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#1 10 years ago

I have no idea what's wrong here. My notebook is only about three years old. I installed KOTOR II and got into the game fine, but when I started playing the prologue... It keeps lagging like mad and I can't get out of the control bridge of the Ebon Hawk! Gah!

I tried to turn all the graphics settings in the game down as low as possible, and I'm still having the problem. I just installed Directx 9.0c and it still isn't working. So irritating! Also, some of the graphics are just plain missing. My character's hair is half invisible. KOTOR II was made before my laptop, so why isn't it working right? *sigh*

I feel really stupid, because I'm not quite sure how to tell what kind of graphics card I have... or whatever other information anyone might need from me. There's a sticker on the front of my laptop that says "Graphics by ATI Radeon Xpress 200m" ... if that helps at all? I thought maybe I needed a driver update, but I have no idea how to get one or if it'll even help. I can't take this game back and of course I'm not going to go out and buy a new laptop... And I just REALLY want to play KOTOR, since I haven't played it in forever.

I'm sorry this is all very rambly and I have no idea what I'm doing. I just really want this to work and I have no clue on how to go about getting it to work. It SHOULD work on my laptop, geeze! If anyone could help me, that would be so amazing.




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#2 10 years ago

I just ran a scan thing in the configuration. Here are the results:

OS (Green: Passed) Windows XP v5.1 build 2600 Service Pack 2 CPU (Green: Passed) Mobile AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3400+ (2188MHz) RAM (Green: Passed) 1472 MB HD (Green: Passed) C: (NTFS), UNICODE 16.84 GB free D: (FAT32), UNICODE 1.38 GB free Video (Yellow: Warning) ATI RADEON XPRESS 200M Series 1024MB Graphics Recommended: ATI Radeon 9200 or better, NVidia GeForce 4 Ti or better (128 MB VRAM) Audio (Green: Passed) Conexant AC-Link Audio OpenGL (Green: Passed) ATI Technologies Inc. - 1.4.5076 WinXP Release DirectX (Green: Passed) DirectX 9.0c (4.09.00.0904)

So it seems like all the requirements are met, but my video card isn't up to the recommendations. What does that mean? Do I have to actually buy a new graphics card and install it? Or can I just update it with a download? Or my brother was saying that he didn't even know if notebooks COULD change out graphics cards. Gah...




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#3 10 years ago

First one question. What do you mean by "I can't take this game back"? Is it legal or pirated?




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#4 10 years ago

Well you would need a new one, but I don't suggest the bare minum. Kotor 2 is an old game, and if you wanna play newer games you'll need a better graphics card yet.




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#5 10 years ago

No, it isn't pirated. I bought it off of an ebay store as new. I also bought KOTOR I from amazon. Is it possible for me to change the graphics card? How expensive is it usually to get someone to do it? I sound so inept... oh well. I have to learn this stuff at some point.

Thanks, guys, for your help.

What graphics card do you suggest? I've been wanting to play some newer games, as well. I've been eying Fable II... I'm not sure if it's coming out for PC, though. I guess I should check.




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#6 10 years ago

Unfortunately, laptops (notebooks) are designed so that you can`t change graphic card because they are integrated on the Motherboard. In fact, very few of their components can be changed, if any. What you can do is update your graphic drivers. Perhaps that will help. I took the liberty to find appropriate drivers for your graphic card. Here is the link:

AMD GAME Drivers & Tools

Just click on [COLOR="Red"]Catalyst Software Suite[/COLOR] and that should bring up the download window. Good luck.




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#7 10 years ago

Nowt wrong with your display adapter. You might want to apply the same fix for K1 to your K2 ini file.

ATi and kotor have a troubled history together. Since your game is "legal, legit" check bioware forums. I posted an intensive laptop fix over there quite some time ago.

Who knows? If I can be bothered I may also post it here since me likes filefront a lot :) It's always about finding the time.




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#8 10 years ago

Thanks guys. 8D I'm downloading the suite now. I hope it helps!