I'm too cool to Post
23rd June 2004
I have the original Armada 1 game and when I tried to play it ran slow. The intro movie plays smooth and fine. The menu graphics are fine. When I go to 'Single Player' or 'Instant Action' the load screen goes fine until the in game graphics come up. The models and graphics are in good resolution, but the game itself runs at like 1 frame a second. Changing the graphic settings in the 'Options' menu hasnt made it better or worse. Everything loads on the map, but it runs very slow. Objects crawl slowly and even using the mouse to scroll the map goes very slow. Funny, though, that the music and sound effects all run smoothly while this sloow movement is happening. This is what Im running: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Ver. 2002 Service Pack 1 Pentium 4 2.40 Ghz 1.00Gb RAM 64mb DDR NVidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 I tried Windows update and got DirectX 9.0b End-User Runtime, but that didnt help. What else can I do??
No! I'm Spamacus!
17th June 2003
Check the game speed in the options tab. You probably have it on slow. :)
Kincaid, if you're still watching this thread, check this out. I know excatly how you feel, I had the same problem when I first went to XP. Win2000 also has the exact same thing. The problem you are having is with the way Armada 1 deals with refresh rates under the Windows NT based operating systems. Both 2000 and XP are 'NT Based' meaning they are built on the same technology that Win NT is. Windows 95/98/ME are DOS based. Different type of OS. Anyhow, whatever resoloution you want to run Armada 1 at, must be set at 60hz. The reason your cut scenes run ok is that they are at 640x480 and XP will default that resolution at 60hz already. If you run the game at the same resolution as your desktop, such as 1024 x 768, that will also have to be 60hz, there are a few utilites that you can download to lock your refresh rate for each resolution that your monitor can display. I personally use refresh force(just google it). Then you'll have to run Armada 1 at a different resolution. You said you have a GeForce card? I believe nVidia drivers have built into them a section in the display properties where you can lock refresh rates for different resolutions so you really don't need any third party apps. Just remember to set the refresh rate at 60hz for Armada 1 no matter what resolution you run at. What about sound? nigh end sound cards have a problem "chopping" up the voiceovers and some of the sound effects. The solution is to go into DirectX sound properties and turn sound acceleration down to "basic" or "off" before starting Armada 1. This is a great game, but these are the reasons I switched to Armada 2. These probelms don't exist there. But some of the game mechanics are better in Armada 1. I hope all of this helps.
9th June 2004
I have to potential solutions, first, reformat your primary Harddrive, and try again, or get rid of the crummy geforce graphics card, and get a readeon graphics card, like the raedeon 9200, to hell with high prices!!!!!
Neither one of those suggestions will solve the problem. First, I am in the habit of making clean installations of Windows about evry six months, just because of all the crap on the internet that gets "installed" on computers without us knowing it. Second, I have two Radeon cards. I have a Radeon 8500 128MB and a 9800 XT 256MB. The problem is not the hardware it is the GAME. I have been through this on four different machines with four different video cards and sound cards testing under Windows 98/ME/2000/XP and what I stated earlier is not a guesstimation, it is fact. Activision will even confirm it. Kincaid, there is nothing wrong with the system that you described above. You didn't specdify what sound you have or if you are experiencing the sound probs I described, but from the rest of the components you have I'm guessing you probably have an SB Live! or maybe an Audigy if you really like your sound. Don't let anyone tell you you're system is inadequate. GeForce Ti cards are very strong.
I'm too cool to Post
23rd June 2004
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Switching the resolution to 60hz fixed the game fine! The sound is able to catch up to the animations and everything is running smoothly!
Cool, deal! Yeah, those problems drove me nuts when I first encountered them. Activision didn't even have a work around for them. I had to figure them out for myself.
I didn't make it!
I have a ATI Radeon 9800 and experienced slow graphics in Star Trek Armada (1) after upgrading to Catalyst and the updated XP service pack (both about October 2004). After looking and trying the fixes posted on this page, the 60 Hz change worked! Here's how, using Catalyst: 1) Open the Catalyst Control Center v1.0.1733.17262; 2) Go to the "3D Refresh Rate Override" by clicking on "View" to change "Graphics Settings" view to a list instead of the butons; 3) Select "Display Options"; 4) Under "3D Refresh Rate Override", select "60 Hz". After this fix, max out the graphics - your card will handle anything Armada throws at it!
5th September 2003
I have the same problem as Kincaid, but it with Armada 2.
Ok I might not have a top of the range computer as of yet, but my specs are easily above the recommended minimum requirements for this game.
any ideas that could help. I've tried lowering the graphics settings in the game options and all the staright forward stuff, but is there anything else I can do?