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#1 Izzy

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Posted 03 October 2005 - 03:48 AM

i just moved to this forum as in wrong one.

I have all 3 Sims 2 products, the first release, university and nightlife.

I'm getting choppy play and i have the graphics in the game turned to the minimum possible.

Requirements are: Windows XP, CPU 1.0GB, RAM 256, Cd/DVD, 1.5GB free space, Video direct X 9 at least 32mb, and NVIDIA Ge Force2 GTS or ATI Radeon 8500, sound direct X 9.

my PC is a Pentium 4 2.8ghz, 768ram, 65gb free space, video direct x 9 128mb, CD/DVD, T&L chipset ATI radeon 9000, sound direct x.

i see that my PC meets more that the requirements but how much do i need to get good play if i need more than that, the company better re-instruct the system requirements for smooth play. because it horrible trying click on a person whos jumpin and stead of walking smoothly.

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Posted 03 October 2005 - 05:13 AM

You don't happen to have lots of stuff running in the background?
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Posted 03 October 2005 - 02:51 PM

No, there nothing on the machine apart from standard windows home, not connected to internet, no virus programs etc. only office that's it. That was the idea of me getting a second computer so that one has all the stuff and internet, virus etc. and the other as to play games on. i was hoping that was ging to make it play better but not so.

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Posted 03 October 2005 - 02:53 PM

Kill MS Office if it is running in the background.
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Posted 03 October 2005 - 02:56 PM

i shut of all the userdefined programs. i leave the system etc. as it has all of that in the game book.

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Posted 03 October 2005 - 05:52 PM

You have updated your video card drivers?

How much free space on C:?

How does other games run?
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Posted 04 October 2005 - 03:35 AM

i did have playboy mansion on it and it played good. but Sims2 is the only game i have on it now. and free space is like 60GB on C:


Also Sim City 4 plays OK can get a little choppy after a while.

Edited by Izzy, 04 October 2005 - 03:36 AM.


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Posted 04 October 2005 - 02:17 PM

It wouldn't be unheard of if the minimum specs are a bit low, but I wouldn't expect you to have that much trouble even if you were a bit below actual minimum specs.

You have update all drivers and so on?

Windows finds all the RAM and the processor is running at the right clock-speed?

Oh, and how are your temperatures? Sometimes Pentiums lower the clock-speed when overheating.
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Posted 07 October 2005 - 05:46 AM

it plays the way it does from when you start. I updated teh drivers and video etc about 1 months ago and didn't make any difference. though that computer isn't connected online anymore i can't update it via internet. Unless i download using this computer and put onto disk then install off disk. I'll tell you what, it has been the best computer i've ever had my Pentium 4, it runs really great except the sims 2. Open word it's like instant. msybe i be better off with say a video card 256 or 512mb but that might get a little expensive. I'm not sure on what it is. I asked a couple of computer shops (ones that actually make the computers temself) but they don't actually know what the problem is. Maybe i could contact the manufacture "ACER" and see what they say. i doesn't tend to overheat too much. i don't use it over 30 deg because it's performance lags a little. Our heat here is more humid than the hot day. Can i ask a small question? this computer i'm using came with 256mb ram but when you go into system properties where it tells you windows, CPU and ram, it says 198mb ram, i took it out it says 256mb, i put a 512mb in and it says 478mb ram, anyone know what that is all about?

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Posted 07 October 2005 - 07:07 AM

msybe i be better off with say a video card 256 or 512mb but that might get a little expensive.

Maybe, but the amount of memory isn't the problem with you card, but that it is so slow. From a performance point of view it is an order of magnitude weaker than everything else in the computer. Still it is listed amongst supported graphics cards, and it makes you wonder what they consider playable to be? Is it enough that that card manages to start the game?

this computer i'm using came with 256mb ram but when you go into system properties where it tells you windows, CPU and ram, it says 198mb ram, i took it out it says 256mb, i put a 512mb in and it says 478mb ram, anyone know what that is all about?

There is probably a on-board graphics card or something like that that reserves part of the RAM for its own usage.
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Posted 13 October 2005 - 05:32 AM

When did this sight get updated, it seems a little different like the buttons for FAST REPLY ADD REPLY and NEW TOPIC?

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Posted 13 October 2005 - 05:38 PM

Slightly off topic here, but the update was completed last Sunday after some great work by Grinler.

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 01:45 AM

cool!

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 09:57 PM

I heard from somewhere, can't remember exactly, but the RADEON 9000 has some real big problems playing The Sims 2 and like games.

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 03:12 PM

well i was thinking along the lines it might have something to do with that because everything else is fine like P4 2.8, 700mb ram, 64GB free space, had priced a new video and i think it was like $200+ that's starting better than the standard ones.




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