temps. A quick blast out like that should be down at least twice a year, but more is better, especially if you have pets or smokers.

Not to mention dust actually carries a small static charge, and if accumulated enough could case issues aside from heat.

If you are still unsure on what to do, here's a video. Don't let the fans spin up like Linus did there, it's an old video i'm sure he knows better by now ;)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QZ8j46GB2w
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January 19, 2011 2:06:53 PM

Thanks so much, I had heard that that should be done regularly. For me the recommended is once every 7 months, I did some online test thing.

And just a question, can touching the components inside the case cause any damage? I'm sure they're delicate and I'm hoping I hadn't done any damage to it somehow.

I'll try get my hands on some compressed air, for now is it safe to run any games? Will it cause even more overheating, because I heard it can cause serious issues like losing a few GBs worth of memory or something like that.

Thanks again.
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January 20, 2011 12:56:04 AM

Touching the components without first grounding yourself you run the risk of shocking it with static. All it takes is a couple thousand volts that you wouldn't even feel transfer. Easy way to ground yourself is touch an unpainted part of the PC case, like a screw that's attacked to it or something. Then ground yourself again every time you move your feet, since static accumulates easily.

Seeing as you are having overheating issues i would clean it before you do anything more then web browsing. Overheating components will not last long.
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January 21, 2011 8:37:35 AM

Thank you! But specifically for Assassin's Creed 2, I heard that changing the values won't work (though they did in AC1). See here: http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/4721051016/m/1...

And I think that pop-up isn't really the issue now to be honest, I saw Brotherhood and Black Ops on the Xbox 360, and they had the same pop-up. I can only assume I was watching out for it, and that's why I noticed it.
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January 23, 2011 7:47:06 AM

Okay, my friend tells me that wiping the thing for dust should solve the overheating problems. But to tell the truth, I already wiped it with a cloth and there aren't any clumps of dust that he said should be visible. It's just a coating of dust, and he says just wiping it with a cloth should be alright (no need the can of air). But can overheating really cause these problems? I'm now experiencing slow startups, all games lag a lot, random crashing/freezing, weird colors/patterns then freezing, and a bunch of other stuff.

I want to know if just a tiny bit (okay, my room is quite dusty so it's not that little) of dust could cause those. Then I wouldn't send it in to the shop, cause that would be a waste of money. In my opinion, there aren't any major clumps of dust anywhere, so it's not that serious. Could anyone confirm that dust can cause such serious problems? Thank you.

P.S. also, anybody know about the Force Mipmaps option for the Nvidia Control Panel? Thanks :p 
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January 23, 2011 9:55:43 AM

Guys!
I've read your comments about the draw distance problem in AS2 and I have to say that it isn't so simple because it is not just in AS2.
Some people mentioned that in Crysis and AC2 are the pop-up things and draw distance "problems" not a real problems, that's the way how this games should look like because the performance...
But I don't think so.
When I started to play with AC2 it wasn't any pop-ups and wasn't any problem whit drawing distance at all !
I play Call of duty 4 quiet a lot as well. It's quiet an old game now. Previously it wasn't any pop-ups and wasn't any problem in COD4 with Drawing distance but now I've got the same problems in COD4 as well just like in AC2.

it is not because of some dust in my pc. I think it will be something with Win7 and my vga card driver.
But how?
i did install the older version of my drivers, update Dx, i did so many thing but nothing solved my problems.

Ohh and somebody mentioned the Anisotropic filtering and mipmap details should be at really high.
first of all, it wasn't previously any problems on low settings so it can't be the solution.
Second thing is that high setting didn't solved the problems.

So I am still interested in any clue about solving the pop-ups and poor drawing distance problems.

p.s.: I am really sorry, I know my English isn't the best.
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January 23, 2011 10:21:25 AM

Good to know. But after asking many people, they all have pop-ups in AC2. Not sure about COD4, but I don't ever recall Crysis having pop=up at all. I did the same thing- update drivers, install older ones, nothing worked.

If you know how to change the mipmap details, please tell me! I can't find the setting anywhere in the control panel.

P.S. your English is fine :) 
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January 23, 2011 11:24:15 AM

Xanorak said:
Good to know. But after asking many people, they all have pop-ups in AC2. Not sure about COD4, but I don't ever recall Crysis having pop=up at all. I did the same thing- update drivers, install older ones, nothing worked.

If you know how to change the mipmap details, please tell me! I can't find the setting anywhere in the control panel



1.
some minor pop-ups will be fine but I've got some really annoying pop-ups here. (in COD4 as well)
And previously it wasn't any.
(can you imagine how annoying when I don't see anybody on the map, start running from 1 cover to another but meanwhile your enemy just pop-up front of you? And it is even worst if they seeing you clearly but you don't because of this drawing distance problem.)

