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WaspSYF

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#1 12 years ago

Have pity on me. I game BF2, CSS, and FEAR on an eMachines T2958. Incase you didn't know what that is... it's a bad, bad computer I received over two years ago. You want specs? 2.66GHz Intel Celeron D 1GB Ram nVidia 128MB 5200FX ...I mean if you want to know more than that, there's my xFire that caught the specs by scanning itself. (http://www.xfire.com/profile/waspsyf) I am of course thinking of getting a new PC and building it from scratch (I've attempted this many times, but money issues, you know) and I have the opportunity now, but I have to get 500 down for Wii. Now, yes, I know you're saying for me to just get a new PC, but that new console is so badass... whatever, that's not the point. Counter-strike source runs fine (almost max settings, 40fps) but it's a steam game, it does that on most computers anyway. Now when I play more intense games like BF2... oh, god. Well, here's how I see the game on my PC http://screenshot.xfire.com/screenshots/waspsyf/ss_file-3922e6f2cd3484ee87c7a0f8324ed45077d9d95f.png, and yes, that is the lowest setting possible. I get on average 20 fps, and get a weird stuttering lag whenever there's action abound in the map. When I run or move, my gun stays down and shakes in a weird way, and I die simply because I cannot react quick enough through the lag (although I gotta admit, even since I have to compensate for this, I kick some major ass for someone who has to run the game this way) Anyway, when I play this game, it's very hard for me, and I just wanted to know what methods there are for me to speed up my computer. I reformatted everything about a month ago, but that barely helped. And no, I do not want to buy any more things for this computer, it's a waste. Is there any software? Tricks? Anything I can do? Please help.




Bs|Archaon

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#2 12 years ago

Nothing worthwhile with a system like that. Remove unwanted programs, close anything you don't need before playing the game, defrag your hard drive(s), make sure your system is virus and spyware free.

Buy a new PC. Alternatively, an improved graphics card would tide you over, something like a GeForce 6600, 6800 or Radeon X800. I know neither of those are the answers you want, but they are the answers. There will always be something new and shiny coming out, sometimes you just have to make the choice - and unless you choose the PC sometime, your situation will get worse and worse as it becomes more and more out of date.




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#3 12 years ago

1.) Any good free spyware/adware programs? 2.) Is there a list of programs I need to run for XP prof sp2? I'd like to close a lot of unecessary ones without risking the system




WaspSYF

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#4 12 years ago

1.) Any good free spyware/adware programs? 2.) Is there a list of programs I need to run for XP prof sp2? I'd like to close a lot of unecessary ones without risking the system




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#5 12 years ago

those scenns is very much like my bf2. i run it at a P4 3ghz, ati 9600 se and 512 md ram....




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#6 12 years ago

Yea, I don't see anything wrong with BF2 in the screens that you linked to. However, with that being said, make sure that you watch the programs running in the background of your computer. Go to Start>Run>type in 'msconfig'>hit enter>look at what programs are starting up with Windows by looking in the last two tabs in msconfig. You can dissable some of them, but just make sure that you're not dissabling any crucial Windows tasks, or your computer might have problems with booting.




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#7 12 years ago
marvinmatthewYea, I don't see anything wrong with BF2 in the screens that you linked to. However, with that being said, make sure that you watch the programs running in the background of your computer. Go to Start>Run>type in 'msconfig'>hit enter>look at what programs are starting up with Windows by looking in the last two tabs in msconfig. You can dissable some of them, but just make sure that you're not dissabling any crucial Windows tasks, or your computer might have problems with booting.

Yaeh that seems best, but is there a list of crucial windows tasks? I need to know before I screw this up




marvinmatthew

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#8 12 years ago
WaspSYFYaeh that seems best, but is there a list of crucial windows tasks? I need to know before I screw this up

Generally, you can look at the file path of the task that you're cosidering disableing, and you can tell if it's crucial or not bassed on that. Most of the stuff in the 'services' tab (the second one from the right) is crucial, but sometimes a program sneaks itself in there that shouldn't be. Generally speaking, anything in the startup tab (the farthest tab on the right) isn't that importaint, and can be dissabled. Just make sure not to a) delete (most) any Microsoft tasks, and b) don't delete any firewalls/anti-viruses from the list as well.




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#9 12 years ago

There's nothing wrong with it, it's just that on low settings it doesn't look as good as it should. And let's face it, 20fps with nothing much happening means he's gonna have hell in a battle of any size, or with some of the larger maps where you can see far more terrain.

Spybot is a good, free anti-spyware program. I believe Lavasoft also does a free version of Ad-Aware but I'm not sure.

As for msconfig, on the Services tab there's an option to hide Microsoft services. Enable that and it'll remove most of them from the list, making it easier to work with and ensuring you don't disable something important. As for startup programs, you should be able to remove pretty much everything that isn't a driver or security program. So leave anything to do with nVidia and whatever firewall/antivirus you use, basically.