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Slow performance with Medal of Honor Pacific Assault

Hey everyone my game isnt running all that great. Im running a laptop, 2.8ht, xp pro sp1, mobility radeon 9700 agp 8x 64mb. I tried updating the driver but it gave me an error message and said to use a vga driver-currently im on version 6.14.10.6396. I run on the highest resolution with the other settings on low and vsync off. Even on the main menu it runs slow. When I lower the resolution, makes the game screen smaller-it has black borders all around. I know there is a way to change this but i forgot how and it should run fine anyway.  I dont run any other programs and there is hardly anything else running in the background. I have run Hitman 3 on the highest settings and several other recent games. What can i do with this one?
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jonnyz0109Commented:
I think it might be the game.  I downloaded the demo and was having even more problems then you're describing.  64 MB may be  on the low side for this game... I'm not sure thought, as I haven't bought the game yet.
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winkingtigerCommented:
64mb is definitely going to be a problem when running a game like that.  I think nowadays, the average requirement is 128MB, with a recommended 256mb of RAM.

IF you want to look at getting some more SODIMM for your laptop, try this site.

http://www.tigerdirect.com
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jonnyz0109Commented:
winking - devil's graphics card is 64 mb.  If he had 64 mb of ram, he wouldnt be doing much of anything  :)

Ram for XP: 128 mb minumum, 256 mb recommended minimum for Office, 512 mb recommended minimum for gaming.  Not a rule or anything, just what I usually recommend.

~ Jonny
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devil3045Author Commented:
yea 512 ram, 64mb video memory
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jonnyz0109Commented:
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jonnyz0109Commented:
based on those you should be fine... 512 mb of ram should be enough to run this, though I have 768 and find it makes a difference.  Like I said up top, I have heard a lot of people tell me the mouse kind of "lags" - responsiveness is very low, even on the menu.  Could just be part of the game...
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wileyaCommented:
3d graphic games require a lot of ram on the card

i.e. FarCryDemo won't even install if the card is less than 128

my fav game is Enigma - Rising Tide
i have 256 meg graphics card and it still freezes
for a spilt second periodically - like when it starts raining
in the game and you have rough water also
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wileyaCommented:
i would like a share of the points

like Turn123 i don't believe a refund of points
should ever be given on an abandoned question
because apparently the experts care more about
the question then the asker does

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jonnyz0109Commented:
Wileya, we'd all like a share in points... otherwise, why answer the questions?  Anyhow, I don't agree with your comments, and would thus disagree that you should get a share of points either.

There is likely nothing wrong with his graphics card - the game had a problem and EA has already released a patch for it.  It is likely that the author of this question got that patch and forgot about this thread, as everything is now probably working.

I know this because my clan was (is still, maybe) the only clan with a MOHPA server running for our provider (Xtreme Gaming Servers) and we were running as a pilot.  Before the patch everyone except those with the best graphics cards available was having performance issues, now with the patch out, everything seems to be fine.

Taken from here: http://www.eagames.com/official/moh/pacassault/us/downloads.jsp
<< Thank you for downloading Medal of Honor Pacific Assaultâ„¢ Patch. This patch contains the following fixes:

   1. Mouse and Input Lag (single and multiplayer)
   2. Dedicated Server CPU Utilization (multiplayer)
   3. 999 Ping Bug (multiplayer)
   4. Spawn Code Server Hitching (multiplayer)
   5. Miscellaneous Single Player Bug Fixes

Please read the included Read Me file for more information. >>

Notice #1 - everyone was having this problem, including our dear author - "Even on the main menu it runs slow."

And #2 - at first server providers were trying to run 4 servers on a regular hosting box, but the CPU utilization was running right around 75%.  4*75% = a lot more then one server can handle.  Result - everything is slow.

Like I said (not so definitively, but I DID say it...) "I think it might be the game..."

64 MB IS on the low end of the spectrum but the 9700 is a good card, and he's got 8x acceleration.  He should be fine running on medium settings in MOHPA.

Just my 2 cents.
~ Jonny
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devil3045Author Commented:
Sorry about that guys, I switched to the omega drivers and it improved it for a while on low res.  i havent tried the patch yet but thanks for the tip my friends computer, because the omegas didnt work on his.
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jonnyz0109Commented:
Glad you got things working, devil.  Just keep in mind that although the 9700 IS a good card, you do only have 64 MB of memory on it, and you will run best under lower settings (as you seem to have found)  :o)

~ Jonny
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devil3045Author Commented:
Yea, is there any way to fix that without completely replacing the card.  cuz at this point that is a lot of wasted money, and what would be the most bang for the buck, i dont know anything about laptop cards.
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jonnyz0109Commented:
Laptops are generally not recommended for gaming, for this reason exactly.  The card in there is specially fitted for your laptop's case and motherboard, and thus you 1) Can't upgrade it yourself and 2) if an upgrade is even possible, you would have to send it back to your manufacturer and have them do the work.

"Most bang for the buck" is always to get a desktop.  Unfortunately, it's too late for you to do that.

What kind of laptop do you have?  Maybe I can check and see if the manufacturer offers an upgrade for you.
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devil3045Author Commented:
dell inspiron 9100...its fairly new and i havent tried to find out what the mobo is or what the expansion capabilities are, if there are any
i know that i can upgrade to 128 mb on the same card, but i dont know how much that would improve performance.
and i needed a laptop for school, at home i have a desktop that is more suitable but i have all the games on the 9100
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jonnyz0109Commented:
From some quick googling, it looks like the 9700 was released in 2002 and was the leader of ATI cards, and even surpassed NVidia for a while... so it's definately not a bad card.  Adding memory to the card would very likely bring you closer towards being able to set mohpa's settings higher.  

I just took a look on Dell's site and it looks like you can't see upgrade options without the service tag.  Go to http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/upgrades/en/system_accessories?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs and you can probably pick up where I left off.

I guess it comes down to how much you are willing to spend to make your laptop able to play the newer games.  Remember, most average laptops are considered to be a year or so behind technology when it comes to graphics, etc.

~ Jonny
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