2.
I've got just Ati radeon (so far) and i can change every little details in Catalyst Control Centre.
But You've got nVidia if i'm right. I don't have any idea with that.
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January 23, 2011 12:49:40 PM

Have you tried defragging and cleaning up your hard drive recently? How old is your OS install? Hard Drive could also cause things to pop up late.
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January 23, 2011 3:15:17 PM

EXT64 said:
Have you tried defragging and cleaning up your hard drive recently? How old is your OS install? Hard Drive could also cause things to pop up late.


I bought my Dell less than 1 year (well almost 1 year) ago.
How can Hard drive cause things like these?
Objects just poping-up and Textures (shadows as well) changing (without any transition) when i am getting closer to some objects. Looks really weird sometimes.

I never ever had anything like these with my previous PCs (and those were really unmaintained).
But anyway, it will worth a try to defragg my HDrive. Thanks the suggestion.
I'll leave a note if it's brings some result.

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January 23, 2011 3:30:10 PM

I don't hold much hope for it helping, but it seems possible that if a call to the hard drive for a texture is slow, it could cause the item to appear late.
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January 23, 2011 5:44:30 PM

EXT64 said:
I don't hold much hope for it helping, but it seems possible that if a call to the hard drive for a texture is slow, it could cause the item to appear late.


ok i see.
I think it is my bad language skill. Sorry, i try to describe it.
It is not looks like my computer start lagging or don't looks like my computer started loading the textures in late.

The textures aren't looks good but if i am going closer to some objects the textures changes like the program switch to a better texture. More like an "on/off" instead of a continuous transfiguration way if you know how I mean.
1 step backward, the textures changed back to lower quality,
1 step forward and the new, better looking textures are there again.

The shadows in a certain distance around my character looks fine. If I'm moving the further textures and shadows start change around my character's certain distance.
It is a definite borderline where the shadows start to change to better quality.

example: If i am at the "right" distance I can see a tree's shadow on a wall and it's there a borderline. One half of the shadow is blurred like sh*t, the other half is a very detailed one. When i start to move forward or backward i can see this borderline going to and fro.

And all these things happen in a very (too) close certain distance of my character.
So it's looks like it is a sphere around my character, and everything in it is good, everything out of it just crap.
(happened at highest Anisotrop-filtering, highest mipmap details, highest adaptive-antialiasing setting as well)

I can play my games without any lagg on high setting but these textures changing just distract my attention from the other parts of the game.
And as I has written it already it wasn't so previously.

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January 24, 2011 8:53:29 AM

Tetanus said:
ok i see.
I think it is my bad language skill. Sorry, i try to describe it.
It is not looks like my computer start lagging or don't looks like my computer started loading the textures in late.

The textures aren't looks good but if i am going closer to some objects the textures changes like the program switch to a better texture. More like an "on/off" instead of a continuous transfiguration way if you know how I mean.
1 step backward, the textures changed back to lower quality,
1 step forward and the new, better looking textures are there again.

The shadows in a certain distance around my character looks fine. If I'm moving the further textures and shadows start change around my character's certain distance.
It is a definite borderline where the shadows start to change to better quality.

example: If i am at the "right" distance I can see a tree's shadow on a wall and it's there a borderline. One half of the shadow is blurred like sh*t, the other half is a very detailed one. When i start to move forward or backward i can see this borderline going to and fro.

And all these things happen in a very (too) close certain distance of my character.
So it's looks like it is a sphere around my character, and everything in it is good, everything out of it just crap.
(happened at highest Anisotrop-filtering, highest mipmap details, highest adaptive-antialiasing setting as well)

I can play my games without any lagg on high setting but these textures changing just distract my attention from the other parts of the game.
And as I has written it already it wasn't so previously.


That's what I'm experiencing in Assassin's Creed 2, both pop-up and textures dropping in. However, I notice only pop-up on other games and not so much of textures dropping in. I only see stuff like grass popping up in Modern Warfare 2, and quite far away. And I'm pretty sure all games have drop in, just not as noticeable as AC2. Only when you're looking out for it do you notice it. But it seems your case is pretty serious, so that can't be the issue.
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June 20, 2011 6:01:30 PM

The pop in is normal, I assure you, nothing to worry about here.

1. The engine would bog down on consoles if the draw distance was higher, and this is a port to pc with no graphical enhancements.

2. The xbox and ps3 versions are running at a shoddy 720p resolution so theres not much detail anyways, let alone enough pixels to really pick out pop-in and other assorted ugly graphical anomalies
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June 20, 2011 6:02:41 PM

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