Help! Armada 2 running slow and jerkily. -1 reply

Please wait...

custard_chris

I'm too cool to Post

50 XP

13th April 2003

0 Uploads

5 Posts

0 Threads

#1 16 years ago

I've just installed Armada 2 onto my PC, and as soon as there's more than a very small number of objects on screen at once, it gets really jerky, and slows right down. On the tutorial missions, the 1st one is fine, but the second one is really bad, even with the detail turned right down, and the third one, with the fleets of ships is unplayable.

I've got a Compaq Evo 1015 running XP at 1.4Ghz with 128MB RAM and a ATI Radeon Mobility U1 graphics card.

I thought maybe it was some sort of DirectX or OpenGL problem, but the same set-up plays Armada 1 & Elite Force with no problems.

I've only just gotten back into the PC games scene after 5 or 6 years (Remember when Doom 1 was the most up to date FPS there was?) and don't really know what I'm doing any more.

I've updated the graphics driver to the most recent version, and DirectX is version 8.1

Can anyone give me a hand here? Please?




Iggy

Armada2files.com Tech Support

50 XP

16th October 2002

0 Uploads

138 Posts

0 Threads

#2 16 years ago

I think what youve got is a ram problem. Win XPs minimum requirement of ram is 128 megs, and with the kinds of probems youve been experiencing, I would say that 128 megs just arent covering your the amount of system drain on it. I would recommend adding at least another 128 megs of ram, or reformatting and loading win 2000 pro or win ME. Also, what kind of ram are you using?




custard_chris

I'm too cool to Post

50 XP

13th April 2003

0 Uploads

5 Posts

0 Threads

#3 16 years ago

I've no idea what kind of RAM it is, it's whatever was installed by Compaq at the factory. How would I find out?

I'm looking at buying more RAM from Crucial memory - they only have one type listed for my PC, so I'm assuming that's the only choice.




NCC1701Z

GF makes me horny

50 XP

17th March 2003

0 Uploads

78 Posts

0 Threads

#4 16 years ago

There is a problem with your RAM. normally, XP runs perfectly of a RAM of 256 or higher. I have a computer which is 192 ram with WIN XP, it is so d*** slow.. ou have to change your ram. that is all....




Iggy

Armada2files.com Tech Support

50 XP

16th October 2002

0 Uploads

138 Posts

0 Threads

#5 16 years ago

Ok, first, is your PC a laptop? Im not really familiar with any major pc manufacturers models, since I build all my own systems. If it is, RAM is going to cost you a whole lot more. You can either buy RAM from you PC manufacturer or a 3rd Party computer parts dealer. Your manufacturer will probably have the type of RAM you need, but a 3rd party dealer may have the same RAM for less money. I would shop around and see what you find. If you know how to work on computer hardware, you might be able to install the ram yourself, but if its a laptop, I would recommend taking it to a shop. Also, when I said "what kind of ram are you using", I meant, is it SDRAM or DDR-SDRAM. You can probably find this out in your system manual.




custard_chris

I'm too cool to Post

50 XP

13th April 2003

0 Uploads

5 Posts

0 Threads

#6 16 years ago

Yes it is a laptop. I've ordered an extra 256Mb from Crucial memory (I've heard good things about them) and they only seem to have one kind for my laptop. It'll come in handy even if it doesn't fix my Armada problem.

Thanks for the tips, guys.




Iggy

Armada2files.com Tech Support

50 XP

16th October 2002

0 Uploads

138 Posts

0 Threads

#7 16 years ago

If ram didnt fix it, how many megs of video ram are on the graphics card. If its under 16, this could be a problem. If its under 16 and your running it at a high res, this would cause even more lag, especially with a large fleet of ships, which can get pretty high in poly count. Also, what kind of ram does the graphics card use?




custard_chris

I'm too cool to Post

50 XP

13th April 2003

0 Uploads

5 Posts

0 Threads

#8 16 years ago

It's a 16 Mb card. I'm trying to run it at 800x600, there doesn't seem to be an option to run it at lower resolution than that.

How do I find out if whan kind of video RAM I have? dxdiag doesn't say.

Armada2 is supposed to be able to run with 8Mb of Video RAM, isn't it?




custard_chris

I'm too cool to Post

50 XP

13th April 2003

0 Uploads

5 Posts

0 Threads

#9 15 years ago

I finally fixed this problem by downloading the Omega driver from www.omegacorner.com. Works a treat now.:D