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Lara Croft - what am I missing?


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animal35

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Hi, before purchasing Lara Croft game i looked at requirements

◦OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
◦Processor: 3+ GHz Intel or 2.5+ GHZ AMD
◦Memory: 1 GB RAM (XP) / 2 GB RAM (Vista)
◦Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series (6800GT or better) / ATI 1300XT or better
◦Hard Drive: 7GB
◦Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card and drivers

and compared them to my system information, as far as i could tell all was ok.
I then purchased and tried to play this game and I get the following message, Directx9.0c capable graphics card with PS3.0 support, this is not supported by your current hardware.
Can you please explain in simple language what I need?
I am currently trying to play on a dell dimension 4700 desktop.
Any help would be greatly appreciated please, thank you, ruth


Name RADEON X300 Series
PNP Device ID PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_5B60&SUBSYS_03021002&REV_00\4&166AB6CD&0&0008
Adapter Type RADEON X300 SE (0x5B60), ATI Technologies Inc. compatible
Adapter Description RADEON X300 Series
Adapter RAM 128.00 MB (134,217,728 bytes)
Installed Drivers ati2dvag.dll
Driver Version 6.14.10.6476
INF File oem4.inf (ati2mtag_RV370 section)
Color Planes 1
Color Table Entries 4294967296
Resolution 1280 x 1024 x 60 hertz
Bits/Pixel 32
Memory Address 0xD0000000-0xD7FFFFFF
I/O Port 0x0000DC00-0x0000DCFF
Memory Address 0xDFDE0000-0xDFDEFFFF
IRQ Channel IRQ 16
I/O Port 0x000003B0-0x000003BB
I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF
Memory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF
Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\ati2mtag.sys (6.14.10.6476, 769.00 KB (787,456 bytes), 31/08/2010 20:27)

Name RADEON X300 Series Secondary
PNP Device ID PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_5B70&SUBSYS_03031002&REV_00\4&166AB6CD&0&0108
Adapter Type RADEON X300 SE (0x5B60), ATI Technologies Inc. compatible
Adapter Description RADEON X300 Series Secondary
Adapter RAM 128.00 MB (134,217,728 bytes)
Installed Drivers ati2dvag.dll
Driver Version 6.14.10.6476
INF File oem4.inf (ati2mtag_RV370 section)
Color Planes Not Available
Color Table Entries Not Available
Resolution Not Available
Bits/Pixel Not Available
Memory Address 0xDFDF0000-0xDFDFFFFF
Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\ati2mtag.sys (6.14.10.6476, 769.00 KB (787,456 bytes), 31/08/2010 20:27)

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Hello Mr. Animal35, if your graphic card is anything like this, i am afraid it could be the problem. But before we go there, what is the specs on your rig? * Motherboard CPU RAM etc


Is the tomb raider game the new one? (gamespot or wiki link please)

Edited by RocketWild, 22 December 2010 - 05:47 PM.

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animal35

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Hi, thanks for your response,
the game I am trying to play is Guardian of Light, downloaded from Steam
http://store.steampo....com/app/35130/

As for what my graphics card is like, I have no idea, sorry, basic knowledge of a computer only!
Is this the info you require??

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name HARRISON
System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model Dimension 4700
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 3 Stepping 4 GenuineIntel ~2992 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A04, 07/10/2004
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name HARRISON\Ruth
Time Zone GMT Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 1,024.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 254.14 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 2.41 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

