I'm too cool to Post
8th August 2003
Hi, I'd posted this already in another topic but I think it may be a dead topic as noone's taken a look since I posted, so I figured it might be easier to repost here. So, sorry for the double post :)
Basically, I'm getting abysmal frame rates (maximum of about 20-40 fps, according to the console's FPS rating) while playing Battlefield, even in single player.
My specs are : 1.1 Ghz Athlon processor 1GB PC133 SDRAM Geforce 4 Ti4200 64MB card VIA AC'97 onboard sound
I'm running plain old Battlefield version 1.4.
I've read some of the responses here, and I took some of the measures including taking my sound settings right down to 11Khz, and also setting detail to low, and I've also tried turning my graphics settings right down.
The slowdown seems present in all maps, yet it seems to be bearable in maps such as El Alamein, Coral Sea and other wide open maps, in some of the more tightly packed maps, such as Stalingrad, Battle of Britain, and even Midway or Guadalcanal it hits hard and I find myself jerking about, unable to move very far or fly the plane with any degree of speed.
I'm unsure if this is related to the problem but I also have a very large delay when recieving chat messages in the game. At times, it delivers all of the messages in one clump. I thought it may have been a connection prob at first but my ping seems to remain around the 40-50 range.
If anyone can help me with any of these problems I would be grateful as I really enjoy playing the game and suck enough already without my system giving me help
25th August 2002
I would guess that your AC97 sound chip is the biggest slowdown factor. The only onboard sound Ive used with this game has been the c-media 5.1 chip and it ran fine but Ive heard others state problems with AC97. Youve got plenty of ram but pc133 is getting to be a bit dated for games of this type. (rather slow) An inexpensive sound card with hardware acceleration might give you a better boost. As for the text clumping, I personally havnt experienced this yet, but it seems to be a problem with the game that many have had. From what I understand, it is the game and not hardware related. Something for Dice to fix?
I would die without GF
20th May 2002
Did you turn off AA and AF in your vid card settings? (I know you said you turned vid card settings down but I assume you mean ingame) AA can have a big effect pre-FX GF Vid cards, also try turning shadows off as that can be a killer. And as ditchhopper siad, sound can cause the problems. Unfortunately many AC97 sound implementations are software based rather than hardware like the cmedia chips, and rely a great deal on the CPU for advanced sound processing. Try running the game without sound and see what happens.
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