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dflo404

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Hey all. I recently got this new laptop about a month or so ago (Dell XPS M140), and it uses Windows XP Media Center addition.

There are two games in particular that I am having trouble with. They are City of Heroes, and The Sims 2. These games lock up every once in a while when I play them, and the entire computer freezes all together. If I try to fiddle around with Ctrl. Alt. Delete, I eventually get brought back to my desktop with my resolution and color set to an extremly low level, and a warning pop up telling me that something went wrong with my graphics, and my computer has to be reset.

So now it has just come down to me resetting the computer right away whenever the games lock up. And I know this cannot be good, and it is very annoying.

I've come to realize that before I play these particular games, it helps to lower my screen resolution to 1024 by 768 (the default resolution is 1280 by 800 widescreen). When I do so before I play the games, they both run a little bit smoother, but still lock up, just not as often.

I've tried updating my graphics card several times and there has been no updates available since I got this computer. Could this simply just be a problem between my computer resolution and my game resolutions? Is this simply just a problem with my compatability with my games? This computer is sapposed to be top notch for media, but it doesn't seem to be meeting up to it's standards, concidering it has difficulty running games that my old Dell Inspiron 8200 ran perfectly fine with.
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jrm20

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its either the video card or memory or both.

how much memory is in it and what video card is in it?? is it a low end onboard video card?
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Hey I got a response to this post on the Windows XP section of this site, and am downloading an omegadriver from omegadrivers.net. The computer has a total of 70 GB (10 automatically given to the built in recovery system, so it was bought as an 80 GB). It has an ATi Mobility Radeon 9000 (64MB) on an AGP 4x Bus.
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Hey I got a response to this post on the Windows XP section of this site, and am downloading an omegadriver from omegadrivers.net. The computer has a total of 70 GB (10 automatically given to the built in recovery system, so it was bought as an 80 GB). It has an ATi Mobility Radeon 9000 (64MB) on an AGP 4x Bus.



im not talking about your harddrive.. Your pc's memory, how much does it have in it?
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