View Full Version : Playing on old video cards (even without 3D acceleration)
04-26-2006, 04:39 AM
I can play the game with a Radeon9800, no problem, but I would like to run the game on an integrated video intel 82865G system. Do I have any chance to run the game, maybe without the nice 3D environment? Any ini setting exist?
Or Can I buy an old PCI card which will be capable to run the game, on the lowest settings?
04-26-2006, 04:53 AM
Something else, the game freeze, when I would like to enter the mission, until it I can change option, see the fight animation during the menu.
I have found some settings like
setvar gfx_fullscreen = 1 ;this is working if you set it to 0 (window mode)
04-26-2006, 06:30 AM
Unfortunately the specs for the demo require a pixel shader 1.0 (at least) video card. I hope they change it for the final game if they can http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif as for the pci card, i guess you are asking this cause the mb doesn't have an agp slot right?
I don't think there is a pci video card good enough to run the game.
04-26-2006, 08:18 AM
If this is intentional for urging the user to buy a new video card, than it is very pity and lame for the them. Why not only let decide to players if, they like the 3D speed and quality, and buy or not buy new cards. Especially when we speak of a turn-based strategy game. Never mind. Thank you for the information. Any chance to have a patch hotfix hidden setting to be able to play the demo? Or some new if the gold version has this limitation as well?
04-26-2006, 08:33 AM
No AGP or PCI-Express slot for this PC @ wokplace :-(
More work, no play here
04-26-2006, 08:46 AM
Neither Nival nor UBI get anything out of 'forcing' you to buy new hardware, but it IS A FACT OF LIFE.
Newer programs, better graphics, cooler special effects all require more horsepower. There's NO REASON for a company to try to add support for aging hardware either, since they're already supporting video-cards that are at least 3 years old.
In computing terms, that's ancient.
As for the 'neat 3D environment' it's an integral part of the game and I think it makes this an amazing game. The idea of a fully rotatable 3D environment adds a whole new avenue of exploration and is very aesthetically pleasing.
I'm sorry if this game doesn't work on older systems, but they're trying to make something that looks as good as it plays. This day and age, it's an important part of most any new game.
It's an age-old argument that you're making, but it's not one you're going to win. New programs, including games, will require bigger, better, and faster hardware as the technology advances.
Personally, I think they're doing a great job with keeping the req. specifications as low as possible.
Back to the original question, I firmly believe almost any integrated graphics are going to struggle a little with this except for the newest (Go6800/Go7900 or Mobile X800/X1_00, etc) chips.
Integrated graphics have never scored well on the gaming scene either.
04-26-2006, 09:15 AM
Thank you for the long comment CandyKid.
I am still a bit old-fashioned guy from the ancient time but from ages, since back 80's.
I am satisfied with my Radeon9800 card at home, this is just a chance to play during my breaks in the workplace. If I had a chance to buy a new VGA card for this I would, but no slots for this pc.
This is why my struggle on this subject
04-26-2006, 09:16 AM
I read somewhere else, that the multiplayer is working just fine on older cards http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif
04-26-2006, 09:21 AM
I've seen a couple threads where the game has been running on older cards (9000's and previous), but I wouldn't count on it.
If you turned off all the eye-candy and put the image quality to low, you'd probably get it to run on a sub-required system though.
Regardless, anything that's older than the Radeon 9000's or the nVidia FX5000's will probaly be very hit and miss with the game, integrated versions will be even worse.
04-26-2006, 12:19 PM
Oh, I am all over the lowest quality setting, tried even some config directly, but during the mission load is crashing the whole application.
I am agree that the game is very nice on my home PC, using on the integrated chip, is only desperate try...
04-26-2006, 08:51 PM
FYI, my specs:
OS: Windows 2000 SP4
CPU: Althlon 1.33 GHz
RAM: 1.25 GB
GPU: Geforce 6200 AGP 128 MB
The game runs as a charm. The important thing is to have +64 MB video RAM, even integrated chips can support it but don't expect miracles. YOU NEED a graphic card that has at least a GF4 level, that is pretty old. I had to upgrade my GF2 because it was just impossible to run the beta.
05-02-2006, 07:25 AM
Do you know (or someone already tried) if the Demo will run on a Radeon9250-128MB-PCi card? This is covered as Radeon 8500 and above I suppose.
05-02-2006, 07:33 AM
Yes, that should be covered, but a PCI card will hold you back and may cause some slow-downs.
05-02-2006, 07:58 AM
Thank you, performance and beauty is not important on this PC, just the gameplay. I will enjoy the nice pics @ home :-)
05-03-2006, 10:29 AM
Demo run on a Radeon 9250 with PCI card, great.