0x80000000-0xDFFFFFFF PCI bus OK
0xF0000000-0xFEBFFFFF PCI bus OK
0xDFD00000-0xDFEFFFFF Intel® 915G/P/GV PCI Express Root Port - 2581 OK
0xD0000000-0xD7FFFFFF Intel® 915G/P/GV PCI Express Root Port - 2581 OK
0xD0000000-0xD7FFFFFF RADEON X300 Series OK
0xDFDE0000-0xDFDEFFFF RADEON X300 Series OK
0xDFDF0000-0xDFDFFFFF RADEON X300 Series Secondary OK
0xDFC00000-0xDFCFFFFF Intel® 82801FB/FBM PCI Express Root Port - 2660 OK
0xFEBFFC00-0xFEBFFFFF Intel® 82801FB/FBM USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 265C OK
0xDFBFE000-0xDFBFEFFF Intel® 537EP V9x DF PCI Modem OK
0xDFBFF000-0xDFBFFFFF Intel® PRO/100 VE Network Connection OK
0xDFFFFE00-0xDFFFFFFF SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio OK
0xDFFFFD00-0xDFFFFDFF SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio OK
0x0000-0x9FFFF System board OK
0xFEC00000-0xFECFFFFF System board OK
0xFEE00000-0xFEEFFFFF System board OK
0xFED20000-0xFED9FFFF System board OK
0xFFB00000-0xFFBFFFFF System board OK
0xFFC00000-0xFFFFFFFF System board OK
0xE0000000-0xEFFFFFFF Motherboard resources OK
0xFEDA0000-0xFEDACFFF Motherboard resources OK
0xFED00000-0xFED003FF High Precision Event Timer OK
0xA0000-0xBFFFF PCI bus OK
0xA0000-0xBFFFF Intel® 915G/P/GV PCI Express Root Port - 2581 OK
0xA0000-0xBFFFF RADEON X300 Series OK
0xC0000-0xFFFFF System board OK
0x100000-0xFFFFFF System board OK
0x1000000-0x3FE88BFF System board OK
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Im afraid your system is not up to running the game with your graphics card being a particularly weak link.
Here are the specs of your computer as it was listed http://reviews.cnet....7-31292625.html if the specs are correct your CPU is not fast enough
the graphics card is not powerful enough and does not have enough of its own memory so it uses the system Ram which then slows your computer down.
You could upgrade your graphics card but you would then have to replace your PSU (power supply unit) to provide enough clean stable power for the card.
This link will help you understand why your GFX card would need replacing to enable you to be able to run the game stably http://reviews.cnet....7-31406674.html
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I completely agree with Senior phillpower2, and if the link is indeed accurate, the build (more importantly the Mobo and psu) is around 5 years old.

if you want to game,even moderately, my very unprofessional opinion is that you should build an entirely new rig. I belive it will most likely fix

the majority of the errors you might get from these-days games. if you have a budget in-mind, im confident that the active members of Geeks to Go

will assist you in the most helpful and mature manner.

i hope you enjoy the new installment of tomb raider soon, as it looks fantastic.
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Hi there, so a new computer it is then! I have been looking at laptops recently anyway, off to read some reviews of higher end laptops (budget up to £800), from what I can make out just need to check that the graphics card has PS3.0 support - presuming the modern ones do anyway. Also hoping Steam allow me to reinstall this game on the new laptop - but then again it was only a few pounds!
Thanks for your reply guys, Happy Boxing Day!
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Hi animal35
Here is some light reading for you http://computers.top...gaming-laptops/ let us know if any catch your eye so we can have a look.

NB: Im a die hard tomb raider fan myself and I must get out and purchase a copy of the Guardian of Light pronto :D
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Dear animal35, steam is VERY generous. as long as you keep your steam log-in, you can install and play on ANY pc, as long as you log in by Steam.

Side note: my strong opinion is to not get a laptop as of now, a buddy of mine who has business connections in manu and dist in small business (dont know how) told me*

that the new-wave lappys are not as reliable in the long run; like all pre-built comps, the parts are mostly from separate manufacturers and often are made

in China (not saying that they make bad stuff :D)

*Just what he told me. You may take with a grain of NaCl.

Edited by RocketWild, 26 December 2010 - 08:10 PM.

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Thanks for the info guys, so much choice out there! Will have a look around in the sales, but think I have decided to go for a gaming desktop and possibly a mini laptop for the basics, word processing, web browsing. Happy New Year :-)
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