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April 25, 2006 6:26:23 PM

hey i know you will all most likly laugh at me and everything as i am a complete computer novice :$ but i bought this game today as it looked amazing and an error is comming up. i typed the error into google this forum came up and the problem was apparently a graphics card. i looked up what my graphics card was and wondered if it was good enough adn the problem lay elsewhere?

my graphics card is a - Geforce2 MX/MX 400

little help please?
April 25, 2006 7:06:19 PM

I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and not laugh at you despite your invitation to do so. :-P As you suspected, your graphics card is older and unsupported. I think the oldest cards the game supports are the GeForce FX series, which were two (or three?) after the GeForce 2. You'll need to update your card to play the game. Oblivion requires a pretty high system specification, although mid-level setups run the game fine with some reduced settings. (Still gorgeous, too.)

It's a shame you bought and opened the game without flipping it over first to check the bottom of the box for the full list of supported graphics cards. The list is very specific: if it isn't named specifically on the list, it isn't supported. Just because your card is a GeForce and there are other GeForce cards on the list does NOT mean all GeForce cards are supported.

Hopefully the store where you bought it will accept an opened box for a refund, or--better idea!--you can scrape together $100 or so to upgrade your graphics card.
April 25, 2006 7:29:50 PM

Thanks alot for that it really helped. and yea im gonna buy a Supported graphics card, but also gonna update my ram from 512, to 2gb. that should help for the future. i know i needed to update my pc so buying the game and not being able to play was relaly an excuse to actualy get it done i supose, taking it into pc world to be done on friday. and dont say about buying my card from the internet or anything please, i dont know the first thing about it hehe.

thanks again :) 
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April 25, 2006 7:53:29 PM

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hey i know you will all most likly laugh at me and everything as i am a complete computer novice :$ but i bought this game today as it looked amazing and an error is comming up. i typed the error into google this forum came up and the problem was apparently a graphics card. i looked up what my graphics card was and wondered if it was good enough adn the problem lay elsewhere?

my graphics card is a - Geforce2 MX/MX 400

little help please?

As said, the GeForce2 series is not supported whatsoever. There are a few cards that may be listed as "unsupported," but have been sucessfuly used with the aid of some 3rd-party tools such as "OldBlivion" and "3DAnalyze," but yours is not even on that sort of list; to play Oblivion, you'll need a better video card.

To help put things into perspective, here's a "quick" list of video card types, and how they'll fare for Oblivion. Note that aside from what group cards are placed in, the order has little to no meaning:[*:4027d0e64a]No chance - You won't ever be able to play Oblivion with these cards. Fortunately, none of them are sold anymore.[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce 256
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce 2
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce 4 MX
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon 7000 (A.K.A. Radeon VE)
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon 7200 (A.K.A. ATi Radeon)
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon 7500
[*:4027d0e64a]Intel Extreme Graphics
[*:4027d0e64a]S3 Integrated Graphics
[*:4027d0e64a]Almost all integrated graphics[*:4027d0e64a]Needs Help - These won't normally play Oblivion, but with the assistance of some third-party programs, they can play. Just be warned, it won't be well; expect to turn down most settings.[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce 3
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce 3 Ti
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce 4 Ti
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon 8500
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon 9000
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon 9100
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon 9200
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon 9250
[*:4027d0e64a]Intel GMA 900
[*:4027d0e64a]Intel GMA 950
[*:4027d0e64a]Any Volari, Matrox, or other card series not made by ATi or nVidia (note that cards made by others, using ATi or nVidia chips, don't have to worry)[*:4027d0e64a]Problems forseen - These will run right off, but will have performance issues, so don't expect to enjoy most/some of the graphical features of the game.[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce FX 5200
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce FX 5500
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce FX 5600
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce FX 5700
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce FX 5800
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce FX 5900
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce FX 5950
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce PCX 5300
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce PCX 5750
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce PCX 5900
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce 6200
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce 7300
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon 9500
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon 9550
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon 9600
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon X300[*:4027d0e64a]Clear Sailing - Check to make sure the card fits into here. Note that some will still offer sub-par performance, though, but they won't make the game largely intolerable.[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce 6600
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce 6800
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce 7600
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce 7800
[*:4027d0e64a]GeForce 7900
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon X600
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon X700
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon X800
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon X850
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon X1300
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon X1400
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon X1600
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon X1800
[*:4027d0e64a]Radeon X1900
April 25, 2006 8:03:51 PM

yea just bought a GeForce 7900 for £250. that list really helped thanks alot :) 
April 25, 2006 8:04:40 PM

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and dont say about buying my card from the internet or anything please, i dont know the first thing about it hehe.


Hey, neither did ANY of us ... once. Someday you may get the urge (and the courage).

Good luck and enjoy the game. IMHO, it's really amazing stuff.
April 25, 2006 8:06:50 PM

maby one day :p 
April 25, 2006 8:07:20 PM

Nottheking, this was a really complete and helpful list; I hadn't seen all of this information in one place until you put it here. Thanks for that. I'm playing Oblivion just fine, but it was still nice to see my card in the "Clear Sailing" section. :-P
April 25, 2006 8:37:01 PM

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Nottheking, this was a really complete and helpful list; I hadn't seen all of this information in one place until you put it here. Thanks for that. I'm playing Oblivion just fine, but it was still nice to see my card in the "Clear Sailing" section. :-P

Thanks for the comment. I had a much larger list that also figured in performance, (and listed almost every single model of card in existence) but that was actually made before the game was released; even though benchmarks show it to have been even more accurate than I thought it'd be, there are still some things that I needed to fix with it, particularly involving the dissapointing performance from the GeForce cards.
April 25, 2006 10:36:49 PM

Can I just say as a regular around here that I think its tremendous that you went to so much trouble with that vid card list.

I commend you for taking the time to do that and helping a guy out. This is what the forumz are about.
April 26, 2006 5:17:12 PM

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Can I just say as a regular around here that I think its tremendous that you went to so much trouble with that vid card list.

I commend you for taking the time to do that and helping a guy out. This is what the forumz are about.


Hear, hear. I was surprised to see my 6800 in the clear sailing list. Maybe I'll give Oblivion a go after all!
April 26, 2006 5:36:56 PM

For those who still refuse to upgrade to a DX9 card...there is a half-decent 3rd party alternative if you really want to try playing the game.

www.oldblivion.com

It patches the game to use older shaders and DX8.1 calls. A friend is playing with good frames on system with an Athlon 1700+ and a Radeon 9000 :D 
He says it basically looks like Morrowind now, but at least he gets to play it LOL.

So if you cant afford to upgrade, dont mind not being able to enjoy all the visual perks of this game -- but still want to play it. Give it a try. According to their supported cards list, the patch makes the game playable on a Geforce 3 Ti and up.
April 26, 2006 6:07:05 PM

On a Geforce3? !!! 8O

My Geforce3 is in my download box!!
!