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Radeon 8500 on Battlefield 1942

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January 17, 2003 3:41:29 PM

Everytime I start up Battlefield 1942, the first 10 seconds or so is choppy as hell. Is this very normal? Because after the choppiness, it tends to smooth out.

My specs:

Athlon 1.1
256 pc133
Radeon 8500 64meg
Sound Blaster Audigy
blah blah...

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January 17, 2003 4:22:32 PM

With that processor and (ugh) PC 133 RAM I'd say you should expect some initial problems with slowdown.

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January 17, 2003 5:43:24 PM

256 Megs of ram is the bare minumum to run that game the reccomended is 512. Start lowering image quality settings. Disable things like shadows and environmental effects because they dont add much to the graphics for that game and they give a performance hit. Next lower the sound settings, dont use Hardware acceleration especially with Creative and (I think Hercules)cards. In fact from what I've heard everyone gets a performance hit when they use hardware acceleration on that game (On any sound card). Use the Catalyst 3.0 drivers and make sure you upgrade the game to Version 1.2.

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January 17, 2003 6:46:35 PM

Wow, I didn't realize that 512 was the recc.

I'll probably cave this spring and build a new computer. Mine was badass in it's day, I fear it's slacking off pretty hardcore now.

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January 17, 2003 8:12:14 PM

Got an 8500 (overclocked) and a Tbird at 1.33 (most of the time) plus SDRAM and the game runs smooth as glass, 1024x768, LOD at max. Well now it does. Before it didn't. I only had 256 MB of memory. The game started out fine but got slower and slower the longer I played. Eventually it became a slide show. Not only that but level load time was ridiculous at over two minutes.

I added 128 MB of PC133 and all my problems were fixed. No more slowdowns and levels now load in about 30 seconds.

Don't know about your initial chopiness. I never had that problem.

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January 17, 2003 9:20:34 PM

I'll try oc'ing my athlon a little bit, and I'll borrow a stick of ram from my mom's computer. If that doesn't help, I'll try defragging and I'll see what happens. Thanks for the suggestions.

What graphics setting do you use? (low, high, 100% distance, etc)

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January 18, 2003 1:42:49 AM

I have everything set to high and 100%.

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January 18, 2003 3:13:12 AM

Ok, if I disable sound, and turn everything down to low and make the resolution 800 x 600 (arg) it still runs choppy as ass. This is insane, I've got all the updates, and appropriate drives and such. I have no clue what's causing this. Other games run great, I'm considering doing a format, I really want to play this

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January 18, 2003 3:43:09 AM

Ok, since I've only got 1 ram slot open, I could only add one stick. Since my mom's computer is old, I could only borrow a 64 stick of...pc100 ram. It helped a crap load though, shaving 1 minute off my load time. It was 2 minutes 15 seconds, now it's around 1 min 15 sec.

I'm going to go ahead and order either a 256 or 512 stick, whichever one is the better deal.

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January 18, 2003 5:11:56 AM

The more memory the better. I found this <A HREF="" target="_new">BF1942 Tweak Guide</A>.

I think the first tip is turn of all memory resident programs like tray items, virus scanners, etc.

Memory seems to be the next biggest issue. I only have 384 MB myself but the game doesn't seem as bad as the tweak guide suggests. Maybe it's because I'm only playing Single Player with default number of Bots and default AI processing. Things could get pretty bad quickly I imagine. The guide mentions that you could still have problems with 512 MB of memory but it also mentions that 768 MB does wonders even without any tweaking. Pretty demanding game to say the least.

Anyway, try the tweak guide and good luck.

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January 18, 2003 8:19:35 AM

The single player demo ran like crap, but I played my roommate over LAN earlier today in the multiplayer demo and it ran smooth as silk at 1024 32-bit resolution. 2000+ AXP w/256MB 2100ddr and 8500le.

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January 18, 2003 5:41:47 PM

Here soon I might be buying a 256 stick of ram, pushing me up to 512. Or hell, I might save up a little bit and go for a 512 pushing me to 768. Thanks for the tweak guide, second my computer gets done defragging I'll try some stuff

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January 23, 2003 5:22:49 PM


I've had 512 ram in it for a day now, and boy has it helped. It's crazy how fast my levels load and how smooth the game runs with everything cranked up as high as it'll go (except resolution which is 1024 x 768)

I'm so happy

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January 23, 2003 8:41:42 PM

My RAM is 256 MB and it runs really well.

Single-player runs poorly in the demo I have though. Memory would undoubtedly speed things up.

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<font color=blue><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by holyshiznit on 01/24/03 00:02 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
January 23, 2003 11:33:48 PM

It's night and day, the performance. 256 MB, runs like crap. Add some more memory and the game flies.

Well, enjoy!

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