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Old 09-30-2007, 02:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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these are my specs:
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Computer
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name FAMOCEGUERA (Computadora de la Familia Oceguera)
User Name HP_Owner

Motherboard
CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 2800 MHz (21 x 133)
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset VIA P4M800 Pro
System Memory 1472 MB
BIOS Type Award (06/08/06)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port Printer Port (LPT1)

Display
Video Adapter VIA/S3G UniChrome Pro IGP (64 MB)
3D Accelerator VIA/S3 UniChrome Pro
Monitor HP D8904 [17" CRT] (113613638163)

Multimedia
Audio Adapter VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller

Storage
IDE Controller VIA Bus Master IDE Controller - 0571
IDE Controller VIA Serial ATA Controller - 3149
Disk Drive HP psc 2175 USB Device (76 GB, USB)
Disk Drive ST340014AS (40 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA)
Disk Drive ExcelSto r Technology J80 USB Device
Optical Drive LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1633S (DVD+R9:2.4x, DVD+RW:16x/4x, DVD-RW:8x/4x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/24x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

Partitions
C: (NTFS) 31015 MB (5187 MB free)
D: (FAT32) 7125 MB (1266 MB free)
G: (NTFS) 78528 MB (60601 MB free)
Total Size 113.9 GB (65.5 GB free)

Network
Network Adapter VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter (192.168.1.101)
Modem Communications cable between two computers




so I installed Half Life 2 and it works HORRIBLY, it lags and the sound is all twisted and it won't even work on the lowest resolution. I mean I thought it would because WoW used to be installed on this computer and it worked pretty well but anyways I think if I upgrade the cards It will work better. What am I supposed to buy and how do I know what is compatible?
my budget is like 60 bucks unless I need more. thanks a bunch
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I LOVE YOU MAN. You managed to get HL2 to run on a VIA/S3G UniChrome Pro IGP. Anyways, skip the hassle and give me the HP model number. Those specs are funky. I am leaning towards the assumption that it is integrated graphics and I don't know if that HP has a video slot. HL2 isn't working at the lower resolution because that video card/chip is rubbish.
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lol you're right! it is rubbish. Hp model number is, HP Pavilion a1030e if thats wat you mean. Its kind of an old computer but Im pretty sure the videocards not integrated because I blew it up once and the people who fixed it replaced the old one with this one.
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A piece of the computer fell out and I tried to turn it on and it short circuited... yah, I was stupid then
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A piece of the computer fell out and I tried to turn it on and it short circuited... yah, I was stupid then
Wait? Was this just now or before?
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That has a 1.5V AGP 4X slot. I'll let someone recommend a card for that.
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I blew it up like 2 months ago thats why the specs aren't normal. K well as soon as you tell me wat videocard I should buy Im going to buy it. Any web sites anyone thinks I should use?
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I blew it up like 2 months ago thats why the specs aren't normal. K well as soon as you tell me wat videocard I should buy Im going to buy it. Any web sites anyone thinks I should use?
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k well its been a day and no recommendations, well thanks anyway
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Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100197L Radeon X1650 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail

is your best bet for AGP.. because it'll be likely that you won't need to change your PSU and not bottleneck your CPU
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