Yeah Herald, you need a 64 MB Videocard... Which is NOT an onboard card...
The onboard card in the system of Icer is 32 MB shared. Which means it's leeching it's 32 MB ram from the system ram.
Icer could verify this, by pressing Windowskey+Break
Windows key is between Left CTRL and Left ALt.
Break key is left of Numlock on standard keyboards.
If I am right, you should have 224 MB ram, not 256.
If you do have 256, then you got a special onboard videocard ment for the early games. (Doom, Duke Nukem, etc.)
Anyway, this isn't the point. The man wants help on how to run Sims 2.
Buy a new system.
Asus PCI-E A8N Deluxe
AMD Athlon 64, 4400+ ×2 @2200 Mhz, Toledo
2× 1024 MB G-skill DualChannel, @400 Mhz DDR.
ATI XT 1600 256 MB DDR, @600 Mhz.
2× 186 gig 10K RPM Raptor Western Digital.
This would be one of the fastest pc's on the planet. You could get 10K points on 3d'06 Benchmark with this setup. (Not joking, I've seen it happening hehe)
Go to the computer store and ask if they got a Trident 64 left. That card is the absolute minimum possible for Sims 2 to work.
Or ask for their cheapest 64 MB PCI card.
Hmmm, on the other hand, PCI won't be enough for Sims 2 I believe... You would have to put ALL settings on lowest and that makes game-play extremely crappy.
Go for a cheaper AGP motherboard with cheap videocard or pre-assembled AGP motherboard.
There also are PCI-E motherboards available for less than €100. Motherboard, processor and videocard I mean.
Complete PCI-E systems are usually about 200 bucks. But those are slow... VERY slow, but strong enough for Sims 2.
PCI-E is PCI-Express.
It's 16 times faster than PCI.